Planning a Trip
Come by boat (your own; there aren't any ferries) -- from the Chesapeake Bay east on the Choptank River -- or come by car. Cambridge is on Route 50, about 15 miles south of Easton. Once you cross the Sen. Frederick Malkus Bridge over the Choptank, you're here. The historic district is west of the highway, which is called Ocean Gateway here.
Boat slips are available at the city marina and in front of the county offices, both on the Choptank. Boats can tie up for free for 48 hours in front of the county office building but need permission to stay longer. The city marina has slips for larger boats; reservations are required. Call tel. 410/228-1700 for reservations or information.
The Route 50 Visitor Center, 2 Rose Hill Place, just west of the bridge in Cambridge (tel. 410/228-1000; www.tourdorchester.org), is full of information. The staff can tell you about Cambridge and some of the quaint, small -- and I mean small -- towns surrounding it, as well as the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge south of town.
The quickest way to get around is by car, but since the area is so flat, many prefer bicycle. Roads are fairly quiet, making it a pleasure to drive or bike. Be sure to stop at the visitor center for a couple of good brochures: Historic Walking Tour of Cambridge explores some of the most significant buildings, houses, and churches in town, while the museum brochure describes seven museums around town and gives directions to the outlying Spocott Windmill Complex (don't miss this, especially if you're a kid).