By D’Antrese McNeil, Navy Spouse

Located just a little over an hour south of Washington D.C., lies Pax River. A small town located in Southern Maryland or SoMD for short. It’s a place where barns and corn fields line the main highway/road and it’s not uncommon to ride alongside an Amish family multiple times a day. Many think, as I did when I first arrived, that there is not much to do here. But in this little town, in the heart of St. Mary’s County, I can promise you, there is plenty to see and do during the summer in Pax River.


One thing never in short supply in Pax River are parks or green areas. Pointe Lookout Park is right at the tip of MD and boasts two beaches (one for pets and not for pets), a campground and the entire park is a civil war museum! You’ll find random spots with stand – alone plaques that explain how in that particular spot or area the park played a part in the Civil War.

If you like water fun, head over to Nicolet Park, right in the Great Mills area. It has all the things to make for a great fun family day at the park, including a splash pad and skate board rink. There are also plenty of basketball goals, grills and volleyball nets to cure your need for outdoor fun.

And finally if you are more of an outdoorsy type, head across the bridge to Calvert County and go to either Calvert Cliffs State Park for some amazing hiking trails or the Navy Recreation Center, where there is a teen center, beach houses for rent, and places to camp. Did I mention there was a beach as well? It’s a great way to have a staycation.


I will admit, small towns can make it hard to find good entertainment. Luckily, in PAX there is a small area named Leonardtown that hosts a robust downtown area, swanked with outdoor pubs and good family eateries like Ledo’s Pizza…YUMMMMM. We also have two newly built movie theaters and one on-base as well. A local bar named Tap House hosts karaoke and live bands over the weekends.


OK, I will admit this is my fav part. I am a foodie. And I love trying new things. Pax has an amazing selection of restaurants. If you love Crabs (I mean Maryland is known for its delicious crabs) head over to Seabreezes in Mechanicsville about 15 miles north of PAX, on the water. It’s cheap, but so good and you will leave stratified.

For more seafood, try Stoney’s, with 3 locations in PAX and surrounding areas. You can have their famous crab cakes and old bay fries. I can tell you it’s the chunkiest, most crab-filled, crab cake I’ve ever tasted (delicious by the way) and seen in my life. There is also an amazing Indian restaurant as soon as you arrive in the PAX area called Bollywood Masala that is hands down some of the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten. Please try the tandoori and lamb saag. Thank me later. There are also plenty of chain restaurants to keep it simple and familiar.

Base Fun

The Base here at PAX hosts several different events throughout the year through MWR for big family fun. You can check with the Base MWR for up to date events and sign ups.

That’s summer in Pax River!  If you’re ever down this way, try some of these places and let us know if it lived up to my hype. (Wink)

Author: D’Antrese McNeil is a PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate and a proud Mil Spouse whose husband is currently in his 8th year of naval service. She is the 2017 NAS Patuxent River Military Spouse of the Year and a stay at home mom, as well as a photographer and vlogger/blogger. Her Facebook followers are often entertained with her tales from military life to life in general. D’Antrese is a proud Houston, Texas Native. She enjoys Hip Hop, R and B and country music and is a big Foodie! Check her out on YouTube: D’Antrese Le’Chelle and FaceBook: D’Antrese Le’Chelle.