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Smith Island

Crisfield, MD
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Ranked #4 of 5 Attractions in Crisfield
Type: Islands
Activities: Hiking, Biking, Fishing
Description: An island in the Chesapeake where residents live much as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
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Colorado Springs
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185 reviews 185 reviews
86 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Took the ferry over ($25/pp RT + $2 per bike). "Ferry" was really a small commercial boat. We shared the aft deck with a washing machine. Pleasant ride, nice skipper---calm seas and sunny. About a 45 minute ride over, about 2 1/2 hours on the island. 2 restaurants, the 9-Layer cake factory and a museum are about it. Ate at... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a disappointment this trip was. First there was a slow 3 hour boat ride. You pass an old Liberty ship that is so far away it's hard to see. Then when you do get to the island you can pay for an over priced lunch. Afterwards there are bicycles and golf carts for you to rent. DON'T WASTE YOUR... More

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2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Very remote and isolated trip. Very few people on this island. No shop or restaurants, just you and the handful of inhabitants. We stayed at the Inn of Silent Music B&B. Linda and Rob we're fantastic hosts. Wonderful, wonderful experience, but may not be right for every one.

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Sherwood, Maryland
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Smith Island is a waterman's village that is on a unique spit of Chesapeake Bay low country. There is a feel you get here that I have never experienced anywhere else. There is a gentleness in the way the marshes, water and sky merge together. It's as pure and unpretentious as any "tourist" destination I've ever visited. Biking from Ewell... More

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Columbia, Maryland
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Smith Island is actually a cluster of islands and accessible only by boat. It's one of the last locations in the Chesapeake Bay that maintains the traditional waterman's culture. Staying there for a few days began to give us a greater appreciation for a lifestyle that may disappear in the not too distant future. Rising water levels are inundating these... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We decided to go there for our 28th wedding anniversary. A Bed and Breakfast is the way to go. We compared a few available and choose Michele's place. After seeing and hearing about the famous Smith Island cake, (and making my own from the You Tube directions) it made sense to visit the island. We went before "busy season" and... More

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Eastern PA
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Go there if you want a quiet, relaxing place to visit. Not much to do except read, play games, visit with friends and look at the water and watermen. Perfect!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Growing up in Maryland, I'd always wanted to visit this remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. With the advent of global warming, this place likely will vanish in time because nothing is more than about 3 feet above the water line. There is regular, if expensive, boat service out to the island from Cristfield ($25/round trip). It... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Great scenery, nice venue. You MUST eat at the family-style restuarant--super food! Nice Museum! Friendly people. Must ssee the Smith Isle Cake Factory & buy a unique 12 layer cake!

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Bowie, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Started our trip from Crisfield on one of the Jason charter's. The boat ride over was very charming with a very nice captain and the grocery delivery! We arrived on the island about 40 minutes later. Not a whole lot to do here. We enjoyed the museum ($3) which was very informative. Had a nice lunch in Rukes across the... More

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