Annmarie Garden features a walking path meandering through woods past works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution along with other artful surprises, a children’s natural play space and native gardens. The center hosts exhibits, a unique gift shop, Nature Nook and the artLAB, a creative re-use space. Pet friendly (leashed) excluding special events. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center Website
Hike through this 1,460-acre wooded state park to the majestic Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay. Formed over 15 million years ago, the cliffs contain more than 600 species of fossils. Ideal for hiking, picnicking, fishing and fossil hunting. Two-mile walk to the beach. Large tire playground. Information available for pavilion rentals, youth camping or hunting. Limited wheelchair access.
Drum Point Lighthouse Located at the Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, MD 20688 Phone: 410-326-2042
Constructed in 1883 at Drum Point to mark the entrance to the Patuxent River, this screwpile cottage-type light is one of only three remaining from 45 that once served the Chesapeake Bay at the beginning of the 20th century. Decommissioned in 1962, the lighthouse has been beautifully restored, complete with furnishings of the early 20th century. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Included in museum admission.
Flag Ponds Nature Park 1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657 Phone: 410-586-1477 or 410-535-5327
The park includes sandy beaches, freshwater ponds and views of Calvert Cliffs, along with hiking trails, fossil hunting, observation platforms, wetlands boardwalk, Observation pier and visitors center with wildlife exhibits. Picnic tables and grills are provided. Limited wheelchair access. Reservations are required for groups of 30 or more. Dogs on leash permitted. Hours vary by season.
Nearly 70 archaeological sites on the property reflect more than 8,000 years of human occupation. Included are a visitor center, exhibit barn, gift shop, hiking trails, a re-created Indian Village and canoe/kayak launch. Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Call about scheduling a tour of the facility. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum Website
Kings Landing Park 3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639 Phone: 410-535-2661 or 410-535-5327
North Beach Public Beach 5th Street and Bay Avenue, North Beach, MD 20714 Phone: 410-286-3799 or 301-855-6681Email North Beach
Event space on upper level pier, lower fishing deck, swimming and boardwalk. Free transient boat slips. Limited wheelchair access. ($) North Beach Public Beach Website
Wetlands Overlook Park 4020 11th St., North Beach, MD 20714 Phone: 301-855-6681 or 410-257-9618
This small nature park is perfect for observing wetlands wildlife and the migratory fowl that rest there during flights up and down the Atlantic seaboard. The park includes a pier and two gazebos. The area has a small visitor center with public restrooms.