Who says you need to be on the water to experience the Chesapeake?
The Chesapeake Bay watershed -- the area of land that drains to the Bay -- spans across 64,000 square miles, starting at the upper reaches of the Susquehanna River in Cooperstown, New York and stretching all the way to the marshy shores of Tidewater Virginia.
With all that land to explore, there are plenty of adventures awaiting you.
From the rocky Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia to the Eastern Shore’s sandy beaches, the Chesapeake region offers countless places where you can discover the outdoors.
Take a hike on a trail and walk in the footsteps of Native Americans. Bike for miles down a country road, stopping at a park to watch birds fly through the sky. Search for fossils on a beach, or pitch a tent and camp under the stars.
Whether you enjoy biking, hunting, horseback riding, or geocaching, there’s plenty to explore on the land. Check out the places and events below for an outdoor adventure near you.
A holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, family fun and activities.Baltimore, MD
Take a one-of-a-kind trek through Winter Land aboard the Western Maryland.Cumberland, MD
Birders of all levels of expertise or experience are welcome and urged to participate in this annual Baltimore Bird Club post-migration bird census in eastern Baltimore County., DE
Survey bird activity at Fort McHenry with the Baltimore Bird Club.Baltimore, MD
Get into the holiday spirit by placing donated items under your favorite tree decorated by local areas businesses and organizations.Natural Bridge, VA
Join Audubon to explore this urban oasis in Southeast Baltimore.Baltimore, MD
Enjoy in-depth discussions of the Stradford region 1.5 million years ago followed by a guided hike on the beach.Stratford, VA
Celebrate the holiday season at George Washington's birthplace with colonial music, costumed interpreters and candlelight.Colonial Beach, VA
A FREE holiday social event paired with Drop in Art for the creative in you and a chance to have your picture taken with Santa.Salisbury, MD
Enjoy the Pocomoke Train Garden and take photos with Santa in Pocomoke City.Pocomoke City, MD
Create your own tree decorations from natural materials like pine cones and acorns.Columbia, PA
Enjoy the annual antique and collectible dolls, trains and toys in festive holiday displays at St. Clement's Island Museum.Coltons Point, MD
Adults and children alike will enjoy the sights and smells of the festive creations displayed at George Washington’s Ferry Farm!Fredericksburg, VA
View a Lighthouse Digest cover exhibit, Flying Santa exhibit, a number of exhibits on children’s holiday stories and more.Piney Point, MD
Learn to identify the waterfowl that winter on the Potomac River and in the swamps and marshes of Caledon.King George, VA
Explore the Old Stone House’s new exhibits and new store!Washington, DC
Pepper can dance, play games, pose for photos and tell stories. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MDEdgewater, MD
Join an interpreter for an adventure through the abundant fossil beds at Chippokes Plantation State Park.Surry, VA
Walk through 2 miles of spectacular lights displays with family and friends.Norfolk, VA
Annual light show along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State ParkAnnapolis, MD