Explore the Chesapeake

NPS helps you learn about and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America.

Here, you can visit major league cities, colonial towns, American Indian landscapes, farms and fishing villages. You can learn to kayak, pick crabs, go fishing, tour a lighthouse, slurp oysters, and slow down to enjoy the natural beauty of the Chesapeake. Read More

Beauty shot of a river bank off of the Chesapeake

National Treasure

The nation's largest estuary and one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in the world is recognized as a national treasure.

Paddlers on an Eastern Shore river

Find Your Chesapeake Experiences

Visit Chesapeake Bay Gateways to experience first-hand Chesapeake life and culture

A diverse group of people planting various plants along a stream.

Help the Bay

Learn what human and environmental factors influence the Bay, what's happening in science and education to improve it, and how you can help.

Last updated: April 29, 2021

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