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Attractions of Historic Kent Island

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Named for Kent County in England, Kent Island is the largest island on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It is the eastern point of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge, known to locals as The Bay Bridge, which crosses the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point, MD. Kent Island was the first English settlement in the State of Maryland and the third permanent English settlement in the U.S.

As a resident of this scenic Isle, I am proud of the many attractions this little known area boasts. The mid-atlantic location allows for four distinctive seasons in which to enjoy both the water and history of the area. The island is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay to the west, the Eastern Bay to the south, the Chester River to the north, and the Kent Narrows to the east. A small bridge, the Kent Narrow Bridge connects the island to the rest of the eastern shore.

A great many visitors come to this area to enjoy the fishing and boating opportunities provided on the island. There are many marinas and piers, both private and public to enjoy, as well as the following attractions. These attractions are among the more popular places to visit and are recommended by both visitors and residents alike.


Sandy Point State Park

A short drive over the bay bridge will bring you to Sandy Point State Park. The park is located on the outskirts of Annapolis on the western side of the bay. A bayside beach and fishing pier is provided for your summer enjoyment. Seafood festivals are held a various times during the year, and during the month of December a festival of lights is displayed. Visitors can drive their cars through the park and view spectacular holiday light displays while listening to radio provided holiday music.

Sandy Point State Park

Annapolis, MD 21401

410-974-2149


Matapeake Beach and Clubhouse

This beach and club are located in Stevensville. The bayside beach allows a wonderful view of the bay bridge while swimming and dining. During the summer, the clubhouse is open to the public weekdays from 11am to 3pm, and weekends from 9am to 5pm. The beach itself is open to the public year round. The clubhouse can be rented for events for a small fee.

As well as swimming and water sports, activites and programs are offered. Children's, school age, and adult programs range from tot fun time to teen and adult martial arts. Registration is required.

Matapeake Beach and Clubhouse

201 Clubhouse Drive

Stevensville, MD 21666


Kent Island Federation of Art

The Kent Island Federation of Art, or KIFA, is located in the center of downtown Stevensville. A short drive from route 50, and located in a historic house, KIFA showcases the work of local artists and craftsmen. A museum on the property gives the public an opportunity to view local art as well as purchase those they find irresistible. Children's art camps and classes are offered at several times during the year.

KIFA

405 Main Street

Stevensville, MD 21666

410-643-7424


The Chesapeake Bay Exploration Center

Open 7 days a week, year round, the Chesapeake Bay Exploration Center offers interactive exhibits educating the public about the rich maritime history and culture of the island and surrounding areas. One of the displays includes a restored skipjack, the state boat of Maryland and an example of the impact the bay has had on the region.

The Chespeake Bay Exploration Center

425 Piney Narrows Road

Chester, MD 21619

www.baygateways.net/general.cfm?id=74


Kentmorr Restaurant

After a hard day of swimming, boating, fishing, and viewing local talent, you desperately need a nice meal. Enter the Kentmorr Restaurant, located on Kentmorr road right off of route 50. Founded in 1954, the Kentmorr offers great food with an even greater view. Try their award winning crab cakes in a family dining environment.

Kentmorr Restaurant

910 Kentmorr Road

Stevensville, MD 21666

410-643-2263

www.kentmorrmarina.com


Although small in square miles, Kent Island offers a variety of activities year round. From boating, fishing, and sailing, to museums and culture, to family fun activities, Kent Island is a fun place to visit, and a great place to live.



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Dec 19, 2009 2:21pm
gourownway
Sounds like a great place to visit. Would love to get out there.
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