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Seniors Can SOAR to New Places with Convenient, Affordable Day Trips

Schedule a little fun and excitement this summer with Senior day trips through Montgomery County Recreation! Whether you want to cool off on a river cruise or learn a little history, we have something for everyone.

Crab Feast Paddlewheel Riverboat Cruise around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

#353330 July 11 1:15pm – 6:30 pm
Dig in to a delicious crab feast as we cruise around the historic Baltimore Inner Harbor. The Black-Eyed Susan paddlewheel riverboat will take guests on a 2-1/2  hour narrated tour of Baltimore’s harbor. Relax in the air-conditioned deck or catch a breeze on the open-air deck. Included is a culinary feast with crab soup, spinach and artichoke dip, plus a buffet of roast beef, chicken, corn, salad, and of course, spicy, steamed hard-shell crabs! Fee of $92 includes meal and transportation.

Frederick Douglass’ Life on the Eastern Shore
#353331 July 17, 7:15 am – 5:30 pm
#353332 July 18, 7:15 am – 5:30 pm
According to Wikipedia, “after escaping from slavery, [Frederick Douglass] became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.”
With that kind of biography, one can only imagine the stories that must exist about a young Frederick Douglass. On this trip we’ll visit Douglass’ birthplace, Holme Hill Farm, and our Eastern Shore Guide will share stories of his grandmother and the young Douglass. Then we’ll cruise down the Wye River and visit plantation homes, enjoy lunch, and learn more about Frederick Douglass’ life from a local expert. Fee of $85 includes lunch and transportation.

Tour Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay and Witness its Restoration 

#353333 July 24, 7:15 am – 5:15 pm
#353334 July 25 7:15 am – 5:15 pm
Poplar Island once supported a small town community with farmers, a post office and school on its 1,000 acres in the Chesapeake Bay. By the 1990s, when restoration began, erosion and rising waters had reduced the island to less than 10 acres taking with it an important natural habitat. SOAR members will receive a guided tour of the island by air-conditioned bus to witness the rebuilding of the island using dredged materials from the bay, as well as the wildlife that have returned including osprey, egrets, herons, eagles, muskrat and more. For a wonderful photo essay of the project visit Fee of $45 covers transportation with lunch on your own in downtown St. Michaels after the tour.

Skipjack Boat Tour of Chesapeake Bay and St. Michaels 

#353335 August 1, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
First we’ll enjoy a 2-hour sail on a slooprigged skipjack, the official Maryland State boat, to view the Bay’s natural beauty and wildlife. This ship is used as an oyster dredger during oyster season and the Captain will share his insight into the Bay’s ecology, living as a waterman, and an oyster dredging demonstration. Lunch and sightseeing on your own in St. Michaels afterward. Please wear sneakers or boat shoes – no slippery soled shoes. Fee of $60 includes transportation and sail.