Queen Anne's County Tourism

Top Things to do on the Kent Narrows Waterfront

Queen Anne's County Tourism

The beautiful Kent Narrows Waterfront is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, just five miles east of the Chesapeake Bay. The waterway, know as the Kent Narrows, connects the Chester River to the Eastern Bay. It separates Kent Island, the largest Island in the Chesapeake Bay, from the Delmarva Peninsula.

Dockside Dining
Bridges restaurant on the water
Queen Anne's County

Foodies flock to the Kent Narrows Waterfront (many by boat) to enjoy Maryland's steamed crabs and the freshest seafood from the Chesapeake Bay. Dining hotspots include The Narrows Restaurant, Harris Crab House, Bridges and The Jetty.


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Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC)
sign for Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Queen Anne's County Tourism

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center features a variety of opportunities for biking, birding, kayaking, hiking, nature walks, guided tours and much more. Explore the unique wetlands and woodland areas of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) a 510-acre  nature preserve, by kayak or canoe; you can rent a kayak at CBEC and sign up for a guided tour! View Video.

The center also has birds of prey on site and a visitors center with rental space available for conferences and receptions. CBEC hosts the Sea Glass Festival, an annual event that brings together "sea-glassers" who collect unique sea glass fragments; the show offers D-I-Y workshops to create beautiful sea glass pieces.

Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center
exterior Chesapeake Bay Heritage Center
Queen Anne's County

The Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center is staffed by destination experts who provide information on where to find local seafood, dinning and entertainment options, accommodations and events in the Kent Narrows area. It’s the perfect starting point for a visit to Kent Narrows, Queen Anne’s County, and the Delmarva Peninsula. There you'll find plenty of brochures and maps of the region.

There's great shopping on the way to Ocean City at these outlets where you'll save on Under Armour, Kate Spade and more.
Simon Premium Outlets

Commence your shopping extravaganza at the Queenstown Premium Outlets. With more than 65 stores, you will find an amazing selection of fabulous brands and huge savings. Then branch-off to the small towns such as Grasonville where you'll discover vintage shops, working art studios and galleries offering fine art, jewelry and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Birds Eye View
Exploration tower
Queen Anne's County

Escape to the balcony level and observation tower at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitors Center for scenic view of the Kent Narrows Waterway. Here you will experience an unparalleled birds-eye view of the beautiful landscape. Experience a cool breeze even during the hottest months.

Discover Ferry Point Park
sunset view of land and bay
Queen Anne's County

This public park features a 530 foot marshland boardwalk that leads to a sandy beach area. Hunt for sea glass, take the nature scavenger hunt, or simply enjoy the view!

Original Icy Treat
A customer holds up the famous Nutty Buddy Dessert Cone
Trip Advisor

Sit on the dock and enjoy the view while having a homemade ENORMOUS Nutty Buddy icy treat from Harris Crab House.

Crab Feast
Crabs at the Maryland Seafood Festival

Enjoy delicious steamed crabs (and other seafood) at a great restaurant such as Harris Crab House, Crab Deck or The Jetty - or get you crabs to-go at Fisherman's Seafood Market.

Pedal with a River View
Two Bicyclists Stop to Take in the Water View
Jay Fleming Photography/QAC Tourism

The Cross Island Trail stretches 6 miles east to west along an abandoned rail corridor offering immaculate views of the Chester River. The trail also has a path that leads to the Chesapeake Heritage Visitor Center and crosses the Kent Narrow Waterman’s Memorial Drawbridge to hotels and restaurants. 

Captain John Smith Trail
Capt John Smith Trail - The Shallop

Follow the trail with local fishing/ charter experts!  Plan a yachting vacation. The Chesapeake Bay is considered one of the finest cruising areas in the world. Choose from: Motor Yachts, Express Cruisers, Trawlers, Sailboats and Catamarans. 

Live Music on the Waterfront
Red Eye's Dock Bar - Kent Narrows
Red Eye's Dock Bar

The Kent Narrows Waterfront Village District comes alive with music in the summertime the waterfront restaurants offer entertainment throughout the summer season.

Live music can be heard at The Jetty, Red Eyes, Big Owl, The Crab Deck, Harris Crab House and Bridges

Watermen’s Memorial Monument
statue of men in boats

The monument, honoring those who work as commercial fishermen and watermen in Maryland, depicts two watermen aboard a boat afloat in the rough waters of the Chesapeake Bay. You will find the monument at Kent Narrows Way South and Rt.18.

Miss Betty Oyster Plate Collection At Fisherman’s Inn Restaurant
Miss Betty's Collection of Oyster Plates on Display at Fisherman's Inn Restaurant
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More than 400 oyster plates, collected by Miss Betty Thomas Schulz - matriarch and daughter of the original owner of the Fisherman’s Inn, decorate the dining areas, along with pictures of the Thomas family, who opened the restaurant in 1930. This impressive oyster plate collection is by far the largest collection of oyster plates in the region.

Waterman’s Boat Basin
Boats under bridge
Jay Fleming Photography

Follow the Watermen’s Heritage trail to watermen’s boat basin to witness workboats and journey underneath the Kent Narrows Bridge onto the pedestrian boardwalk for an exclusive view of the Kent Narrows Waterway 

​Calling all Anglers! Sport Fishing is a way of life here!
Jay Fleming

​Depending on the season, anglers rarely go home without a catch! Rockfish, White Perch, Sea Trout, Blue Fish Charter and Headboat fishing trips depart from the Kent Narrows on a regular basis from April-December. Experienced Captains know where the fish are. Catch Rockfish, White Perch, Sea Trout and Blue Fish!