Half Shell Adventures

What We Do

At Half Shell Adventures, we want to help you create lasting memories with the people in your life, while enjoying everything that Southern Maryland's beautiful waterways have to offer.

We are here to offer you excellent service, a wonderful experience from booking to disembarking, and a new appreciation for the beautiful bodies of water that we call home. 



Your Options Are Limitless

Whether you are a Southern Maryland native who is looking for a fun and unique way to spend an afternoon with your family, visiting the Solomons area and searching for the best views of the Patuxent River, or on the hunt for your next go-to spot on a Thursday evening, Half Shell Adventures has everything you have been looking for. 


Private Charters

Our private charters are the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your friends, family, or coworkers. Reserve the Half Shell today for your private event and enjoy the views from our spacious 54' deck while sipping on a Half Shell Adventures specialty cocktail, beer or wine. We are able to accommodate up to 40 passengers, depending on your event. As we partner with local vendors, caterers, and seafood sources, additional food and beverage are available upon request.

Picture yourself aboard the Half Shell for:

  • Family outings

  • Corporate, team building, and networking events

  • Proposals, rehearsal dinners, bachelor/bachelorette parties, bridal showers

  • Birthday parties

  • Ladies' nights

  • And more!


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Public Cruises + Special Events

We've been there. It’s Thursday night, the weather is beautiful, and you are looking for more than a great meal at a local restaurant or an evening at the movies. Join us for one of our regularly scheduled public events and get the best entertainment Southern Maryland has to offer. With cruises available for holidays, community events, and as part of our weekly calendar, there is something for everyone!

Options include:

  • Thursday night Happy Hour on the Half Shell

  • Themed cruises

  • Wine & appetizer pairings

  • Crab and oyster feasts

  • Morning breakfast cruises

  • Fourth of July boat parade & fireworks viewing

  • Blue Angels watch party cruise

  • Discount nights for teachers, veterans and active military, and public safety officials

  • And more!



Crab and Oyster Feasts

Half Shell Adventures is proud to partner with local vendors, caterers, and watermen to offer you the freshest and most delicious seafood, produce, and food around. Our partnerships allow for a wide variety of culinary options. Ask for our preferred list of partners to add catering service to your charter when booking in advance!


Meet The Crew

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Co-Owner & Captain

John is a Maryland native who has enjoyed the Potomac, the Chesapeake, and the Patuxent waters all of his life. He loves being able to share and pay tribute to the Half Shell’s nearly century-long history as a working buyboat. A recovering patent attorney, John is thrilled to show our guests what beauty the Half Shell and the waters she now calls home have to offer. John holds a U.S. Coast Guard 50-ton Master Captain's License.



Co-Owner & Captain

Donald is a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and now lives in Solomons, Maryland. Donald has been a waterman his whole life, running charter boats, fishing commercially for oysters and crabs, and working in marine construction. Donald holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master Captain’s License.



Marketing Director

Audrey was born and raised in Calvert County and is proud to call Southern Maryland her home. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she studied business management and marketing. You will often find her serving beverages onboard the Half Shell, with her eyes behind a camera lens, or talking to anyone that will listen! Audrey is extremely thankful for the opportunity to "work" for such a wonderful organization that connects members of the extended Solomons community with the beautiful waters that she grew up on.




Debbie is a 13th generation Calvert native. She grew up in Huntingtown, MD, where she still lives with her husband, John. She has four daughters: Jessica, Darcy, Audrey, and Becky. Debbie grew up eating (and sometimes catching) the local seafood our beautiful local waters have to offer, and spent a lot of time playing on and in the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River, which she still enjoys doing today. Debbie loves the adventure of helping operate Half Shell Adventures and sharing the water with all who live in and visit Calvert.