Ruddy Duck makes a day trip to Solomons Island fun and easy

Recreation News Staff

The exhibits at the Calvert Marine Museum include prehistoric creatures like this giant shark.

It’s a warm, sunny day and a great time to be outside surrounded by nature. That means it’s a perfect time for a day trip to charming Solomons Island, Md., just 90 minutes from Washington and Baltimore.

The owners of two favorite local eateries, the Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill (cozy and charming) and the Ruddy Duck Seafood & Alehouse (breathtaking views), now also offer two fun and relaxing all-inclusive packages. Restaurateurs Carlos Yanez and Michael Kelley know authentic cuisine and they know how to make their guests feel welcome.

The exhibits at the Calvert Marine Museum include prehistoric creatures like this giant shark.
The exhibits at the Calvert Marine Museum include prehistoric creatures like this giant shark.

“Our job is to take care of all the details and create an amazing day full of great food and activities — our guests can just show up and start having fun,” Kelly said.

Whether you choose the “active adventure” or “outdoor fun” package from Ruddy Duck Adventures, you’ll be treated like an old friend. Each package combines all the activities for the day with an amazing lunch and dinner that includes some terrific locally brewed craft beer.

Active adventures

On an active adventure, the day begins by kayaking around Solomons Island from Back Creek to where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. A delicious lunch follows at the Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill, topped off with a fresh pint of craft beer in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. A quick 2 miles down the road is the boardwalk, where you’ll find some yummy coffee and great views. Everything here feels easy. This is a seaside town where parking is not an issue.

Next, follow the arching bridge over Solomons Island to do some stand-up paddleboarding. The tranquil and shimmering water is surrounded by trees, hills, and farms, with bald eagles and osprey circling overhead. Finally, warm and friendly service with spectacular views are waiting at the Ruddy Duck Seafood & Alehouse, which sits on a strip of land between the Potomac River and St. George Creek.

Insider tip: Try the grilled mahi fish taco with a Calypso India Pale Ale — a perfect combination!

Outdoor fun option

For outdoor fun, there isn’t a better way to start the day than a walk through the charming Annmarie Sculpture Garden, followed by Calvert Marine Museum’s nature exhibits that connect the fascinating history of the Chesapeake Bay to the land surrounding it.

Everything is very hands-on. Ancient fossils, giant shark teeth, live river otters, and even an octopus are all within reach.

After a scrumptious gourmet picnic lunch, take a pleasure cruise on a comfortable and historic 60-foot oyster boat. Back on land, take in the boardwalk just down the road for some shopping and ice cream. As late afternoon arrives, a delicious craft beer tasting is waiting, along with incredibly fresh, authentic cuisine at the Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill.

Either option offers a perfect day in the sun and Ruddy Duck Adventures makes it easy. All reservations are made ahead of time, so you simply drive from place to place and everything is ready for at each stop. The entire day is easy, manageable, and relaxing. As the day winds down, you’ll head home recharged and ready to take on the world again.

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