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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 Coordinator 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 exhibits and objects. These hour-long tours, which explore the Boatyard, Lighthouse, Oystering on the Chesapeake, Floating Fleet, and Waterman’s Wharf exhibits, are free with admission to the general public, and are scheduled at 11 am and 2 pm, on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.

CBMM’s Early-Bird Discount for Group Tour Operators
Book your spring excursions to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in historic, waterfront St. Michaels, Md. by November 30, 2017 and receive a $1 off discount for each person in your groups of 20 or more.  Tour Bonus add-on:  add Winnie Estelle scenic Miles River drop-in cruise for just $5 per person.

Miles River cruises aboard the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Winnie Estelle will begin running again for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Guests can enjoy a 45-minute scenic cruise aboard the authentic 1920 Chesapeake buyboat May through October on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, departing from CBMM on the hour from noon to 3:00 p.m. Boarding is limited, with all cruises weather dependent.

Offer is good for tours booked between April 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018

Don’t Forget! Group leaders and bus drivers always receive complimentary admission, with numerous indoor and outdoor lounge areas available throughout campus.

To book your tour, contact Allison at


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