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.

Boardwalk showing a marsh on either side that leads to a river

Chesapeake Bay Gateways

Discover where you can a first hand authentic Chesapeake experience

Paddlers on an Eastern Shore river

Find Your Chesapeake

Learn about how to find YOUR Cheapeake

View from Black Point at Jamestown Island


Learn about the ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay and the wildlife and plants that call it home.

Bright yellow NOAA instrument in the water that can relay data of water conditions

Science & Research

Learn about the Research & Science that takes place to help improve the health of the Bay

Last updated: December 11, 2018

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Mailing Address:

410 Severn Avenue
Suite 314

Annapolis, MD 21403


(410) 260-2470

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