A day on the Chesapeake Bay means learning, laughter, and lots of fun for you and your family.
Families flock to the Chesapeake for adventure and exploration. From outdoor activities like swimming, picnicking, and geocaching to great indoor destinations like museums and aquariums, there’s a place you can visit today that your whole family will love.
The only challenge is choosing what to do first!
Spend a sunny day frolicking at the beach in Maryland or Virginia.
Prefer the mountains? Head north to Pennsylvania or west toward Appalachia, where you can hike, camp, and swim among the tall trees of the forest.
Have you ever tried geocaching? This treasure hunt-style game is perfect for families, and you can find it nearly anywhere. Fossil hunting is another adventure your family will love. Pack a picnic lunch, and you can spend the whole day exploring.
So get ready for some family fun! Check out the places and events below to find a great activity for you and your family to enjoy.
Paddle your kayak or canoe, alongside a certified guide, as you glide along Belmont Bay and into Kane's Creek at Mason Neck State Park.Lorton, VA
Discover just how much fun fishing can be when you do it together at this Free Family Fishing Program in Hanover, PA.Hanover, PA
Meet Greenwell's pony Summer, residents goats, watch a riding lesson and learn more about Greenwell's equestrian programs.Hollywood, MD
Search for frogs, crayfish, bird life, and hopefully some animal homes found along this Mason Neck State Park trail.Lorton, VA
Takes a relaxing and easy paddle around Prince Edward Lake in search of wildlife and to discover the history of the park.Green Bay, VA
Take the total adventure from York River State Park's upland woods to the fringe marsh along the river.Williamsburg, VA
Upcoming Village Day presentations will be a hands on demo of wigwam repair and flint knapping.St. Leonard, MD
Learn about beekeeping, honeybees and the Art of Apiculture. Support beekeeping and the Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah by purchasing local honey from club members.Delaplane, VA
Paddle to the areas known as the “graveyard”, “islands” and the “labyrinth.” Search for great blues, bald eagles, and osprey.Chester, VA
Help the Farm Family clean the tobacco leaves, gather the cut plants and hang them on the tobacco sticks inside the tobacco barn.McLean, VA
York River State Park will supply you with a GPS unit and the ranger will help you hike off of the beaten path for a unique discovery.Williamsburg, VA
What could be a better end to a beautiful summer's day than viewing the awesome sunset display while floating on the tranquil waters of Otter Point Creek?Abingdon, MD
Take a ranger guided tour with us to experience the sights and sounds of York River State Park after sundown and enjoy stargazing with the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Club.Williamsburg, VA
Join the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers for a night of wonder and discovery.Williamsburg, VA
Join park interpreters for an exciting experience in the dark without the aid of flashlights.Virginia Beach, VA
Join us to start your birding adventure with a hike around the Goodwin Lake Trail in search of these beautiful creatures.Green Bay, VA
Children 9-13 learn about edible plants, fire making, tracking, navigating, water purification and more!Arlington, VA
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum guests are invited to watch model skipjack races at Fogg's Cove waterfront.St. Michaels, MD
Help to tend a whole new type of garden–an oyster garden–at Belle Isle State ParkLancaster, VA
Learn how to protect this species by raising monarchs and improving habitat for this at-risk butterfly.Delaplane, VA