Once the second biggest city in Maryland, Crisfield is now a small town with a friendly welcoming atmosphere for boaters and travelers. While the Chesapeake Bay's seafood hauls have been devastated by regional runoff, Crisfield is still an important center for the Chesapeake Waterman culture. A little rough around the edges and not the typical tourist-trap town, Crisfield and Somers Cove Marina are a great place to soak in the culture of the Chesapeake Bay region.
Somers Cove Marina and Crisfield are in the humid subtropical climate zone that has hot humid summers and mild winters. Summer rains come in thunderstorms, and there is an occasional tropical storm or hurricane. Winters can be very cold. Temperatures range from an average high of 31°C (88°F) in July to an average low of 2.8°C (37°F) in January. Precipitation is greatest in July and August when the average rainfall is about 4.5 inches and in March with just above four inches.
Visitors to Crisfield will enjoy a trip to the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum at the waterfront located in Somers Cove Marina. Crisfield's Visitors Center is housed in this museum where the lives of local waterman are the main inspiration. The museum focuses on the history of the Lower Eastern Shore, the origins of the Chesapeake Bay, Native Americans during the colonizing era, seafood harvesting and processing, the town's history, and an American art form, carving and painting decoys. The Port of Crisfield Tour, a walking tour that costs $3 for adults and $1 for children, begins at the Tawes museum in Somers Cove Marina.
Open throughout the year, the museum's hours from Memorial Day to October 30th are 9am to 4:30pm on Monday through Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. Off season, from November 1st to Memorial Day, the hours are 9am until 4:30pm on Monday through Friday, and the museum is closed on weekends. Admission to the Somers Cove Marina's J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum is $3 for adults and $1 for children from 6 to 12 years old. Children younger than 6 are admitted free.
Janes Island State Park is about three kilometers (2 miles) north of Somers Cove Marina. This hidden gem is only accessible by boat. It contains long stretches of isolated beaches on the Chesapeake Bay. In the park's mainland section are a campground, rental cabins, a conference center, pavilions and picnic areas, and a marina and boat ramp.
On the island portion of Janes Island, there are almost three thousand acres of salt marsh, more than 48 kilometers (30 miles) of water trails, and miles of pristine beaches. Nature lovers will find birds, crabs, fish, and a variety of saltmarsh wildlife, not to mention glorious sunsets. The park allows pets in day use areas (trails and the island), in the marina to board vessels, at 17 campsites in Campground Loop B, in Camp Loop A, and the parking lot. Pets are not allowed in the cabins.