The mercury may be climbing, but you can always keep your cool in Maryland. From Deep Creek to the Chesapeake Bay and on to the ocean, in Maryland you’re never far from the water. So dive in to these great August aquatic getaways. And don’t miss our water parks and swimming holes pages for more fun in the sun.
1 Chesapeake Beach Water Park Under The Stars, Chesapeake Beach, Thru Aug. 12
There’s nothing cooler than Chesapeake Beach Water Park, except maybe hitting the slides at night! This annual adventure kicks the fun up a notch, don’t miss it!
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4079 Gordon Stinnett Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
2 St. Mary’s College of Maryland Governor’s Cup Yacht Race, St. Mary’s City, Aug. 5-6
The oldest and longest sailboat race on the bay is also home to one of the Chesapeake’s biggest and best parties. Great bands, fun on the beach, and a parade of gorgeous racing yachts have kept Governor’s Cup a thrilling Maryland tradition for 43 years.
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18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
3 Paddlefest on the Choptank, Denton, Aug. 6
Join fellow paddlers as hundreds take to the choptank on this 7.7-mile family fun paddle on the Choptank. Food, music and always fun Paddle Poker Awards make this one a can’t miss festival.
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10287 River Landing Rd
Denton, MD 21629
4 42nd Annual White Marlin Open, Ocean City, Aug. 8-12
The best anglers from all over the world will be in Ocean City this weekend for the world’s largest billfish tournament. Catch a charter or man the docs as the boats come back from the Mid-Atlantic Canyon with record-breaking fish and more than $4 million in prize money on the line.
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14th Street & Bay
Ocean City, MD 21842
5 Bassmaster Elite Series 2016, Marbury, Aug. 11-14
Attend the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments. Weigh-in days 1 and 2 at Smallwood State Park. Discover Quest Festival and weigh-in days 3 and 4 at Indian Head Village Green.
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2750 Sweden Point Rd
Marbury, MD 20658
6 Solomons Island Dragon Boat Race, Solomons, Aug. 27
Beautiful, home-built dragon boats hit the waters of the Patuxent for fast-paced fun. Don’t miss the beautiful Parade of Teams. Artisan vendors, music and fun all make for a great day on the water!
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Solomons River Walk
Solomons, MD 20688