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Five Spots in Virginia for Young Kids to Discover the Outdoors

Getting kids started early can make it a lifelong habit. And while heading outdoors with little ones might seem challenging at first, choosing places and activities that young kids will enjoy makes it much easier.

March 26, 2019

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Top Places for Finding Spring Wildflowers

We are blessed with a great number of easily accessible state, national, and regional parks, arboretums, and natural areas that showcase great wildflower habitats and make for rewarding wildflower hikes.

March 18, 2019

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Top Ten Places for Spring Migration Birding in the District of Columbia

You may be surprised to learn that you do not need to leave the confines of Washington, DC to find world-class spring migration birding opportunities. There are a number of parks and habitats throughout the city that provide important habitat for breeding or foraging on the journey northwards.

February 21, 2019

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Top Ten Places for Winter Forest Birding in Maryland

While the colder temperatures can make it tempting to stay indoors, winter is a great time of year to find some new birding spots in and around the Chesapeake, where many species migrate through or overwinter in our region,

January 9, 2019

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Seeing a Waterfall

Imagine the sight of cool, clear water cascading down rocks and rivers in a beautiful waterfall. Calming, isn’t it? Well, you can find lots of waterfalls right here in the Chesapeake region -- some only minutes from home!

February 26, 2018

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Watching Bald Eagles in the Wild

The bald eagle is the emblem of the United States. These majestic raptors represent strength and resilience, and here in the Chesapeake region there are dozens of places where you can see them in the wild.

January 17, 2018

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Camping in the Winter

For some, a true outdoor adventure means escaping the crowds and connecting with nature. What better activity to fit the bill than camping in the winter? Load up your tent, boots, and bag and make a reservation at one of the top places for camping in the winter.

December 25, 2017

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Top places to go paddling with kids on the Potomac River

The idea of canoeing or kayaking with kids may seem daunting ‒ you need the right equipment, and safety precautions are paramount. But there are many places on the Potomac River where paddlers of all ages can take off with ease.

October 11, 2017

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Learning How to Build a Boat

From dories and deadrises to bugeyes and buyboats, a diverse array of boats were birthed in the Chesapeake region. Though the heyday of boatbuilding has passed, there are still many places where you can learn about these ships and their stories. The Bay’s fabled boatbuilding tradition is yours to explore at the top places for learning how to build a boat.

September 11, 2017

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Taking Your Dog for a Walk

Our furry friends love the outdoors, too. So when you’re planning a day out in the Chesapeake region, pick a place where your pets are welcome to join in on the fun!

August 11, 2017

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Getting Your Hands Wet and Muddy

Wet, muddy hands might spell trouble in some places, but on the Chesapeake Bay they mean one thing: a sign of a great day! Let us help you get out there and find a place to connect with the Chesapeake - up close and personal.

July 31, 2017

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Cycling Country Roads

Many of the Chesapeake’s most beautiful places are tucked down country roads, just waiting for you to discover them. And one of the best ways to explore these picturesque places is by bicycle. Get ready to hop on your bike and cruise the Chesapeake’s scenic byways at the top places for cycling country roads.

July 10, 2017

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