In a state brimming with maritime museums, this is the best. It has exhibits on local industry and the environment, fossils from nearby Calvert Cliffs, a lighthouse, and even an otter to visit. The sea-horse exhibit is intriguing -- who knew they lived in the bay? The Discovery Room will have kids learning a little history while digging for fossils. Then there's the Drum Point Lighthouse, one of three remaining screw-pile lighthouses on the Chesapeake. (Thomas Point Lighthouse still operates near Annapolis, and the Hooper Strait Light is the centerpiece of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on the Eastern Shore.) You can build a little boat or take a cruise on the bugeye Wm. B. Tennison.
Shuttle-bus tours ($3), available daily from June to August, head to the Cove Point Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the state. Nearby is the J. C. Lore and Sons Oyster House, which has exhibits on Patuxent watermen and "deadrise" workboat building. Admission is free; it's open June through August, daily from 10am to noon and 1 to 4:30pm, plus the same hours on fall and spring weekends.
- © Frommer's 2013
Ask a local about Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse
Ask Solomons Locals about Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse
- Very Highly Recommended 2010