• The working watermen community of Tangier Island VA at sunset. Photo by Starke Jett.

    Chesapeake Bay

Fees & Reservations

Many of the state parks, museums, wildlife refuges, and other partner sites in the Chesapeake Bay region charge fees. Some take reservations for large groups visiting or for campground accommodations. For specific site information regarding fees and reservations, visit the website locations listed on the "Directions" page.

Or, download "Chesapeake Explorer", the official NPS mobile app for the Chesapeake containing complete information for each partner site, including operating hours and fees where applicable.

Note: The National Parks Pass only provides access to sites directly managed by the National Park Service, and not to sites managed by local and state partners and non-profit organizations. Some of the NPS-managed sites in the Chesapeake region include:

  • Anacostia Park
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  • Colonial National Historical Park
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument
  • Great Falls Park
  • Jamestown National Historic Site
  • Piscataway Park

Did You Know?

Satellite image of the Bay

Did you know that the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North American and the second largest in the world?