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Smith Island

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Address: Crisfield, MD
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+1 410-425-2771

An island in the Chesapeake where residents live much as their ancestors...

An island in the Chesapeake where residents live much as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

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A Step Back in Time

If you want to see what life was like way back when then you will enjoy a trip to Smith Island. Don't expect amusements and lots of excitement, just an unhurried approach to life... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 24, 2016
Warren H
Fleming Island, Florida
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We stayed in Tylerton for three days. There is not much in the way of lodging for tourists, which is a drawback, but we had rented the House of Silent Music, which had a great kitchen and well-appointed rooms. There are no restaurants in Tylerton that serve dinner, so the house owner recommended an islander who cooked a delicious dinner... More 

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Bristol, England
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506 reviews
239 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 595 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

The office where you book in was well sign posted. The “welcome” was a bit off-hand. Their card reader wasn’t working, so we had to scrabble around for cash to buy the tickets. No apology – it seemed like they thought it was my fault..... There is a visitor centre close to where the boat is docked – when we... More 

1 Thank Chris H
Crisfield, Maryland
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46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Once beautiful island has become shabby. Lots of run down houses with overgrown yards. There is nothing really to see or do, except swat at the flies and mosquitoes. There is a very small museum which may or may not be open. Don't expect much and maybe you won't be disappointed.

Thank Jayne S
Fleming Island, Florida
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168 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

If you want to see what life was like way back when then you will enjoy a trip to Smith Island. Don't expect amusements and lots of excitement, just an unhurried approach to life with proud people who work very hard for what they have. A boat leave daily from Somers Cove in Crisfield, MD and takes about 1hour 15minutres... More 

5 Thank Warren H
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

The boat ride over was peaceful and enjoyable. We were able to see different types of birds and enjoy the breeze. Once we got to the island, we ate lunch. The food was only mediocre. Their "shrimp tenders" are just popcorn shrimp. We shared a piece of cake, which we were excited about, and it was not at all what... More 

2 Thank Rachel H
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126 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

We took a private boat to the Island with friends for lunch. We had lunch at the Bay Side Inn . We all enjoyed our lunch . They have a all you can eat home style meal for $20.99 or you can do sandwiches and great cream of crab soap. Ice cream and snow balls around the back. Saw they... More 

1 Thank Cody2012
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

2.5 hours on the island is too much. There's literally nothing to do there but eat mediocre lunch and good not excellent smith island cake. You can walk the sites in less than 10 minutes which are uninteresting. There are a few gift shops that sell junk like any other gift shop. We went thinking it would be a picturesque... More 

2 Thank Shirley F
Millsboro, Delaware
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91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

I went with a group of ladies on this 1-hour cruise on the Chesapeake to Smith Island. Going there, I hoped to learn more about the island and its inhabitants. What our group did not realize until later was that the motel where you buy the boat ticket, the boat itself, and the restaurant where you dock on the island... More 

6 Thank Lori H
Salisbury, Maryland
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40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

This is a must do for everyone. Yes you have to arrive by boat but a day you will always remember. A step back in time a bit with all the modern luxury. Food you will never find anywhere else. People that don't know strangers. Friendly and Fun. Experience this treasure in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay!

4 Thank Tracie B
United States
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38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

If you are looking for peace and quiet, tranquil star-filled nights, and a laid back trip, look no further. A great little museum, friendly folks, and walkable village is a welcome retreat. Don't expect cheap souvenir shops, bikinis, or bars, as you won't find them here. You will see lots of wildlife, taste incredible crab cakes, and taste heaven on... More 

3 Thank Michele D

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