Overview

French for Harbor of grave, the city of Havre de Grace in Hartford County is easily recognizable through its port. Situated at the head of the Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of Susquehanna River, the port city lets guests experience an authentic Chesapeake Bay vacation, where life is found on the water’s edge. Tourists can stroll through the banks of the pristine Susquehanna River, participate in bird watching, boating, fishing activities, or discover many of its historic attractions. Located in Maryland’s northeastern section, the city lets you forget that you are actually still within the United States.

Tourist Attractions

At the foot of Lafayette Street is the Concord Point Light, which is one of the East Coast’s oldest lighthouses. Constructed in 1827, the lighthouse offers a spectacular view of the bay. The Lantern Queen offers luxurious river cruises along the lovely Susquehanna River. The boat is actually only a replica of the original riverboat in Mississippi. Nonetheless, the feel and the accompanying sunset dinner options are as authentic as it gets. The city’s central business district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for more than 20 years. Its historic fabric and rich architecture makes the city an exciting place to explore. Other attractions in the city include the Lockhouse Museum, the renovated seaplane port, the skipjack Martha Lewis, and the first hospital established in the county. Book your Havre De Grace Hotels with Reservations.com.

Things to Do

Cruising may be an attraction, but learning how to sail is an activity worth looking in to. BaySail School and Yacht Charters  offers training and lessons on coastal navigation, coastal cruising, and basic sailing. Tourists can also stroll along the half-mile stretch of boardwalk which connects the attractions of Concord Point Light, Decoy Museum, and Tydings Park. The latter features a picnic area and 8-acres for jogging, biking, or hiking. The parks of North, Hutchins, David Craig, and Jen Roberts provide excellent grounds for friendly ball games and picnics.

When to Visit

On May through October, guests are invited to visit the city’s own Havre de Grace Farmers Market. Set on Pennington Avenue, the market features seasonal ornamental grasses, small shrubs, baked goods, jams, jellies, and other produce at low prices. In December, events like Maritime Christmas, Christmas Boutique at the Lock House Museum, and Running with the Reindeer complete the festive season. The Maritime Christmas celebration features demonstrations, seasonal treats, and live music for free at the maritime museum.

Best Museums

The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of decorative and working Chesapeake decoys known to be assembled. Located on historic Susquehanna Flats’ banks, the museum offers lectures, demonstrations, tours, and a series of exhibits. The unique American folk art form is so abundant in the area that the city has been tagged as the Decoy Capital of the World. The Susquehanna Museum, located within a lock house dating back to 1836, offers a comprehensive display of the town’s history. Tourists can experience the town’s history first hand by climbing aboard the Skipjack Martha Lewis, one of the world’s few remaining oyster sailing vessels.