Maryland's Eastern Shore Tour

  

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Eastern Shore of MD Tour

Set your sights for the open roads of coastal Maryland. Discover a wide range of charming and eclectic cities, top destinations, and excellent outdoor activities, all as you drive west to east. Start off in Grasonville and make your way to Ocean City.

Grasonville

You’ll begin your Eastern Shore tour of Maryland in Grasonville. Charming, unassuming, and pleasant, Grasonville is a CDP consisting of only 5.2 square miles. You’ll find Grasonville just off of the Blue Star Memorial Highway on the shores of Prospect Bay, just south of Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

Must See
Explore Grasonville and check out the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center. One of the top event venues along Maryland’s eastern shore, the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is also popular for those hoping to launch a kayak. Try some bird watching, or tour the interpretive center within the CBEC.

Local Guide
If you’re still trying to pack a few things before the next leg of your drive tour begins, head for the Queenstown Premium Outlets, just northeast of Grasonville along the Hwy 301. Grab a few more pieces for your wardrobe, or stock up on travel supplies like coolers. Feel free to pick up a few souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

Outdoor
Be sure to travel with your clubs on this eastern Maryland tour, as you’ll find a wealth of top golf courses. Start off at the Washington Hunters Oak Golf Club, only minutes east of downtown Grasonville. 18 holes, a par 72, and open to the public, Washington Hunters Oak Golf Club opened in 1999 – book your tee time today.

Saint Michaels

Find your way south from Grasonville along Hwy 50 into Saint Michaels. A charming, seaside town, Saint Michaels is home to the Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Yielding excellent views of the Miles River, and Edge Creek – to the south – Saint Michaels will provide everlasting memories for you and the family.

Must See
For any visit to Saint Michaels, a trip to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a must. Aside from the Hooper Strait Lighthouse, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is home to more than 100 boats, and artwork. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum also features a working boatyard, where you’ll gain first-hand knowledge of boat building.

Local Guide
You won’t want to miss out on Tilghman Island, one of the most popular and oft-visited destinations near Saint Michaels. You’ll be able to hike, go sailing, sight-see, and there are always ample bird watching chances. Enjoy a stroll around Tilghman Island on your tour of Saint Michaels.

Outdoor
Before you depart from Saint Michaels on to the next stage of your tour, play a round of golf at the Harbourtowne Golf Course. Open to the public, the Harbourtowne Golf Course is 18 holes, plays to a par 70, and is 6,320 yards long. It opened in 1971, and was designed by Pete Dye.

Easton

Just to the east of Saint Michaels is Easton. Known locally as E-Town, Easton is another top city to visit on this eastern shore tour of Maryland. Home of the Festival of Trees, a fun holiday celebration, and Easton’s Olde Tyme Holiday Parade, Easton will yield life-long memories as you tour the eastern shore of Maryland.

Must See
Do not miss out on the Olde Tyme Fourth of July Festival in Easton. An annual event, this Fourth of July celebration takes place on Easton’s Main Street, featuring a wide range of food, kids activities, music, and a phenomenal fireworks show to end the evening. It’s especially great for anyone planning a summer drive tour of coastal Maryland.

Local Guide
The annual Plein Air Competition & Arts Festival is a premier way to experience Easton. Each year in mid-July, the Plein Air Competition & Arts Festival sees hundreds of artists from all across the country visit to showcase their work – paintings, sculptures, and architecture are commonly on display.

Outdoor
For an outdoor adventure in Easton, be sure to visit the Seth Demonstration State Forest. Only minutes southeast of downtown Easton, the Seth Demonstration State Forest is a quaint area, featuring some hiking and walking paths, plus lots of bird watching chances.

Denton

Another of coastal Maryland’s charming and quaint towns, Denton is nearly a straight drive east from Easton. The seat of Caroline County, Denton is nearly split in half by the Choptank River. It’s home to the Martinak State Park, and the Choptank River Heritage Center. Make the drive in and explore all you can in Denton.

Must See
For a unique look at local history in Denton, the Museum of Rural Life in is a can’t-miss. The early days in Denton were largely tied to the local farms and agriculture. See and hear about the stories of the people who lived those lives. See the Taylor-Brown Dwelling, and the Skillington Right property.

Local Guide
Be sure to enjoy a tour of the Choptank River Heritage Center on your stay in Denton. In the western region of Denton, along the banks of the actual Choptank River, you’ll find this excellent heritage center. The Choptank River Heritage Center is house within an authentic turn-of-the-century steamboat on the Joppa Wharf.

Outdoor
The Caroline Summerfest is the premier summer event in Denton. Each year during the third weekend in Augutst, Caroline Summerfest hosts thousands of people seeking the very best in local arts, food, music, and kids entertainment. Head for the Caroline Court House Green and the surrounding streets. Be sure to stick around the fireworks show.

Salisbury

From Denton head south on your next leg of this tour – find your way into Salisbury and explore. Many enjoy a day spent at the Salisbury Zoo, or walking around the Pemberton Historical Park. Founded in 1732, and incorporated as a city in 1854, Salisbury is a diverse and pleasant city, sure to provide the ideal backdrop for your second to last stop on this coastal Maryland tour.

Must See
Opened in 1954, the Salisbury Zoo is one of the premier destinations for families visiting Salisbury. Spread across 12 acres, the Salisbury Zoo features a wide range of animal exhibits – with animals mainly from North America and South America. There are more than 110 animals for you view – don’t miss jaguars, macaws, red wolves, and the llamas seem to be a hit with the kids.

Local Guide
Found just along the Schumaker Pond, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is 12,000 square feet of space dedicated to one of the largest public collections of decorative and antique wildfowl art. Don’t miss the Decoy in Time Gallery, and be sure to check out the Habitat Theater.

Outdoor
Travel with your clubs and visit the Nutters Crossing Golf Course. One of premier golf experiences in Salisbury, Nutters Crossing Golf Course is 18 holes, plays to a par 70, and is 6,163 yards long. It was designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, and opened in 1991. Nutters Crossing Golf Course is open to the public – book your tee time soon.

Ocean City

The final destination on your tour of Maryland’s eastern shore is Ocean City. Found along the eastern ridge of the state, almost directly east from downtown Salisbury, Ocean City is technically a town, and features a wide range of scenic attractions. From Jolly Roger Park, to the Ocean City Beach, make the most of your final spot in coastal Maryland.

Must See
Perfect for your spring or summer visit to Ocean City, the Ocean City Pier Rides are a highlight of the Ocean City boardwalk. There are carnival rides, games, a wide range of food choices, and plenty of fun attractions for the kids. Don’t miss out on the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, or the Firefighter Memorial.

Local Guide
The kids are sure to enjoy a day at the Jolly Roger Amusement Park. One of the most ideal ways to spend a summer day in Ocean City, the Jolly Roger Amusement Park features Xtreme Zipline, the Jolly Roger Express, mini golf, and the Speedworld Go-Kart Track. Cool off at the Jolly Roger Splash Mountain ride, or check out the Crazy Dance roller coaster.

Outdoor
Another top golf destination in coastal Maryland is the Assateague Greens Golf Center. A nine-hole, executive course, the Assateague Greens Golf Center is 1,285 yards in length. Opened in 1995, the Assateague Greens Golf Center, like nearly all executive courses, can be played through twice for a full 18-hole experience. Reserve your tee time soon.