Family Summer Day Trips in Southern Maryland
Summer is officially upon us, well the summer season is marked out by the school year anyway. This means days of nice weather (hopefully) paired with nothing on the schedule (for the kids anyway) giving you the opportunity to enjoy some fun out and about with your family.
Southern Maryland has the best outdoor spaces to enjoy a fun day trip not too far from home. Here are some great places to explore in and around southern Maryland to make the most of your summertime with the family.
If You Like to Fish
Enjoy the free fishing area at Friendship Landing. You can launch a boat from here, fish from land, and enjoy a fun day hike as well. You will want to bring your own chairs. Friendship landing is found on Friendship Landing Road in Nanjemoy.
IF You are Interested in Geocaching or a bit of History
Thomas Stone National Site
Located at 6655 Rose Hill Road in Port Tobacco. This historic site allows free exploration and there are tours available as well. Thomas Stone was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. It is a fun spot for geocaching.
If you like to hang in the water but are a little off the beaten path
Purse State Park is located at 3452 Ferry Place in Indian Head. There is a small walk/hike to the water. Carry a towel and sunscreen. Bring some shovels and search for shark teeth on the shoreline.
If you fancy history paired with a bit of beachcombing
Check out Chapman St Park at Mt Aventine located at 3452 Ferry Pl in Indian Head. You can tour the mansion on Open House Sundays and then walk down to the beach to search for seashells. On open house days, you get to park closer to the beach and mansion.
If you are looking for a great playground space or to enjoy nature
Take a day trip to Smallwood State Park in Marbury. It is located at 2750 Sweden Point Road and there is a $3 entrance fee per car. There is a fun recycled tire playground at the park as well as a public boat launch, and an indoor nature center. The boardwalk along the water is a fun place to take a leisurely walk. You could also turn it into a relaxed camping trip.
If you would like to learn more about Southern Maryland’s history
Head to St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point located at 38370 Point Breeze Road. There is a small fee of $3 for adults and $1.50 for kids aged 6 and over. Kids under the age of 5 are free. There is a fun one-room schoolhouse from the 19th century and a museum on the shores of the Potomac River with views of St. Clement’s Island. The island was the place of the first colonial landing in 1634. You can take a boat ride to the first colony. If you walk to the lighthouse, it is a long trek.
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