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

    Chesapeake Bay

Indoor Activities

Fabulous museums -- casual and fancy -- put you smack dab in the life of a Chesapeake waterman, decoy carver, sea captain, American Indian, or a wildlife scientist. Here are a few suggestions:

Annapolis Maritime Museum -- Annapolis, MD

Captain Avery Museum -- Shady Side, MD

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum -- St. Michaels, MD

Calvert Marine Museum -- Solomons, MD

Delmarva Discovery Center -- Pocomoke, MD

Deltaville Maritime Museum -- Deltaville, VA

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum -- Havre de Grace, MD

Havre de Grace Maritime Museum -- Havre de Grace, MD

J.Millard Tawes Museum and Ward Brothers Workshop -- Crisfield, MD

Mariners' Museum -- Newport News, VA

National Aquarium - Baltimore, MD

Nauticus, the National Marine Maritime Center --Norfolk, VA

Reedville Fishermen's Museum -- Reedville, VA

Richardson Maritime Museum -- Cambridge, MD

Seaford Museum & Gov. Ross Mansion & Plantation -- Seaford, DE

Steamboat Era Museum -- Irvington,VA

Virginia Living Museum -- Newport News, VA

Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art -- Salisbury, MD

Watermen's Museum -- Yorktown, VA


Did You Know?

One of the many wading birds found in the Bay watershed

The water in the Chesapeake Bay is surprisingly shallow. Although the Bay covers a large surface area, its average depth, including all tidal tributaries, is about 21 feet. In fact, a person who is six feet tall could wade through over 700,000 acres of the Bay and never get his or her hat wet.