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Cooling Off During the Hot Summer Months


When the sweltering summer sun starts beating down on the Chesapeake region, there’s only one way to escape the heat: hit the beach!

The Chesapeake is home to lots of sandy spots where you can cool off, chill out, and enjoy summer by the shore. From North Point State Park near Baltimore to Kiptopeke State Park on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, you can find a beach near you for a fun adventure on the water.

Whether you prefer the salty surf of the open Bay or a quieter spot near the gentle waters of a river or a lake, the Chesapeake region is full of places where you can swim, paddle, and wade.

Splash in the Chesapeake Bay at popular swimming spots like Sandy Point State Park in Maryland or First Landing State Park in Virginia. For a more secluded dip in the water, try Calvert Cliffs in southern Maryland or Janes Island on the Eastern Shore.

You don’t have to go all the way to the Bay to take a swim. Check out riverside locations like Elk Neck State Park on the Elk River, Gloucester Point Beach Park on the York River, or Fort Boykin on the James River.

Don’t care for salt and surf? Not a problem! Head inland to lakeside destinations like Bald Eagle State Park in Pennsylvania, Greenbrier State Park in Maryland, or Holliday Lake in Virginia.

Even if you’re not much of a swimmer, you can still cool off by the water. Explore the Potomac River’s many islands by kayak or canoe from Riverbend Park. Or paddle through a swamp at Trap Pond State Park in Delaware.

So get your bathing suit on, pack up a towel and a picnic lunch, and head out to one of the top places for cooling off during the hot summer months.