Chesapeake Beach

Chesapeake Beach was once a Victorian amusement park getaway at the end of the Chesapeake Beach Railway line coming from Washington, DC. 

Now, its a village centered around a modern spa resort on the Chesapeake Bay. Nearby, you’ll find a railroad museum, waterpark, fishing piers and charter boats.

Chesapeake Bay was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, but there’s not much historic left to see.

Victorian Chesapeake Beach, MD
Chesapeake Beach was designed in the late 1800s as a resort town with beachfront hotels, a race track, casino, bathhouse, and beaches, as well as a 1600-foot entertainment boardwalk built over the water. (Photo courtesy Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum)

The Chesapeake Beach Railroad Museum is in the town’s former rail depot, tucked into the corner of the spa’s huge parking lot. It’s nicely restored and is packed with the history of the area. You’ll find photos of the town during its Victorian heyday.

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
Construction of the railway from Baltimore and Washington began in the late 1800s. On June 9, 1900, the first train arrived at Chesapeake Beach with a full load of passengers and much fanfare. The Great Depression and the automobile brought an end to the railroad, and on April 15, 1935, the final train chugged away from the Chesapeake Beach station

The hours vary depending on the time of year; check the website before you go.

Chesapeake Beach Railroad Museum
The Chesapeake Beach Railway Station was made into a museum in 1979. It offers visitors a look into the town’s past.

Chesapeake Beach Report & Spa is the closest the village has to a town center. It has a courtyard bar and water front dining overlooking a marina in the Bay. That’s where you’ll find many of the charter fishing boats.

An overlooked gem that was mentioned as a must-see by locals is the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail along a creek that flows through marshes and into the Bay.

The 1.4 mile trail is almost entire boardwalk going inland from behind the water park, along Fishing Creek and its waterman boats, across marshland to a ranger station farther down the creek.

Bicycles are allowed on the boardwalk.

Abner's Crabhouse in Chesapeake City, MD
Abner’s Crabhouse is a town staple for local crabs. You’ll also find charter fishing boats on standby behind the restaurant and casino.

Bayfront Beach is mentioned as the town beach now, but it’s down the road a bit from the village center. It has a small parking lot and a 10-minute walk down a path along a marshy gully to the pretty little sandy beach.

There is an entry fee. No facilities –restroom, changing rooms, etc. — by the beach area, though.

Bayfront Beach
There is no lifeguard on duty at Bayfront Park beach, so you swim at your own risk. The park is also spelled ‘Bay Front’, in case you’re looking it up.

North Beach

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