Top 6 Things to do in Queen Anne’s County while attending the Bay Bridge Boat Show!
Queen Anne’s County is proud to be hosting the NEW combined Bay Bridge Boat Show, the largest in-water power and sailboat show in the Mid-Atlantic! We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular activities in our area for you to check out while you’re here! Interested in an activity that’s not on our list? We invite you to explore our website, or come see us at the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center. Visitor Center staff are available to assist with directions, information and additional destination points of interest.
Top 6 Things to Do in Queen Anne’s County while attending the Boat Show!
1 – Travel the Rail Trail
Grab your bikes or lace up your walking shoes and enjoy the view while exploring the Cross Island Trail in Queen Anne’s County. Once the rail corridor through Kent Island, this 7 mile trail now spans from Terrapin Nature Park to the Kent Narrows Waterfront wandering through farmlands, meadows, and woods accented with ornamental trees. Flanked by park benches, the trail crosses several creeks with wooden bridges, offering a spectacular view of waterfowl and wetlands.
2 – Dock and Dine – Explore our Chesapeake Cuisine!
If there is one thing Queen Anne’s County is known for, it’s the variety and number of opportunities for boaters to dock and dine. Foodies enjoy steamed Maryland Blue Crabs and the freshest seafood the Chesapeake Bay has to offer. Take in the breathtaking Kent Narrows and Bay views from our dining hotspots; Fisherman’s Crab Deck, Harris Crab House, The Jetty Dock Bar, Big Owls Tiki Bar, Bridges Restaurant, The Narrows, Hemingway’s Restaurant at Bay Bridge Marina, Kentmorr Restaurant & Crab House, and Dirty Dave’s Tiki Bar! (parking is available too!).
3 – Nature is Calling – Visit the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Looking for a way to learn about the wildlife and ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay while you are in town? Visit the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC). Explore this 510-acre nature preserve conveniently located just off of Rt. 50 in Grasonville. You’ll be close to the hustle and bustle of Kent Island and the Narrows, but feel like you are a world away! Featuring a variety of opportunities for birding, biking, kayaking, hiking, nature walks and more. Over 600 species of bird have been sighted here, which is well appropriated with plentiful fresh water drawing resident and migrating wildlife. Left your kayak at home? Rent a kayak, or sign up for a guided tour!
4 – Sip & Sample Local Craft Beverages
Beer, wine, spirits, take your pick, we’ve got them all! At the heart of Queen Anne’s County, you’ll find local, family-owned businesses that have been operating for generations, passing down recipes, experience, and family legacy. While these traditional, family operated establishments are true to the culture of Queen Anne’s offering authentic experiences infused with southern small town charm, our newest breweries and wineries bring to life the excitement of contemporary generations to come. The passion, attention to detail, and dedication to the craft of these businesses, new and old, are poured with every glass!
5 – Sit Back, Relax, and Be Pampered!
Looking to step away from the busyness of the Bay Bridge Boat Show, even for just a few hours? Enjoy the tranquility of the The Spa at the Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club or Swan Cove Spa & Salon. Choose from a variety of amazing services that will leave you feeling revitalized! Cleaning and safety protocols have been established to provide a safe and clean environment for all clients. Advance reservations are required.
6 – Explore our History & Heritage – Historic Stevensville
Did you know that Kent Island is the location of the third oldest settlement in the country? Maryland’s first settlement was sighted on Kent Island in 1631, three years before the St. Mary’s colony was established. Get a feeling for early Eastern Shore life when you stroll Historic Stevensville which hosts a collection of historic structures, and a number of artsy shops and boutiques. Grab a snack at Peace of Cake Bakery or ice cream at Tasty Toucan. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Amalfi Coast Italian & Wine Bar featuring an array of mouth-watering pasta, fresh seafood, char-grilled flatbread and more!
We hope you enjoy your time in Queen Anne’s County, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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