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!
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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Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
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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3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Rd
Waldorf, MD 20601
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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14200 Solomons Island Rd
Solomons, MD 20688
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. Follow the Patuxent Wine Trail
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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11765 St. Linus Dr
Waldorf, MD 20602
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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44300 Sotterley Ln
Hollywood, MD 20636
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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11175 Point Lookout Rd
Scotland, MD 20687
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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10515 Mackall Rd
St. Leonard, MD 20685
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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27963 Budds Creek Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
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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38370 Point Breeze Rd
Coltons Point, MD 20626
11 The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum celebrates the past, present and future in the research, development, testing and evaluation of naval aircraft.
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22156 Three Notch Rd
Lexington Park, MD 20653