Solomons Island Things to Do

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    Drum Point Lighthouse

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Drum Point Light was originally out in the Bay at Drum Point. It is a screwpile, cottage-type light. At one time there were forty-five of these screwpile lighthouses that served the Chesapeake Bay at the beginning of the twentieth century. The only one that remains in service is Thomas Point. Two (Drum Point and Seven Foot Knoll) are part of land museum exhibits. There are also several replicas in other places like St. Michaels.

    Pictures include the sign that is out on Route 2 going to Solomons Island about the lighthouse, my grandchildren on the lower level, the fog bell, and a bedroom. See the narratives for more photos

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  • Annmarie Garden-a jewel off the beaten path!

    by alrollins Written Jul 10, 2010

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    Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road in Solomons, Maryland
    We just returned from a great trip to Solomons. From northern Virginia, it took about 1 1/4 hours to get there. Not bad and the traffic was light. As we entered Solomons, my daughter noticed a sign off the the left that said, "Fabulous Fairy Houses." After a quick left, we headed into Annmarie Garden. It turned out to be our favorite stop of the day. When the kids got out of the car, there was plenty of room and activities to keep them busy, from the exhibits in the Arts Building to the many things to look at along their walking path. Beautiful hand made fairy houses, sculpture, and some great art activities. We loved everything about this place. The Gift Shop was beautiful. THey even have a Studio School which reminded us a bit of the offerings at the Torpedo Factory. Quite a jewel in southern Maryland. The webiste site lots more inforamtion ---www.annmariegarden.org.

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    Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

    by Tom_Fields Written Jun 26, 2009

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    This is Maryland's largest collection of combat aircraft. It included naval fighters, attack planes, reconnaissance planes, trainers, and others from the Korean War period to the present day. It even has mock-ups of the new Joint Strike Fighter.

    Inside are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's), models, uniforms, weapons, ejection seats, simulators, and other small items. It's free.

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    The Patuxent Riverwalk

    by Tom_Fields Written Jun 24, 2009

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    The Indian name "Patuxent" means "at the little rapid" or "falls in a stream". Here, the Patuxent River widens out to over a half mile in across. The Riverwalk offers plenty of nice views, and is a great place to watch both the boats and the people as they come and go.

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    Calvert Marine Museum

    by Tom_Fields Written Jun 24, 2009

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    This museum covers everything about southern Maryland. With exhibits on history, the economy, sea life, and local culture, there's enough for several hours.

    The Drum Point Lighthouse, moved here from up the road, dominates the scene. It's a classic Maryland-style lighthouse, standing on tall steel poles. The view from the top is the best in town.

    Be sure to examine the marine life--both inside and out. There are indoor aquariums, and an outdoor Marine Walk over the shallow waters near the boat basin. And speaking of boats, check out the collection of small craft. Traditional Chesapeake Bay working boats are on display. Used for fishing, oystering, and crabbing, they provide a glimpse of life on the water.

    If you have kids, be sure to take them to the Discovery Room. It's a great way to introduce them to the world of Solomons Island.

    Some days, the Tennyson tour boat takes visitors on narrated excursions. It wasn't running when I visited. But maybe you'll be luckier. Call or check the website for more up-to-date information.

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    The Tiki Bar

    by Winch Updated Jan 30, 2008

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    This is a Southern Maryland legend. From April through October, locals, tourists, sailors and bikers hang out at this definition of "kitsch". The Tiki Bar started as a leased outdoor space in front of a cheap motel on the harbor. Locals loved it. Over the years, the management bought out (& closed) the motel, and purchased the building next door. (As of 2007, re-development of the property is underway. The original Tiki served as a setting for my novel "Key Monster".)

    The Tiki sits on the shoulder of Charles Street, directly across the narrow road from the harbor. Open on 3 sides and extending to a backyard "Village" with picnic tables, a sandy "beach" and various shops, the Tiki blends up the best (strongest) drinks on the island. And if you get hungry, there's sometimes a BBQ stand open. But eat first, just in case.

    There's no band, no TV, no video games, no pool table, no darts... Just a view of the water and the vibe of the crowd, which ranges in age from 21 to 65 (but mostly trends younger.) On weekends, the women are dressed to kill.

    Each year, on opening day, thousands (yes, thousands) show up to toss back the first several Mai Tais of the season. Weekend afternoons bring out a comfortably large crowd, and Saturday nights see the customers almost spill out onto Charles Street.

    Be aware that the later the hour, the rowdier the crowd, and the heavier the local police presence. If you are staying in the area, we highly suggest you enquire at your hotel about the Island Shuttle bus, which will get you home arrest-free.

    The Tiki Bar is Seasonal, April-October. Hours vary.

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    Marine Museum

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    When we visit my parents, they quite often take us over here to this museum.

    The kids like climbing up into the restored Drum Point Lighthouse, and the big jaws of the local fossil shark is always good for a look. There is a room for children with dress-up clothes and a place to look for shark's teeth (after which the docent will identify the shark, and give you one of them to take away). The aquarium which includes otters is always good for several minutes and you can walk out on the boardwalk into the local marsh.

    We did not get to do the excursion to Cove Point.

    Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Admissions:

    Adults: $7.00
    Senior Citizens (55 and older): $6.00
    Children ages 5 to 12: $2.00
    Children under 5: Free
    CMMS members: Free

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    Calvert Maritime Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    This is a wonderful museum which has many facets. It includes exhibits on the maritime Patuxent River such as the restored Drum Point Lighthouse, local fossils including Calvert Cliffs, estuarine biology of the area, demonstrations on oyster tonging, marsh walks, small craft handling, a discovery room for children, an aquarium which includes otters, wood carving and model building, and a chance to have a ride on a bugeye or other types of boats.

    Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Admissions:

    Adults: $7.00
    Senior Citizens (55 and older): $6.00
    Children ages 5 to 12: $2.00
    Children under 5: Free
    CMMS members: Free

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