15 Things to do at Deep Creek Lake with Kids


Planning a Deep Creek Lake summer vacation?  Our list of 15 Things to do at Deep Creek Lake with Kids includes destinations you don’t want to miss.

The Deep Creek Lake area is unique in that there are more than 90,000 acres of public land that make up 7 state forests and parks.  That means there are virtually limitless options for keeping your crew entertained and making memories with your favorite people.


Watch a family movie on a big outdoor screen at the Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales office.  Every Tuesday (except Aug.2) during the summer, bring chairs or a blanket and catch a FREE family movie under the stars.  Click here to see the movie line-up.


Paddleboarding at Deep Creek Lake State Park is a fun activity for everyone.  You can rent a paddleboard for as little as $14 for half an hour or $24 for an hour from Wisp’s Beach Hut.  Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon at the sandy beach and swimming area. Kayak and canoe rentals are available as too.


Hiking to a waterfall (or 3!). At Swallow Falls State Park you can hike trails leading to three different waterfalls.  Make it a fun family adventure to see them all – Swallow Falls, Muddy Creek Falls, and Tolliver Falls.  If there are smaller kids in your group or family members with limited mobility, a handicap accessible ramp leads to a platform that offers beautiful views.



Go Fishing.  Fishing opportunities are around every corner.  Get your Maryland fishing license and cast your line from the dock at your Deep Creek Lake vacation rental or head to a state park: New Germany, Deep Creek Lake, and Herrington Manor.  If you need tips on the best bait or secret spots, stop by Bill’s Outdoor Center on Rt. 219.

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Your Guide to Easter Weekend at Deep Creek Lake


Spring has sprung in the mountains of Western Maryland, and we’ve had some beautiful, blue sky days with temperatures in the mid-60s.  If you’re spending the extended Easter weekend at Deep Creek Lake, there are lots of fun events to keep you entertained.  Plus, the forecast is looking good for enjoying the outdoors.  Check out area state parks that offer hiking trails, fishing, and biking.

Our Guide to Easter Weekend at Deep Creek Lake:

Saturday, March 26

Natural Egg Dyeing
10am-1pm at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park
This hands on activity demonstrates how beets, onions, grape juice, and other natural items can be used as dyes.  Bring 6 hardboiled eggs (per child) wiped off with a mild vinegar solution.  Plus, there’s a chance to meet the Easter bunny!

Annual Oakland/Mt. Lake Park Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt
Noon-4pm at Broadford Lake Recreational Park
This free event features fun with “Peter Cotton Tail” and an Easter egg hunt.  Registration begins at noon.

Aurora Celtic
7pm-9pm at MoonShadow Café
Listen to live music by Aurora Celtic – a trio playing tunes that bridge the cultures of Scotland, Ireland, and Appalachia.

Sunday, March 27

Click here for a directory of local churches.

Easter Brunch
11am-4pm at the Stone House Restaurant
Just a short drive from Deep Creek Lake, you can treat your favorite people to an all you can eat family style brunch.

Easter Dinner
11am-7pm The Sand Trap located at The Oakland Golf Club
Enjoy a traditional Easter dinner that includes country ham, au gratin potatoes, green beans, and more.

2nd Ever Easter Brunch
11am-8pm at MoonShadow Cafe

Easter Buffet
11am-8pm Dutch’s at Silver Tree

Easter Egg Hunt
1pm at Uno Chicago Grill Deep Creek Lake
Bring the kids to the lawn at Uno’s for prizes, candy, Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny!

Pine Cone Bird Feeder Making & Backyard Bird Identification
11am at the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Park naturalists are on-hand to teach you how to make your own bird feeder and to give you tips on identifying the birds that visit your feeder at home.

If you haven’t made plans yet, browse last minute spring specials for deep creek lake vacation rental homes.

We Welcome You!

The Lawn @ Uno’s & Site of Welcome Party Mondays!

We have been experiencing some unpredictable weather here at Deep Creek the past few weeks but this Friday is providing us with lots of sunshine, perfect for the Fourth of July weekend! To me, July is when summer really explodes around Deep Creek Lake and every day is a chance for a new, exciting adventure. Swimming, fishing, basically all lake activities, hiking, golfing, white water rafting, playing at Wisp, the list is endless. If you are visiting us for the week, I recommend that you stop by and see us at the Welcome Party Mondays, a fun event held on the lawn at Pizzeria Uno’s and The Honi-Honi Bar from 3-5pm. Hosted by Uno’s, they serve some finger foods & beverages and have live music that usually starts around 4 pm. Many local vendors show up to tell you about some of the services they offer to guests visiting our area. Crede Calhoun from All Earth Eco Tours http://www.allearthecotours.com/ is always there to tell guests about his amazing guided kayak/ canoe tours on the Savage River Reservoir. The Taylor-Made staff had the opportunity to do this a few years ago and it was definitely an experience that I will never forget. On that note, if I am able to manage a kayak without falling over than anyone can! It’s great for families and couples and the sheer beauty of the Reservoir is absolutely mind blowing! The CARC (Community Aquatic Recreation Center) has also been making an appearance each week. They open up “Community Swim Time” to non-members throughout the week so even if the home that you are staying in does not have access to a pool, this is an excellent alternative. Lakeside Creamery is there each week with free samples of popcorn. Of course, they also have the enticing promise of tasty, yummy ice cream if you stop by to see them at the Creamery during your stay. There is always free giveaways and the kids love to pose on the giant elephant or play on the little playground. Conveniently you can also arrive by boat if need be. Because they offer outdoor dining at the Honi, you can also bring your best furry friend as it is a pet-friendly environment.
What’s SUP?
Trivia & Prizes
 At the Taylor-Made booth, we play Deep Creek trivia games and give you a chance to win free prizes! We will also be doing a drawing at the end of the summer for a free 2 night getaway in one of our vacation homes. If interested (any who isn’t interested in a free stay @ Deep Creek Lake?) stop by and fill out one of our cards to enter! It’s a fun afternoon of games, entertainment and prizes and gives you and your family a chance to find out about some of the fun and adventure our area has to offer!

We have now opened up all of our vacation homes for partial weeks during the month of July so if you are one of those unfortunate individuals that are unable to take a full week off of work, now is your chance to visit the lake for a shorter stay (3 night minimum requirement). Give us a call @ 1-866-351-1119 or go online (www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you plan your next Deep Creek adventure. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Fun For the Kid’s @ Deep Creek Lake!

Deep Creek Adventure Package
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales is excited to say that they are continuing to offer our Deep Creek Adventurer Package for children this summer! Ideal for children 12 and under, it is a package designed to show the kiddos in the family all of the fun activities Deep Creek has to offer. Designed to come in a small canvas lunch bag, inside the kid’s will find a treasure of goodies. A bucket/ pail is perfect for days spent on the sandy shores of Deep Creek Lake State Park! Here they will also find their “Pass Port” book along with a map of all of the participating vendors in the area. They simply go to the establishment (For example, Funland Arcade) take their pass port in and asked to have it stamped. Once they collect 4 stamps, they can return their pass port for a Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations Frisbee. If they collect 8 stamps and bring that it in, we will enter their name into a drawing for a free IPad Mini. This drawing is scheduled to be held on September 3rd, 2014.
Violet & Poe playing on our yard!
 The package also includes some great discounts and freebies such as a Free Kid’s Sundae with the purchase of a Kid’s Meal from Dutch’s at Silver Tree or 10% a kid’s toy at Bear Creek Trader’s. The kicker in this package is that it is only $5! Add it before your reservation and we will have it waiting at the home for you upon your arrival! Can you imagine how excited the kids would be to start their Deep Creek vacation with a Deep Creek Adventurer Pack? If you are new to the area, this will help you plan some activities to do while you are visiting (Of course, we will happily make suggestions of some of our favorite things to see and do around Deep Creek Lake at any time!) Forgot to add it before your arrival, stop in to our office and pick yours up. We will also be offering these at the Welcome Party Mondays held each summer on the lakefront of Uno’s &The Honi-Honi) It really is a fun and neat package for the kid’s and the cooler lunch bag makes a great souvenir as well.
Beautiful Spring Morning!

Have you finalized your plans for Memorial Day weekend yet? We are currently offering “3 Nights for the Price of 2!” for this weekend so it’s a perfect time to take advantage. The docks are in and the marinas are ready! Don’t you want to spend the day with family and friends buzzing around the lake? Grilling out on your deck which offers stunning lake views? Capturing phenomenal sunsets from your private dock? We thought so! Give us a call here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales (1-866-351-1119 or online www.deepcreekvacations.com) and let us help you find that perfect Deep Creek or Vacation Rental home! We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

Welcoming Adventure!!

Collect Stamps! Win Prizes!
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations is excited to announce the beginning of their Deep Creek Kids Adventure Program! This year long and ongoing program is offered to both local and visiting kids in our area. For a mere $5, parents can purchase an Adventure Pack where everything comes in a cute little lunch bag. Inside the bag, the kids will find a bevy of cool items. Included in the package is a small sand bucket and shovel along with a variety of coupons and free giveaway to some of our area vendors. (Free ice cream, free arcade games, reduced special for laser tag; basically all things fun for kids!) The fun continues with a passport book they get that comes with a list of local vendors in the area. Once they visit the establishment, they ask for their passport to be stamped. Once they receive 5 stamps, they can come in to Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and get a free Frisbee. After 10 stamps, they come in and enter their names in a drawing for a chance to win a free 8GB iPod Touch! (I was bummed when I was told that I was not eligible for this prize). It’s a great way for the kids and parents to check out some of our “Local Flair”, have fun, and get a chance to win prizes. Come in and get yours today!
Fun activities at the Monday Welcome Party!

Taylor-Made’s Booth!
We are also pleased to say that we are once again attending the Welcome Party Mondays held each Monday on the lawn at Uno Chicago Grill. This is an awesome chance to come out and learn about activities, happenings and events in the Deep Creek Lake and surrounding area. Area vendors show up and woo you with their goods and are also there to help you plan some activities for your time spent at Deep Creek Lake. The admission is free and there are also complimentary finger foods & refreshments available. Live band entertainment will also begin at the Honi Honi from 5-8 pm. If you are out and about on Mondays, stop by and see us. We can’t wait to see you at the lake!

A gem of a find!

Zack taking on the Chipmunk Challenge!

Summer has officially arrived here at Deep Creek Lake and so far, we are being rewarded with some truly amazing weather. Bright blue skies appear to dance around a background of lush green mountains. Add in the sparkling blue waters of the lake and you will quickly see why summer is such a popular time to visit the area. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from a potential guest is “What will we do to entertain the kids?” While there are numerous answers to this question, one of my favorite and most reliable answers is “Go to Wisp Resort”. Kids will love the Wisp Resort Adventure Park where there are an abundance of fun activities for kids of all ages.  For the smaller kids, 4 & up, they may want to check out the Chipmunk Challenge Course which tests their athletic prowess while creating a fun and educational environment. Various obstacle courses and zip lines create the perfect amount of challenge combined with excitement and fun. The newly added Squirrel’s Den is a cool new playground that showcases various slides, swings, and a swaying bridge. Afterwards let them wind down with some gem mining where they will sluice and sift through gems. They then take them to the assay station to learn about the gems they have mined. Older kids may enjoy riding around and taking a Segway tour or flying down the Wisp Mountain on the unique Mountain Coaster (you can control the speed so if you are a wimp like me, you can take full advantage of the brakes!) Add in laser games, mountain biking, and  disc golf and you and your guests will find that you simply don’t have enough time to do it all in one day! Now, you may ask, “What will the adults do?” While they too can enjoy most of these activities, they may enjoy spending the afternoon on the prestigious Wisp Golf Course or relax with a day at Sewickley Spa where they enjoy a day of complete indulgence.  I highly recommend that you check out Wisp online (www.wispresort.comor give them a call 301-387-4000) for more details on what wonderful activities they offer!

First day of Summer @ Deep Creek Lake!

Summer homes are going very quickly so call Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations today to reserve yours (www.deepcreekvacations.comor 1-866-351-1119). We can’t wait to see you at the lake!