Updated: Jan 26
If you are heading to Somerset County Maryland, get ready for some culture, history and outdoor fun. There really is something for everyone in the southernmost county in the state of Maryland. With only 26,000 residents, crowds are rare, unlike other areas in the state, and scenic beauty is plenty!
When you stay at Sugar Water Manor, you will want to check out our favorite fun things to do in Somerset County Maryland.
Water Activities in Somerset County Maryland Visitors are drawn to the outstanding natural beauty of Maryland’s Eastern Shore near the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. With over 600 miles of shoreline, there is no shortage of places to participate in water activities. There are miles of rivers and tidal bays rimmed by lush woodlands. It has been a paradise for nature lovers, golfers, hunters and anyone interested in outdoor sports. Somerset County Maryland is the perfect location for a romantic getaway, girls or guys weekend away, or your next family vacation. Be sure to explore the wildlife and natural beauty in Somerset County’s extensive marshes and slow moving tidal tributaries which empty into the Chesapeake Bay.
History Lives on the Eastern Shore Somerset County Maryland boasts an unique history that dates back to 1666. There are more historic buildings and sites per capita than any other county in Maryland. History buffs will adore exploring the farms, houses, churches and other buildings that date back to the 1700 and 1800’s. The historic Clifton Estate, built in 1804 is one of those destinations. Today, visitors can explore the grounds while staying at the Sugar Water Manor.
The Eastern Shore Activities for the Outdoorsperson The natural charm of the historic cities in Somerset County Maryland offer plenty of opportunities for fun for anyone who loves outdoor activities. Visitors come here for fishing, crabbing, birdwatching and hunting. Others love the boating, paddling, biking and amazing sightseeing. Plus, there is ample public access to the shoreline in Somerset county so everyone can enjoy these natural wonders. You can enjoy many of these activities right here at Sugar Water Manor!
5 Things To Do In Somerset County Maryland
When you come to the Eastern Shore, there is so much to do. Check out five of our favorite destinations in Somerset county that make this an area not to be missed.
1. Let’s Play Golf
Great Hope Golf Course 8380 Crisfield Highway Westover, MD 21817 greathopegolf.com Come to this links-style championship public golf course with over 7,000 yards of rolling greens. There is also a putting green, driving range, and Caddy Shack restaurant on site. Need a little help on your golf game? You can get PGA-level instruction here! 2. Check Out the History of Chesapeake Bay J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum & Gift Shop 3 Ninth Street Crisfield, MD 21817 crisfieldheritagefoundation.org/museums/ Visit the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum to learn about the history of Chesapeake Bay starting from when the first human inhabited the area over 10,000 years ago! You will leave better educated about the history, geography and people who have lived in Somerset County, including how it matured into the seafood capital of the world.
3. Thank a Firefighter Chance Fire Museum 10090 Deal Island Road Deal Island, MD 21821 dealislandchancevfd.com/ This museum is only open on the last Saturday of the month, for only a few hours in the morning (7am to 10am). It is opened during the home-cooked Ladies Auxiliary breakfasts. This would be the perfect experience for anyone, young or old, who once wanted to be a firefighter. 4. Be Wowed by a 19th Century Mansion
Teackle Mansion Somerset County Historical Society 11736 Mansion Street Princess Anne, MD 21853 somersetcountyhistoricalsociety.org/teackle-mansion.html A must-see is the opulence at the Teackle Mansion. This 10,000 square-foot villa was finished in 1819 after 17 years building it. It is the 200-year old former residence of Littleton Dennis Teackle and Elizabeth Upshur Teackle and features some of the modern conveniences unheard of in the 1800’s. Be sure to check out. the Neo-Classical architecture, decorative finishes and even an indoor bathtub.
5. Embrace nature
Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary Maryland Department of Natural Resources Managed by the Wellington Wildlife Office dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/publiclands/eastern/cedarisland.aspx The 3,000 acres of marsh lands in Somerset County Maryland are as beautiful as they are plentiful. A visit to Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary will help you to fully appreciate the ducks, birds and other wildlife that flock to this area. One particular animal you could see is the black duck, once thought to be endangered. Today,this area, which is only accessible by boat, is one of the best winter habitats for these magnificent birds. There are so many things to do in Somerset County Maryland. If you like to be outdoors, are excited about history or just adore beautiful scenery, this is the place to be!