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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 ChesapeakeAs weather becomes more mild and spring break approaches, treat your family to a weekend or daytrip at one of these fascinating Gateways. Learn about everything from marine life and ecology and discover the Chesapeake as you walk along land trails or explore historic towns and buildings.

Historic St. Mary's City - St. Mary's City, MD
Historic St. Mary’s City, an outdoor museum, is the site of the fourth permanent settlement in British North America, and the perfect destination for a day trip. Come learn about life in Maryland’s first capital through an exciting mix of colorful living history and fascinating archaeology, all set in a beautiful Tidewater landscape along the St. Mary’s River.

Cape Charles Historic District - Cape Charles, VA
Established in 1884, Cape Charles was built as the railroad’s southern terminus from which steamships carried passengers and freight across the Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk, Virginia. While many enjoy exploring the railroad history of Cape Charles through walking tours and exhibits in the Cape Charles Museum and Welcome Center, the area also includes recreational activities, such as fishing, clamming, crabbing, and boating.

Pemberton Historical Park - Salisbury, MD
Pemberton Historical Park sits along the Wicomico River and is the site of Pemberton Hall plantation and Pemberton Hall, a restored 1741 plantation home. Visitors can enjoy the plethora of experiences offered; the park includes a museum and many of the original plantation grounds and sites of slave quarters, along with trails through open fields, pine and hardwood forests, tidal streams and wetlands, all of which overlook the Wicomico.

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail - Annapolis to Glen Burnie, MD
Among the most visited parks in Maryland, the "B&A; Trail" stretches along the route of the old B & A Short Line Railroad, which formerly connected the state’s capitol (Annapolis) with its major port and commercial center (Baltimore). Historic transportation structures such as the electric powerhouses, switch boxes, and the Severna Park Station still stand along the Trail and enhance its appeal for park visitors.

Jones Falls Trail - Baltimore, MD
Take a day to visit Jones Falls Trail, a hiking and biking trail in Baltimore City that currently extends from Druid Hill Park to Penn Station. The trail parallels the Jones Falls River and passes by a number of historic mills, a scenic overlook at Round Falls and the Baltimore Street Car Museum.

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