chair looking over the water
Ed Aigner

Top Things to do in Crisfield

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chair looking over the water
Ed Aigner

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Unplug and unwind
Patty Hancock

Close enough to our major cities (just a few hours from Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia) for a daytrip or a weekend. Located on the Tangier Sound and with quick access to the Chesapeake Bay, Crisfield offers a wonderful place to relax.

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Heritage and history is everywhere
men next to sign
Crisfield Heritage Foundation

Learn more about Crisfield's lively past when you schedule a walk around the town on the Port of Crisfield Escorted Walking Tour with a knowledgeable tour guide. Explore our maritime history at the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum or learn about the tradition of decoy carving at the Ward Brothers Workshop.

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Charter an adventure on the water
Dan Harrison

Our experienced charter and headboat captains are ready to put you on the fish. Don’t want to fish? Ask about sightseeing excursions. Charter half-day, full-day, night fishing, or just pay per person to join a larger group.

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Get crabby
J Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake
Somerset County Tourism

What better place to celebrate the state crustacean than the “Crab Capital of the World”? From the Soft Shell Fair in the Spring to the all-you-care-to-eat mid-summer Tawes Crab & Clam Bake to the Labor Day National Hard Crab Derby, Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs are never far from our minds or our dinner plates.

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Get into some Trail Mix
Janes Island is an ideal spot for watersports like kayaking.
VisitMaryland.org

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.

Get outside on walking , biking  and water trails. Start your exploration of Somerset County from Crisfield and discover many wonderful hidden spots.

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Dancing on the tide

Somers Cove Marina, located in the heart of Crisfield, features 515 slips (100 transient), a host of amenities, and is home to Crisfield's biggest events. This protected marina is surrounded by land on three sides and provides immediate access to the Tangier Sound in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Spend some time cruisin’
Patty Hancock

Take a leisurely cruise out to Smith or Tangier Island. Boats leave daily during season and will transport you to where life moves to the pulse of the tide in the marsh. Visit the museum, have a little lunch, and catch a glimpse of an unhurried life. If a half-day trip isn’t enough, make plans to come back and spend the night. Life is short. Eat the Smith Island Cake.
More info about cruising; contact: 410-651-2968.

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Take a dip
ice cream shop

Pause for a moment at the end of the day and stop in the Cristfield Creamery for a cool, tasty treat.  Enjoy the 50’s style ice cream shop with the best views in town. or take it to-go to the City Dock. From either vantage point, Mother Nature usually puts on a spectacular show as the sun dips low into the horizon.

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Go “Chicken neckin’”
Basket of Crabs at CBMM
CBMM

Go low tech (and low expense) and catch your dinner by chicken necking. You need nothing more than a line, a net, a chicken neck (or other sturdy bait), a ruler (got to keep it legal) and a heap of patience. A crab dinner is as close as the nearest public dock or beach. Supplies and instructions may be found at the Janes Island Camp Store and at other locations.

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Bird is the word
Blue Heron
Gerald Gerlitzki Photography

Situated along the Atlantic Flyway, there are plenty of spots to bring your binoculars/scopes and add to your life list, including Janes Island State Park, Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary and Martin’s National Wildlife Refuge. Make plans to hang out with the experts during Delmarva Birding Weekend in late April, for trips with experienced guides who know where to look and can help you with identification.