What to do and see in Leonardtown, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 30, 2017 Layne Dawes

Leonardtown is a town in and the county seat of St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States. The population was 2,930 at the 2010 census. Leonardtown is perhaps most famous for the national oyster-shucking championship that occurs annually at the St. Mary's County fairgrounds.
Restaurants in Leonardtown

1. Port of Leonardtown Winery

23190 Newtowne Neck Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650-3794 +1 301-690-2192
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4.5 based on 59 reviews

Port of Leonardtown Winery

Port of Leonardtown Winery consists of twelve vineyards from St Marys, Calvert, Charles, & Kent counties in Maryland.

Reviewed By Hey_Joe54 - Solomons, Maryland, United States

Wine tasting at its best with the expert staff at Port of Leonardtown Winery. Wine is crafted here to perfection from imported grapes. The Wine Club offers quarterly tastings for a modest fee of $55 which includes 3 bottles of wine. The tasting room is open to public on a regular basis and live music is offered in the patios area on weekends.

2. Bowles Farm Corn Maze

22880 Budds Creek Rd, Clements, MD 20624-2601 +1 301-475-2139
Excellent
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Bowles Farm Corn Maze

Reviewed By Hey_Joe54 - Solomons, Maryland, United States

Rhis is a seriously great option for a fun time with kids. They really offer a great value for the price and plenty of things for young ones to spend hours either dashing through the massive corn field maze or experiencing the petting zoo. Well done!

3. Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

14200 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD 20688-3212 +1 410-326-2042
Excellent
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4.5 based on 340 reviews

Calvert Marine Museum and Drum Point Lighthouse

In the Exhibition Building, you can touch 20-million year old fossils taken from Calvert Cliffs; discover the ever changing world of the Chesapeake Bay; and learn how humans shaped and changed this region over time, working its waters for survival and profit. Visit the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses; see our outstanding small boat collection, take a ride on the Wm. B. Tennison, a log-built bugeye, and experience the Lore Oyster House, a restored oyster processing plant. Touch a horseshoe crab or Diamond Back Terrapin, see skates, rays, and small sharks cavort, and watch otters, Bubbles and Squeak, at play. Stroll the marsh walk and spy water snakes, great blue heron, osprey, and hermit crabs in their natural environment. We are a community museum, established in 1970 by local residents determined to preserve the maritime heritage of Solomons Island. We are an educational museum, offering everything from the pre-school programs to Elderhostel. We are a research museum, renowned for documented discoveries in Miocene paleontology, and publications on local history based on original research. We are a relevant museum, staying in the forefront of environmental issues and offering a forum for public discourse on controversial topics. We are a partnering museum, actively pursuing opportunities such as the 1812 Grand Tactical that allows us to support and celebrate other institutions. Visit the Museum Store for jewelry, books, home decor, toys and all kinds of unique gifts for people of all ages!

Reviewed By LMJST - Leonardtown, MD

I have been to Calvert Marine Museum before, but only for live concerts. (They have an indoor and outdoor venue for concerts, have been to quite a few). This was the first time we visited the museum itself. So much Chesapeake Bay/Mid Atlantic history presented in interesting and engaging exhibits, including an aquarium and interactive exhibits where you can touch various aquatic life. And three of the most entertaining otters around. Super knowledgeable staff, can answer any question. The admission also includes touring the Drum Point lighthouse, which for me was the best part of the museum. Commissioned in 1893 at the mouth of the Patuxent River in the Chesapeake Bay, and decommissioned in 1962, it was saved from decay and vandalism by the Calvert County Historical society and moved to the Calvert Marine Museum in 1975. It has been totally restored and is incredible to see. Our guide knew so much of it's history, including the stories of the families that lived there (lighthouse keepers and their families). A great visit!

4. Sotterley Historic Plantation

44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636 +1 800-681-0850
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Sotterley Historic Plantation

An 18th-century house that sits on a high bluff with wonderful views of the Patuxent River.

Reviewed By Joseph B - Houston, Texas

We stopped in the middle of the week , so not busy. We had a very knowledgable young man take us on the house tour. Not only is this like a small scale Mt Vernon, the original owner was friends with Washington. If you are interested in colonial history this would be a stop you should make.

5. California Total Body Massage

22735 Ventura Way, California, MD 20619-5108 +1 240-925-6283
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5 based on 3 reviews

California Total Body Massage

In-home studio, in a townhouse, Beverly Hills development off FDR blvd in California, Maryland; Will Travel- $20 gas charge. 15% Military Discount Personnel Only. Solo Practitioner specializing in Therapeutic Massage, Specifically Stress Management and Pain Relief

Reviewed By John S - California, Maryland

I learned about California Total Body Massage through one of Gwynne's flyers. I receive a very noticeable benefit from my monthly massage treatments. I have a lot of medical issues, one being major back problems and Gwynne has helped me in dealing with extremely abnormal tight muscles and I have come to the conclusion that regular massages helps me greatly. The atmosphere of her treatment area is very soothing and relaxing. Some people finds it a "turnoff" that a health care professional works out of their homes, but DON'T. Gwynne runs her business, I believe as any other therapist. She is very specific in her treatment care and I highly recommend her to anyone.
John Stober

6. Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

22156 Three Notch Rd, Lexington Park, MD 20653-2008 +1 301-863-1900
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

Reviewed By lovetotravel560 - Annapolis, Maryland

This aviation museum has 25-30 static aircraft to view inside and outside. It is located right outside the gate for Pax River Naval Air Station. There are helpful docents here to answer your questions. They have a small gift store and theater with a few stories of naval aviators. Admission is $9.00 or $7.00 for seniors and military

7. St. Clement's Island Museum

38370 Point Breeze Rd, Coltons Point, MD 20626-2011 +1 301-769-2222
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

St. Clement's Island Museum

Reviewed By Ben_Theretoo406 - Chevy Chase, Maryland

From our hotel in Solomons, we had a picturesque and enjoyable drive to Colton’s Point, the shrine, and the museum.

Volunteers on duty were extremely welcoming and enthusiastic. Their narratives and ability to answer promptly and completely our queries impressed us both. There is a great deal of early colonial history packed in this little building, and the shrine on the adjacent lawn is touching, indeed.

We spent just over two hours here, and we both felt it would have been a shame not to have toured the premises. Sort of icing on the cake for our most enjoyable visit.

41652 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650 +1 301-475-3130
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5 based on 10 reviews

North End Gallery

Reviewed By Jogtheworld - Washington DC, District of Columbia

This gallery is across the street from La Rive Breton. Looking from the outside one does expect much until.....you enter. The gallery is made up of local of artists. I have visited this gallery many times. They offer private shows. I have followed many. My favorite is Carmelo Ciancio, scratch board and John Young, photographer, who is recently left for a gallery in Va.

The local artistic talent is Southern Maryland is awesome. People don't expect great works down here....it should be filled with unsophisticated farmers. Not anymore. The local art created is phenomenal. Take for instance Carmelo's breath of work. His African wild life animal collection is always thrilling to see up close. His detail of animals jump to life. He has a Gorilla that appears in black and white, starring you in the face with his arm across the chest as if to say....'I dare you.' The hair looks like it would not be something I would wear as a coat. The eyes reveal a sense of power and courage. You don't play with this guy. It was moved to a North beach gallery. Carmelo loves the Chesapeake wildlife. His duck collection is amazing. I have bought many of his ducks and a blue heron.

Other artists work in Watercolor, oil, acrylic, ceramic, and glass. Each artist's personality are revealed. All of a sudden the gallery appears to grow in size. The breath of work is seen only in fine art galleries normally found in the big city. Leonardtown is silly small but it holds surprises. The gallery sells hand made jewelry. If you look at he wire work in some pieces one has to ask the question how did they do that? My only complaint would be if you use a gemstone and design something out of this world gorgeous, why didn't you use a finer gem? I know the answer. The artist piece would not sell. People don't want to spend large amounts of money , over $100 for a handmade silver ring or bracelet. If you think of the time, energy, cost of materials ....these artist invest hundreds of hours that we the viewer never see or appreciate. I want the gallery to know I do. I also know I don't have the patience. People who visit Leonardtown should walk in and be surprised. If only I had more wall space and three sets of hands!

9. Annmarie Garden

13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20629 +1 410-326-4640
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

Annmarie Garden

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. The sculpture garden features a 1/4 mile walking path that meanders through the woods past permanent and loaned sculpture, including over thirty works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. Artists in the collection include: Antonio Tobias Mendez, Barbara Hepworth, Cesar, Robert Engman, Jean Arp, Kenneth Snelson and Fransisco Zuniga. The award-winning Arts Building includes rotating exhibition space, a gift shop, and a sunny patio. Annmarie presents a variety of popular annual festivals, rotating exhibitions, family activities, and creative public programs. The Studio School offers classes for all ages and abilities - from pottery to dance - taught by professional artists and arts educators. Come explore this special place where art and nature meet!

Reviewed By Avalonavalon - Mystic, Connecticut

We biked here from the marina (since we are traveling by boat on the coast) and we were so glad we did. What a peaceful interesting walk in the woods to see all the magnificent sculptures. We were thrilled to see the installation of a...MoreWe're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and what a great day to come with the installation of our newest piece. It was an exciting day! We hope to see you again!

10. Olde Town Pub

22785 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650 +1 301-475-8184
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

The Olde Town Pub offers an upscale dining and drinking experience in the heart of downtown Leonardtown, Maryland. We feature 14 beers on tap as well as award-winning chicken wings along with several popular appetizers and main courses. When you think of Leonardtown restaurants, think of the Olde Town Pub.

Reviewed By Mary K - Leonardtown, MD

Love the wings, the drafts and the atmosphere - always busy! Parking can be a bit tough as you have to troll the neighborhood streets, but it's worth it.

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