Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center (Image courtesy Michael Land / National Park Service)

Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center

The Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center (CHVC) helps visitors discover the many sights to see in our region. Staff can assist visitors with directions, information and local destination points of interest. The CHVC is also home to two exhibits. The first features a quarterly rotating artist series. The artwork is by local artisans with an emphasis on the Eastern Shore, The second exhibit space is dedicated to the history, heritage, culture of the area. The CHVC is accessible from land and water and is a short drive from the Bay Bridge Airport. 

The Cross Island Trail encircles the grounds of the center. Also located on the property is the entrance to Ferry Point Park which includes a 530 foot boardwalk that takes visitors over marsh and onto a trail leading to open space, a wooded area and a beach overlooking the Chester River.

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Image Credit: Michael Land / NPS


9am-4pm; Holiday Hours Vary

Exhibit Hall
Closes 30 minutes before the building

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


The Exploration Center is free to the public.


As a Gateways regional information center, the Chesapeake Exploration Center (CEC) acquaints visitors with other Chesapeake Bay Gateways on the Eastern Shore, as well a variety of other sites and visitor accommodations available nearby. A variety of visitor information is kept on hand in the center.

The Exploration Center's "Our Chesapeake Legacy" exhibits introduce visitors to the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and the human response to these resources in the immediate region through a hands-on exhibit. There are also nature tourism programs associated with the CEC that allow visitors to experience the Chesapeake Bay and engage in outdoor environmental learning opportunities, such as birding, and archeological investigations focusing on the Bay's early residents.


Last updated: April 27, 2022
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