The Ultimate Guide to Havre de Grace in the Summertime

If you’re visiting Havre de Grace in the Summertime, there is plenty to do! With its beautiful landscapes, historic charm, and a plethora of outdoor activities, it is the perfect summer destination. Below are some of the most exciting things to do in Havre de Grace during the summer. 


Explore Havre de Grace Parks and Trails…Great for Hiking and Fishing!

Rich in park land and scenic trails, Havre de Grace offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities and exploration. If you are looking for things to do in Havre de Grace during the summer, these notable parks and trails are a great place to start:

  1. Havre de Grace Promenade

    A beautiful boardwalk along the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Susquehanna River, offering breathtaking views – perfect for a peaceful stroll.
    Sunset waterfront view from the promenade

  2. Concord Point Park

    Home to the iconic Concord Point Lighthouse, and a scenic backdrop for a morning sunrise or even a day of fishing. This park sits at the north end of the Havre de Grace Promenade. Learn more about the area’s history with one of three walkable neighboring museums: Concord Point Lighthouse and Keepers House Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum.

  3. Millard Tydings Memorial Park

    This park offers a playground, picnic areas, and stunning views of City Yacht Basin / Marina and the Chesapeake Bay. Stop by the Promenade Grille for lunch or an ice cream before heading for a boardwalk stroll to the Concord Point Lighthouse.

  4. North Park Loop Trail (also known as Joe K trail)

    A trail that runs along the Susquehanna River, offering beautiful views and opportunities for bird watching. Try this easy 1.4 mile loop for scenic views along the Susquehanna River; the trail is part of The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail, which spans dozens of miles from the Conowingo Dam and along the river and Chesapeake Bay shoreline.

  5. Susquehanna State Park:

    This state park features a variety of trails, including the Susquehanna Ridge Trail that offers stunning views of the river. It’s an excellent spot for hiking, fishing, and camping. It is particularly popular for bass fishing. 

Experience First Fridays

First Fridays is a popular event held on the first Friday of every month from May to October in Havre de Grace, Maryland. From 5pm to 9:30pm, the downtown streets are closed for a family-friendly celebration. You can expect live bands performing on every block, cafe seating at local restaurants, food trucks, merchandise vendors, and even a Kids Zone for your little ones.

Visitors and locals alike come together to enjoy the historic charm of downtown Havre de Grace during this festive event, with many local shops offering special deals. 


Shop the Local Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ markets provide an excellent chance to shop locally while experiencing all the charm that Havre de Grace has to offer. The market features local vendors selling their produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, salsas, and jams – every Saturday from 8:30 am to noon.

The market is located just outside of Hutchins Park in downtown Havre de Grace (100 block of St John St, Havre de Grace, MD.). Follow the Market on Facebook & Instagram for more information, or View the Vendor Schedule and Map to plan your visit!


The Havre de Grace Farmer’s Market is a committee of Community Projects of Havre de Grace, Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. and managed by volunteer vendors.

Catch a Show

Havre de Grace is full of entertainment and events, offering plenty of variety in music and performing arts! Local venues like the historic Havre de Grace Opera House, the State Theater, the STAR Centre – and even local galleries, restaurants and breweries, offer live music, art exhibits, theatrical performances, comedy shows and much more.

You can find many of these events on our event page. Other local events are posted to local business websites and social media pages and Havre de Grace Facebook community pages.

Discover the History of Havre de Grace

Havre de Grace is rich in history, with so many ways to learn about the roots of this charming city. Local museums like the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House or the Havre de Grace Colored School and Cultural Center provide insight into everything from the civil war, the fishing and canning industries to civil rights history.  There’s even a self-guided tour app!


Stop by the Visitor Center to find brochures from local museums, or try a self-guided tour using the Lafayette Trail App!

Enjoy Public Art

Havre de Grace is one of Maryland’s designated Arts & Entertainment Districts, and full of rich public art displays. Explore art exhibits at the local galleries, admire the city’s beautiful murals, sculptures and other public art installments!

Learn more about Public Art in Havre de Grace in our blog, “Discovering the Beauty of Public Art in Havre de Grace”!

Take a Yoga Class

If you are looking for something more zen this summer, Havre de Grace is home to several top-rate yoga studios. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi, there is a yoga class perfect for you in Havre de Grace. Some of your options include:


  1. Yoga Studio 723

    Located on the Susquehanna River in Historic Havre de Grace, Yoga Studio 723 offers a variety of classes in their beautiful, renovated space. They are located at 723 Water Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. Visit Yoga Studio 723’s Website

  2. Havre de Grace Yoga Collective “YogaCo”

    A boutique yoga studio and worker-owned cooperative in downtown Havre de Grace, Maryland. They offer a range of classes and workshops. You can find them at 421 Congress Ave, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. Visit YogaCo’s Website

  3. BeachBee Yoga

    The first and original yoga studio in downtown Havre de Grace, Maryland, BeachBee Yoga offers a variety of classes including hot yoga, Vinyasa flow, and beginner’s yoga. They even provide private, semi-private, and group paddle board classes if you like your yoga with a side of wet and wild fun! They are located at 5 N Washington St, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. Visit the BeachBee Yoga Website

Spend a Day on the Water

Havre de Grace, Maryland is a haven for boating and water sports enthusiasts. Nestled at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay, the city offers a wide range of activities that make full use of its prime waterfront location. Boaters can enjoy peaceful cruises along the river, with several marinas and boat launches available for public use. 

For thrill-seekers, jet skiing and waterskiing are popular activities. Kayaking and paddleboarding offer a more leisurely way to explore the local waterways, with rentals available for those who don’t have their own equipment. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a novice looking to get your feet wet, Havre de Grace provides an ideal setting for all kinds of nautical adventures.

Summer in Havre de Grace

As you can see, there are no shortages of things to do in Havre de Grace in any season, but Summer offers a unique experience for visitors and locals alike. From its scenic parks to its vibrant community events, Havre de Grace, Maryland, offers a wide array of outdoor activities that cater to all interests and ages. Whether you’re looking for adventure on the water, tranquility in nature, or a taste of local culture, you’ll find it in Havre de Grace.

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