Maryland’s Eastern Shore is home to spectacular sunsets, world-class seafood and produce, nature, history and so much more. Take the trip of a lifetime to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and check these things to do off your list!
1 Watch a rocket launch while camped with wild horses, Assateague Island National Seashore and State Park
Camping at Assateague, home of the famous wild horses, always makes for a memorable vacation, but try visiting when NASA’s nearby Wallops Island flight facility is due to launch. There’s nothing quite like the site of a rocket hurtling towards the heavens to put the exclamation point on an Assateague adventure.
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7206 National Seashore Ln
Berlin, MD 21811
2 Visit Chesapeake City Historic District
Historic Chesapeake City is on the National and Maryland Historic Registries. This beautiful town features lovely restored homes, Inns and B&Bs. You will find great shops, eateries, Canal Museum, bike trail and outdoor summer concerts.
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History & Heritage
100 Bohemia Avenue
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
3 Marvel at the untamed Chesapeake at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Stand in awe under a sky dotted with eagles and lose yourself in Blackwater’s primeval forests. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to three distinct ecosystems and a stunning array of wildlife.
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2145 Key Wallace Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613
4 Go West, young man, to Frontier Town, Whaleyville
Just a stone’s throw from Assateague and Ocean City is Frontier Town, where the Old West is alive and well. A Maryland institution for more than 50 years, pan for gold, take a ride on a stagecoach, and enjoy the six-iron thrills of Frontier Town’s legendary Old West show.
5 Walk in the footsteps of Harriet Tubman
“The Moses of Her People,” Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery but returned to her Eastern Shore home to lead others to freedom, becoming perhaps the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad. You can retrace her historic journeys along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and the soon to open Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park.
6 Dine at the Bartlett Pear Inn, Easton
Offering up sumptuous feasts of locally sourced foods and artisanal cocktails that will wow the most discerning pallet, chef Jordan Lloyd’s Bartlett Pear Inn was named one of the 100 Very Best Restaurants by Washingtonian magazine. Consider combining dinner with a stay at adjoining boutique hotels.
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28 S. Harrison Street
Easton, MD 21601
7 Play the ponies then hit the slots at Ocean Downs, Berlin
There’s nothing quite like a day at the races, and Ocean Downs’ historic trotters track is a one-of-a-kind raceway. After the races, hit the casino for slots, simulcast horse-racing and great food at Ocean Downs. Then treat yourself to a first-rate steak at Pacers.
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Gaming & Casinos
10218 Racetrack Rd
Berlin, MD 21811
8 Paddle the Indian Water Trails on a guided canoe tour of Bending Water Park, Marion Station
Follow a native guide through Bending Water Park while paddling this traditional home of the Accohannock Tribe. Miles of trails skirt pristine wetlands with no manmade structures in site. Dip your paddle and get a taste of unspoiled Maryland wilderness.
9 Charter a boat and head out on the Chesapeake for an angling adventure
Chesapeake Bay rockfish make for some of the best fishing in the world and there’s a flotilla of charters on the Eastern Shore just waiting to take you out for a day on the Bay.
10 Catch the annual National Hard Crab Derby, Crisfield
Crisfield is an amazing destination 365 days a year (and 366 in leap years!), but there’s something about the National Hard Crab Derby that makes for a must-do adventure. In addition to the great crustacean race, the Derby includes parades, a carnival and the Miss Crustacean contest.
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Crisfield, MD 21817