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.
Investigate the nooks and crannies of Bear Creek Lake by canoe, while improving your outdoor skills.Cumberland, VA
Enjoy a peaceful paddle along the shores of Lake Anna into Ware Creek.Spotsylvania, VA
These free, guided boat tours launch from a variety of locations up and down the Anacostia River, and are funded by the District’s disposable bag fee., DC
Enjoy free concerts at Glen Echo Park.Glen Echo, MD
Find Your Park at Monocacy National Battlefield & help celebrate the National Park Service’s 101 years of serving the public.Frederick, MD
Learn the basics of rigging a fishing pole and basic fishing techniques while you try to catch different species of fish in the Shenandoah.Bentonville, VA
Walk down the Bald Cypress Trail at First Landing State Park and try your luck scooping up amphibians and any other denizens of the swamp water.Virginia Beach, VA
Explore a different part of the park and stretch your legs on this geocaching/hiking adventure.Montross, VA
Brush up on your paddling skills and explore the islands in the Dutch Gap lagoon.Chester, VA
Join Anacostia Riverkeeper for catch and release fishing at Diamond Teague Park.Washington, DC
Find out about the Chesapeake Bay blue crab and why it is so important to the bay while learning how to catch a few on your own.Virginia Beach, VA
Friends, family, and fun can be found at the Belle Isle State Park weekly ranger-led campfire.Lancaster, VA
Join Chesapeake Ghost Tours for a 1.5 hour paranormal investigation at Furnace Town in Snow Hill.Snow Hill, MD
Join an expert angler for a beginner’s course in fishing.Gaithersburg, MD
Paddle along part of the park's natural coast line on the Potomac River.Montross, VA
Meet Greenwell's pony Summer, residents goats, watch a riding lesson and learn more about Greenwell's equestrian programs.Hollywood, MD
Drive the Patuxent Research Refuge's North Tract Wildlife Loop and nearby trails to hunt for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plants and animals.Laurel, MD
Ranger guided activities include fossil hunting, hiking, paddling, and seining plus a 5K race and EVMB-led mountain biking.Williamsburg, VA
Reel in perch, catfish, and memories at Chippokes Plantation.Surry, VA
Meet a ranger and go seek out geocaches on the scenic Bay View Trail in Mason Neck State Park.Lorton, VA