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175 Main St.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Ph: 410-535-4583
Fx: 410-535-4585
On A Budget

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Free Things To Do

  • The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum features exhibits detailing the former railroad and the heyday of Chesapeake Beach as a resort destination in the early 1900’s. The museum also offers free children’s programs and concerts during the summer.
  • Kings Landing Park, a 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek, has a 200-foot fishing, trails and a boardwalk.
  • Stroll the boardwalk in North Beach and take in the expansive views of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • The visitors center at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory offers exhibits highlighting on-going research projects, an oyster reef community display and an aquarium. Free behind-the-scenes tours of the laboratory are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Shop farmers markets for local produce.
  • The One-Room Schoolhouse, built in 1868, is available for tours by appointment.
  • Tour Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary and see ancient bald cypress trees, enjoy bird watching and take nature walks at the 100-acre site.
  • Tour a historic church. Two of the original 30 Anglican parishes in Maryland can be found in Calvert County.
  • Explore the work of wonderful artisans at Annmarie Sculpture Garden’s Maker’s Market the first Saturday of each month.
  • Watch sailboat races from the Solomons Riverwalk on Thursday nights throughout the summer.
  • Explore the sites on the Star-Spangled Banner Trail including Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, adjacent to St. Leonard Creek where Maryland’s largest naval engagement took place during the War of 1812. This park also includes more than 70 archaeological sites, self-guided trails and a visitor center with museum exhibits, a hands-on discovery room for children and the Show Barn Museum Shop. While you are there, visit Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility for studying, preserving and storing artifacts of Maryland’s heritage. 
  • Hike 15 miles of trails at Parker's Creek Preserve, one of the last remaining pristine watersheds on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Visit the Calvert Marine Museum on the first Friday evening of the month for First Free Fridays.
  • Meditate in the Garden of Remembrance at St. Leonard.
  • Wander through antique shops and unique boutiques.
  • Experience the outdoors at our many parks and recreation areas.
  • Trace your history at the Calvert County Historical Society and tour its home, the historic Linden House. Attend the society’s “Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series” held on the third Thursday of the month, February through October.
  • Learn the role the Chesapeake Bay played in shaping bayside communities at the Bayside History Museum
  • Walk or bike the scenic Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail.

Things To Do For $10 or Less

  • Visit Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, a 30-acre park located in scenic Solomons offering a modern art collection and permanent works by regional artisans.
  • Enjoy the beautiful Breezy Point Beach and Campground on the Chesapeake Bay, featuring a half-mile beach, fossil hunting, fishing, crabbing and swimming. 
  • View 15-million-year-old cliffs and pan for fossils at Calvert Cliffs State Park, with 1.3 miles of bay shoreline and 1,460 wooded acres for hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, hunting and camping. 
  • Visit the Calvert Marine Museum to learn about the cultural and natural history of Southern Maryland.
  • The American Chestnut Land Trust offers self-guided hiking trails, bicycling and guided canoe trips. 
  • Visit Flag Ponds Nature Park for swimming, fishing, fossil hunting and hiking.
  • Kings Landing Park features pastures, woodlands and wetlands, along with an equestrian facility that includes a riding ring, judge’s stand and water hydrants. 
  • Visit a piece of history at the Old Wallville School, built in the 1880s for African American students.