Explore your Chesapeake - wade into its waters, delve into its human stories, fall in love with its natural beauty. We want to connect you with the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers through its exceptional parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, trails and more. Below you'll find links to a number of websites that will help you get out and explore the Chesapeake.
Use the tabs below to find great places to visit in the Chesapeake Bay region or search through over 500 public access sites in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and D.C. to find opportunities for boating, fishing, wildlife observation and beach use.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network spans seven states and Washington, D.C., to connect you with the Bay's special places. From parks, refuges and water trails to historic museums and vessels, experience your Chesapeake at a Gateway near you.
Experience the Chesapeake Bay region the way John Smith did 400 years ago on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, which includes scenic paddling and hiking opportunities along the routes Smith explored in the 1600s.
Visit the websites of the various state tourism offices to learn about their exciting events, places and travel opportunities: Maryland | Virginia | Pennsylvania | Washington, D.C. | West Virginia | Delaware | New York
State parks offer many great opportunities for family and outdoor activities, from playgrounds and picnic areas to hiking, biking and overnight stays. Find a state park: Maryland | Virginia | Pennsylvania | West Virginia | Delaware | New York
From Blackwater to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Chesapeake region offers some of the most breathtaking and richly historic national parks and wildlife refuges in the country. Plan your visit today: National Parks | National Wildlife Refuges
From colonial times until the advent of modern satellite technology, lighthouses rose to the challenge of guiding vessels through the Chesapeake Bay's channels and byways. Visit one of the Bay's guiding lights today.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has something for everyone - from special parks and museums to historic communities, land and water trails. Each month, the Network highlights some of its sites that offer you a unique look at life on the Chesapeake. These thematic lists can help you explore the Network and experience your Chesapeake.
Exploring Chesapeake Bay Stewardship - In the spirit of keeping America beautiful, visit one of these Gateways to learn about the conservation and preservation of the Chesapeake Bay. These Gateways, in addition to offering a diversity of engaging activities, exemplify the spirit of stewardship by working to preserve the Bay's history, habitats, and wildlife.
Adkins Arboretum allows visitors to explore the environment of an upstream Bay tributary on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The Arboretum is dedicated to the protection of the Delmarva Peninsula's natural heritage, the conservation of the region's indigenous flora and the preservation of open space and habitat for wildlife.
This 100-acre nature sanctuary, located in Prince Frederick, Maryland, was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in 1957 to protect the primeval beauty of this cypress swamp. The Battle Creek cypress stand, unusual this far north, is presumed to have established itself sometime in the last 10,000 years. Walk along the quarter-mile boardwalk trail to listen to nature's harmony of calling frogs and songbirds, and with quiet patience you may even catch a glimpse of some of the abundant life supported by this wetland.
Dedicated to conservation and restoration, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Natural Wildlife Preserve, part of the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, is a crucial stopover along avian migratory paths. With a diversity of habitats and species to see, visitors witness an excellent example of Bay stewardship.
The Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve, located in Portsmouth, Virginia, provides food and cover for an unusually diverse population of wildlife, including deer, fox, river otters, crabs, oysters, and hundreds of birds. Interpretive trails winding through the preserve introduce visitors to the ecological, economic, and social value of the wildlife living at the mouth of the historic James River and Chesapeake Bay.
Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge was specifically created to protect essential bald eagle nesting, feeding, and roosting habitats along the Potomac River. Along with active eagle nesting, the refuge hosts a rookery containing more than 1,200 nests for great blue herons. Visitors can view the refuge along two trails, one through woods and one in Great Marsh.
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B&O Railroad Museum – Baltimore and Ellicott City, and Mount Clare, Maryland If you are a fan of the B&O, or any railroad for that matter, you will want to visit the B&O Railroad Museum. The museum is the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. In 1829 businessmen, surveyors, and engineers set […]
Have you always been interested in codemakers and codebreakers? Here is a chance to get to know the story behind the closed doors of the world of Cryptology. The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is home to America’s codemakers and codebreakers. The National Security Agency has provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and […]
National Cryptologic Museum – Fort Meade, Maryland is a post from: Maryland Tourism
Baltimore Inner Harbor – Baltimore, Maryland Take a run down area of town which was a port area populated by dockworkers, sailors and other types that probably wouldn’t be the type you would want to hang out with and turn it into one of the areas most attractive tourist areas and you have the history […]
GoatMan Hollow helps raise money for the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department. GoatMan Hollow has always set out to make the community better through entertaining the public. GoatMan Hollow is comprised of an all volunteer staff from surrounding communities through out Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Started in Hyattsville Maryland, GoatMan Hollow has operated in Riverdale Park and is now located in College Park Maryland in the old 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant located at: 5240 Paintbranch Parkway, College Park Maryland 20740. GoatMan Hollow will be open Friday and Saturday Nights in October starting October 01, 2011. GoatMan Hollow's website can be found through a google search using keywords "GoatMan Hollow".
Spring Grove Hospital Center – Catonsville, MD The Spring Grove Hospital Center Alumni Museum is located on the campus of Spring Grove Hospital Center on the ground floor for easy access. The museum’s modest collection includes photographs, records and drawings from throughout the hospital’s history, as well as a small library of hospital-related documents, […]
Maryland, like many states have jokes and stories that have been popular and passed on for generations. Some are confusing and you have to did deep to find their historical meaning. The Maryland State Moto is: “Fatti Maschii, Parole Femine” The technical translation means “Manly Deeds, Womanly Words” … say what? I prefer more simple […]
Hampton Mansion – Towson, Maryland The Hampton Mansion is a sedate Georgian mansion, elegantly furnished and settled amid gardens and shade trees. And this is true, but the history of the Mansion is what is of interest to those searching for the founding of the area and what it took to make it the estate […]
Mother Seton House – Baltimore, Maryland In 1808 Mrs. Elizabeth Seton and her three daughters came to Baltimore from New York City to establish a boarding school for girls. They set up in the three-story, Federal-style house which offered to her for the use by the Sulpician Fathers.. When they arrived at the house Mrs. Seton heard […]
Walters Art Museum – Baltimore, Maryland This museum is only one of a few museums in the world to present a panorama of art from the thrid millennium BV to the early 20th century. There are thousands of treasures that will literally take your breath away with their beauty. You can see mummies, arms and […]
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“Fresh, not frozen” is the mantra of many, but you’re invited to really taste the difference when you dine at some of Virginia’s farm-to-table restaurants. Of note are these 16 locally-sourced dishes that were nominated by locals as their favorite meal. Perhaps one sounds palate-pleasing for your next out-and-about Virginia excursion? 1. Traditions, inside the [...]
Virginia’s most popular history attractions are always within reach, but come a bit closer. Pair your history jaunt with a stay at the closest bed and breakfasts. Historic Jamestowne is the first permanent English settlement in North America. Colonists arrived here in 1607; John Rolfe and Pocahontas were married here in 1614; and the first [...]
Virginia has all your top-of-mind hamburgers, from the billion-served chains to the newer class of corporate-run, “gourmet” burger restaurants. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll run across some of the most unique patty places in the Mid-Atlantic, combining the best of Virginia with everything an experienced meat eater has come to expect in their [...]
If you have a love of jazz, you’ll find a lot to love in Virginia. April is Jazz Appreciation Month and as such, we’re shining a spotlight on our most beloved jazz musician, Ella Fitzgerald. Ella Fitzgerald, called “The First Lady of Song,” was born in Newport News, Virginia on April 25, 1917. Shortly after [...]
Outdoor adventurers and explorers who enjoy a beautiful place to rest and a delicious breakfast to start their day will want to check out these bed and breakfast options that are in close proximity to state and national parks. Assateague Island National Seashore is 37 miles long and considered one of the best beaches for communing [...]
It’s warm and you’re ready to get moving on the weekends. Festivals should be top-of-mind, of course, but when kids are in tow, look to these great opportunities they’re sure to love. April 13 – The Rockfish Valley Foundation Kite Flying Festival in Nellysford includes demos with Richmond Air Force, instruction, games, a duck race, a kite [...]
Vineyards are stunning with rolling hills of green vines. If you love the feeling you have when you visit a winery tasting room and walk the grounds, stay nearby so you don’t lose it. We’ve identified 25 beautiful Virginia bed and breakfasts that are a mile or less away from a Virginia winery. Stay close, [...]
“TURN,” the brand new television series by AMC, has been filming on location in Virginia and premieres Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST. Based on remarkable new research in the book Washington’s Spies, by Alexander Rose, “TURN” centers around Abraham Woodhull, a farmer living behind enemy lines in British-occupied Long Island. Abraham bands together with [...]
The vantage point is a little different and the experience is entirely different from the back of a horse. Saddle up and explore Virginia’s countryside and seaside with these unique opportunities. Offering the only service of its kind in Virginia and seemingly, the country, Virginia Beach Horseback invites you to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for a [...]
It can be argued that any drive through Virginia is a historical one, but perhaps these eight drives are extra loaded with historical attractions and beautiful scenic opportunities. In Central Virginia you can pick up routes that take you north to south and east to west, highlighting a great amount of history along the way. [...]