Things to do in Solomons Island, Maryland

Take to the sea and make a relaxing day a learning opportunity by strolling through museums of marine life, climbing lighthouses and enjoying river cruises.

Drum Point Lighthouse // Photo by Robert Hurry

Drum Point Lighthouse
Check out one of only three remaining cottage-type lighthouses from the 45 that once served the Chesapeake Bay. Climb inside to see the typical living quarters of a lighthouse keeper and his family at the beginning of the 20th century and take in the breathtaking waterscape. Weather permitting, the lighthouse is open year-round.

River Cruises on the William B. Tennison // Photo by Robert Hurry

Calvert Marine Museum
The museum is a world-class facility packed with marine life exhibits, a paleontology gallery and tons of hands-on activities for people of all ages. For kids, the Discovery Room holds a lighthouse replica and touch tanks. The Estuarine Biology Gallery allows visitors to come close to different species of fish, mollusks and water snakes, while the Paleontology Galley harbors a collection of native fossils, mulitmedia exhibits and a 35-foot skeletal restoration of the extinct Miocene giant white shark which was found nearby.

River Cruises on the William B. Tennison
This shaded, one-hour narrated boat ride down Solomons’ Inner Harbor is well worth the extra cost. Since the Tennison only seats 40 guests, it is important to buy the timed tickets immediately upon entering the museum.

(April 2018Trips by Sea)