Chesapeake Exploration Center
Chester, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: 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.
Location / Directions: The Center is located at Kent Narrows, six miles east of where the Bay Bridge connects with Kent Island. The Center is a quarter mile north of U.S. Route 50, accessed just before the Kent Narrows Bridge. Just follow the directional signage from Route 50.
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Address: Chesapeake Exploration Center
425 Piney Narrows Road
Chester, MD 21619
Phone: (410) 604-2100

As a Gateways regional information center, the Chesapeake Exploration Center (CEC) acquaints visitors with other Chesapeake Bay Gateways on the Eastern Shore, as well a variety of other sites and visitor accomodations available nearby. A variety of visitor information is kept on hand in the center.

The Exploration Center's "Our Chesapeake Legacy" exhibits introduce visitors to the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and the human response to these resources in the immediate region. There are also nature tourism programs associated with the CEC that allow visitors to experience the Chesapeake Bay and engage in outdoor environmental learning opportunities, such as birding, and archeological investigations focusing on the Bay’s early residents.

Operating 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.
Visitor Facilities: The Exploration Center offers visitor information, nearby boat access, and conference/meeting space to the community.
Accessibility: The Exploration Center is handicapped accessible.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY