Things To Do
NPS partners with over 170 sites and trails in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, and with even more partner sites along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. You can find an incredible variety of activities through which to experience the Chesapeake Bay. Visit a museum, sail on a historic skipjack, paddle a kayak, stroll a maritime community or watch the Bay's diverse birdlife. For a searchable database of activities, visit the Bay Gateways website. Or, download the official NPS mobile app Chesapeake Explorer to carry the information with you.
You can also find out what's going on through Chesapeake Trips and Tips, a weekly email highlighting unique events at Chesapeake partner sites across the region. Distributed by the Chesapeake Conservancy, you can sign up and learn more here.
Did You Know?
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.