Kent County MD Tourism Offers Warm Atmosphere
and Fun-Filled Vacation Ideas
Have you ever visited a place where you immediately felt welcome and just knew that you would come back – again and again? The County of Kent, on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore, is that place. Less than a two-hour drive from Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, Kent County MD tourism’s scenic peninsula on the Chesapeake Bay, offers tourism ideas like fishing, boating, paddling, biking, bird watching, horseback riding, hunting and more. Home to some of the United States’ most quaint and beautiful towns, the County of Kent is a destination of historic waterfront towns, stretches of low, rolling farmlands, dramatic sunsets, scenic beauty, rich heritage, incredible restaurants, a winery, distillery and overly accommodating inn keepers, with a pace refreshingly unlike today’s hurried city-life.
Historic Chestertown proudly boasts authentic 18th & 19th century homes and structures. A visit to the Kent County Visitor Center, located on Cross St. and Maple Ave., provides a full selection of informative brochures, including the Kent County Visitor Guide and the self-guided Walking Tour of Historic Chestertown. Strolling the red-brick sidewalks of Chestertown is like stepping back in time, and is as delightful today as it was when visited by George Washington, more than two centuries ago. Today’s visitor will find Washington College, the Schooner Sultana 1768, specialty shops, Arts & Entertainment District, restaurants and a Farmers’ and Artisans’ market that is open Saturday morning, year-round. Signature events include: Chestertown Tea Party, Jazz Festival, Sultana Downrigging, Pleain Air, Chester Gras, July 4th and 1st Fridays—Arts & Antiques—A Downtown Celebration.
Visual and performing arts are significant to our communities. A favorite annual event is countywide, Artworks Studio Tour. Two theatres feature local to internationally renowned performers. The Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre is located on High St. in Chestertown and the Mainstay is located on Main St. in Rock Hall.
Rock Hall’s character, shaped by its generations of waterman, continues to hold on to its “Small Town America” charm. You’ll find terrific restaurants, abundant wildlife, unique shops, trams to get you around town (from May to October), more than a dozen marinas, a small beach with captivating sunsets and three museums. Close by is Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, where you will find wildlife, waterfowl, and fantastic observation decks and trails. Signature events include: The 4th of July Parade & Fireworks, Pirates & Wenches Weekend, FallFest and New Year’s Eve Rock Hall Crawl.
Galena, the northern gateway for visitors, is dotted with antique shops, gift shops and an ice cream shop (serving only homemade). Great subs, breakfasts and Firehouse “all-you-can-eats” are also specialties of this historic town.
Betterton, host to the only nettle-free Beach on the Bay, is a photographer’s delight, offering spectacular sunsets and close ups of freighters on their way to and from Baltimore’s harbor. Its main annual event, Betterton Day Celebration, is held at the Beach.
Millington is located at the northern tip of the Chester River, just off of route 301 and is a great spot for paddling. It is also a perfect day trip for mouth watering dining.
County of Kent Tourism Development Office