Top 15 Things To Do In Crofton, Maryland

things to do in Crofton MD

A relaxed suburb near Baltimore, Crofton is one of the hidden gems of Maryland. Founded in 1964, this town has great connectivity, being located at the intersection of the Defense Highway, Crain Highway and Davidsonville Road. A purely residential town, with most homeowners living in their own houses, this embodies the purity associated with a quintessential American small town. The climate here is largely moderate, with slightly humid summers. You’ll find safe neighborhoods with young families and professionals, lots of restaurants and cafes to hang out in, beautifully landscaped parks and vibrant community activities. In fact, this city was featured in the 100 Best Places to Live in the USA list, compiled by Money magazine in 2007. Plan a laid-back and offbeat holiday in this town. To make sure that you have plenty to do here during your stay, we have put together a list of things to do in Crofton, Maryland so scroll down to find out more.

1. Go biking in Crofton Park

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While travelling in Crofton, hire a bike for a few days or your entire stay - and bike in Crofton Park to get a feel of the town as well as keep up with your fitness regime. This town is nestled in the triangular space cut out by three highways, and at the heart of the city lies the Crofton Parkway. This canopied, wide rolling stretch of roadway, about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long, is ideal for energizing bike rides for beginners as well as advanced bikers. And, to promote outdoor activity, there are bike stands set up at the park station. Bike through the center of the community to get an overview of the town.

Crofton Park

Address: Crofton Park, Davidsonville Rd, Crofton, MD 21114

2. Admire the scenic views at Swann Park

Playground, Druid Hill Park, Swann Drive and Mansion House Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
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Located near a golf course, this lush green, shaded and scenic family park is a great spot for visitors. It is spacious and well maintained. Spend an afternoon here, reading a book, walking along the paved trails, biking, breathing in the fresh air or simply indulging in some tree therapy. If you visit during the fall season, you’ll get to see the red and rust shades of the season and a starker view - all the more beautiful for its sparseness. For children, there is a small play area with swings and picnic tables for convenient meals. Pokemon enthusiasts will be delighted to find many Poke-stops here!

Swann Park

Address: 1751 Swinburne Ave, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

3. Sample local brews at Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery

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Taste creative and experimental brews as well as time-honored classics at one of the best breweries in town - Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery. Instead of the usual set of flagship beers, this joint believes in creating small batches of fresh and innovative brews. So every sip is unique here! Sit back in the comfortable taproom, select your brews (if the extensive menu is confusing, then the knowledgeable bartenders are always at hand to guide you). Pair your drinks with some crispy snacks and you’ll have a meal to remember.

Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery

Address: 2408 Crofton Blvd, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Website: Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery

Opening hours: Sat: 12pm - 10pm; Sun: 12pm - 6pm; Fri: 3pm - 10pm; Mon: 4.30pm - 10pm; Wed - Thu: 4.30pm - 10pm (closed on Tue)

4. Golf in the elegant Walden Country Club

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If you are looking forward to a relaxed day spent with pleasant company and with light activities, you must make time for a day at the Walden Country Club on your travel itinerary. The club offers many attractions. There is a challenging 18-hole golf course, with majestic trees, hills and ponds. This club is not just about golf, they also provide an excellent range of food and beverages at the cheerful The Bar & Grill - you can get everything here ranging from hot dogs to filet mignon. And, if golf is not your game, then you can also play tennis or enjoy a swim.

Walden Country Club

Address: 1500 Riedel Rd, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Website: Walden Country Club

Opening hours: 7am - 6pm (daily)

5. Have a fun time at Skate Zone Crofton

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Skate Zone gets it all right - a large skating rink, interesting arcade games, friendly staff and hosts who go the extra mile to ensure your family has a fun time, a clean and environment, well-implemented safety rules and a cafe to get some delicious food. You can rent skate mates as well for a small price, and bring in your own skates if you want. They also offer private tutoring with even two to three-year-old kids getting confident on the rink! This is a great holiday activity for children.

Skate Zone

Address: 1082 MD-3, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Website: Skate Zone

Opening hours: Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 1pm - 6pm; Mon: 10am - 12pm; Wed - Thu: 6.30pm - 9pm; Fri: 7pm - 11pm (closed on Tue)

Price: From 5 USD

6. Go bowling at Crofton Bowling Centre

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Crofton Bowling Centre is the city’s most spacious, fun and family-friendly bowling place. Open late into the night, this place is always happening with a vibrant crowd, upbeat music, a youthful party vibe and 48 well-maintained bowling alleys. If you want a break from bowling, they also offer an arcade, league bowling facilities, a sports bar and grill, a snack shop and a pro shop. The friendly staff always ensure that you are having a good time and have everything you need.

Crofton Bowling Centre

Address: 2115 Priest Bridge Dr, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Website: Crofton Bowling Centre

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 9am - 12am; Fri: 9am - 1am; Sat: 9am - 2am; Sun: 8am - 12am; Mon: 9am - 11pm

7. Chill with beer and sports at Moni's Place

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Holidaying is not just about sightseeing. If you just want to kick back, relax and soak in the local vibes of Crofton, then stop by Moni’s Place for a mug of beer with some of the town’s best bar food. There’s something for the entire family here, from fun indoor games like pool and darts to drinks and delicious food, as well as sports shows to catch up on. On Wednesdays, they have open mic with local bands playing and some great cocktails.

Moni's Place

Address: 1641 MD-3 #105, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Website: Moni’s Place

Opening hours: 11am - 1.45am (daily)

8. Enjoy a game of tennis or baseball at Cardinals Park

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If you are visiting Crofton, especially with family, then you must plan to spend some time at the city’s spacious athletic park - Cardinal Park. Play your favorite sport, be it tennis, baseball, basketball or soccer. There’s also a play area for little ones. With four well-maintained tennis courts, two impressive basketball courts and over seven ball diamonds, there’s no dearth of things to keep your energy levels high.

Cardinals Park

Address: Underwood Road, Crofton, Maryland 21114 United States

Website: Cardinals Park

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

9. Soothe your muscles at Elements Massage

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After all the games, fun and outdoor explorations, you might yearn for some pampering and indulgence. Don’t worry - just book a session at Elements Massage and feel all your stress melt away. They offer a range of massages such as Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, special Himalayan Stone massage and others. The well-trained therapists here will fine-tune the massage for your specific needs. So step in, choose a massage therapy and then just enjoy a few hours of total bliss.

Elements Massage

Address: 1702 Transportation Blvd, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Website: Elements Massage

Opening hours: Sun: 9am - 7pm; Mon - Sat: 9am - 9pm

Price: From 99 USD

10. Shop to your heart's delight at Crofton Centre

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This clean, well-stocked shopping center is Crofton’s hidden treasure. Pick up memorabilia, get a few additions for your wardrobe and enjoy some good food. With a gym, salon, a modern nail and spa, home store, dollar store, branded outlets, pharmacy, barbershops - there’s really everything you need for a holiday shopping session. Don’t forget to try some of the delicious dishes at La Tolteca Mexican Restaurant, famous for their steak dinner.

Crofton Centre

Address: Crofton Center, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

11. Feast on crab specials at Fat Boys Crabhouse

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Crab Chips, crab cakes, Maryland crab soup, Crofton crab balls, homemade crab dip, crab cake sandwich, crab cake sliders - Every crab dish you can imagine is there on the menu of this amazing restaurant. Head over for some classy dinner of great seafood and drinks.. With just the right combination of flavors, every dish here is bound to delight you.

Fat Boy's Crab Shack

Address: 1581 Defense Hwy, Gambrills, MD 21054, United States

Website: Fat Boy’s Crab Shack

Opening hours: Sun - Tue: 11am - 12am; Thu - Sat: 11am - 1am

12. Try Crofton's sweetest cupcakes at Sugar Butter Love

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Owned by passionate local bakers, Sugar Butter Love is famous for its creative sweet treats, including cupcakes and cookies, in a variety of flavors and shapes. Taking cookie decorating art to new levels, their seasonal offers are usually the talk of the town. And, their sinful buttercream and ganache will leave you licking your fingers. So, don’t miss this delicious local bakery when visiting Crofton.

Sugar Butter Love

Address: 723 Tarleton Way, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Website: Sugar Butter Love

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 9am - 5pm; Fri: 4pm - 7pm; Sat: 9am - 11am (closed on Sun & Mon)

13. Enjoy a swim in Nantucket Pool

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Nantucket Pool, maintained by the Crofton Village Pool association, is a well-maintained pool with crystal clear waters. Open for all ages, the pool is very safe, expertly managed by a trained staff who offer friendly service. Fun social activities, such as pool parties, are frequently arranged here. Visit this pool with your family for some memorable pool fun.

Nantucket Pool

Address: 10 Surfside Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554, United States

Website: Nantucket Pool

Opening hours: Fri: 10.45am - 12am; Sat: 11am - 8pm; Sun: 10am - 8pm; Mon - Wed: 3pm - 8pm; Thu: 3pm - 12am

14. Relish a good meal at Nautilus Diner

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With beautiful retro decor, enticing dessert display, warm and awesome staff and good food, this quaint diner is a great place for a delicious meal. It is a popular breakfast spot for locals as well. Biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles with home fries, crab cakes, lamb shank and goulash, and caramel apple French toast are some of their popular items.

Nautilus Diner

Address: 1709 Transportation Dr, Crofton, MD 21114, United States

Website: Nautilus Diner

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 6am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 6am - 1am

15. Dine at Crofton's best-kept secret - Allison's Restaurant

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No vacation is complete without an elegant dinner with wine and good vibes. When visiting Crofton, you must book a dinner at casually classy Allison’s Restaurant. With a comfortable setting, a charming bar, innovating dishes, great drinks and attentive service, this restaurant never disappoints. Try their popular daily specials including hearty pasta, crisp appetizers and fresh soups. End your meal with a perfectly made dessert-like Triple Chocolate Mousse, Creme Brulee and Limoncello cake. Pair your food with wine or draft beer.

Allison's Restaurant

Address: 2207 Defense Highway, Crofton, Maryland 21114, 410.721.0331

Website: Allison’s Restaurant

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5pm - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 10pm; Sun: 4pm - 10pm (closed on Mon)

A charming small town

Crofton Parkway spring
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Traveling to a big city is full of excitement, but sometimes you need a slower vacation where you can sit back, relax, breathe and just enjoy the simple pleasures of small-town living. Crofton is one such town, where you’ll find the perfect balance of interesting things to do and peaceful living. So the next time you want an offbeat and relaxed vacation, visit Crofton in Maryland.

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