Crownsville is a small town located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, with a population of 1,757. It hosts the Anne Arundel County Fair each September, as well as the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival for several summer weekends.
First held in 1977, The Maryland Renaissance Festival is the second largest Renaissance fair in the United States, and it's spread over 25 acres. The fair is set in a fictional 16th-century English Tudor village that contains more than 130 craft shops and 42 food outlets. The festival also has eight major theaters, four smaller stages in taverns, a children's area and a jousting arena.
Crownsville is a popular spot due to its waterfront scenery and easy access to urban metropolitan areas, such as Baltimore and Washington. Located not far from Crownsville is the Bacon Ridge Natural Area – 630 acres of protected land, including forests and marshes, which are open to the public for hiking and nature observation.
The Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds are located in Crownsville on Generals Highway. The fairgrounds host a variety of events starting in the spring and continuing well into the fall every year. And for your peace of mind, there's also a veterinary hospital located in the heart of Crownsville.
Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, Downs Park occupies a massive 236 acres and offers a variety of natural and recreational activities, including more than five miles of paved and natural trails. Even better for you and your doggie, located within Downs Memorial Park is the Downs Memorial Park Dog Beach -- a fantastic place for you and your pooch to explore the beach or frolic in the water (only doggies in the water though; humans have to stay on the beach!). Downs Park also has a fishing pier, a children’s playground, and two basketball courts. And, of course, it’s all topped off with an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay.
Maryland City Dog Park is a popular dog park in Laurel, MD. It’s located within the larger expanse of the Maryland City Park. The park is a fenced, off-leash dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, so everyone gets to have a good time running and frolicking. Outside of the dog park, Maryland City Park has plenty of amenities, including several baseball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts and tennis courts. And, just in case Spot isn’t completely worn out after the dog park, the two of you can go hiking on the nearby hiking trail! Don't forget to bring some waste baggies with you.
For doggies that like to dip, Matapeake Dog Beach provides a place for them to roll around in the sand and then have a swim in the shallow waters of the east side of Chesapeake Bay. The waterfront dog park is part of Matapeake State Park, which also incorporates a separate public beach, fishing pier, clubhouse, picnic area and trails. However, pets are not allowed at the clubhouse, its lawn, or the public beach. The pet trail begins at the rear of the clubhouse and winds around in a short hike to the dog beach section. Matapeake Park Dog Beach was named the Best Dog Park 2017 by the Baltimore Sun.
Want to let the pooch run and play to their heart’s content without the constraints of a leash? Then Broadneck Park in Annapolis, MD is exactly what you’re looking for. The park is open from dawn to dusk, and, in addition to the dog park, it has baseball fields, three multipurpose fields, a picnic area with restrooms, a children’s playground, and 1.4 miles of paved trails. All dogs must be healthy, vaccinated, and collared, with identification. Dogs must be on-leash at all times outside of the fenced dog park, and only small dogs and older dogs are permitted to use the small dog area.
Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, MD, is located on Harness Creek and South River. Like Broadneck Park, this park is also run by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, which happily welcomes and encourages dog owners and their pets in county parks (as long as they abide by the doggie rules, of course!). As well as a dog beach, Broadneck Park has a playground area, picnic areas, and an ice skating rink. Not sure if Spot will be too keen on the ice, but there are also six miles of paved trails for you and the pooch to get lost on!