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Chesapeake Exploration Center - Chester, MD (Kent Narrows)
Chesapeake Exploration Center
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Located along one of the major routes for traveling to the Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Exploration Center (CEC) helps visitors discover the many sites to visit in the region. It is also the location of the Queen Anne’s County Office of Tourism, 425 Piney Narrows Rd., Chester, MD 21619. As a Gateways regional information center, CEC staff can assist visitors with directions, information and visitor services for other Gateways, as well as other sites of interest. The CEC also includes a large and unique exhibit exploring the Eastern Shore heritage. "Our Chesapeake Legacy" is an interactive exhibit describing the rich natural environment of the Bay and how that environment helped shape the area's cultural history over time. The Exploration Center serves as Queen Anne's County official welcome center and is the central hub for the highly acclaimed Cross Island Trail. The Center is also home to the exhibit entitled Our Chesapeake Legacy, an interactive, hands-on exhibit, designed to make learning about the region both fun and memorable. The exhibit provides visitors an overview of the region's heritage, resources and culture. It also explores man’s close relationship with the Bay and how that relationship has shaped our culture and history and conversely how we have shaped the environment of the Bay. The Center's grounds are home to the Anna McGarvey an accurately restored skipjack, highlighting the heritage of the State Boat.
Hours: The facility is open seven days a week, year-round (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Easter excepted) and is staffed from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekends.
Fees: The Exploration Center is free to the public.
For more information about Chesapeake Exploration Center call (410) 604-2100.

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