choose your adventure!
With so much to see and do in Dorchester County, it can be hard to narrow down the choices. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered.
Scroll through our Dorchester essentials below and find the perfect adventure for you!
The most famous “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman was born and lived in Dorchester County, Maryland, for her first 27 years or so. After she escaped slavery, she returned to the area, risking her life again and again, to lead dozens of friends and family out of slavery to freedom. With plans to place a likeness of Harriet Tubman on the U.S. $20 bill and two movies about her life in the works, interest in this American hero has never been greater. Experience her story at more than 40 sites along the scenic, self-guided driving tour known as the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, which winds for 125 miles through Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore before continuing into Delaware and on to Philadelphia. The Byway includes the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, which opened its doors to [...]
Unspoiled landscapes, stunning sunsets, beautiful waterways—there’s beauty waiting around every curve in Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Here are a few of our favorite ways to soak it all in. watch for eagles With 27,000 acres of dramatic marshland and great wildlife watching, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge attracts visitors from all over the world. Watch for bald eagles, great blue herons, migrating ducks and birds, osprey, Delmarva fox squirrels, sika deer, and more. Spring is a great time to see migrating shorebirds, and October and November are prime time for seeing upwards of 50,000 migrating ducks and geese, as well as tundra swans and sika deer. Explore the four-mile Wildlife Drive by car or bicycle, or walk one of the short nature trails. Or just come for the breathtaking sunsets. [...]
Around these parts, watermen and women head out on the water to catch crab, oyster, and fish to bring it to your plate. We’re home to the J.M. Clayton Seafood Company, the oldest continuously running crab factory in the world. Our farmers work the land to bring us sweet corn, tomatoes, strawberries, and more. Here are a few ways to sample our homegrown goodness.... join a waterman and catch your own crabfeast Ride along with a lifelong waterman with Stoney Cove Charters for a day on the water catching Maryland crabs, then enjoy a crabfeast with your catch! Or let others do the work and order up steamed crabs or crabs any which way (crab cakes, crab soup, crab dip, etc.) at many of our restaurants. The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay [...]
Here are a few ways to keep the kids happy and interested as you explore Dorchester County... Get outdoors and explore nature at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, which makes it easy to watch for bald eagles, great blue herons, and other waterfowl and wildlife. Rent a kayak, paddleboard or bicycle from our adventure outfitters. Cast your line or net for fish or crabs. Or let loose on the waterfront playgrounds at our local parks, where you also can catch views of the Choptank River Lighthouse and the Nathan of Dorchester Skipjack. Pick-your-own berries or explore a pumpkin patch (depending on the season) at a roadside stand. Make friends with a horse and go on a trail ride. Or join a spooky ghost walk in downtown Cambridge. If the weather doesn’t allow for outdoor activities, try some [...]