Bounded by Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River, Southern Maryland is where Maryland's first city was established during the 1630s. Today, Historic St. Mary's City is a living history site with tall ships, a plantation, and Indian homes.
Interact with the costumed staff and try your hand at colonial-era activities.
There are miles of river and bay shoreline to explore, and plenty of fishing and boating options, too.
Point Lookout State Park in Scotland has historic sites and a museum as well as water activities.
At Calvert Cliffs State Park, visitors can even search for fossils. There's a Ghost Fleet in the waters of Mallows Bay Park.
Enjoy strolling the grounds of the Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center in Dowell, with items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Follow the Patuxent Wine Trail to discover great local vintages.
Patuxent River in Maryland
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Southern Maryland's shoreline offers great attractions for visitors. The living history museum Historic St. Mary's City includes the town center, tobacco plantation, and tall ship. Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby gives visitors the chance to stroll the shoreline and search for fossils. Military might is on display at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park and the shipwrecks, known as the Ghost Fleet, in the waters of Mallows Bay Park.
Spend a day outdoors in one of the parks in Southern Maryland. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary offers a boardwalk beneath 100-foot tall cypress trees. Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby gives visitors the chance to fossil hunt, fish, and stroll the beach. Enjoy a day sailing on the Patuxent River.
Motor sports fans visiting Southern Maryland can visit Maryland International Raceway and Potomac Speedway in Mechanicsville to check out the action. Nearby, Wicomico Motorsports Park lets riders take quads and dirt bikes out onto the track and trails. Baseball fans can enjoy watching the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs play a home game at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.