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Tours & River Cruises

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. has many options for touring campus and our waterways, including self-guided and guided walking tours, scenic river cruises aboard the historic 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, small craft rentals, and more.


For all group tour-related questions, or to book your group’s next experience at CBMM, please contact Volunteer & Education Programs Manager Allison Speight at or call 410-745-4941.

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Highlights Tours

CBMM regularly offers highlights tours of our can’t-be-missed exhibitions and objects. These hour-long tours, which explore the Working Shipyard, 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, Oystering on the Chesapeake, Floating Fleet, and Waterman’s Wharf exhibitions, are free with admission to the general public, and are scheduled at 11 am and 2 pm, on Saturdays and Sundays, April through November, and in February.

Please note: Highlights tours are subject to tour guide availability.

Adult Group Tours

With numerous outdoor and indoor spaces, plus ample bus parking, CBMM is just a short walk from St. Michaels’ historic shops and restaurants. CBMM will provide a guide for your group tour upon request, with at least two weeks advanced notice. A $75 deposit is required for guided tours. Tour guides are not guaranteed if your group is delayed more than 30 minutes.

Tickets allow you to come and go as you please and may be obtained upon arrival at the Welcome Center. Admission tickets are good for two days, excluding festivals. Bus parking is available.


Adult Ecology Cruise
In this ecology-based program, participants learn about the animals, plants, and environment of the Chesapeake through hands-on activities aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle. Participants explore the Bay watershed from large to small, starting with maps of the Chesapeake’s waterways and populations, moving to water quality testing, and finishing by examining the many organisms that call an oyster reef home. 30 passenger maximum, $500 per cruise

Catch of the Day Tour for Adults 
Learn what it means to “follow the water” in every season on the Chesapeake through the eyes of a waterman. Participants will tong for oysters, pull crab pots, explore a skipjack, and hear stories of the “big guns” commercial hunters used at the turn of the 19th century. Guided tour rates apply

Oystering on the Chesapeake Tour for Adults
In this hands-on program, participants explore the history of the greatest oyster factory on Earth, the Chesapeake Bay, and how the oyster shaped the culture, industry, and environment of the Bay and its people. Participants will learn about a time in which oysters lay thick as stones, through maps, activities, and giant oyster shells, hear the tales of the Oyster Wars and an oyster gold rush in the cabin of a skipjack, and investigate close-up an oyster nurseries’ crabs, fish, and baby mollusks. Guided tour rates apply

CBMM’s General Tour for Adults
Discover the incredible history, heritage, and culture of the Chesapeake Bay through CBMM’s interactive exhibits and priceless collections. Explore a working boatyard, scale the winding stairs to a birds-eye view of St. Michaels from our 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and witness the legacy of the Chesapeake’s oystering and crabbing industries. Guided tour rates apply

Self-Guided Tours
In addition to our guided tours, we offer the option of self-guided tours by reservation. Maps are available. Self-guided tour rates apply

To book a group tour or for more information, contact Allison Speight at or 410-745-4941.


School Group Tours

Ecology Cruises are offered at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MarylandAt the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, we are dedicated to teaching students about the rich history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay’s communities and environment. Whether at the Museum, in your classroom, or out on the water, our hands-on programs and curriculum units are designed to inspire, challenge, and enlighten your students about the unique heritage of the Chesapeake’s people and places.

For more information on guided tours, self-guided tours, and self-guided tour activities, contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator, Allison Speight, at 410-745-4941 or


Day in St. Michaels Package

St. Michaels Harbor, Maryland.For groups of 30 or more people.

Your authentic Chesapeake Bay experience begins here! Come visit the colonial harbor town of St. Michaels, Maryland, for a full day of activity that offers something for everyone. Our package includes three venues located on Navy Point, a beautiful stretch of waterfront property located on the St. Michaels harbor and the scenic Miles River. Tickets are $67 per person (minimum 30 people per group). A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation, refundable with two-weeks advanced notice of cancellation.


Miles River Cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle

The Winnie Estelle at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.Enjoy a 45-minute scenic Miles River cruise aboard this authentic, 1920 Chesapeake buyboat Winnie Estelle
Operates May through October for drop-in cruises on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

All cruises are weather dependent. Schedule and pricing subject to change. Winnie can accommodate up to 32 passengers.


Winnie Estelle Boarding Passes*
$10 Non-Member
$3 Non-member children ages 6-17, Saturdays & Sundays; FREE with an accompanying adult, Fridays & Mondays
FREE Non-member children ages 5 and under
 CBMM Member
FREE Member children ages 17 and under

Watch log canoe races aboard Winnie Estelle this summer.
Take an Miles River Ecology Cruise with us this summer.
Read more about the historic Winnie Estelle here.

*Please note, CBMM admission is required to cruise on Winnie Estelle. (General admission is free for CBMM members)

Admission tickets may be purchased the day of your visit at the Store or Welcome Center, or in advance here.



The Winnie Estelle is also available for private charters and special adult and youth education tours!

Winnie Estelle Private Charters

Small Craft Rental Program

CBMM_SmallCraftRentalProgram_BoatUnderwayBuilt over the years in CBMM’s boatyard through the Apprentice for a Day program, CBMM’s fleet of small craft includes small wooden sailing skiffs, single and tandem kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families. For participants wishing to sail but without basic sailing experience, CBMM also offers private sailing lessons.

The program runs on select days from May to August each year, and boat renters must be 16 years of age or older, with minors accompanied by an adult, unless a boater safety certificate is presented. Hourly and daily rental reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all boats returning to the museum’s docks no later than 5 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome, however advanced reservations are encouraged by calling CBMM Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or emailing