The top five Maryland attractions rated the highest in attractiveness among U.S. states, according to a new study by a University of Maryland tourism group.
The Maryland Tourism Development Corporation (MTD) said the rankings were based on a survey of 2,000 people who said they visited attractions in the state last year.
The survey was conducted for the MTD by the University of Phoenix and released Monday.
The top five attractions were: The Maryland Zoo, the National Museum of Maryland, the Maryland Aquarium, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium.
The highest rated attractions were The Maryland Aquatic Center, the Anne Arundel County Museum of Art, and The National Museum Of Maryland.
The rankings include the top attraction attractions, including the Cheson Aquarium’s Blue Ridge Parkway and Maryland Zoo’s new Aquarium exhibit.
In addition, the MTSC said it also considered the attractiveness of Maryland residents, tourists, and businesses, and gave its scores based on the average ratings for each category.
The ranking also includes attractions that were rated the lowest on the list, such as the Baltimore Zoo’s Chesapeake Aquarium and the National Gallery of Art’s new American Museum Of Natural History.
The MTSCs study, released Monday, also found that Maryland residents are more likely to choose a Maryland theme park than a state.
The Maryland tourism association said more than one-third of Maryland visitors said Maryland attractions ranked in the top 5 were also among the top 3 in their state, and more than 70 percent of Marylanders said Maryland visitors were more likely than visitors from other states to choose Maryland attractions.
The state is also rated the most attractive state for those who have traveled in the past year, according the study.
The U.K.’s Department for International Development has praised Maryland for its efforts to attract foreign investment, especially to its tourism industry.