10 Ways to Get Out on the Water
Maryland's waterways are a defining feature of the Old Line State, and no visit is complete without leaving the land behind, even for just a little while. Here are ten great ways to see the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland waterways.
1 Paddle Around the Potomac at National Harbor
National Harbor offers a number of options for getting out on the water from the shores of the Potomac River, including sunset kayak tours and introductory stand-up paddleboard (SUP) classes offered by Boating in DC Or, just rent a kayak, canoe or SUP and explore on your own.
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2 Whitewater Rafting
Adventure Sports Center International is THE place to test your timing, reflexes and teamwork on the world’s only adjustable whitewater sports venue that offers class I - IV whitewater in a “controlled” environment. The 1/3 mile artificial river features authentic whitewater rapids, and is the most natural looking and feeling course of its kind in the world.
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3 Sail on a Real Skipjack
The Skipjacks—queens of the Chesapeake oyster fleet and official Maryland state boat—are the last commercial sail fleet in the country, and there aren't many of them left. The H.M. Krentz, built in 1955, is based at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, which is worth the trip in itself. Sailing charters on the H.M. Krentz depart daily from April to October—great months for enjoying Maryland’s waters.
4 Tour the Town on a Water Taxi
If you're visiting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, take in the city’s skyline from a watery vantage point. A one-day pass for a water taxi gets you unlimited travel among 17 stops from the Inner Harbor to Fells Point to Ft. McHenry, so you have plenty of chances to hit all the harbor highlights right from the water.