Top Places For

Picnicking By The Water


A picnic by the water is the perfect way to appreciate nature with friends and loved ones. At these places around the Chesapeake region, you can share a snack outdoors while enjoying a spectacular water view.

Pack a picnic basket and head to spots like Kiptopeke State Park, Riverbend Park, or the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center for an afternoon of fun. Whether you’re planning a big family gathering or seeking a romantic outing with a special someone, the Chesapeake has a perfect picnicking location for you.

For a party with lots of friends and family, check out one of the Chesapeake region’s awesome waterfront parks, from Elk Neck State Park all the way to Gloucester Point Beach Park. Many have picnic shelters with tables and grills that overlook the beautiful Bay or one of its rivers. If you prefer a lakeside retreat, head to Bald Eagle State Park in Pennsylvania, Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland, or Bear Creek Lake State Park in Virginia.

Looking for a more secluded picnicking spot? Lay a blanket in the sand at Douglas Point on the Potomac, Myrtle Point Park on the Patuxent, or Chippokes Plantation State Park on the James. On the Eastern Shore, seek out your own private patch of beach at marshy Janes Island State Park and watch the sun set over the water.

Why not try taking your picnic on the water! Set off in a kayak on a water trail on the Occoquan River or the Choptank and Tuckahoe rivers, all of which offer calm waters that are perfect for a floating picnic.

So load up your cooler and hit the road for one of the top places for picnicking by the water. The only thing left to decide is what to eat!