Shaped by the Chesapeake Bay and its mighty tributaries, the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers, Maryland’s verdant peninsula has fostered a traditional lifestyle anchored in the natural bounty of the Tidewater.
Southern Maryland boasts a thousand miles of shoreline with fossil-laden cliffs, quiet tidal inlets and sandy beaches. The result of this unique geography is a maritime heritage of skipjacks, steamboats and lighthouses, a network of scenic byways joining resort towns and picturesque fishing communities and an abundance of state and national parks offering a diverse variety of water-based recreational activities.
Discover uncommon adventure and unspoiled beauty just a short drive from our nation’s capital. Take a trip to where time really does move a little more slowly. Hunt for 15 million-year-old fossils, climb the steps of historic lighthouses, visit museums, experience festivals and eat savory seafood. There’s always something to enjoy in Calvert County.
Beautiful water trails, secluded parks, historic sites, scenic byways, unique shops and waterfront restaurants await your visit. Enjoy hiking, biking and bird watching on our new 13-mile rail trail or take in a game or special event at our new award winning minor league baseball stadium.
St. Mary’s County
Maryland begins here! For over 350 years, Maryland’s first colony has been welcoming adventurers! Discover a 17th-century “city,” climb to the top of a Potomac River lighthouse, get lost in a Tidewater sunset. Shop and dine in historic Leonardtown or take a crab feast cruise on the Chesapeake Bay.