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Monday Night Optional Activities

On Monday evening after sessions end for the day, choose from two optional activities described below, or make plans of your own. The organized optional activities require advance registration when completing your registration for the Symposium.

Choptank Riverboat Dinner Cruise

Join us on a memorable 3 hour evening cruise while enjoying a delicious dinner prepared by Suicide Bridge Restaurant, a favorite local establishment which has been serving the peninsula for over 65 years! Board their authentic reproduction "Paddle Wheeler"--like those used during the turn of the century for traveling. The vessel has a fully enclosed lower deck and a covered open air upper deck with an incredible view of the Choptank River and Maryland's Dorchester and Talbot counties. Your scenic vista will be the grand Tidewater style homes still lining the river banks, Bald eagles, osprey and Great Blue heron! You will also learn some history and fun facts about the area from a local resident who will be our guide and host during the cruise!

Please join us as we celebrate our time on the Eastern Shore of Maryland by partaking in some of the signature bests of the area--Maryland style cooking and cruising on the beautiful Choptank River!

When registering for this event, you will be asked to pre-select your entree for dinner. Go here for the full dinner menu.

There is a fee for the Choptank Riverboat Dinner Cruise for all participants, including attendees. Adult and child companions are welcome to attend with registered attendees; the attendee must purchase a ticket for companions in advance as part of their registration for this event and the Symposium.

Adults: $100
Children (5-12): $40
Children (4 and under): $20
Register for this activity on or before July 15, 2018.

Downtown Cambridge Bus - Dinner on Your Own

Interested in doing your own thing on Monday night? Would you like to see a little of the community surrounding the hotel but won't have a car during the Symposium?

As an alternative to the Choptank Riverboat Cruise, choose a restaurant in Cambridge, Maryland’s quaint downtown for dinner on your own.

Complimentary bus transportation will be provided on a limited basis, first-come, first served. Advance registration is required; please sign up when you register and indicate the number in your party.

Attendees who pre-register for this activity are responsible for making their own restaurant reservations; the hotel concierge will be happy to assist. Dinner and all associated costs are at the expense of the attendee. The bus transportation is complimentary, but attendees registered for this activity who miss the bus are responsible for arranging their own transportation. Click here to view a list of downtown Cambridge restaurants expected to be open on Monday night.

This activity is FULL. Wait list only.


Wednesday Afternoon Optional Tours & Activities

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, sessions will end at 12:20 p.m. and all attendees will have the afternoon free for activities of their choice.

Regrettably, due to low interest, the three optional tours originally scheduled for Wednesday afternoon have been cancelled. If you previously registered for one of these tours, you will receive a refund from the vendor.

However, we are pleased to announce that local tour company, Blackwater Adventures, offers many different tours and activities that are available for your participation. These include guided kayaking and biking tours, some of which depart from the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. For others, you'll need your own transportation to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to start the tour or activity. Blackwater Adventures also handles the rental of all watercraft at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, including kayaks, paddle boards, jetskis, and more. To learn more about the various tours and activities available, and to sign up, visit the Blackwater Adventures website at http://blackwateradventuresmd.com/.


Area Information

For more information about Cambridge and the surrounding area, go to http://visitdorchester.org. You may also wish to learn more about neighboring Talbot County; visit https://tourtalbot.org/.


Area Restaurants

If you have a car, you may want to try out some of the local restaurants during lunch one day, or in the evening when there aren't other planned activities. Below are links to restaurant information in Cambridge and nearby Easton (approximately 12 miles from the hotel).

Cambridge Restaurant Brochure
Quick Meal Options Near Hotel
Easton Map and Directory


Hotel Activities & Restaurants

Hotel Activities

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, with over 300 acres situated on the banks of the Choptank River, offers many activities for guests to enjoy during free time. If you'll be bringing family with you, there will be plenty for them to do while you're attending the Symposium. To learn more, visit the Area Activities page on the hotel website and click on "Hotel Activities" (below the map). Some additional activities can be found on the hotel website's home page.

Some activities may require advance reservations.


Hotel Restaurants

There are several restaurants in the hotel and around the hotel property. For a complete list and description of all dining options at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, visit the Dining page on the hotel website.

Contact Us:

Questions? Email info@intdetsymp.org
or call 410-992-7300, ext. 208 (Katie Cochran) OR 410-992-7302, ext. 215 (Shelley Cohen)

The Johns Hopkins University Energetics Research Group (JHU WSE ERG) is the organization providing logistical and administrive coordination for the 16th IDS.