Tips for Your First Deep Creek Summer Vacation

If you are planning your first Deep Creek summer vacation, it can be a little overwhelming. There are tons of fun activities and adventures to enjoy! We put together a list of some absolute “musts” for first-timers.

see the sights

No Deep Creek summer vacation is complete without a little sightseeing! One of the most popular attractions is Muddy Creek Falls at Swallow Falls State Park. This towering waterfall is the tallest in the state of Maryland. It is surrounded by pristine forests and amazing scenery. Plus, hiking trails lead you to two more picturesque waterfalls. This is a great selfie spot!

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Muddy Creek Falls Near Deep Creek Lake

If you have kids in your group, you cannot pass up a visit to the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park. Hands-on displays highlight the environment of Western Maryland. During the summer, they have daily events that include seeing the birds in the aviary, arts & crafts, guided hikes, fishing with a naturalist and more!

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
See the Birds in the Aviary at the Discovery Center

History buffs will love strolling the streets of historic downtown Oakland. Lined with great eateries, antique stores and unique shops, you can easily spend a day here. You can tour the 1884 B&O Railroad Station that has undergone a complete, historically-accurate restoration. Currently, it is the home of the B&O Museum.  The Queen Anne style architecture is the focal point of the downtown area and is one of the most distinguished, historic depots in the United States. Also, you can make a stop at the Garrett County Historical Museum or the Transportation Museum. Both have interesting exhibits that bring the area’s rich history to life!

Activities To Do

Whether you have your own boat or you rent one, cruising the lake is the most popular recreation for a Deep Creek summer vacation. You can stop for swim in one of the many quiet coves, water ski or take a tube ride. This is a sure way to keep everyone entertained!

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Bring Your Boat or Rent One Locally

Let All Earth Eco Tours take you on a guided kayak trip on the pristine Savage River Reservoir. There is no motorboat traffic, so you can truly immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. It is an affordable family activity that lets you “unplug” for a bit. You might even spot some wildlife – including bald eagles!

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Ziplining at Wisp Resort

Make a stop at the Mountain Park at Wisp Resort! They have a wide range of activities to fill your afternoon. There is something for all ages. You can take a scenic chairlift ride, rent mountain bikes to explore trails, soar through the trees on a zipline, ride their famous mountain coaster, play a round of disc golf or zip around the resort on a Segway. Your “littles” will love the playground and gem mining station too! Perfect for rainy days, they also offer indoor Escape Games.

Where to Stay

When planning your Deep Creek summer vacation, staying in a vacation rental home is the best option. You can save money by making your own meals, and it will give you plenty of space to spend quality time with your favorite people. Fun amenities like private pools, outdoor hot tubs and pool tables are an added bonus!

We offer over 400 vacation rental homes, so we have lots of great options no matter what your needs. From luxury properties to cozy cottages, a Taylor-Made home will make your first Deep Creek summer vacation truly special.

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