Dowell is a small, rural unincorporated community in Calvert County, Maryland located immediately north of Solomons, Maryland. While many people consider Dowell to be a part of Solomons, Maryland. Solomons Island is a major boating center located at the mouth of the Patuxent River, in southern Calvert County, Maryland. The island is about an hour and a half drive from Washington DC or two hours from Baltimore. As you approach the island, you'll cross the rather impressive looking Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge. The bridge is a tall one, reaching 135 feet. You'll get a nice view of Solomons as you cross. Solomons is the home of the Calvert Marine Museum, a popular day trip destination, plus the Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. The town is also just a nice place to go enjoy some seafood and the waterfront setting - it's a very popular destination for cruising boaters. If you follow the Riverwalk boardwalk along the Patuxent River, you can enjoy waterfront views and have access to many of the town's restaurants and shops. The Chesapeake Bay Biological Lab is located a little beyond the southern end of the boardwalk. Their welcome center is open to visitors Friday through Sunday. Other places to visit nearby include the Annmarie Gardens and Sculpture Park, where you can enjoy outdoor sculptures in a 30 acre park. Annmarie also hosts many special events throughout the year. Fossil hunters will enjoy a trip to Calvert Cliffs, where tall beachfront cliffs have eroded away to expose fossils which can be found on the beach.