Severna Park Maryland

Severna Park is a haven of quaint neighborhoods where family comes first.

A waterfront scene taken in the community of Lakeland. Photo courtesy Steve Zahn

A waterfront scene taken in the community of Lakeland. Photo courtesy Steve Zahn

Severna Park is a relatively young community, only incorporated in 1906. People speak of Severna Park as a great place to grow up or, conversely, a great place to raise kids.

Severna Park is a haven of quaint neighborhoods where family comes first. Severna Park’s annual Fourth of July parade is practically famous and is a portrait of Americana many may have thought had gone the way of Mayberry. There’s no shortage of other charming family outings, like the Halloween parade and annual Easter egg hunt.

Each neighborhood supports its own events, too. In the summer, neighborhoods have co-op kids’ camps offering sailing and tennis, for example. Other communities have neighborhood-wide rotating open houses for potluck happy hours. The school system is very good, and parents are extremely involved in PTAs and other aspects of keeping the schools on top. One neighborhood that many people fall in love with is Round Bay.

Central Severna Park has a Main Street that looks like it stepped right out of the idyllic 1950s where residents can shop at Dawson’s Liquors (a local staple since 1944) or grab barbecue at Adam’s Rib. Many residents swear by the pumpkin muffins at Garry’s Grill. At Woodfire Restaurant, diners can watch their meal being prepared in the 1,200-degree wood-burning grill in the exposed kitchen.

One of the many benefits of Severna Park is its close proximity to Annapolis, only about 10 minutes away by car. Of course, life here circulates around the water and the outdoors. Community beaches are the hubs of daily life and outdoor enthusiasts can hop on the Baltimore Annapolis Trail for a leisurely bike or jog.

For anyone craving a sense of community, Severna Park is the destination.

Christianna McCausland is a contributing writer for Chesapeake Home + Living.