Historic Havre de Grace (HdG), Maryland, is known as a charming bayside village located on the western shore and the top of the Chesapeake Bay.
HdG is one of the top “small-town” destinations on the east coast of the United States. Very popular during the spring and summer months and worth a visit any other time of year. The town has been selected multiple times by Smithsonian Magazine as one of America’s best towns to visit and is also known as one of the best places to live in Maryland.
What to do in Havre de Grace
Many of our visitors come to antique at Bahoukkas or the other smaller shops that line North Washington Street, Union Avenue, or St. John Street. Many come to shop in the fashionable stores that offer items that can’t be found elsewhere, like at our own Blue Heron Gift Shop, or to explore the historic Lafayette Trail and visit the Concord Point Lighthouse, which you can tour. Others like our better dining establishments.
Havre de Grace has some of the very best food on the east coast. The Laurrapin features farm to table freshness with every meal. Prices Seafood is known for the very best Maryland Blue Fin Crabs, MacGreggors Restaurant is popular with tourist and locals alike, and the Tidewater Grille is situated right on the water.
Havre de Grace is also one of those few towns that have their very own department store that is unlike a Walmart of Target store, Joseph’s Department Store (since 1937) has everything from fashionable clothing for adults to children’s toys.
The History of Havre de Grace
Old-timers reminisce about the “good old days” when the “Graw,” a local name for the race track, existed. It was one of the best-known tracks in on the east coast. Man O’ War and Seabiscuit ran here. But the most famous visitors to Havre de Grace were George Washington, Lafayette, and the notorious gangster Al Capone. For more history visit our Wikipedia page.
Things to do in Havre de Grace
There is a lot to do in HdG. Walk the Lafayette Trail, boardwalk, or picnic in the park. Sail on a gentle tide or even visit our Decoy Museum or local shops downtown. Outdoor adventure tourist? HdG has over 3,000 acres of parks to explore, a public kayak and boat launch, historic downtown area, concerts in the park, and one of the best-known towns for a destination wedding on the east coast. Plus, eating here can be very romantic if you want to kindle an old romance. Regardless of the reason, HdG is a special place you must experience.
Havre de Grace is a short drive one-hour drive from Philadelphia or Baltimore, and a worthwhile two-hour drive from Washington, D.C. It is also where people from Annapolis come to escape the tourist traffic their fair city attracts as well.
There are several ways to get here but sailing into town certainly shows style. The marina has boat slips available. You can find them at latitude 39 degrees 32’40.61” N by longitude 76 degrees 05’04.20”W if you show up on your boat. Otherwise, you better come by car, SUV, bus, or Truck. Havre de Grace is off Interstate 95 just south of the Susquehanna River.
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