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.
Summer Recreation - Summers are made for recreation and relaxation on the Chesapeake. Join the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network at some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the nation for boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, bird watching and other leisure activities. Take a walk along land trails and marvel in the beauty of the Bay watershed.
Anacostia Park provides extraordinary coverage of the Anacostia River, encompassing 1200 acres along five miles of the river. This urban Washington DC park, once the home of the Nacotchtank Indians and later prosperous farmers, is now a multi-use recreational park with extensive shoreline access.
Located along the James River in Surry, Virginia, Chippokes Plantation State Park is a living historical exhibit, which has kept its original boundaries since the 1600s. Chippokes has a wide variety of traditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitor center, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails.
With more than 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands and heavily wooded bluffs on Maryland's Western Shore, Elk Neck State Park has activities that every member of the family can enjoy. Hike up one of the many trails, take a swim in the river, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park area.
Hike or bike down a trail at North Point State Park on Maryland's Western Shore and observe local wildlife, including muskrats, beavers, foxes, otters, ospreys, great blue herons, waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and bald eagles. You also can fish, flatwater canoe, or sail on the Chesapeake.
Swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating, and windsurfing are available at Sandy Point State Park on Maryland's Western Shore at the base of the Bay Bridge. The Park also is equipped with beautiful beaches and picnic areas for the whole family to enjoy.
MarylandBeautiful.com is the #1 online Maryland Tourism Guide to Maryland vacation attractions and events located in Maryland.
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 […]
Virginia.org is the #1 online Virginia Tourism Guide to Maryland vacation attractions and events located in Virginia.
It’s peach time! We’re in primetime peach-picking season, which means festivals, pick-your-own days at orchards and plenty of peach goodies to go around. Peach Ice Cream Days at Chiles Peach Orchard – Aug. 3-4 Spend a day (or two) in Crozet at Chiles Peach Orchard’s Peach Ice Cream Days. Fresh, homemade peach ice cream is [...]
When you love a place, you rally behind it to make sure everyone knows how great it is. Vote-offs like “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel are annual favorites, and Virginia towns have been included in two of the last three votes. A real pride of place, however, takes over when a publication names [...]
Make your dollars go further when you can mix in some affordable fun with your family vacation! The attractions mentioned within this post are priced at $10 or less for admission (parents, too!). Enjoy! ~~ FREE ~~ Parks and wilderness areas are go-to destinations for nature lovers, but consider some of Virginia’s cooler community parks, [...]
National accolades for everything from ice cream to small towns, hot dogs and whatever else you can think of keep rolling in for Virginia areas and businesses. While it’s hard to keep up with all that’s fabulous and acclaimed, we thought we’d give it a shot by sharing the more recent accolades. This post, The [...]
As the summer winds down, a short getaway at the end of the season is always a great way to wrap things up. Include some of these cool culinary spots around. SKYLINE WINE, DINE, RECLINE TRAIL Did you know that 27 wineries, a whiskey distillery, incredible restaurants and the highest concentration of B&Bs in the [...]
Some events know no end and we LOVE them! Annually occurring festivals are marked on our calendars a year ahead of time. They’re something to look forward to and yet another opportunity to make memories with the ones we love. Here are five upcoming “late” summer events that you can’t miss. Start a new tradition [...]
At its core, music is all about emotion and storytelling. As Vince Gill puts it, “I just think it’s important to know your history. Period.” And the history of country music starts with the 1927 Bristol Sessions – “the Big Bang of Country Music,” if you will. Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited is [...]
Virginia’s lakes are excellent summer destinations for families, couples, friends, reunions … you name it! Take a few-day getaway to enjoy everything lakes have to offer. Tuck away into a private cove in a rental home, hit the water on jet skis, or swing the hours away in a waterside hammock. It’s your playground, find [...]
Hanging off the edge of a rock isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, nor is it for the faint of heart. For those who dare, Virginia has rock climbing, bouldering and rappelling adventures galore. And if you’re up for the challenge with a little less risk, there are also indoor centers that pack on the rush [...]
There are more than 2,500 miles designated as scenic byways in Virginia. The regions highlighted here offer a very small sample of the wonderful variety you’ll find on these scenic and historic roads across the Commonwealth. So where is your favorite place to ride? SKYLINE DRIVE IN SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK Skyline Drive is a National [...]