DoCo Tourism has ideas for activities

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/Dorchester County Tourism
A new mural at 101 Poplar St. in Hurlock celebrating the town’s railroading history recently joined the county’s mural trail. The mural was installed and created by artist Michael Rosato.

CAMBRIDGE — During these uncertain times, getting out to get fresh air is still OK — as long as you’re staying at least six feet from other people — a statement from Dorchester County Tourism said on March 18. And it’s good for the body and mind. Here are a few ideas for (mostly) free things to do outside in Dorchester County:

• Dust off your bicycle and try one of the suggested routes in the Dorchester Cycling Guide; see bit.ly/DoCoCycling
• Stroll the grounds at historic Handsell near Vienna while listening to their audio app
• Play golf at River Marsh Golf Club
• Talk a walk in your neighborhood and wave to your neighbors. You can also walk at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park (Dorchester side). Dogs are welcome on the pier, as long as you clean up after them.
• Hike the trails at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Or stay in your car with the windows open on Wildlife Drive. Access to Wildlife Drive is now free. Or hike at the little-known Robinson Neck Preserve on Taylors Island. Wear boots for mud.
• Grab the kids and take the Chesapeake Mural Trail, while listening to the free audio app; bit.ly/ChesapeakeMuralTrail
• Go fishing. Here’s where Maryland DNR shares news about fishing these days, and what current conditions are: bit.ly/2WtvROq. Dorchester is excellent for snakehead fishing; learn more at Snakeheadlife.com.
• Explore the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, while listening to the free audio guide that brings the history to life; HarrietTubmanByway.org
• Head to Vienna and check out the replica Captain John Smith shallop. This could be part of a great history lesson for the kids. Then stroll by the waterfront park.
• Work in your yard/garden. Mowbray’s Garden Center is now open with plants and more.
• Explore Spocott Windmill & Village in the Neck District.

IMPORTANT NOTE: One exception here may be playgrounds. Because the virus can last for several hours or even days on some surfaces, playground equipment may not be the best thing for your young ones to be touching. Read more: bit.ly/2Wr2bBG

Find more ideas at VisitDorchester.org.