Embrace Winter in Calvert County
Fun never hibernates in Calvert County. There are a variety of entertaining things to do, indoors and outdoors, during the winter months!
Now is a great time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. Here are some winter wilderness adventures that are sure to pique your interest:
Hiking in the wintertime is worth the extra layers. Trails are less crowded and there are views you will never see in warmer weather. If you prefer a flat surface, try the loop at Annmarie Garden, the paved paths at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum or the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail. If you prefer a nature walk, head to American Chestnut Land Trust or even the beach.
Looking for fun for the whole family? Join the world’s largest treasure hunt. Geocaching is an outdoor game in which participants use a GPS to hide and seek “geocaches” at specific locations. There are almost 100 geocaches hidden around Calvert County and winter is a great time to find them while the landscape is sparse. Several geocaches can be found in Dunkirk District Park, Kings Landing Park and Flag Ponds Park.
- Bird Watching
If hikes and hunts aren’t on your wish list, perhaps bird watching will interest you. Juncos, cardinals, chickadees, finches, wrens and downy woodpeckers all stick around Calvert County through the winter months. Grab your binoculars and head out to one of these local locations to see if you can spot some frequent flyers!
- Photo Scavenger Hunt
Go on a photo scavenger hunt around Calvert County for an outdoor adventure. See how many pine trees, animal tracks, abandoned nests or pretty sunsets you can catch with your camera! Do you have an especially good eye for photography? Share photos with us here and we may use them in our promotional campaign.
It’s important to keep your mind and body active during the winter months. What better way to do that than to learn something new? Calvert County has a wide range of educational opportunities suitable for all ages:
The Bayside History Museum, home to a fascinating paleontology exhibit and a real, full-sized carousel horse, will transport you back in time. The visitor center at the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum includes exhibits like “FAQ Archaeology,” the history of the Pattersons’ life at Point Farm and a fun discovery room for the kids. The rich maritime history, local fossils and aquariums that feature life in our surrounding waters come alive at the Calvert Marine Museum.
- Indoor Swimming
The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center features accessible heated pools, hot tub, diving boards, leisure pool for children and warm therapy pool.
- Art Galleries/Wine & Design/Cooking Classes
If you’ve had your fill of museums, consider expanding your horizons to a local art gallery. The Arts Building at Annmarie Garden, CalvART Gallery and ArtWorks @ 7th all have rotating spaces featuring unique work of local artists all winter long. Interested in making a one-of-a-kind piece of your own? Get your creative juices flowing and paint your own work of art at Wine & Design. Or visit Calvert County’s home for cooking classes, No Thyme to Cook to find inspiration in the kitchen. Whether you’re looking to hone your skills as an avid meal maker or you’re a beginner, this relaxed and casual atmosphere is perfect for individual instruction. Additionally, they offer couples and kids classes.
- Local Breweries and Wineries
Calvert County’s local breweries and wineries specialize in providing an experience like no other. Stop by to try a tasting or take a guided tour for a truly unique experience.
- Eating Out
Calvert County’s rich agricultural heritage and bounty of its waterways are reflected in our eclectic dining options. Let your palate be your guide!
PLEASE NOTE: The Calvert Marine Museum and the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum will be closed during the winter months of 2019.