Things to See and Do in Southern Maryland

Chesapeake charm meets southern style in the birthplace of Maryland.

By Jim Meyer

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Interpreter at Historic St. Mary's City
Interpreter at Historic St. Mary's City
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift
With wine tastings, concerts, and a preserved slave cabin, there's always something to discover at Sotterley.
Sotterley Plantation
Student Group at Pax Air Museum
The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

In Southern Maryland, history and culture mingle on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Here are some of the top things to see in the region—save this list and take a trip to see them all! 

Explore the tall ships that tell the story of the first settlers of Maryland.

1 Travel Back in Time to Historic St. Mary’s City

Board the tall ship Dove, a reconstruction of the boat that brought the first European settlers to Maryland back in 1634. Tour the 17th-century plantation with heirloom livestock and living historians, then visit an ongoing archeological dig as researchers peel back the layers of history revealing our colonial past. More about top things to see and do in historic St. Mary's City...


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
240-895-4990


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Dr. Mudd House Museum in Waldorf Photo By: www.roadtrippers.com

2 Visit the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum

Ever wonder where the saying “Your name is Mudd,” came from? Hit this museum and you’ll find out. Now part of the “Escape of the Assassin Trail,” this former home of Dr. Samuel Mudd became part of American history when John Wilkes Booth fled here after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. The doctor treated Booth’s broken leg, forever disparaging the name “Mudd.”


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Type:
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Location:
3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Rd
Waldorf, MD 20601
301-274-9358


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Calvert Marine Museum Megaladon Shark Photo By: Calvert Marine Museum

3 Expand Your Horizons at the Calvert Marine Museum

Touch a live skate or ray at one of the museum’s aquariums and marvel at the massive 35-foot-long Megalodon Shark skeleton, reconstructed based on fossils discovered nearby. Then, visit the woodworking shop and witness the traditional craft of Chesapeake boat builders.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
410-326-2042


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Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery

4 Follow the Patuxent Wine Trail

Travel this trail to tour the vineyards of Southern Maryland. The wineries along the Patuxent Trail offer beautiful water vistas and—thanks to a climate and soil composition often compared to the Tuscany region—truly spectacular wines.


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Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries


Location:
c/o Friday's Creek Winery
Owings, MD 20736
410-326-0949


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See players on the rise to the bigs playing for one of Maryland's minor league teams.

5 Catch a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Game at Regency Furniture Stadium

If you want to take the family out to the ball game, Blue Crabs baseball is a guaranteed hit. One of the true gems of minor league baseball, Regency Furniture Stadium is designed to look like an historic Maryland tobacco barn and offers beautiful lawn seating in the outfield. 


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
11765 St. Linus Dr
Waldorf, MD 20602
301-638-9788


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With wine tastings, concerts, and a preserved slave cabin, there's always something to discover at Sotterley.

6 Check Out Sotterley Plantation

With wine tastings, concerts and even ghost walks, there’s always something happening at Sotterley. This beautiful plantation on the Patuxent once welcomed George Washington and offers a rare glimpse back in time with buildings dating back more than 300 years, including a rare, preserved slave cabin. 


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Location:
44300 Sotterley Ln
Hollywood, MD 20636
301-373-2280


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Point Lookout State Park Lighthouse

7 Explore Civil War History at Scenic Point Lookout State Park

Come spend a day where the Potomac meets the Bay. Home to one of the Union’s most infamous prisoner-of-war camps, Point Lookout has been called the most haunted place in America. The park is also home to the beautiful Point Lookout Lighthouse and great fishing!


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Location:
11175 Point Lookout Rd
Scotland, MD 20687
301-872-5688


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This important site on the Star-Spangled Banner Trail was the location of the largest naval engagement in the state's history.

8 See an American Indian Village at Jefferson Patterson Park

See the reconstructed American Indian village, check out the visitor center (a former show barn that houses artifacts from the park’s archeological digs dating back thousands of years) and then walk the beaches, forests and fields of this unique park.


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Type:
Visual Arts


Location:
10515 Mackall Rd
St. Leonard, MD 20685
410-586-8501


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Get your MX fix at this park, host to three World Championships.

9 Watch a Race at America’s Motocross Capital, Budds Creek

Hear the roar of race bikes as the greatest riders from around the world defy gravity while risking life and limb as they tackle one of the toughest motocross courses anywhere.  Riders soar through the air over the legendary Budds Creek Motocross Park, home to the AMA Nationals, three World Championships and racing nearly every weekend in the summer.


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Type:
Outdoor Recreation


Location:
27963 Budds Creek Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
301-475-2000


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Clement's Island State Park

10 Voyage to St. Clement’s Island

Stop in at the St. Clement’s Island Museum (located on the mainland) and learn about the history of the early colonists through to the watermen of today, then board the ferry to explore the 40-acre island where Maryland’s first European settlers landed. The Blessing of the Fleet in October is a great time to visit.


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
38370 Point Breeze Rd
Coltons Point, MD 20626
301-872-5688


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Student Group at Pax Air Museum Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

11 The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum celebrates the past, present and future of the research, development, testing and evaluation of Naval Aircraft.


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Type:
History & Heritage


Location:
22156 Three Notch Rd
Lexington Park, MD 20653
301-863-1900


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Featured Places
Historic St. Mary's City re-enactor
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Location:
Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum
02
Location:
3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Rd
Waldorf, MD 20601
Lighthouse photo
03
Location:
14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
Patuxent Wine Trail logo
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Location:
c/o Friday's Creek Winery
Owings, MD 20736
Regency Furniture Stadium
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Location:
11765 St. Linus Dr
Waldorf, MD 20602
Sotterley Plantation
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Location:
44300 Sotterley Ln
Hollywood, MD 20636
Point Lookout State Park
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Location:
11175 Point Lookout Rd
Scotland, MD 20687
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
08
Location:
10515 Mackall Rd
St. Leonard, MD 20685
Motocross Rider On Course
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Location:
27963 Budds Creek Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Aerial view of St. Clement's Island State Park
10
Location:
38370 Point Breeze Rd
Coltons Point, MD 20626
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and Visitor Center
11
Location:
22156 Three Notch Rd
Lexington Park, MD 20653
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