Upper Western Shore and The Greater Baltimore Area Crab and Oyster Trail

Succulent, sweet, and centuries of tradition.

Photo By: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Central Maryland

Places along the way

Upper Western Shore

and The Greater Baltimore Area

The Upper Western Shore serves up the energy and excitement of big city Baltimore, but also offers rural escapes in the countryside north and west of the city near the towns of Bel Air and Westminster.

Seeking a special night out with spectacular views of the waterfront and city skyline? Head to the Rusty Scupper in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for elegant harbor-side drinking and dining.

On the bay, Essex and Dundalk have a unique culture all their own where crab houses and restaurants combine rollicking night life and entertainment with delectable seafood. Check out The New Sue Island Grill & Crabhouse or the Riverwatch in Essex and the Hard Yacht Café, a dock bar in Dundalk.    

For impressive and peaceful water views, head to Havre de Grace where history and culture intermingle with the town’s excellent food and spirits, just like the waters of the wide Susquehanna Flats that merge with the Chesapeake Bay.

You’ll find crab houses and seafood markets at towns a little further inland too, such as CJ’s Crabhouse & Grill in Owings Mills, Conrad’s in Parkville, Richard’s Fish and Crabs in Belair and Rock Salt Grille in Westminster.

The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival in mid-October kicks-off the oyster season, which lasts through the winter and early spring. At the festival, sample oysters raw, fried and grilled, then watch professional oyster shuckers compete against each other and against the clock.  Don’t worry if you’re a novice and want to shuck oysters. Westminster offers a Downtown Oyster Stroll and a Learn to Shuck Like a Pro event at Maggie’s Restaurant to hone your skills.

In Baltimore there is no shortage of oyster bars – nine of them in fact. These venues offer oysters from a variety of locales, so you can sample the subtle flavor differences that arise from their diverse environments and salinities. To savor oysters and seafood delicacies made with farm to table ingredients, head to Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore or Catonsville Gourmet in the suburbs.

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Tour the National Aquarium in Baltimore to explore what lives in our oceans, then try a dragon or peddle boat in the Inner Harbor.

Maryland Lore

Many oysters change sex over the course of their lifetime. Most oysters less than one year old are male, while older oysters are usually female.

Oysters for sale with information on the importance of oysters on Maryland's environment & economy.

Trails in this Region

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