Plan Your Visit

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center is located on the Knapps Narrows waterfront of Tilghman Island, MD - one of the last working watermen villages on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

A picturesque 15 minute drive south of historic St. Michaels, Phillips Wharf offers a hands on, real life Chesapeake Bay experience, and is a great complement to a visit to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and other sites located in St. Michaels, Easton and throughout Talbot County.

Phillips Wharf is open to the public throughout the year and offers numerous activities for children, adults and families.. To plan your trip or for more information, contact us by phone at (410)886-9200 or email at

Here are some cool things to do and see –

Visit the Phillips Wharf Estuarium

Our unique Chesapeake Bay “estuarium” features aquariums filled with the fish, amphibians, reptiles and crustaceans unique to North America’s largest estuary. Hold Bay turtles, frogs, crabs and oysters in your hands while trained staff offer perspective on the Bay, its critters and its ecology.

Fishmobile - Traveling Aquarium

The Fishmobile travels to events, festivals, schools, summer camps, and even birthday parties.

The Fishmobile is a mobile aquarium which travels throughout the state of Maryland, as well as nearby regions in Virginia and Delaware. On-board are 13 tanks and 2 touch tanks in which you can find animals native to the Chesapeake Bay. Common animals you may meet on the Fishmobile include:


•    Diamondback Terrapin
•    Horseshoe crab
•    Northern Pufferfish
•    Lined Seahorse
•    American Eel

•    Flounder
•    Snapping Turtle
•    Blue crab
•    An oyster reef tank with blennies, gobies, toadfish, and grass shrimp
•    Spider crab

It also has interactive displays and exhibits about the Chesapeake Bay, such as an osprey wingspan measuring board and mystery-touch boxes. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to teach you about the animals and answer any questions you may have. It is a genuine crowd-pleaser, fun for all ages, and the perfect addition to your upcoming event.
For more information about on-site tours and the Fishmobile contact us at or call 410-886-9200. Our calendar fills quickly, book today!

Learn about Aquaculture

Phillips Wharf features a working oyster aquaculture operation, including grow tanks, spat farms, and more.  A fast growing enterprise, oyster aquaculture is considered to be a key aspect of the future of the Bay’s seafood industry. Learn about this growing trend and how it supports overall Bay ecology restoration efforts. Click Here!

Paddle on the Bay Hundred Water Trails

The waterfront at Phillip Wharf features a sand and concrete launch for kayaks and canoes to easily access Tilghman Island and Bay Hundred water trails. You’ll see working waterfronts, the Chesapeake Bay, Chotank River, and scenic marshes with abundant wildlife, marsh plants and forested areas. The Knapps Narrows and Three Creek Trails accommodate paddlers of all skill levels from leisurely floats to more challenging open water paddling.