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? Megan, host of our “Trips and Tips” series, has the information you’re looking for!

Each week, Megan highlights interesting, unusual and off-the-beaten path events taking place from the mouth of Bay to the Susquehanna and everywhere in between. She’ll tell you 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.

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Food, Fun, and Farming at the National Colonial Farm

Families and children of all ages are invited to join the residents of the Bolton farm for an evening learning about food in 1770! What did colonial people eat and where did they get their food? Help out in the kitchen garden and learn the uses of different plants. Find out how and why to avoid wasting food, both in 1770 and in your kitchen at home. Learn a few colonial recipes to try at home or over a campfire. This is one summer event you won't want to miss! July 22, 4pm-7pm; Accokeek. More details.

18th & 19th Century Child's Play

Come to Hampton National Historic Site and step back in time when "gaming" meant interacting with others while enjoying fresh air. Before there were video games in the arcade, on television and even in the palm of your hand, children spent more time outside, running around and using their imaginations while playing games. The entire family can play Marbles, Jacks, Game of Graces, Tabletop Nine Pins, Jacobs Ladder, Cup & Ball, Hoop & Stick, sack races and more. Admission and parking are free. July 22 and 23, 10am-1pm; Towson. Additional dates and more info.

Lotus Paddle Turners

Shenandoah Blackberry Delight

Father's Day Cruises On The Bay

Take a virtual tour of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from your computer or mobile device! In partnership with Terrain366, you can enjoy a virtual tour of the James River (sponsored by the James River Association), the Susquehanna River, the Nanticoke River, and Mallows Bay in the Potomac River. We hope to eventually bring you a virtual tour of the entire John Smith Trail! Explore the Chesapeake's great rivers on our website.

Fossils and Fun Kayak Trip

Paddle along part of the Westmoreland State Park's natural coast line. Take a walk on Fossil Beach and look for a relic from the past. Guests will learn about the cliffs, birds and history of the Potomac River. Round Trip is about 3 miles and takes about 2 hours with a midway break. July 22 and 29, 9am-11:30am; Montross. Costs and more details.