Trips and Tips

Looking for a fun way to explore the Chesapeake Bay region? Interested in visiting a historic community, a nature preserve, or paddling down a river near your home? Our “Trips and Tips” newsletter has the information you’re looking for! Each week, Trips & Tips highlights interesting, unusual and off-the-beaten path events taking place from the mouth of Bay to the Susquehanna and everywhere in between. You’ll find out about fun things to do around the watershed such as cruises in southern Maryland, hikes in on the Susquehanna, paddles on the Nanticoke, or festivals in Baltimore or Richmond. You can receive the Trips and Trips weekly e-newsletter straight to your inbox. Click here to sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter,Trips and Tips.


Smith Island Arts Festival

The third annual Smith Island Art Festival will be held in Ewell at the Smith Island Cultural Center. This year there will be over 40 vendors exhibiting artwork (including photographer Jay Fleming), crafts, local seafood, baked goods (Smith Island cake of course!) and Native American artifacts. This is a great opportunity to see one of the most unique communities on the Chesapeake Bay, meet the locals and experience living history. May 26, 11am-4pm. More event details and ferry transportation. Photo courtesy of Stephen Schatz and Maryalnd DNR.

Tuckahoe Open Rock Wall & Zip Line

Open to both experienced climbers looking to practice and those who have never climbed before. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. $10/climber. May 26, 11am-2pm; Queen Anne, Maryland. More information.

Sign Up Now for the Baltimore Floatilla!

Healthy Harbor and the Baltimore Floatilla are changing the narrative about paddling in the City. Not only is the Inner Harbor a beautiful, unique, awe-inspiring, bucket list-worthy place for a Saturday morning paddle--it?s also a vibrant marine ecosystem and home to cutting-edge environmental restoration projects like floating wetlands and Mr. Trash Wheel. The Floatilla is calling on experienced paddlers to show their love for this incredible environmental and recreational resource and help raise money for its restoration. Paddle from Canton Waterfront Park to the Inner Harbor, then rally for clean water and enjoy food and music at Canton Waterfront Park. June 9, 8am-2pm. Registration and more information.

Peace of the Susuehanna Paddle

Enjoy the companionship of other friendly paddlers as you watch for riverside wildlife, improve your paddling skills, and learn about local history! This Northcentral PA Conservancy trip is 7 river miles between Montgomery & Watsontown with an island rest stop mid-way. After receiving paddling instruction, you will paddle past a peregrine falcon nesting site, under an old railroad bridge & around the end of a WWII-era dam. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagle sightings, experience body surfing a riffle at the snack spot, cool off new friends with our complementary water blasters, and bask in the peace of the river. When the trip ends in Watsontown, you will get a shuttle bus ride back to your vehicle. $45 per person. May 27, 1pm-5pm; Montgomery. Registration and more info.

Memorial Day at Petersburg National Battlefield

Special free programming at Poplar Grove National Cemetery will honor American soldiers on Memorial Day Weekend. Learn about the history of Poplar Grove National Cemetery during a special walking tour, take time to remember the soldiers from that war who are buried at Poplar Grove, learn about the history of our national cemeteries. May 26-28, 11am-4pm; Petersburg. More details.