Friday, May 21, 2010;
U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY
Take a walking tour, visit the free museum or simply stretch your legs with a stroll around the landscaped grounds. Park on the street and bring ID to gain entrance by foot.
52 King George St., Annapolis, 410-293-8687. Milepost 24. http://www.usna.edu/visit.htm.
Walking tour: $9.50; $7.50 first-through-12th-graders.
HOLLY'S MOTEL & RESTAURANT
En route to the beach, stop by the 55-year-old landmark for a breakfast of chipped beef over a biscuit. On the way home, pick up fried chicken dinners prepared Eastern Shore-style.
108 Jackson Creek Rd., Grasonville, Md., 410-827-8711. Milepost 43. http://www.hollysrest.com.
Stock up on summer vacation essentials at the outlet mall's 60 stores: Tommy Bahama shirts, L.L. Bean beach towels, trays of Pepperidge Farms cookies and more.
441 Outlet Center Dr., Queenstown, Md., 410-827-8699. Milepost 47. http://www.primeoutlets.com/locations/queenstown.aspx.
AMISH COUNTRY FARMERS MARKET
In addition to homemade sweets and Amish meats and salads (pack them in the cooler), the market features dozens of crafts stands selling such items as handmade children's clothes.
101 Marlboro Ave., Easton, Md., 410-822-8989. Milepost 65. http://www.amishcountryfarmersmarket.com.
CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM
Drive through the inviting town of St. Michaels to reach this waterfront museum set on 18 acres. While there, pull up a crab pot, watch traditional boat builders at work and learn about how rising waters are threatening the bay's islands.
213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, 410-745-2916. Ten miles west of Milepost 65. http://www.cbmm.org. $13 adults; $6 kids ages 6-17.
HARRIET TUBMAN MUSEUM & LEARNING CENTER
The recently reopened museum honors one of the most famous agents of the Underground Railroad, who was born into slavery in Dorchester County. Pick up a free copy of the 125-mile driving tour, "Finding a way to freedom -- Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad," which details key exhibits, homes, churches, etc., around the region.
424 Race St., Cambridge, Md., 410-228-0401. Milepost 80. http://www.harriettubman.com. Free.
7. BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
The visitors center for this 25,000-acre refuge sports an eagle's nest, a collection of wildlife exhibits and TV monitors showing live video feeds from the osprey and eagle cameras. The nearby four-mile Wildlife Drive threads through pristine marshes.
2145 Key Wallace Dr., Cambridge, 410-228-2677. Twelve miles south of Milepost 82. http://www.fws.gov/blackwater.
Wildlife Drive: $3 per vehicle.
GOOSE ON THE ROOF ANTIQUES
"Come take a gander" reads the sign on the 10,000-square-foot building. And so you must. Antiques vendors offer everything from carved duck decoys to baseball cards to Elvis Presley lamps. The extensive outside area is a treasure trove of old red wagons, garden furniture and landscaping art ranging from chickens to fairies.
26510 Ocean Gateway, Hebron, Md., 410-742-0010. Milepost 104.
ARTHUR PURDUE STADIUM
The family-friendly stadium is home of the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Baltimore Orioles' Class A minor league baseball affiliate. Catch a Friday night game on the way into Ocean City or prolong your holiday with a Sunday afternoon outing.
6400 Hobbs Rd., Salisbury, Md., 410-219-3112. Milepost 116. http://www.theshorebirds.com. $7 adults; $6 kids.
CHESAPEAKE BAY FARM
Worcester County's last remaining dairy farm supplies the hormone- and antibiotic-free raw material for butter, cheeses and at least 16 flavors of ice cream. Our favorite flavors are Coconut Joy and Uncle Pete's Chocolate Insanity.
8905 Logtown Rd., Berlin, Md., 410-629-1997. Milepost 131. http://www.chesapeakebaycheese.com.