The Local Area
Located on Maryland's beautiful
Eastern Shore, Salisbury University is located only two
hours from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia,
and only 30 minutes from the ocean. Nestled at the
crossroads of Delmarva, Salisbury is a thriving small town
where the traditional culture of the Chesapeake Bay region
exists side-by-side with big-city shopping, dining, and
Salisbury: An All-American City
Salisbury is one of ten cities
selected in 2010 as an "All-America City" by the
National Civic League. Often called the "Crossroads of
Delmarva," Salisbury is the largest city on Maryland's
Eastern Shore. Situated along the scenic Wicomico River,
Salisbury is Maryland's second busiest commercial port.
Salisbury is at the center of a growing region and has a
current population of some 70,000 residents.
Notable features of the Salisbury area include the
free Salisbury Zoo,
Centre at Salisbury shopping mall,
touring concerts and performances at the Wicomico Youth
& Civic Center, and
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Popular local events
include the Salisbury Festival and
Pork in the Park each
the Sea Gull Century 100-mile bicycle tour, and
the Autumn Wine Festival in Pemberton Park.
Resorts and Quiet Beaches
The Atlantic coast of the Delmarva Peninsula is only 30 miles from Salisbury. Due east is Ocean City, Maryland, one of the most popular beach resorts on the east coast.
"OC" offers an old-fashioned beach boardwalk; ten miles of wide, free, white sand beaches; amusement parks and arcades; and hundreds of dining, shopping, and nightlife options. Events such as the
White Marlin Open, Springfest, Sunfest, and
the OC Air Show draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the resort every year.
South of Ocean City is
Assateague Island National Seashore and
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Assateague Island is famous for its herds of wild ponies, which legend has it swam ashore from the wreck of a Spanish galleon. The town of Chincoteague’s tradition of Pony Penning was made famous by the book
Misty of Chincoteague.
North of Ocean City are a number of coastal communities in the adjoining state of Delaware. These include Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, and Rehoboth Beach.
Chesapeake Bay Region
Maryland's Eastern Shore is deeply tied to the Chesapeake Bay. This is the land of skipjacks, watermen, blue crabs, and Michener’s
Chesapeake. Enjoy the region's fresh seafood at any number of local restaurants, or take to the waterways yourself – sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing are popular pursuits. Salisbury is only a short drive to a number of access points to the Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. Quaint fishing villages, wildlife refuges, and historic sites are easily accessible as well. Points of interest include
the town of St. Michael's,
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and
the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
Gown: Partners for Progress
Our Salisbury neighbors stay
connected with SU through campus events. In turn, our
students are connected to the surrounding area - and the
world beyond - when they welcome local business owners
and politicians into their classrooms, participate in
community service through clubs and teams, volunteer
with Habitat for Humanity, intern at a company whose
owner is an alum, or use their GullCard at one of over
30 establishments near campus. Salisbury University is
committed to community engagement and fostering positive
town/gown relations - the Partners for Progress
initiative supports those efforts.
SITES OF INTEREST
Assateague Island National Seashore
Ocean City, Maryland
Delmarva Shorebirds Baseball
Bicycling on Delmarva:
The Sea Gull Century
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
University and Community: Partners for Progress