There are plenty of ways to enjoy summer in Calvert County without breaking the bank. Here on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay are beautiful parks and waterside communities full of free and low-cost places to experience. Consider these ideas:

Learn about the rich history and natural diversity of the region at Bayside History Museum, Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center or Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

  • Visit the Calvert Marine Museum on their First Friday events when admittance is free after 5 p.m.
  • Shop at a farmers market for the best in local produce
  • Stroll the boardwalk at North Beach
  • Discover nature at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, Kings Landing Park, Flag Ponds Nature Center and Calvert Cliffs State Park
  • Paddle the Chesapeake Bay or the Patuxent River
  • Travel the new Patuxent Arts Trail featuring seven galleries and art centers including Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Artworks@7th, carmen’s gallery, Friday’s Creek Winery, Chesapeake Gallery & House of Frames, Medart Galleries and CalvART Gallery
  • Watch sailboat races from the Solomons Riverwalk
  • Hike 19 miles of trails at American Chestnut Land Trust
  • Trace the history of the War of 1812 along the Star Spangled Banner Trail
  • Walk or bike the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail
  • Observe and photograph wildlife at the Wetlands Overlook Park in North Beach