Havre de Grace Top Ten To-Dos at the Top of the Chesapeake Bay
Waterfront fun, amazing seafood, remarkable history and welcoming people make Havre de Grace the true crown of the Chesapeake Bay
Whether you’re a history buff, a Sunday driver, a seafood lover, or an outdoor adventurer, Havre de Grace has got you covered, here at the gateway to the Chesapeake Bay.
Witness the creation of beautiful, Chesapeake-style waterfowl decoys. The decoy carver’s art is an essential part of bay culture, and Havre de Grace is home to true masters. Marvel at their work, and even attend lectures to learn how to make your own work of wilderness art at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum.
Right downtown on Bourbon Street, you’ll find BaySail on the Chesapeake, the perfect spot to pick-up a charter and explore the bay, or take sailing lessons and begin a lifelong journey. Take a day sail or come back for extended courses and you’ll be an old salt in no time!
An oasis of tidal marsh and piedmont forest that borders downtown and the bay, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum opens a window into life on the Chesapeake. Step back 400 years to Native American communities that made this land their home. Learn about the town’s War of 1812 history. Even volunteer as a boat builder and help make a traditional Chesapeake Bay fishing skiff.
Maryland is definitely a duffer’s delight, but few courses anywhere can match the truly spectacular Bulle Rock. Rated the #1 public course in Maryland, Bulle Rock is a quintessential Pete Dye course, and a can’t-miss good day on the greens. After the links, treat yourself to an exquisite meal at Bulle Rock's Gourmet Pub & Grill, where every meal is double-eagle delicious.
Walk this beautiful boardwalk along the banks of the Susquehanna River as it joins the majestic Chesapeake Bay and let the light salt breeze blow your cares away. It’s a place of remarkable beauty and serenity, and an easy stroll to amazing seafood dining and destination shopping.
Avast ye, maties, set sail for Havre de Grace’s Pirate Fest Weekend in June, for a hootin’, hollerin’, party that hoists the fun to the mizzen mast! Pirate music, pirate games, and even a pirate 5K run (peg legs welcome) make this a can’t-miss good time for old salts, skalawags and land-lubbers alike!
Any tour of Chesapeake Lighthouses means making the trip to beautiful Concord Point Lighthouse. Located at the top of the Chesapeake, this iconic light has guided travelers since 1827. A frequent backdrop for weddings and other events because of its remarkable beauty, Concord Point is also home to the Keeper’s House Museum, shining a light on the lives of 19th-century lighthouse keepers.
One look at this waterfront village, and you’ll know they do seafood right. And Havre de Grace definitely doesn’t disappoint. Whether it’s traditional steamed crabs, oysters on the half shell, or a New American take on Chesapeake favorites, you can get it all with a great view to boot. Tidewater Grille and The Bayou are just a couple great choices.
You haven’t really experienced Maryland’s remarkable beauty until you’ve seen it while soaring high above the gentle waves of the Chesapeake Bay. Parasailing with Old Town Parasail is a memory you’ll keep forever, and the friendly, safe staff make this an adventure in everyone’s reach. Just head to the downtown docks and get ready to set your vacation’s sights high!
Nestled into Havre de Grace’s five-mile historic district, the waterfront downtown makes for a perfect day of antiquing. Visit the truly unique Bohoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum, the historic Seneca Cannery Antiques, great art spots like Dark Sea Glass and Arts By the Bay Gallery and so many more, so close together. You simply won’t want to stop shopping, well, until you smell all of that amazing local seafood. But after dinner, more shopping!