Summer Fun—Day 25: Visit the Calvert Marine Museum

Spend the day at the Calvert Marine Museum learning about the Chesapeake Bay and it's waterways through fun, hands-on activities. 

Otters at Calvert Marine MuseumLocated at the mouth of the Patuxent River, the museum has exhibits, otters, a marsh walk, lighthouses, a wood carving shop, river cruises and much more.

If your family is more the traditional museum type, you can tour Calvert Marine Museum's 29,000-square-foot exhibition building and explore the three permanent galleries. Check out the Paleontology of the Miocene epoch, Marine Life of the Chesapeake Bay and the Maritime Heritage of Southern Maryland. Kids will love the Discovery Room where they can search for real 8-12 million year-old fossils as well and touch many features and creatures. They can also watch the museum's river otters frolic in their indoor/outdoor habitat.

The rare fossilized snaggletooth shark skeleton found in Chesapeake Beach by the Gibson family is now on display at the museum. With the help from the Gibson family, CMM paleontologists excavated this first of its kind fossil in late October. It has been researched, prepped and is ready for viewing every day in the Paleontology Gallery.

The Marsh Walk is located right behind the museum and allows visitors to stroll over the salt marsh flats where they can see raccoon and opossum footprints, water snakes, fiddler crabs and maybe a great blue heron.

Then pay a visit to the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses, or take a river cruise aboard the Bugeye Wm B. Tennison or the Skipjack Dee of St. Mary's. On the way out, peak in to the exhibit fabrication wood carving shop and get an idea of the craft of old.

The museum is also host to concerts and educational events. Be sure to check the Calvert Marine Museum website for details.

Calvert Marine Museum Admission Prices:

Adults: $9
Seniors, military and AAA: $7
Children ages 5-12: $4
Children under 5: Free
CMMS members: Free

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For other places to explore, check out our small towns to visit

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer list of family activities, or see our daily calendar of events.