Patuxent River Corridor Itinerary

From history to high-tech, historic sites along the Patuxent River give way to concentrated growth approaching California, Lexington Park, and the Patuxent River Naval Air Station with hotels, restaurants, and retailers.

History to High-Tech

Historic sites and museums, nature parks, and places to enjoy seafood are strung along the Patuxent side of St. Mary’s County. More than three centuries of history imbue the landscape and architecture of Sotterley Plantation. Activities include guided and self-guided tours. Nearby Greenwell State Park has paths along the water for hiking, plus paddle launches, and picnic areas. Further south on Maryland Route 235, the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum & Visitor Center has indoor exhibits and an outdoor “flight line” showcasing U.S. Naval aircraft tested and evaluated at this important naval center. Here you can also find information on other things to see and do in the area.

Dining choices abound around the Naval Air Museum. North along the Patuxent, places to dine waterside include Stoney's Seafood House at Clarke's Landing, Sandgates Inn, Sea Breeze Restaurant, and Drift Inn Crab House.

Stay Longer

If you fall in love with the area, extend your visit with a stay at The Victorian Candle, or one of the many lodging options located in the California and Lexington Park areas and found in the "Hotels" section of the website.

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Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Copyright © St. Mary's County Tourism