Pocomoke City, in some ways, seems too good to true. It’s one of those waterfront towns where the population is small (fewer than 5,000 permanent residents), but it has plenty of top-notch attractions and things to do. It’s home to a charming downtown (on the National Register), a half-mile river boardwalk, nature parks, antique shops and troves of historic buildings. Pocomoke City is also just a short drive from Assateague Island and Chincoteague, Virginia.
Here’s a quick guide to some of the top places to sleep, places to eat and things to do in Pocomoke City, Maryland.
Where to Stay: Pocomoke City
If you ask someone where you should stay on a trip to Pocomoke City, The River Gem BnB at the Littleton T. Clarke House will undoubtedly be toward the top of the list. The lush gardens and spacious outdoor patios surrounding this yellow Victorian mansion provide a welcoming setting upon arrival. Step inside, and be wowed even more. Victorian antique furniture, toile wallpapers and detailed fireplaces define the overall style, but each of the River Gem’s four cozy rooms has its own distinct personality. Breakfast, served between 7:30 and 9 a.m., includes crepes, French toast, waffles, sausages, pancakes, eggs and more. The homemade dishes are made with locally grown ingredients, to be enjoyed in this locally owned gem.
Where to Eat: Pocomoke City
If it’s views you want, it’s views you’ll get Riverside Grill. The restaurant a visitor favorite overlooks the Pocomoke River and its historical bridge where, in the evening, you can see the sunset while you dine. The large menu features delicious meals like”Crabby Chicken” (chicken topped with hot crab dip), ahi tuna sandwich and ribeye steak sandwich. Or, if you’re feeling creative, you can build your own burger, salad or sandwich. And not that we’re saying you have to bring your kids on vacation, but if you do, the Riverside Grill is a good option for them, too.
If you miss the dinner hour, you could still visit the Riverside Grill for late-night drinks and apps like “Crabby Fries”, seafood skins and crab pizzas. The Spicy Bloody Mary and the Apple Ginger Mule are two great cocktail options.
Another great place to stop for coffee and light snacks is XO Beanery & Bites. This fun spot is one locals love to keep a secret. It’s a perfect stop if you’re craving something small (a garden salad or espresso, maybe) or something sweet (a slice of apple pie or farm-fresh ice cream).
What to Do: Pocomoke City
Top of the list in Pocomoke City: Delmarva Discovery Center and Museum. With kids, it’s a great spot with lots of hands-on exhibits and replicas of local heritage and wildlife. The â€œBeaver Lodge is a true-to-life lodge that was built by the animals now located inside the museum for visitors to see up close. Children can even crawl through the lodge. But the star attractions are Mac and Tuck, the museum’s North American River Otters. Watch them swim and play in their 6,000-gallon aquarium and enjoy their daily feedings and educational programs. Another new favorite is the touch pool where little hands can hold horseshoe and hermit crabs as well as other critters.
An unexpected treat in Pocomoke City is Chesapeake Bay Farms, which runs what it calls a cow-to-cone operation. Dairy cows on the farm supply milk and other fresh dairy products, and you can order homemade ice cream cones on-site. You can visit the dairy farm and see close to 200 dairy cows that roam the property, then visit the ice cream shop and retail store, where you can also buy artisan cheese, butter, grass-fed beef, all-natural pork and other gourmet food items. Check out the video below, which gives you a behind-the-scenes look at operations at Chesapeake Bay Farms.
Another cool thing to do is get a taste of history at Mar-Va Theater. Located in downtown Pocomoke City, the building was constructed in 1927 and previously operated as a vaudeville theater. Famous performers like Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Hop-a-Long Cassidy and Smiley Burnett have graced the stage over the years. Today the theater hosts a series of live productions each year like “Barefoot in the Park”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Babes in Toyland” and more.
Finally, a trip to Pocomoke City should include a tour of the Sturgis One Room School Museum, a preserved African American one-room schoolhouse. Built in 1888, the schoolhouse ran for only 37 years and, after it closed down, operated as a private home for William Sturgis. In 1996, the school was restored to its original state by the local community and leadership of the Worcester County Historical Society. Today, visitors can see the room to get an idea of what early education looked like for the kids in the area.
For more ideas on things to do in Pocomoke City, on our beaches and beyond, request or download our area visitor guide.