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Deep Creek Lake, MD - A Paradise for Kids of All Ages

Are you looking for a weekend trip destination or

a week of fun when the kids are off school?

You don't have to look far. Deep Creek Lake in Maryland has it all and provides fun for kids of all ages. With its great location and an easy drive from the Washington DC and the Pittsburg area, it's a beloved destination up and down the East Coast. Make unforgetable memories at Chalet Alpenglow, a 5 star, 4-season vacation destination in Deep Creek, dog-friendly, sleeping 12.

Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in the U.S. state of Maryland. It covers

approximately 3,900 acres and has 69 miles of shoreline. The state park has a beautiful beach area and the lake is a perfect place for boating, water sports, and fishing. There are more than 90,000 acres of public land that make up state forests and parks. The area offers many trails great for hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing with varying lengthy and difficulties. It is also home to Maryland’s tallest waterfall, a spectacular rock maze, historic sites, and bird sanctuaries. Wisp Ski Resort makes Deep Creek an all-season vacation paradise.

What to do with kids in Deep Creek Lake:

Please check opening times before visiting, they can vary depending on the season.


You have convince your teenager that vacationing with the family can still be fun? They will not be disappointed if you stay at Chalet Alpenglow.

Teens will enjoy:


Kids will enjoy:

  • a spectacular castle bedroom which provides hours of play for the warriors defending the castle with foam swords and shields, escaping through the bed slide and winding down making their own creations with the provided legos, magnetic tiles, and a puppet theater.

  • Chalet Alpenglow's newest family member, a 93inch teddy bear who can't wait to play or being read to

  • a big selection of board games and puzzles for some bonding time

  • a kids library filled with our favorite books

  • a game room with foosball table, ring toss, and childfriendly axe throwing game

  • a big yard with a play house, tetherball, volleyball, cornhole, badminton, croquet

  • a beautiful fairy garden outside

  • catch and release fishing in the community pond, a short walk away from the chalet (fishing poles provided)

  • in the winter time the yard turns into a great sledding hill, right in front of the house (sleds provided)

  • hot tub

  • big movie screen with surround sound system and an X-Box

  • Chalet Alpenglow comes with a complimentary membership for our guests at the Community Aquatic Recreation Center (CARC) which is 1 mile away from the house and offers a fully equipped gym facility, two indoor pools, and a gymnasium for basketball.

  • Miniature golf, laser tag, arcade, bumper car, go-carts at Deep Creek Fun Zone or Funland

  • Horse Back Riding at Circle Ranch

  • Oakland B&O Railroad Museum - learn about Oakland history

  • Monkey Business Aerial Adventure Park - offers kid-friendly aerial adventures on the Chipmunk Challenge course for ages four and up, includes two zip lines of 60 and 200 feet, along with various climbing and swinging stations.

  • Explore Deep Creek Lake by Boat - read our blog about best rentals here:

  • Hiking to the amazing Rock Maze with hours of hide and seek play guarnanteed - Address: 3739 Snaggy Mountain Road, Oakland, MD 21550 (Type in Rock Maze Trail into Google Maps)

  • Marsh Mountain Mining Company - discover treasures for age 2+, there is also a playground

  • Create a handmade keepsake at Deep Creek Pottery

  • Arcade at FunUnlimited

  • Hay rides at Circle Ranch

  • Hand-led pony rides at Western Trails

  • Horsedrawn carriage ride at Pleasant Valley Dream Rides

  • Deep Creek Lake Lavender Farm - pastoral scenery is truly breathtaking. The kids can pick their own bouquet, and you can also visit their farm store that is stocked with lots of lavender-based products.

  • Scenic CHAIRLIFT RIDE at Wisp Resort. Ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain at Wisp for beautiful lake views. When you get to the top, walk to the Adventure Sports Center International and watch whitewater rafters.

  • Hovatter's Wildlife Zoo - in Kingwood, WV is a great Zoo for the kids. A little bit of a drive but worth the trip.

  • Alpaca Acres Farm and Fiber - meet and greet the alpacas, attend one of the family-friendly events, reserve a campfire, and spend some time together enjoying the outdoor farm activities.

  • Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park - an educational venue with hands-on exhibits that focus on the natural resources of Western Maryland Deep.

  • Visit the petting zoo at Schoolhouse Earth. Adults can do a little shopping at this eclectic store while the little ones check out the llamas, goats, and chickens at the petting zoo.

  • Create your own Donuts at Deep Creek Donuts

  • Go on an Ice Cream Tasting Tour: hit them all or pick and choose: Lakeside Creamery (delicious homemade ice cream), Saffiticker's Ice Cream Shop (soft serve, sundaes, milk shakes, flurries), Katie's Ice Cream, Huey's Ice Cream, Devlers Ice Cream

  • Rent a two-person kayak at the State Park. The doubles are perfect for exploring with young kids. The guides there can point you in the direction of the best spots to observe migrating birds.

  • Wisp Ski Resort has a kids program in the winter for skiing and snowboarding and summer with activities at the beach and resort, a full-day programm from 8:30 - 3:00pm for kids age 5-12. Depending on the season, on Saturdays they offer Kids Night Out.

  • The DCL Sailing School offers a sailing summer camp for kids 6-17


Toddlers will enjoy:

Your toddler can enjoy all the adventures with you, depending on their personality and likes. Bring a hiking backpack with you. Chalet Alpenglow provides a highchair, outlet covers, and a PacknPlay.

We hope this information was helpful and we were able to inspire some family fun ideas. If you decide, to visit Deep Creek Lake, we would love to host you at Chalet Alpenglow. Our home sleeps 12 and is dog- and kid-friendly. We allow more than 2 dogs, please contact us directly for this request.

As one of our guests summed it up:

Our family had a great time at Chalet Alpenglow! This home had a welcoming atmosphere and was very kid and pet friendly! We felt like our best friends let us stay in their home! Very close to anything you want to do. If it were up to the kids we wouldn’t have left! Highly recommend this home for your Deep Creek stay!

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