Eager to get out of the house any chance you get? We know the feeling! For some great outdoor fun in these warm weather months, head to Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore – with plenty of wide open spaces to keep things safe.
Explore some of the most beautiful landscapes and waterscapes on the Eastern Shore by bicycle on Dorchester County’s flat and quiet roadways. Bring your own bike or rent one through Blackwater Adventures, which also offers guided tours through the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, marshland, or farmlands (ending with a visit to Layton’s Chance Winery). Check out the Dorchester Cycling Guide, with suggested routes from 10 to 55 miles.
Grab the binoculars.
With tidal marshlands, forest, and farmland, Dorchester County is known for wildlife watching. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to look for bald eagles, osprey, egrets, and great blue herons, as well as turtles, foxes, sika deer, and a host of other species! Check out our newly updated Dorchester Birding Guide.
Row, row, row your vessel.
Get paddling on a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard. Take a look at our Dorchester Paddling Guide for water trails, and check out stand-up paddle classes, sessions, and sunset paddles with Over Board Paddle & Fitness, as well as guided tours (wildlife, sunset, winery) with Blackwater Adventures.
Get out on the water.
Nearly surrounded by water, Dorchester County has more than 1,700 miles of shoreline, several rivers, and many smaller waterways. Put in at one of the two dozen free, public boat ramps. Marinas include the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin (within walking distance of downtown Cambridge restaurants), River Marsh Marina at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay (where you can take advantage of the resort’s amenities), and Slaughter Creek Marina on Taylors Island (with a restaurant and beautiful sunset views). For the anglers, Dorchester County has become a hotspot for snakehead fishing. Read more about boating and fishing in Dorchester. Don’t have your own boat? Join a crabfeast, lunch, dinner, or sightseeing cruise on a riverboat through Choptank Riverboats.
And then it’s time to eat!
After a day of outdoor adventuring, settle in for some delicious local food and drink. We’re especially known for our local crab, fish, and oysters. Dorchester County is home to waterfront restaurants and tiki bars; seafood restaurants; ethnic restaurants including Indian, Mexican, Irish, French, and Italian/Thai (yes, together in one restaurant); a steakhouse; a BBQ joint; wine bars; a vineyard and winery; a microbrewery; down-home eateries with comfort and pub food; and more. See them all at a glance, plus whether they offer indoor dining, outdoor dining, or carry-out, in our DoCo Eats Guide, Pandemic Edition.