Maryland Launches New Tourism Initiative Highlighting Crabs, Oysters

The Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail Highlights More Than 100 of the State’s Seafood Restaurants.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today announced a new initiative focused on promoting Maryland’s outstanding seafood to domestic and international travelers. The Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail, which kicks off this month in celebration of National Seafood Month, features a virtual tour highlighting more than 100 of the state’s seafood restaurants, as well as seafood festivals held throughout the state during October.

“Maryland has a proud history of harvesting some of the world’s best seafood from the Chesapeake Bay, and this trail gives us a great opportunity to highlight our great state as a destination for seafood lovers,” said Governor Hogan. “Residents and visitors alike can plan a trip to the more than 100 destinations serving freshly harvested crabs and oysters, as well as the many seafood festivals taking place this month.”

The trail map is divided into five regional excursions. More than 100 markers denote restaurants across the state that serve steamed crabs, soft shell crabs, and fresh local oysters. The trail also features attractions that showcase the state’s heritage and history in connection with the seafood of the Chesapeake Bay and watershed.

Seafood fans can also get their fill at a number of festivals taking place during the month, including the Community Crab Feast at Wilmer Park in Chestertown and the Oyster Stroll in Westminster, both on October 14; Tilghman Island Day on Tilghman Island on October 21; the U.S. Oyster Festival in Leonardtown taking place October 21-22; and OysterFest at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels on October 28.

Visitors are encouraged to share their Maryland seafood experiences on social media using the hashtags #VisitMaryland and #MDinFocus.

For more information about the Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail or seafood festivals, visit www.visitmaryland.org or call 1-800-719-5900.