You do not need to spend a lot to have a great time in Calvert County. In many cases, you don’t need to spend anything. Check out our list of free and nearly free things to do.
From farmers markets to nature parks, from free tours to free admission days at local attractions, there are many opportunities to make memories.
- The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum is the original train depot on its original site. The museum features artifacts, objects and photographic exhibits detailing the former railway and the heyday of Chesapeake Beach as a resort destination in the eary 1900s. Events include free children’s programs and summer concerts.
- Kings Landing Park, a 260-acre jewel on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek, has a 200-foot fishing pier, trails, a boardwalk, pastures, wetlands and access to the river, nearby creeks and marshes. An equestrian facility includes a riding ring and water hydrants.
- North Beach is a pedestrian-friendly town with many attractions all within close walking distance of each other. Enjoy the Chesapeake Bay while relaxing on the sandy beach or take a stroll down the boardwalk and out to the fishing pier. Enjoy special events, free concerts and movies throughout the summer months.
- The visitor’s center at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory offers exhibits highlighting the health of the Chesapeake Bay, ongoing research projects and an oyster reef community aquarium. Free tours of this University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science campus are offered at 2 p.m. on Fridays.
- Peruse farmers markets for local produce.
- The Port Republic One-Room Schoolhouse #7, built around 1868, is available for tours by appointment.
- Tour the 100-acre Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary and see ancient bald cypress trees, enjoy bird watching and take nature walks.
- Tour historic churches including All Saints Church and Christ Church, two of the original 30 Anglican parishes in Maryland.
- Explore the work of wonderful artisans at Annmarie Sculpture Garden’s Maker’s Market the first Saturday of each month.
- The Calvert Marine Museum offers First Free Fridays where admittance is free from 5-8 p.m.
- Explore Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, adjacent to St. Leonard Creek, where Maryland’s largest naval engagement took place during the War of 1812. The park features 66 archaeological sites, self-guided trails and a visitor center with museum exhibits, a children’s discovery room and a museum shop. While there, tour the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility for studying, preserving and storing artifacts of Maryland’s heritage.
- Hike 19 miles of trails at Parker’s Creek Preserve, the most pristine watershed on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The American Chestnut Land Trust offers self-guided hiking trails, bicycling and guided canoe trips.
- The Bayside History Museum offers a free lecture series entitled “The World Around Us.”
- Wander through antiques shops and unique boutiques.
- Experience the outdoors at our many parks and recreation areas.
- Trace your local history at the Calvert County Historical Society and tour its home, the historic Linden. Attend the society’s “Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series” held on the third Thursday of the month, January through October.
- Walk or bike the scenic Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail.
- Visit a piece of history at the Old Wallville School, built in the 1880s for African American students.
- The four Calvert Library locations offer free special events, performances and workshops for all ages throughout the year.
Things to Do For $10 Or Less
- Visit Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, a 30-acre park located in scenic Solomons offering a modern art collection and permanent works by regional artisans.
- Come learn the role the Chesapeake Bay played in shaping communities at the Bayside History Museum.
- Enjoy the beautiful Breezy Point Beach and Campground on the Chesapeake Bay, featuring a half-mile beach, fossil hunting, fishing, crabbing and swimming.
- View 15-million-year-old cliffs and pan for fossils at Calvert Cliffs State Park, with 1.3 miles of bay shoreline and 1,460 wooded acres for hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and hunting.
- Visit the Calvert Marine Museum to learn about the cultural, maritime and natural history of Southern Maryland.
- Visit Flag Ponds Nature Park for swimming, fishing, fossil hunting and hiking.