Explore the Chesapeake

The National Park Service in the Chesapeake Bay helps you learn about and enjoy North America’s largest estuary—a place where fresh and salt water mix to create a vast and diverse ecosystem.

The Bay’s 64,000-square-mile watershed is teeming with things to learn, see, and do. 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.

Browse this website to find how the National Park Service–Chesapeake and our partners share the Bay’s stories, provide opportunities for recreation and renewal, and work toward restoration and conservation of this unparalleled national treasure.

Visit Chesapeake Bay Gateways to experience first-hand Chesapeake life and culture. Browse our partner website to Find Your Chesapeake for fun things to do, places to go, and a lifetime of learning and adventure.

Last updated: December 14, 2018

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Annapolis , MD 21401


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