The River Center
You can rent kayaks and paddleboards free of charge at the River Center.
Hiking and Running
There are some beautiful wooded trails on and adjacent to campus for running and hiking.
The Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC) and Pool
The Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center (usually called the ARC) is 110,000 square feet of first-class athletic competition and health & fitness activities space for the St. Mary's College of Maryland community.
HOURSJuly 4-6 Closed for Fourth of July
|Monday-Friday||8am - 8 pm|
|Saturday||12pm - 4 pm|
|Monday-Friday||5pm - 8 pm|
For more information, go to the ARC's website.
Historic St. Mary's City (contiguous with campus)
Adjacent to campus is Historic St. Mary's City, the site of the fourth permanent settlement in British North America, Maryland's first capital, and "the birthplace of religious toleration." Historic St. Mary's City is an exciting mix of colorful living history and fascinating archaeology, all set in a beautiful tidewater landscape. http://www.stmaryscity.org/
Point Lookout State Park (12 minutes from campus)
Recreational opportunities abound on this picturesque peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. Swimming, fishing, boating, and camping are just a few of the activities to be enjoyed in this beautiful bay setting. To reach Point Lookout, head south on Route 5 and follow signs
Elm’s Beach (10 minutes from campus)
This park offers wonderful views of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as swimming, hiking, picnicking, fishing and environmental interpretation.
St. Mary’s River State Park (15 minutes from campus)
St. Mary's River State Park is located along Maryland Route 5, between Leonardtown and Great Mills, at the end of Camp Cosoma Road. The area is a popular freshwater fishing spot, and over seven miles of trails encircle a large reservoir.
Solomon’s Island (25 minutes from campus)
You can enjoy Solomon's Island's boardwalk scenery, many choices of dining (casual to fine), and the
Calvert Marine Museum. For a full picture of what there is to do in Solomon’s, visit: