Chesapeake City's Blue Sky Reflected in the Blue Water

Top Things to do Around Chesapeake City

Historic Chesapeake City is on the National and Maryland Historic Registries. 

Chesapeake City's Blue Sky Reflected in the Blue Water

This beautiful town features lovely restored homes, inns and B&Bs. You will find great shops, restaurants, the C&D Canal Museum, bike trails and outdoor summer concerts.

Chesapeake City Historic District
Canal and Bridge in Chesapeake City
Chesapeake City

So close to major cities (an hour to both Baltimore and Philadelphia) and an easy commute off I-95, yet your state of relaxation will tell you that you've traveled a world away. The Historic District is small enough to be easily walkable, yet there is so much to do!

Inns, Restaurants and Shops
Inn porch overlooking canal
Inn at the Canal

Though Chesapeake City is historic, the inns, restaurants and shops offer all of the modern comforts and pleasures a visitor could ask for.  Three well-known waterfront restaurants are consistent winners in Delaware and Maryland newspaper readers’ polls; shops are all located in historic buildings, adding to that special ambience of small-town American charm.

C&D Canal Museum
C&D Canal Museum

Chesapeake City features homes and gardens from the 1800s, many on the National Historic Register, and can be enjoyed via a self-guided or guide-directed walking tour. Visit the C&D Canal Museum, which provides a detailed history of the canal that built Chesapeake City.  The museum has interactive displays and items of interest for all age groups.

The Ben Cardin Recreational Trail
Trail along a canal

Bike or walk the Ben Cardin Recreational Trail, which courses along the banks of the Canal eastward, where it crosses into Delaware and extends 15.5 more miles all the way to the Delaware River. Kayak in scenic Back Creek, which is a slow, meandering paddle through scenic countryside. Bald eagles, ospreys, heron and even otters are regular inhabitants of the area's wetlands.

Chesapeake City Canal & The Turkey Point Lighthouse
Turkey Point Lighthouse sits atop a 100-foot bluff and offers stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay.

The canal is part of the intracoastal waterway. Ocean-going cargo ships, tall ships, barges, sailboats, mega-yachts and other recreational boats enjoy the direct route from the Chesapeake Bay to the Delaware River, cutting 300 miles off the excursion around the Delmarva peninsula. While you're here, explore the canal by boat. Chesapeake City Water Tours offers sightseeing, sunset, wine-tasting and music cruises.  See Turkey Point lighthouse from the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, learn the heritage of the region and savor sites you can see only from the water.

The Chesapeake Wine Trail
Dove Valley Winery

15 wineries are within 40 minutes of Chesapeake City, all part of the Chesapeake Wine Trail

Ghost Walk!
Man in suit on porch
Ghost Walks of Chesapeake City

A two-night annual event hosted by silent ghouls. Help solve the mystery play which is performed by a professional acting troupe, on porches and locations throughout town. Always held the weekend before Halloween –– a different story every year.

Antique Car Show!
car show
Chesapeake City Car Show

From Woodies to Caddies and everything that is antique in cars, this outdoor event continues to grow - more than 500 cars are on display in and around the historic district. 

Shakespeare in the Park in the Dark!
Theater actors on stage
The Brown Box Theater Project

The Brown Box Theater Project performs a different Shakespeare play under the stars in Chesapeake City's waterfront park annually each fall. A free event.

Christmas tree
David Scarbrough

A  holiday celebration that welcomes visitors to enjoy the Victorian Candlelight House Tour,  take a horse-drawn carriage ride, sing along with the Dickens carolers, or glide along the waterfront ice-skating rink. Marvel at the larger-than-life holiday lighting displays dotting the waterfront and the parks. And don’t miss the Town Christmas Tree, made entirely from crab pots.