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.
Take a scenic Wagon Ride through the park and learn about the environment and the park's history.Oxon Hill, MD
Embark on a van tour along the trail to Farmville and learn about some geological features that were exposed by the construction of the South Side Rail Road.Green Bay, VA
An introduction to the wonder of nature through play for children ages 2-4.Elkton, MD
Take in the beauty of spring with a wildflower walk at Seneca Creek State Park.Gaithersburg, MD
Come out for a guided pontoon tour and try to spot some of Trap Pond's furry pond residents.Laurel, DE
Wildflower enthusiast and park volunteer, Terry Hoffman, will lead an easy woodland stroll, identifying wildflowers.Lewisberry, PA
First learn about archery safety and about bows, and then go to the James River Park range and shoot.Gladstone, VA
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
A combination history and marine ecology kayak program at Kiptopeke State Park.Cape Charles, VA
The Rappahannock Astronomy Club presents an evening of deep space viewing at Caledon State Park.King George, VA
Get away from the bright lights of the city and spend an evening looking at the night sky.Williamsburg, VA
Friends, family, and fun can be found at the Belle Isle State Park weekly ranger-led campfire.Lancaster, VA
Grab a cup of coffee and observe shore birds and waterfowl passing by on coastal breezes and take a guided stroll on the beach.Cape Charles, DE
Take guided, easy one and a half mile hike through the old growth forest.King George, VA
Using the park's spotting scopes you'll marvel at resident and migrant wildlife, native plants, and historical resourcesCape Charles, VA
After an introductory presentation take a fun wagon ride to the River Trail to observe and identify the birds discussed in the programBentonville, VA
A park ranger will be on hand to assist new anglers and providing bait and rods.Cape Charles, VA
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
Your opportunity to handle materials used to construct the AC72, watch demos that explore hydrofoil technology, and build your own model of a catamaran.Newport News, VA
Reel in perch, catfish, and memories at Chippokes Plantation.Surry, VA