An Eastern Shore To-Do List

Impressions in sand.
Impressions in sand.

There is so much to do here on the Eastern Shore, and in places nearby.  M and I talk a lot about doing this or doing that, and then we promptly forget about it.  I thought it high time I started a list to help us remember, and as a place to check things off as we do them.


  • Kayak the water trails at Pocomoke River State Park.
  • Kayak the water trails Deal Island Wildlife Management Area.
  • Look for sea glass at launch viewing site in Greenbackville, Virginia.
  • Ride (cycle) some of the Sea Gull Century route.
  • Take a Captain Barry tour of the marshes in autumn to see the glasswort in bloom.
  • Take our bikes and ride the ferry from Lewes to Cape May.  Cycle around Cape May.
  • Take a boating course.

Food (places to eat)

  • The Farmers Daughter, Chincoteague, VA.
  • Ray’s Shanty Restaurant, Wattsville, VA.  (Particularly:  Lobster night!)
  • The Bay Bridge-Tunnel restaurant.  Eat there before they close it!


  • Wintering birds at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Cemeteries on Deal Island.
  • Abandoned houses and buildings of the Eastern Shore, particularly in Accomack County.

Places to visit

  • Smith Island.
  • Tangier Island.
  • The Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia.
  • Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve, Accomack County, Virginia, to see the “globally rare sea-level fen community.”
  • Williamsburg.
  • Jamestown, Virginia.
  • Yorktown, Virginia.
  • Ellicott City, Maryland.
  • St. Michaels, Maryland.
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia.
  • Tour a secret island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
  • Saxis, Virginia.
  • Rehobeth, Maryland (Coventry Parish Ruins).


  • Watch the moon set at the Point.