Here are a few ways to keep the kids happy and interested as you explore Dorchester County…
stay at a family-friendly resort
Bring your own bikes or rent them here. You’ll find that Dorchester’s flat and quiet roads are great for family-friendly bicycling. We’ve put together some suggested routes from 5 to 80 miles in our Dorchester County Cycling Guide.
explore nature at a wildlife refuge
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge makes it easy to watch for bald eagles, great blue herons, and other waterfowl and wildlife at their 27,000-acre just 12 miles from Cambridge. Explore the 4-mile Wildlife Drive by car or bicycle, or walk one of the short nature trails instead. The Blackwater Visitor Center has two floors of interesting exhibits, wildlife viewing telescopes, and an Eagle Cam with close-up views of an eagle’s nest in the refuge. They also host the popular Eagle Festival in March, with close-up views of birds of pretty and lots of activities for kids.
paint the town red (sort of)
Grab the older kids and reserve a spot at Breckenridge Adventures, which offers paint ball year-round on their 10 acres of farm fields near Cambridge, as well as a nine-acre corn maze in the fall (along with lots of kids’ activities and a pumpkin patch). They also host birthday parties with inflatables and games.
don’t let the rain slow you down
If the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor playing, try some indoor fun at the Choptank Bowling Center or Cambridge Premier Cinemas. Or go for some more educational fun with a visit to the Heritage Museums & Gardens of Dorchester (great for kids interested in colonial history), the Harriet Tubman Museum, or the Richardson Maritime Museum. If you happen to be here on the second Saturday of the month, bring the kids to the Dorchester Center for the Arts between 3 and 5pm for a free “Art for All” drop-in session.
let them burn off some energy
Let the kids run around at one of our parks or playgrounds. Try the waterfront playgrounds at Sailwinds Park East (right next to the Dorchester Visitor Center in Cambridge) or Great Marsh Park in Cambridge. There are also some good trees to climb at the small Long Wharf Park, where you can catch views of the Choptank River Lighthouse, a marina, and usually lots of seagulls.
Many of our festivals include family-friendly fun, so be sure to check our events calendar.