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Maryland's Western Shore
Photo from Maryland's Western Shore

The Chesapeake landscapes visible on this upper stretch of the Bay’s western shore make for some sharp contrasts. As the buildings of downtown Baltimore reach toward the sky, agricultural fields in southern Maryland stretch toward the horizon. As low, wooded hills roll through central Maryland, swampy wetlands spread out around the mouth of the Patuxent River.

Here, too, is the astounding maritime heritage of the Bay, on display in Annapolis, the city that ranks both as Maryland’s political capital and America’s sailing capital. Both of the western shore’s main cities, Baltimore and Annapolis, serve today as key entry-point destinations for Bay visitors and as major centers of Bay commerce, just as they have for centuries.

A great variety of Gateways can help you explore this region. State parks, wildlife refuges, and urban greenways showcase the natural environment. Among the historical attractions are traditional museums, working archeological sites, Chesapeake sailing ships, Colonial architecture, and the Baltimore fort where the events of the National Anthem unfolded.

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Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum - St. Leonard, MD
On over 500 acres along the shoreline of the Patuxent River, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum explores the changing cultures and environment of the Chesapeake Bay region of the past 12,000 years. Visitors can investigate thousands of years of human history by touring archaeological sites and trails, acres of working...More info

Regional Events
09/04 Annapolis Maritime Museum - Critter Hour
09/13 Public Sail Aboard the Dee of St. Mary's - Looking for a great way to experience the Patuxent River?
09/12 Dune Restoration at Virginia Beach - Restore the sand dunes at Virginia Beach!
09/20 Annapolis Maritime Museum Boatyard Beach Bash - WORLD CLASS ENTERTAINMENT Peter Mayer, Scott Kirby and Brendan Mayer, Coral Reefers Michael Utley and Doyle Grisham, along with the John Frinzi Band
10/25 National Aquarium Fort McHenry Field Day - A cleanup event contributing to the International Coastal Cleanup.
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