Cambridge (Maryland)

Cambridge is a small town of 10,000 on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland's Eastern Shore.


Cambridge's Main Street

The harbor town of Cambridge was founded in 1684, making it one of the oldest cities in the state. It's seen ups and downs throughout its long history, at times a residence of choice for wealthy colonials, and not long ago a site of conflict and heavy job losses in the 60s during desegregation, racial violence, and the closing of the local cannery. It also has had several very famous residents: Harriet Tubman, Annie Oakley, and even a president of Liberia have all known the town as home. Today's Cambridge has seen rising fortunes from tourism (especially following the construction of the huge Hyatt resort) and professionals moving in who like the laid back, charming, maritime atmosphere.

Get in

By car

Cambridge is about halfway between the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Ocean City on US-50, the Ocean Gateway. Maryland Ave leads right from the highway to the historic town center.

By boat

The town harbor is just up the Choptank River from the bay. The most busy marina belongs to the Hyatt; the city's marina is just north of the historic center:

By plane

Get around

The town center is small and easily walked, while getting around surrounding areas will require a car or a bike (the Eastern Shore is good bike riding territorynot a hill in sight).


Boats to be repaired at the Ruark Boatworks

Art galleries

There is a vibrant artist community in Cambridge.



There is a good collection of shops and art galleries along High Street, Poplar Street and Race Street in the historic center.

Eat and Drink


Go next

Routes through Cambridge

Annapolis Easton  W  E  Salisbury Ocean City

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