Do, Eat & Play

Outdoors and Parks: 300 miles of shoreline on the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers create opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking, picnics, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, bird watching, and treasure hunting. The County is home to miles of scenic trails great for hiking and biking and 30 county parks totaling 3,626 acres with a variety of activities including a 13-mile hiker/biker trail, 60-acre lake, fishing piers, swimming, skate park, tennis courts, picnic facilities, and lighted athletic fields. Three state parks and four natural wildlife areas cover nearly 10,000 acres.  

Recreational Fun: Capital Clubhouse offers a 90,000 square-foot ice rink, multi-purpose field, 30-foot climbing wall, eatery, summer camps, and an on-site sporting equipment shop. For avid golfers, Charles County offers the White Plains Golf Course, Hawthorne Country Club, and Swan Point Yacht and Country Club

Sports and Entertainment: Regency Furniture Stadium is home to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs professional baseball club with over 70 home games as well as concerts, expos, and other entertainment events throughout the year

Cultural: The College of Southern Maryland features theater, musical performances, art, and cultural events; the award-winning Port Tobacco Players are known for their excellent stage productions; Black Box Theatre offers professional theater, music, and music festivals. In addition, the county's rich history is preserved in a number of historical sites and scenic trails

Dining: Charles County's growing culinary scene offers residents and visitors a wide range of dining experiences from amazing seafood at one of its waterfront restaurants, to one of a variety of ethnic cuisine such as Peruvian and Thai, to casual dining with a local flair.

Rich History: Chartered more than 350 years ago, Charles County is a vibrant community with a rich heritage representing more than 200 years of American history.

  • One of the oldest towns on the East Coast, Port Tobacco was established in 1634.
  • Charles County was established in 1658 and named for the third Baron Baltimore, Charles Calvert.
  • One of the first ports on the Patuxent River, Benedict, was established in 1683.
  • Waldorf, Maryland started as a rural crossroads and was originally called Beantown.
  • The Baltimore and Potomac Railroad added a station to Waldorf in 1872.
  • The Town of La Plata serves as the county seat for the Charles County Government and was originally founded in the 1870's as the Pennsylvania Railroad was granted a right of way to build its tracks and station.
  • Indian Head was established in 1920 and is named for the Algonquin Indian Tribe who were settled on the headlands of the Potomac.

Charles County is known for many historic landmarks and attractions with nearly 40 listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Sites include:

For a full list of historical sites, visit National Historical Markers in Charles County or Historical Sites and Organizations.

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