Solomons Island is a major boating center located at the mouth of the Patuxent River, in southern Calvert County, Maryland.
The island is about an hour and a half drive from Washington DC or two hours from Baltimore. As you approach the island, you’ll cross the rather impressive looking Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge. The bridge is a tall one, reaching 135 feet. You’ll get a nice view of Solomons as you cross.
Solomons is the home of the Calvert Marine Museum, a popular day trip destination, plus the Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. The town is also just a nice place to go enjoy some seafood and the waterfront setting – it’s a very popular destination for cruising boaters.
If you follow the Riverwalk boardwalk along the Patuxent River, you can enjoy waterfront views and have access to many of the town’s restaurants and shops.
The Chesapeake Bay Biological Lab is located a little beyond the southern end of the boardwalk. Their welcome center is open to visitors Friday through Sunday. Check their website for hours.
Other places to visit nearby include the Annmarie Gardens and Sculpture Park, where you can enjoy outdoor sculptures in a 30 acre park. Annmarie also hosts many special events throughout the year. Fossil hunters will enjoy a trip to Calvert Cliffs, where tall beachfront cliffs have eroded away to expose fossils which can be found on the beach.
There are several lodging options in the area. Most of the chain hotels are located nearby but off the island. If you want to in the heart of Solomons Island, there are several bed & breakfast options available.
Hilton Garden Inn Solomons. Located off Solomons Island but close enough to serve as a good base for exploring Solomons Island and the surrounding area.
Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center and Marina. Closer to Solomons Island than the Hilton Garden Inn, this hotel has an attached marina, making it a good choice for boaters.
Solomons Victorian Inn. Bed & breakfast located on the tip of Solomons Island.
Back Creek Inn. Bed & breakfast with boat slips available for guests.