10 Things to Do in Solomons That You Shouldn't Miss

August 8, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Solomons, also known as Solomons Island, is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Calvert County, Maryland, United States. The population was 2,368 at the 2010 census, up from 1,536 at the 2000 census. Solomons is a popular weekend destination spot in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area.
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1. Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212 +1 410-326-2042
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4.5 based on 340 reviews

Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils taken from Calvert Cliffs; discover the ever changing world of the Chesapeake Bay; and learn how humans shaped and changed this region over time, working its waters for survival and profit. Visit the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses; see our outstanding small boat collection, take a ride on the Wm. B. Tennison, a log-built bugeye, and experience the Lore Oyster House, a restored oyster processing plant. Touch a horseshoe crab or Diamond Back Terrapin, see skates, rays, and small sharks cavort, and watch otters, Bubbles and Squeak, at play. Stroll the marsh walk and spy water snakes, great blue heron, osprey, and hermit crabs in their natural environment. We are a community museum, established in 1970 by local residents determined to preserve the maritime heritage of Solomons Island. We are an educational museum, offering everything from the pre-school programs to Elderhostel. We are a research museum, renowned for documented discoveries in Miocene paleontology, and publications on local history based on original research. We are a relevant museum, staying in the forefront of environmental issues and offering a forum for public discourse on controversial topics. We are a partnering museum, actively pursuing opportunities such as the 1812 Grand Tactical that allows us to support and celebrate other institutions. Visit the Museum Store for jewelry, books, home decor, toys and all kinds of unique gifts for people of all ages!

Reviewed By LMJST - Leonardtown, MD

I have been to Calvert Marine Museum before, but only for live concerts. (They have an indoor and outdoor venue for concerts, have been to quite a few). This was the first time we visited the museum itself. So much Chesapeake Bay/Mid Atlantic history presented in interesting and engaging exhibits, including an aquarium and interactive exhibits where you can touch various aquatic life. And three of the most entertaining otters around. Super knowledgeable staff, can answer any question. The admission also includes touring the Drum Point lighthouse, which for me was the best part of the museum. Commissioned in 1893 at the mouth of the Patuxent River in the Chesapeake Bay, and decommissioned in 1962, it was saved from decay and vandalism by the Calvert County Historical society and moved to the Calvert Marine Museum in 1975. It has been totally restored and is incredible to see. Our guide knew so much of it's history, including the stories of the families that lived there (lighthouse keepers and their families). A great visit!

2. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

22156 Three Notch Rd, Lexington Park, MD 20653-2008 +1 301-863-1900
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

Reviewed By lovetotravel560 - Annapolis, Maryland

This aviation museum has 25-30 static aircraft to view inside and outside. It is located right outside the gate for Pax River Naval Air Station. There are helpful docents here to answer your questions. They have a small gift store and theater with a few stories of naval aviators. Admission is $9.00 or $7.00 for seniors and military

3. Ruddy Duck Adventures

13200 Dowell Rd, Dowell, MD 20629
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Ruddy Duck Adventures

All-inclusive day trips near Washington, DC and Baltimore - start your adventure in Solomons Island, MD. We've got fossil and shark teeth hunting, kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), boat rides leading out to the Chesapeake Bay, outdoor sculpture gardens, nature exhibits, outdoor dining, fresh locally sourced food, amazing craft beer and more!

Reviewed By mrsweiner1418 - Mechanicsville, Maryland

Every time we run the Calvert Cliffs trail, we come here for pizza. It's just right down the road. Yummy every since time, and the service is always great! Grab one of their micro-brews, you won't be disappointed.

4. California Total Body Massage

22735 Ventura Way, California, MD 20619-5108 +1 240-925-6283
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California Total Body Massage

In-home studio, in a townhouse, Beverly Hills development off FDR blvd in California, Maryland; Will Travel- $20 gas charge. 15% Military Discount Personnel Only. Solo Practitioner specializing in Therapeutic Massage, Specifically Stress Management and Pain Relief

Reviewed By John S - California, Maryland

I learned about California Total Body Massage through one of Gwynne's flyers. I receive a very noticeable benefit from my monthly massage treatments. I have a lot of medical issues, one being major back problems and Gwynne has helped me in dealing with extremely abnormal tight muscles and I have come to the conclusion that regular massages helps me greatly. The atmosphere of her treatment area is very soothing and relaxing. Some people finds it a "turnoff" that a health care professional works out of their homes, but DON'T. Gwynne runs her business, I believe as any other therapist. She is very specific in her treatment care and I highly recommend her to anyone.
John Stober

5. Annmarie Garden

13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20629 +1 410-326-4640
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

Annmarie Garden

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. The sculpture garden features a 1/4 mile walking path that meanders through the woods past permanent and loaned sculpture, including over thirty works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. Artists in the collection include: Antonio Tobias Mendez, Barbara Hepworth, Cesar, Robert Engman, Jean Arp, Kenneth Snelson and Fransisco Zuniga. The award-winning Arts Building includes rotating exhibition space, a gift shop, and a sunny patio. Annmarie presents a variety of popular annual festivals, rotating exhibitions, family activities, and creative public programs. The Studio School offers classes for all ages and abilities - from pottery to dance - taught by professional artists and arts educators. Come explore this special place where art and nature meet!

Reviewed By Avalonavalon - Mystic, Connecticut

We biked here from the marina (since we are traveling by boat on the coast) and we were so glad we did. What a peaceful interesting walk in the woods to see all the magnificent sculptures. We were thrilled to see the installation of a...MoreWe're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and what a great day to come with the installation of our newest piece. It was an exciting day! We hope to see you again!

6. "On Watch" Monument

Dowell Road, Dowell, MD 20629
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4 based on 9 reviews

"On Watch" Monument

Reviewed By Ben_Theretoo406 - Chevy Chase, Maryland

This modest memorial to a crucially important aspect of the Second World War would have escaped our notice entirely, had it not been for the gracious and dedicated docent at the Solomons visitor center. She penned it in on the map she gave us, with the caveat that “ It doesn’t look like you can get there, but you can”.

The monument itself is quite small, simply a small plot with a single statue, a bronze tablet, and a bricked area, each of which bricks bears the name of some WWII warrior who served at the training base.

The facility was active for just four years, but in that time trained over 68,000 sailors and coast guardsmen in the incredibly complex infrastructure presented in sailing huge transport vessels to a target area, then unloading fighting units, ordnance, ammunition, food and other supplies onto landing craft. The landings had to be closely, minutely, coordinated with naval artillery and airborne bombing barrages, the craft had to be run almost onto the shore, unloaded, backed away then returned to the proper ship among the hundred, even thousand of those out there on the horizon to repeat the process.

If you have ever read of the landings on Sicily, at Anzio, D-Day at Normandy, and the scores of invasions at South Pacific islands like Okinawa or Iwo Jima you quickly come to realize that exhaustive training and practice were an absolute necessity. To turn away from the statue of the sentinel and face the river and bay, it is quite stirring to see exactly where that all happened.

7. Calvert Cliffs State Park

9500 H.G. Trueman Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657 +1 301-743-7613
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4 based on 153 reviews

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Reviewed By Donna S - New Cumberland, Pennsylvania

The $7 fee for out of state car entrance is worth every penny to experience the gorgeous and inviting 3.6 round trip mile sandy foot Red Trail that winds its way through woods and marshlands, ending at a tiny sandy beach with breathe taking views of cliffs and eroding terrain! The soft sand between your toes and fresh salt air with gentle waves along this intimate coastline is really extra special! There's plenty of driftwood, pebbles, shells and a fossil or two if you are ever so fortunate to find one as a great souvenir! A friendly and informative park ranger was on hand at the beach to answer any questions! For those who might not be able to physically make that hike, one can call 2 weeks in advance for a golf cart ride out to the beach! How nice is that?! There are portable potties right at the beach entrance and 3 large picnic tables with free water available for thirsty hikers! Again, how thoughtful! If you forgot a bag for your treasures, no worries, right before you get to the beach there's free plastic bags available as well! The 3.6 mile round trip on the Red Trail is fairly easy with sandy trails and wooden boardwalks. There are some tree roots in the path so pulling or pushing a stroller or beach items might be a bit of a workout, but it can be accomplished if you're in good shape! We saw a few folks up for the challenge doing just fine! This is a very romantic trail and end destination that I would highly recommend for dates with your Honey, for those who appreciate nature and a bit of outdoor adventure!

8. The Newtowne Players

21744 S Coral Dr, Three Notch Theatre, Lexington Park, MD 20653-4005 +1 301-737-5447
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5 based on 16 reviews

The Newtowne Players

The Newtowne Players is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community theatre group located in the heart of Southern Maryland. The group performs five mainstage (full length) productions each year including musicals and 2-3 second stage (short run) productions including one act festivals and benefits. NTPs mission is to promote all aspects of the performing arts in Southern Maryland.

Reviewed By Lewis B

In a place where lots of people complain about having nothing to do, they obviously have never taken the time to seek out the productions at The Newtowne Players. They provide great performances and community involvement. I have seen several shows and have not been disappointed yet. Support the community and the community will support you.

9. Chesapeake Bay Charters

255 Lore Rd, Solomons, MD 20688
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5 based on 50 reviews

Chesapeake Bay Charters

Enjoy a private, romantic, moonlit dinner cruise on the Patuxent River or bring the whole family for a relaxing and refreshing day on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn to sail or just sit back and enjoy the ride while your captains maneuver sailing vessel Sea Hawk through the wind and waves. We aim to please and will custom tailor your trip to your desires. This is an adventure the whole family can enjoy and remember for years to come.

Reviewed By Lisa F - Haymarket, Virginia

Our captains were welcoming and knowledgeable. Josh and Carmel were open to sailing wherever we wanted (Bay or Patuxant River) for our enjoyment. My husband wanted to learn about sailing. Josh gave clear and detailed explanations. I enjoyed visiting with Carmel and relaxing as we glided across the bay. We were celebrating our anniversary this trip. We look forward to future adventures with them!

10. Spring Cove Marina

455 Lore Road, Solomons, MD 20688 +1 410-326-2161
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Spring Cove Marina

A resort Marina in the heart of Solomons with slips for power and sail, full service boatyard and dry storage, pool with seasonal bar and grill, lovely picnic grounds and immaculate private bathroom facilities. A fuel dock, unique giftstore and customer shuttle help to make this one of the most popular stops on the Chesapeake Bay.

Reviewed By Billy E - Lake City, Florida

Spring Cove is a great Marina to visit. The folks there are always responsive to meet any of your needs. Josh, on the fuel dock, is super. I highly recommend Spring Cove Marina.

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