The 10 Best Things to Do in La Plata, United States

August 16, 2017 Layne Dawes

La Plata /ləˈpleɪtə/ ( listen) is a town in Charles County, Maryland, United States. The population was 8,753 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Charles County.
Restaurants in La Plata

1. The Dr. Samuel Mudd House & Museum

3725 Doctor Samuel Mudd Rd, Waldorf, MD 20601-4284 +1 301-645-6870
Excellent
61%
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33%
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3%
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

The Dr. Samuel Mudd House & Museum

The original house of Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who set the leg of John Wilkes Booth.

Reviewed By YYYYDC - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Very well maintained & interesting home, filled with artifacts from the Mudd family - including the chaise where JWB was diagnosed, and the bed where he was treated. The guide did a great job of describing not only the events surrounding that fateful night, but also shared anecdotes about many of the items on display. Definitely worth a visit!

2. Thomas Stone National Historic Site

6655 Rose Hill Rd, Port Tobacco, MD 20677-3400
Excellent
56%
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22%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Reviewed By Randy L - Dubuque, Iowa

Thomas Stone is one of the least known of America's founding fathers. Wealthy and very respected, Stone chose not to seek attention but serve his nation quietly in the shadows of Washington and Franklin. The tour of the home is fascinating given the unique design. This is a hidden gem.

3. Port Tobacco Players

508 Charles Street, La Plata, MD 20646 +1 301-934-6813
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Port Tobacco Players

Reviewed By crookedhalo - Southern Maryland

Went to see "Don't Dress for Dinner" recently and enjoyed the entire experience (well, maybe not the intermission - felt like a sardine in a can and when the outer doors opened...oh my!). Production values are solid, set was incredible and beautifully decorated. Cast was small but talented. Looking over their bios in the playbill it would appear that PTP has a core group of veteran actors that comprise many of their productions. This is a solid indication of a well run company. Kudos on an excellent performance - we'll be back!

4. Huntt's Tavern

6520 Bensville Road, Pomfret, MD 20675 +1 301-932-6280
Excellent
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5 based on 1 reviews

Huntt’s Tavern is located just 20 minutes from the beltway in Pomfret, Maryland. Our tavern offers a friendly atmosphere where you can shoot pool, play darts, watch your favorite sporting events and share a brew with your friends. Take a moment to browse our website and read about our services and events. Daily Happy Hour from 3pm - 7pm ($1.50 drafts) Free Pool! Jukebox & more! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Reviewed By Albert A

love the fact that they have free pool tables, always a friendly crowd and no trouble. also they have life music and kareoke on weekends even Sunday nights.

5. Saint Ignatius Church

Chapel Point, Port Tobacco, MD +1 301-934-8245
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Saint Ignatius Church

Reviewed By Anthony-Susan - Washington DC, District of Columbia

We had read about this church on Trip Advisor and decided to explore St. Mary's County on a surprisingly cool summer day. When we arrived at the church, we simply had to take dozens of panoramic photos looking from the church to the Potomac River in the distance. The view was stunning, and we wandered around the historic cemetery for about 20 minutes. As we were wandering, the pastor of the church came out and gave us a personal guided tour, filling in the long history of this, the oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the United States. The Jesuit missionaries who founded it also founded the lovely, nearby tiny church called St. Frances Xavier, also worth visiting.

Don't miss the small octagonal Baptistry, a room to the right of the altar. The embroideries are truly special, as is the other art.

As other reviewers have noted, there are many parks in this area worth visiting, including Chapel Point and St. Mary's Lake State Park. And...if you want to follow in our footsteps for a wonderful day...stop for lunch at the Café des Artistes in Leonardtown. Check out the Trip Advisers reviews and the website menus.

6. Regency Furniture Stadium

11726 Saint Linus Dr, Waldorf, MD 20602-3271 +1 301-638-9788
Excellent
52%
Good
46%
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Poor
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Regency Furniture Stadium

Reviewed By Kimberly H - White Plains, Maryland

As a small business in Charles county, I really try to support my local small business. Have spent many memorable evenings there. But the cost to promote my business was mind boggling. I always believe that you get MORE customers by pricing yourself reasonably. Maybe Regency (and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs) could price themselves reasonably for local small businesses to get THEIR word out. I hope to see you next season.

7. AMC St. Charles Town Center 9

11115 Mall Cir, Waldorf, MD 20603-4864 +1 301-870-6058
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4 based on 78 reviews

AMC St. Charles Town Center 9

Reviewed By MomTia - Washington DC, District of Columbia

I can't say enough good things about the movie. However, the theater is another story entirely. It seems hard to believe that this theater underwent a major renovation less than 10 years ago. Again, it has been destroyed. Upkeep is DEFINITELY not a high priority. The theater is in great need of a thorough cleaning, starting with the bathrooms, then the seating, & especially the carpet. Upon entering the individual theaters, especially #7 & #9 they smell like a gymnasium; not to mention the humidity levels that keep them musty/moldy smelling. An industrial humidifier with the HVAC system would work wonders. On the upside; the location & the convenience of online seat ordering & payment can't be beat.

8. Historic Port Tobacco Village

8430 Commerce St, Port Tobacco, MD 20677-3173
Excellent
40%
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60%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Historic Port Tobacco Village

Reviewed By Zephyr_Travel - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Interesting Civil war story and connections. Great Local history of early Colonial history and Tobacco trade. The Tour guides were interesting and knowledgable. The stag house and reconstructed courthouse are worth at least spending about 45mins to review. They have a few picnic benches in green area and several historic signs. Good to combine with a visit to Thomas Stone National Historic Site a few miles north, and the beautiful Saint Ignatius Church just to the south.

9. Capital Clubhouse

3033 Waldorf Market Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603-4870 +1 301-932-4348
Excellent
50%
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25%
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Capital Clubhouse

Reviewed By MeinMD526 - Waldorf, Maryland

There are so many things to do here! The ice skating is amazing year round, but wear a coat and gloves! There's a gym too, a climbing wall, and sports facilities (basketball courts, indoor hockey, soccer). I've been to a few birthday parties for children here and they're handled well (cost is similar to other party places in the area).

10. BlueDyer Distilling Co.

52 Industrial Park Dr, #15, Waldorf, MD 20602-2707 +1 301-674-8832
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5 based on 3 reviews

BlueDyer Distilling Co.

Reviewed By bheath1461 - White Plains, Maryland

Ryan and Walker the owners are hands on for every step of operating the distillery,the tour very informative with great family history, you see every step of the operation all hand done all there products very good with great flavor, definitely a must do in Southern Maryland

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