When people move to Baltimore's Middle River suburb, the first thing they search for is nearby parks. Having your lawn done by professionals like Lawn Love makes good sense, but many people want to see more of Mother Nature than pretty yards.
There are neighborhood parks and city parks, but the best of them are National Parks. Middle River offers a National park and botanical gardens to thrill and please you. The beautiful thing about parks and gardens is that there's always something beautiful to see, even in the off-season.
Gunpowder Falls State Park
You'll find Gunpowder Falls State Park at 7200 Graces Quarters Road. Fifteen thousand acres of separated into six different areas. One is for fishing, one for boating, one for swimming, and so on. There are dozens of hiking paths in the park, and you can hike, bike, or ride your horse on them. Some end at a swimming area, so you can cool off and recover from your exercise.
The Hammerman beach area comes with lifeguards, picnic tables, and grills. The kids can build sand castles while you grill. A snack bar has whatever snacks you forgot to pack. The bath house has showers and restrooms. Your dog is even welcome there (just don't let them onto the sand.)
Eastern Regional Park
Located at 11723 Eastern Avenue, Eastern Regional Park is a family park. Playground equipment, baseball, football, and soccer fields, pavilions with picnic tables, as well as a snack bar are available to park visitors, and you can bring your dog, too (the park even provides doggy bags.)
The walking trails are acclaimed for being marked with mile markers. Those training for 5K runs love the trails. There's even a shorter trail through the woods if you don't want to go a long way around.
Drive to Guilford to 4310 Underwood Road if you want to see the most amazing tulips ever. John Sherwood turned the property adjoining his home into a botanical garden based on his almost obsessive love of tulips. Tens of thousands of tulips were imported, as were other plants and rare trees to form a fitting background for his beloved tulips.
Seasonal events are also held at the gardens. It's open 24/7/365 and runs on donations. Music in the evenings, family day, and the days when tulip bulbs are dug up to make way for summer flowers all give you something to enjoy at the same time you're admiring some of Mother Nature's loveliest plants.
There are several ways to enjoy attractively kept grounds and lawns but from the best might be a vineyard. This one is in Hydes at 12820 Long Green Pike. Tours of the historic stone barn, the vineyard, and wine tastings are only a few of the pleasures of a day enjoying the countryside.
Have a picnic on the patio or the grounds of the vineyard. There are festivals and musical evenings at the vineyard celebrating stunning grounds, excellent vino, and sharing the joy. You can also tour the vines on a chocolate and wine tour of Baltimore and Harford County wineries or the Patapsco Valley Region Wine Tour.
Weber's Cider Mill Farm
Who wants to go on a hayride, pet baby farm animals, have a Pinewood Derby race, eat apple cider donuts, drink apple cider slushies, and did we mention apple cider? You can do all this and more at 2526 Proctor Lane in Parkville, just a few miles from Middle River.
This is the best kind of Farmers Market. Get fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, ice cream, fresh apple cider, and even reserve fresh turkeys right off the farm for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. While you're filling up shopping bags, the kids can see what duck races are all about and check out the maze.
A lot of experience and knowledge goes into maintaining the grass and plants of these beautiful outdoor areas. Are you interested in obtaining that same stunning, professionally manicured look for your property? Contact Lawn Love today.