Family Travel Question:

Q | What are some fun activities for young kids around Easton, Maryland?

We're going to Easton, Maryland this weekend for a graduation party and are coming up woefully short on activities for our four- and six-year-old boys. Any experience in that area?

A | Eastern Shore Maryland fun for families

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Hooper Strait Lighthouse - Chesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumThe Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is a lovely area and perfect for a weekend getaway with kids – although I had to abandon my plans to spend spring break there because my son broke his harm, I’m definitely hoping to get back there soon. If you’re spending the weekend in Easton, that means you are only about 15 minutes from one of the most charming towns in the area, Saint Michaels. A great outing for kids (and grownups) in Saint Michael’s is the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which tells the history of fishing and commerce in the region from the native peoples through the current day. Plan to spend several hours exploring the museum, which consists of multiple buildings, including a lighthouse. When you’re done, downtown Saint Michaels offers plenty of places to have a snack or a meal, often overlooking the water.

Another option would be to get outside and explore the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. You can do this in a variety of ways. The Pickering Creek Audubon Center, which is nine miles north of Easton, offers walking trails, a children’s garden, and an interpretive center. Or, if your boys like to boating or biking, there are various options in and around Saint Michael’s for renting bicycles and kayaks (you’ll find both right at the marina there). The water of the bay is shallow and smooth and the roads in the area are flat and often have bike lanes, perfect for family outings.

Photo of lighthouse in Saint Michaels courtesy of TalkingTree via Flickr.

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