Exploring the ChesapeakeFamily Travel Guide

The fossil-strewn beach below Calvert Cliffs.  Photo: Dan Sonnett
Calvert Cliffs

The beach at Calvert Cliffs State Park is a fossil hunter's delight. Take Route 2 and 4 south to approximately 14 miles (23 kilometers) south of the city of Prince Frederick. Numerous trails lead through mature forests to the beach, offering great views of the bay. No luck finding fossils? You can see an extensive collection of shark's teeth at the Calvert Marine Museum in nearby Solomons Island.

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St. Mary's City

Journey into Maryland's colonial past at Historic St. Mary's City, located off Route 5 in Southern Maryland. Stroll through the reconstructed grounds, visit a tavern, and learn about sailing onboard a replica of the Dove, one of the ships that brought English colonists to Maryland. A reconstructed farm gives visitors a hands-on experience with the toils of colonial life.

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Colonial kitchens were often extremely modest.  Photo: Dan Sonnett
Depiction of Chief Powhatan Pamunkey Indian Museum.  Photo: Dan Sonnett
Pamunkey Indian Reservation

The Pamunkey Indian Museum showcases weapons, pottery, and other artifacts from the tribe's long history. From Interstate 64, take exit 220 and follow Routes 30 and 33 to West Point. At West Point, follow Route 30 west to Route 626 then turn left and proceed to Route 633. Turn left again onto Route 633 and follow it to the reservation. Signs at the entrance of the reservation will guide you to the Pamunkey Indian Museum.

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For Civil War buffs, few places can rival Richmond, Virginia's state capital. A drive down Monument Avenue offers a who's who of Confederate heroes and the Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for many others. Museums and battlefield parks around the city examine the history of the War Between the States and the impact on Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy for most of the war. Downtown Richmond is accessible via exit 74A off of Interstate 95.

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Graves of unknown Confederate soldiers.  Photo: Dan Sonnett
Doorway of historic church at Jamestown.  Photo: Dan Sonnett
Colonial Park and Williamsburg

The Colonial National Historical Park—which encompasses Jamestown and Yorktown—and Colonial Williamsburg are the paramount of colonial-themed family travel. You can blend trips to the tranquil parkland with the immersive, family-themed experiences next door. Allow several days to explore the parks and attractions centered on the city of Williamsburg. To get there, take Interstate 64 to exit 238 then look for the signs for the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center.

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