Myriad marinas and boat ramps provide opportunities for motorboating and sailing. Look for native wildlife, such as bald eagles near Caledon State Park, soaring majestically overhead during a canoe or kayak excursion. Travel Route 3 to Route 14 to experience the best of the Bay.
Looking for a beach loved by the locals? Colonial Beach is one of the few remaining seaport towns on the Potomac River and coincidentally, does have a beach. Colonial Beach is experiencing a renaissance; visit and see what's up.
Most, if not every bit of the shore along the Potomac River is historic. Walk the beaches at Westmoreland State Park and shark's teeth still surface on the sand. Horsehead Cliffs offer an outstanding view from on high, and George Washington's birthplace is an iconic historical stop.
The Lee Family home, Stratford Plantation, is a commanding presence from atop a bluff. The Great House is noted to include some of the most architecturally significant rooms of the Colonial era. Enjoy lunch in The Plantation Dining Room, peruse the formal gardens, walk the nature trails, and check out the gristmill, too.
Seven miles of shoreline on the Rappahannock River plus wetlands equal amazing birding and wildlife watching at Belle Isle State Park. Bridle trails, watercraft launch, accommodations, and bicycle, canoe and motorboat rentals are all available for your family fun. Try your hand at fishing or just enjoy the view from the boardwalk.
If you're a lighthouse enthusiast, head down to Mathews for a peek at New Point Comfort, a Bay lighthouse commissioned by Thomas Jefferson in 1801. It's the third oldest remaining light on the Bay. The lighthouse is only accessible by water. Throw in your kayak (or rent one) for a paddle around it, or just take it in from afar at the observation walkway.
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