Summer is coming to an end, so now’s the time to make the most of the great summer activities Southern Maryland has to offer. Put on those flip flops, grab the sunscreen, and bring your family to check out these fun events before the crisp air of fall approaches:
Spend a Day at the Beach
The Assateague Island National Seashore is the perfect spot for a day of relaxation. This stretch of land is best known for its incredible wildlife, and visitors can see wild horses, dolphins, turtles, and multiple species of birds as they relax on the shore.
If you’re looking for a beach full of fun in the sun, Ocean City is the spot for you. The boardwalk, just off the sand, offers great food, games, and rides. Be sure to try some steamed Maryland crabs and the famous Thrasher’s French Fries while you’re there.
Though technically a bay and not a beach, Calvert Cliffs still earns a spot as one of Maryland’s top beaches due to its incredible views and unique history. Surrounded by picturesque sandy cliffs, this quarter-mile-long stretch of beach is perfect for swimming and fishing. Hike along the cliffs and you may see one of the 600 species of fossils that exist in this area.
Ask locals where to camp in Southern Maryland, and Point Lookout State Park is likely at the top of the list. Located at the southernmost tip of St. Mary’s County, where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay, Point Lookout has 143 wooded campsites, along with six cabins available for rent. There’s plenty to do including beach activities, a Civil War museum, a nature center, a lighthouse you can tour, and even more.
There’s something for everyone at the Breezy Point Beach and Campground. This campground accommodates tents, pop-ups, RVs, and trailers. Picnic areas with grills and picnic tables are readily available as well. Known as one of the area’s finest beaches, Breezy Point offers a half-mile strip of sand perfect for building sand castles, playing on the playground, or searching for shark teeth. For fishing and crabbing enthusiasts, there’s a 200-foot pier so you can catch your dinner.
Take a Hike
Cedarville State Forest encompasses 3510 acres of land near the Zekiah Swamp. The 19 mile trail system is comprised of five loops that can be combined to form longer treks. The trails are well-maintained and marked with color coded hiking stakes and arrows, making it very difficult to get lost. These hikes aren’t too strenuous so they’re ideal for the whole family, including the family’s favorite furred friend.
Another fun trail is the Myrtle Point Park, a 192-acre natural park located on the western shore of the Patuxent River. The park offers nearly two miles of pristine shoreline, tidal wetlands, salt ponds, mature forests, and documented archaeological sites. Whether you’re looking for a day of hiking, bird watching, beach combing, relaxing, or fishing, Myrtle Point Park won’t disappoint.
Hit the Water Slides
Chesapeake Beach Water Park is close to Chesapeake Bay in a charming Southern Maryland beach town approximately an hour away from Baltimore. With eight water slides, a lazy river, a lagoon, and kid’s pool, this water park is sure to be a day of fun. Bring your own sunscreen, beach chairs, and towels, as seating is limited. There are also private cabanas available with reservation.
Go To a Seafood Fest
Maryland is famous for its seafood, and there’s no better way to try it out than at a Maryland seafood fest.
Fort McHenry Crab Feast, Baltimore, August 3, 2019
The annual Crab Feast on the grounds of Fort McHenry includes delicious BBQ, drinks, and the tunes of the Eastport Oyster Boys.
Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival, National Harbor/Oxon Hill August 24, 2019
This is the 10th Annual Maryland Tradition. The Festival is an all-you-can-eat extravaganza complete with over 50,000 crabs, along with beer, arts and crafts, live music, family fun, and more. Make sure you don’t miss this amazing event just at the end of the month.
Southern Maryland is full of different events for you and the entire family to enjoy before the summer is over and school starts back up again in the fall. Camping, waterparks, and festivals are just a few of the great things Maryland has to offer. What are your favorite Maryland activities? Let us know below.