For over four hundred years, the Chesapeake Bay has lured explorers seeking adventure, wonder, and fun.
Captain John Smith navigated the Chesapeake’s waters in 1608, when he set off for a voyage into the unknown. He was in search of riches and a route to the Pacific. Instead, he discovered America’s largest estuary: a place teeming with fish, oysters, and birds.
Today, these waters are yours to explore.
Set sail across sparkling waves on the Chesapeake’s open waters. Or take a calmer route, paddling upriver along the same swampy shores Captain Smith saw long ago.
Want a truly Chesapeake experience? Catch yourself a delicious dinner of fresh rockfish and blue crabs.
And at the end of a long summer day, cool off with a dip in the Bay at one of its great swimming spots.
Whether fishing, swimming, or boating, there’s so much for you to explore on the water. Create your own adventure today at one of the places and events below.