Solomons Travel Blog› entry 21 of 27 › view all entries
Erin parked in the public lot near the Catholic church. We walked down the boardwalk to a restaurant near the end. One of Erin's students recognized her as we entered Solomons Pier. This worked to our advantage when she seated us next to the window. We browsed the menu for a little bit before both choosing from the sandwich section. My water tasted really good after the hot sun at the beach. (The food was good too :)
After lunch we trekked up a side street to avoid the traffic on the main road since the sidewalk ended just past the public lot. It was nice not having to worry about any cars coming up behind us quickly.
We walked down the drive to the main Calvert Marine Museum building (there are several buildings on-site although only a few were open the day we visited).
From the Discovery Room we followed the map into the Paleontology gallery. A huge, swirly diagram that filled a long room charted life from the Big Bang to now. Along the way fossils and pictures helped trace the story. A shorter wall displayed bones found in Calvert County at the cliffs, a magnificent repository of ancient sealife.
This gallery led into the Estuarine Biology area aka the aquariums. Erin and I had fun trying to find all the waterlife listed by each tank. Some were much easier than others! I think my favorites were the practically-glowing jellyfish and the tiny seahorse.
Past a display about invasive species, we ducked outside to look at the otters. Squeaks and Bubbles were crowd pleasers as they swam. They would come up to the glass, flip over, and push off the wall like human swimmers.
We didn't linger too long over the Maritime History area although the wood carvings were neat. I also really liked viewing the cases on life in Solomons during World War II since the Navy significantly changed the face of the town.
Outside the Exhibition Hall, we walked along a boardwalk past several boats over to the lighthouse. Drum Point Lighthouse was originally built over a period of 33 days in 1883 near the entrance to the Patuxent River. For almost eighty years, the lighthouse keepers would live in the two floors of the structure until 1962 when the light was automated.
We finished our visit with a look at the Feature Exhibit Gallery which showed off rays and skates. While the adults flew through their tank, infants incubated in special tanks.