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Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park is located in Anne Arundel county just before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The 786 acre park provides a variety of recreational opportunities such as swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating, and windsurfing.

The park’s beaches and picnic areas are well known for their breathtaking scenic water views that overlook one of Maryland’s true treasures, the Chesapeake Bay.

The Sandy Point Nature Center, located in the heart of the park, is an education center which displays collections of local wildlife including a snake, turtles and frogs. Visitors of all ages will also enjoy hands-on displays and an area where they can dress up like a ranger. The park also offers a wide variety of interpretive programs for visitors of all ages, as well as environmental education programs for grades 3-8.

The Marina Store, located near the boat launch ramps, is open from mid-April through mid-October. Here you can purchase a variety of boating, fishing, crabbing and picnicking supplies. Boat fuel, ice, snacks and drinks are also available for sale. Rowboats and 6hp motorboats are also available for rent on a first come first served basis. The marina facility offers 22 launching ramps and a soft launch on the east beach. 

The park provides lifeguards on its beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and there's a food concession adjacent to the park's South Beach. 

Pets are welcome from October 1 through April 30 only. No pets are allowed from May 1 through September 30. 

In addition to the beach, Sandy Point also has several hiking trails, a playground, and group camping sites.

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You can also stick your feet in the sand at this beach. But many visitors enjoy fossil hunting instead. This state park is one of the few places in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed where you can find the remains of early species like sharks, whales, rays, and seabirds that were the size of small airplanes.

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Last updated: April 18, 2020
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