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The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has something for everyone - from special parks and museums to historic communities, land and water trails. Each month, the Network highlights some of its sites that offer you a unique look at life on the Chesapeake. These thematic lists can help you explore the Network and experience your Chesapeake.

Weekends and Daytrips

Explore Your ChesapeakeWith the extra time that a long weekend provides, take a daytrip to one of the Gateways in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. From nature sanctuaries to historic battlefields, there are many opportunities to experience an array of educational and fun activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Chickahominy Riverfront Park - Williamsburg, VA
This new 140-acre park sits on the Chickahominy River near its confluence with the James River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The park provides a range of opportunities for recreation in a riverfront surrounding, including overnight camping, boating and fishing. Dramatic river vistas and the rural character of the area help set Chickahominy Riverfront park apart from many similarly sized local or county parks.

Kiptopeke State Park - Cape Charles, VA
Kiptopeke State Park’s location near the tip of the Virginia Eastern Shore makes the park a prime location for bird watching; Kiptopeke’s hawk observatory is among the top 15 nationwide. Though you could easily spend the day bird watching, the park also offers guided hikes, fishing clinics, canoe programs and beach bonfire programs.

The Mariners' Museum - Newport News, VA
For more than 70 years, the Mariners’ Museum has illustrated the spirit of seafaring adventure, assembling a renowned and strikingly diverse collection of maritime artifacts. The museum includes 10 permanent galleries, with changing and traveling exhibits. The museum is also home to the third largest maritime library in the world with a collection of books, maps, charts, manuscripts, photographs, and other items that chronicle six centuries of maritime history.

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Woodbridge, VA
More than 650 species of plants and 200 species of birds have been observed at the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which sits on the Potomac River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Waterfowl, deer, red fox and raptors are abundant and can easily be observed from the wildlife drive or more than three miles of hiking trails along grasslands, tidal marshes and the river’s edge.

Tuckahoe State Park - Queen Anne, MD
The whole family can find something to enjoy at Tuckahoe State Park, which is home to 20 acres of open water for boating and fishing, and 12 miles of trails for scenic hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Picnic grounds and a playground for children also are available.

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