What to Do on Solomons Island

Here’re some ideas:


The island has three big bars — The Pier,  The Lighthouse and The Tiki Bar. In between, are  several restaurants, a bit of shopping and very little parking.

The Pier restaurant, Solomons Island
The Pier is an historic landmark, opens daily at 11am offering fresh recipes, libations and panoramic views of the Patuxent River.
Lighthouse Restaurant & Dockbar, Solomons Island
The Lighthouse Restaurant & Dock Bar opened in 2014 offers fine dining. The dock bar faces the Solomons Island harbor.
The Tiki Bar on Solomons Island
The Tiki Bar opened in the 1980s and became what may be the biggest tiki bar on the Chesapeake Bay, even though it’s across the road from the water. The island’s population swells by thousands with the bar’s annual opening and closing.



For those tired of hanging out, fishing is very popular. There’s a boat ramp & fishing supplies under the bridge crossing the Patuxent River.

Solomons Island, Maryland, Fishing Pier
Solomon’s Island public fishing pier. Get to it by going under the Solomons Island Road bridge.
Solomons public fishing pier bait shop
Solomons public fishing pier bait shop

Bunky’s Charter Boats, which is also sort of a general store, can set you on a charter and sell you fishing supplies.

You can also rent bikes, kayaks and paddle boards there.


Bunky's Charter Boats, Solomons Island
Bunky’s Charter Boats is a family owned and operated business. Bunky’s tackle shop and charter boat fishing operation occupies the longest continuously operated charter boat business in Solomons.

You’ll find a fleet of boats available for chartering.

Fishing charters, Solomons Island
Certified Solomons Island captains offer world-class Striped Bass (rockfish) fishing plus great opportunities for Bluefish, Black Drum, Croaker, Flounder, Perch, Spanish Mackerel, Spot, Trout and more.



On the mainland within a long walk or short bike ride, is the Calvert Marine Museum with a big outdoor concert venue that attracts well-know musicians during the summer.

The museum is worth a couple hours to see a screw-pile lighthouse as it was when the lighthouse keeper lived there, watermen boats and live otters.

You’ll also learn the history of the region. Historic boats/schooners offer pubic rides from the museum’s harbor through the river and into the Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Bay Research Facility

The University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory is at the far end of the island, but it’s a serious research facility.

The visitors’ center exhibit highlights the health of the Chesapeake Bay, ongoing research, and an oyster reef community aquarium.

The visitors’ center is closed Monday & Tuesday during the summer, only on the weekends during the Spring & Fall and closed during the Winter.

he Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center
The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center, located on the first floor of the historic Solomons House, offers guests the opportunity to explore exhibits highlighting the health of the Chesapeake Bay, ongoing research, and an oyster reef community aquarium.


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