Upper Western Shore: Things to Do

Not sure what else to do when you visit the region? Consider the places listed below as you book your waterman heritage tour.

Educational

  • Historic Annapolis - Whether you want to learn about the history of Maryland's capital, shop along the town's quiet streets, or take in the beautiful Bay views along the water, historic Annapolis has everything you could want for a fun-filled weekend.

  • Banneker-Douglass Museum - Maryland's official museum of African American heritage documents, interprets, and promotes the history and culture of African American Marylanders.

  • Four Rivers Heritage Area - Visit one of Maryland's state heritage areas stretching from Sandy Point State Park to the Rose Haven for a trip filled with history, culture, and the outdoors.

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum - The Annapolis Maritime Museum educates visitors about the Annapolis area's rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits, and community events.

  • Historic London Town -  This 23-acre museum and park features history, archaeology, and horticulture with its historic buildings and beautiful gardens.

  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center - SERC's 2,650-acre campus of forests, wetlands, and marshes offers visitors, schoolgroups, and scientists the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge ecological research in the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Maryland State House - Explore the oldest state capitol still in continuous use and see where the Continental Congress met to witness the official end of the Revolutionary War. 

  • Galesville Heritage Museum - Galesville is one of the oldest villages in the United States, representing the birth of Quakerism in Maryland and acting as an important port for travelers along the South and Severn Rivers. 

Recreational

  • Beverly Triton Beach Park - A great spot for fishing, boat launches, and enjoying the Bay views.

  • Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - Enjoy 1600 acres of freshwater wetlands, forest, meadows, and fields along the Patuxent River. 

  • Quiet Waters Park - Enjoy over 6 miles of paved trails for walking, jogging, or biking, as well as scenic views of the South River.

  • B&A Trail - The B&A Trail is a multi-use recreational rail trail stretching from Annapolis to Glen Burnie. Enjoy a flat, paved trail along with a gazebo, gardens, and picnic area off the trail in Severna Park.

  • Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network - The network connects visitors and residents with the natural and cultural heritage of the watershed with more than 170 parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, trails and more. Explore the website to plan your visit. 

  • Patuxent Research Refuge - The refuge offers miles of roads and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Watch for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and more in this large wetland habitat.

Dining

Lodging

Local Events

Additional Information

Time to Metropolitan Areas: (from Southern Anne Arundel County)

  • Annapolis: 25 min
  • Baltimore: 50 min
  • Kent Island: 45 min
  • Washington: 54 min
  • Wilmington: 1 hr 50 min