Charles County Visitors Bureau, La Plata, (800) 766-3386, www.explorecharlescomd.com.
African-American Heritage Society Museum, 7485 Crain Highway, La Plata, (301) 843-0371. The lives of Charles County's African-Americans during slavery, plus their contributions then and now, are on display; open by appointment.
American Indian Cultural Center and Piscataway Indian Museum, open by appointment, 16816 Country Lane, Waldorf, (301) 782-7622. Includes tools, weapons, artwork, and a full-scale replica of a long house.
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House, Waldorf, (301) 645-6870. His name was Mudd. Really. Costumed tour guides take you through the restored 1754 Victorian home of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, the physician famous for treating John Wilkes Booth's broken leg after Booth shot President Lincoln.
Cobb Island Day, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. June 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2, Cobb Island Field, (301) 259-0160. A firetruck parade and amusement rides are just part of the family fun at this annual event.
Fourth-of-July Celebration, 3:30-10 p.m. July 4, Indian Head Village Green Park and Pavilion, Indian Head, (301) 743-5574. Bring your red-white-and-blue self and your flag-waving family for a day of carnival games, live music, food, and fireworks. But leave the booze and the pets at home.
Maryland at Play, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays July 12-Aug. 11, Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Smallwood State Park, Marbury, (301) 743-5159, www.mattawomanart.org. This art show of works by MCAC members illustrates the many facets of Southern Maryland life.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Friendship Farm Park, Nanjemoy, (301) 932-3470. Bald eagles nest on the high banks of Nanjemoy Creek, and you might spot one if you launch your boat from Friendship Farm Park's covered facility.
Smallwood State Park, Marbury, (301) 743-7613. Besides a marina, hiking trails, and picnic areas, this 630-acre state park includes a local-art center and a restored Revolutionary War home.
White Plains Golf Club, DeMarr Road and St. Charles Parkway, Waldorf, (301) 645-1300. Eighteen holes and instructors who can help you sink them.
Hughesville Bargain Barn #1 and #2, Hughesville, (301) 934-8580. If you're looking for bargains, a barn might be a good place to find them.
Stone's Throw Antiques, Port Tobacco, (301) 934-8827. More old stuff than you can shake a stick at. Or throw a stone at.