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Things to do in St. Mary's County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“1.8 mile nature walk to the beach one way, known for its towering cliffs and fossil hunting.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Museum
“The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons explains and interprets the physical history of Southern Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay with hands-on, interactive experience and popular river otter exhibit. The museum’s annual Sharkfest takes place on the second Saturday in July, and riverboat cruises depart daily from the museum’s own dock.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Museum
“Walk the meandering path through the gardens and try to spot all of the sculptures. See the website for Maker's Market dates and be sure to come back for Christmas in Lights.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Solomons Island (16 mi / 25 min) - Once a sleepy fishing village is now made up of marinas restaurants and bars including the world famous Tiki Bar, Cone Island soft serve ice cream, Carmen’s Gallery, a few shops and an award winning museum. Calvert Marine Museum - In addition to static displays there is an active paleontology lab and an entertaining otter habitat. Boat tours on the Skipjack Dee of St. Marys and the Bugeye W. B. Tennyson are fun. Climb up and tour the Drum Point Screwpile Lighthouse. Restaurants: Lotus Kitchen featuring Kim’s Key Lime Pies - coffee and sandwiches. Island Hideaway - family run restaurant overlooking the harbor with over the top home made deserts. Lighthouse - great view with outdoor seating. Solomons Pier - back deck bar can’t be beat to watch the Sun set over the Bridge. Bring your camera. Dry Dock at Zahniser’s Marina is our go-to special occasion spot. The best atmosphere on the island. CD Cafe / Next Door Lounge doesn’t really have a water view, but the chef’s creative menu makes up for it. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful state park on the Potomac River, less than an hour away. Seasonal pool, hiking, cabins, pavilions, nature, sharks teeth”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Ruddy Duck is Southern Maryland’s only microbrewery gastropub dishing up artisan-crafted food and beer. This family friendly restaurant is dedicated to serving the best quality at a great value. Call or visit Facebook for information on daily specials, promotions, events and live music. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“visitor's center, beach-combing, fossil-hunting, hiking trails, picnic tables. piers for fishing. observation platforms at two ponds. $7 per car. From early 1900's until 1955 the area was a sheltered harbor on the Chesapeake Bay supporting a major "pound net" fishery supplying croaker, trout and herring to markets as far away as Baltimore. Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm Sat-Sun: 9am-8pm After Labor Day until Memorial Day weekend Fri & Mon: 9am-4pm Sat & Sun: 9am-5pm Tue, Wed,Thu: closed Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year Day. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Come spend a day where the Potomac meets the Bay. Home to one of the Union’s most infamous prisoner-of-war camps, Point Lookout has been called the most haunted place in America. The park is also home to the beautiful Point Lookout Lighthouse and great fishing!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Food
“Running Hare Vineyard is an international award-winning winery located on a 300-acre property featuring a Tuscan-styled events villa and an outdoor wine tasting pavilion. Enjoy a bit of Tuscany and Napa Right here in Southern Maryland. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
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“Fabulous, inventive specials that you will be thinking about the next day! Debbie never repeats specials” so you better order it that day cause you will never see it again!! Tip: If you see a dessert you like... reserve it ahead! 👩‍🍳🍰🥧🍨 They do NOT take rezys so check hours and get there when they open or put your name on wait list and have app and cocktail next door at their Next Door Lounge! Been going here for over 20 year ! On Solomon’s -about 25 min away in non rush hour traffic...”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“World renowned! If you've heard of Solomons, you've probably heard of the TIKI BAR. Enough said!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Lotus Kitchen offers a warm and eclectic space for eating, sipping and gathering in the heart of Solomons. The menu is simple, elegant, creative and delightful, featuring soup, salad, sandwich, quiche, flatbread pizza and more. Their famous key lime pie, as well as the breakfast sandwiches, coffee, tea and espresso drinks, keep the locals coming back every day!”
  • 12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This restaurant is located in a converted store, and the decor is charming. Enjoy American cuisine, wine, and local offerings. It's a great spot for "date night" or for an evening out.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is my favorite restaurant on the island. I love their creativity on the food. It 's always fun when I visit there. It's a mom and her 3 sons who take great pride in everything there! If you sit by the window you will have an awesome view of the water ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Go see the bald cypress trees and beautiful nature here. Exhibits offer an interactive look at local wildlife and cultural history of the area.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“This is the sole surviving fully-interpreted Tidewater plantation in Maryland. Sotterley Plantation overlooks the Patuxent River. The Manor House is filled with history. Take a surreal journey through the 1703 mansion, authentic 1800s slave cabin, Colonial revival gardens, nature trails and numerous historic buildings.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“The Ruddy Duck is Southern Maryland’s only microbrewery gastropub dishing up artisan-crafted food and beer. This family friendly restaurant is dedicated to serving the best quality at a great value. Call or visit Facebook for information on daily specials, promotions, events and live music. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Café
“Fabulous, inventive specials that you will be thinking about the next day! Debbie never repeats specials” so you better order it that day cause you will never see it again!! Tip: If you see a dessert you like... reserve it ahead! 👩‍🍳🍰🥧🍨 They do NOT take rezys so check hours and get there when they open or put your name on wait list and have app and cocktail next door at their Next Door Lounge! Been going here for over 20 year ! On Solomon’s -about 25 min away in non rush hour traffic...”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“World renowned! If you've heard of Solomons, you've probably heard of the TIKI BAR. Enough said!”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This restaurant is located in a converted store, and the decor is charming. Enjoy American cuisine, wine, and local offerings. It's a great spot for "date night" or for an evening out.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is my favorite restaurant on the island. I love their creativity on the food. It 's always fun when I visit there. It's a mom and her 3 sons who take great pride in everything there! If you sit by the window you will have an awesome view of the water ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing food...great service...gorgeous views!! Mojitos! Lisa and Michael provide a first rate dining experience! 👩‍🍳👨🏻‍🍳 Current chef prepared a memorable halibut and a soft crab special! They take rezys! Place is located on quaint residential St. George’s Island ... a 15 min boat ride from our dock; about 25 mins by car... Lisa also chefs out of an adorable nature inspired food truck named The Real Food Studio on Sat. mornings between 8:30 - 10:00 AM outside SALT Spinning/ Rowing Studio in Great Mills. She has a passion for designing delicious and healthy plates and she features a refreshing array of cold pressed juices that would be the perfect start to your day! A perfect complement to a row lesson or an intense but rewarding spin session at SALT! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another great food spot on the Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail. This is also where you can grab a cruise on the Wm B. Tennison located at 14150 Solomons Island Rd, Solomons, MD 20688. You will be able to cruise aboard the 1899 log-built bugeye "Wm. B. Tennison," the oldest Coast Guard-licensed, log-hulled vessel in the United States.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Votes BEST burgers in town! The twisters are also wonderful! They have 2 locations, tappahannock and Kilmarnock. Tappahannock location has outdoor seating with flame burners for your evenings!”
  • 9 locals recommend

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