From the Beach to the Bay
Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Lower Eastern Shore
Nestled between Chesapeake Bay and the white, sandy beaches of the Atlantic, the Lower Eastern Shore includes Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties
Salisbury is an inland city that boasts plenty of fun things to see and do, including the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and the Salisbury Zoo. Evolution Craft Brewery is a favorite local hangout, which also serves raw oysters and other seasonal grub.
Head for the beach to soak up the sun with a trip to Ocean City, where there’s an abundance of seafood restaurants sure to please, from the quirky and casual to the fancy and fine. What’s better than a crab feast at the end of a day in the salt, sand and surf? For the nature lover, nearby Assateague Island is a popular place to relax on the beach, walk trails among the dunes and sight wild ponies.
Museums, Festivals, and Events
Time your visit to take advantage of Maryland’s unique seasonal festivals, such as the Annual Skipjack Races (a traditional oystering vessel) in Deal Island on Labor Day Weekend and while you’re there, take in the Skipjack Heritage Museum. Watch live Chesapeake Blue Crabs in a race to the finish line at Crisfield’s Hard Crab Derby, also on Labor Day Weekend, or catch a seafood festival, like the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield.
While in Crisfield, check out the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum, which features displays on the influence of Native Americans on early colonists, seafood harvesting and processing, decoy carving and more. The Smith Island Cultural Center explores the island’s hard-working lifestyles and the close knit communities comprised of descendants from the island’s original 17th-century English settlers.
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Time your visit to take advantage of Maryland’s unique seasonal festivals, such as the Annual Skipjack Races (a traditional oystering vessel) in Deal Island on Labor Day Weekend and while you’re there, take in the Skipjack Heritage Museum.
Camp in a cabin beneath tall loblolly pine trees near the waterfront at Janes Island State Park. Paddle a water trail to visit remote pristine beaches and see saltmarsh dwellers like birds, fish, and crabs up close.
Soft shell crabs are the same species as the “hard crabs,” but they have recently shed their shells after outgrowing them. The new shell is papery thin as it first forms.