Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Capital Region
With rushing rivers and mountain vistas, city centers and country escapes, the Capital Region truly is a place for all seasons.
The Waterfront at National Harbor features J. Seward Johnson's beloved sculpture, "The Awakening."
Off the water in Frederick, Maryland’s second largest city, you’ll find a culinary paradise. Firestone’s Culinary Tavern has a raw bar and uniquely crafted dishes to supplement your appetizers. Also check out Shuckin Shack Oyster Bar. Steamed crabs are served at West Point Crab House. If your visit is during the summer, look for the seasonal Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale from Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. This crisp, citrusy ale was brewed to highlight the bold character of Old Bay Seasoning used to enhance steamed Chesapeake Blue Crabs and other seafood dishes. The Capital Region is such a dynamic area for foodies, that new dining opportunities are constantly coming on line.
See a list of seafood restaurants in the Capital Region.
Museums, Festivals, and Events
Maryland serves up a diverse menu of seafood festivals, crab derbies and waterfront attractions. Explore maritime museums to discover what it was like to be a waterman in decades past. Try your hand at tonging or running a trotline, when you spend the day on a watermen’s heritage tour. See the unparalleled majestic beauty of a skipjack or log canoe race, both traditional watermen’s boats. Catch all the Chesapeake has to offer!
See more of the Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail.
The Capital Region is brimming with biking, hiking and paddling opportunities on or near the Potomac River. Access the river by kayak, paddleboard or pedal boat at the National Harbor. Plan time to walk or bike the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath Trail, and walk boardwalks at Piscataway Park for Potomac River views.
Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick is a pleasant place for a stroll with dining and shopping.
Explore the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District for numerous venues with live music, theater, independent films, major motion blockbusters, visual arts, dance and so much more.
Tour Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick by reservation, or stop by their tasting room, open Wednesday through Sunday. If in season, make sure to sample the Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale. While you’re there, fill a growler to go.
Spend the day or a weekend at the National Harbor where an upscale casino resort, outdoor shopping mall, dining and bars are sure to entertain. In the warmer months, bring the family to ride the Capital Wheel, a ferris wheel which soars 180 feet above the Potomac River. Take a spin on the Carousel, or sail on a pirate ship. Then settle in on a blanket for a family movie.
A deadrise is the traditional type of fishing boat commercial watermen use to set and pull crab pots on the Chesapeake Bay. Its wooden hull has a sharp bow that quickly becomes flat along the bottom. The rear of the boat has a large open work area, and the front has a small cabin structure.