The Chesapeake Arboretum: Celebrating the Beauty of Nature
Located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Arboretum is a beautiful place to explore and enjoy. The arboretum features over 300 acres of natural gardens and woodlands, with winding trails that lead you through scenic landscapes to many different plant species. It’s an ideal destination for everyone from families looking for outdoor activities during their summer vacation, to those who want a peaceful day out in nature.
What can I do at the Chesapeake Arboretum?
Visitors to the arboretum can explore its natural gardens, stroll along one of many walking paths or take a guided tour. It’s also home to an observatory that features four telescopes for night sky viewing and two outdoor classrooms where visitors are welcome year-round. Plus there’s plenty more on site like picnicking areas, tennis courts and hiking trails.
The Chesapeake Arboretum is open every day of the year with free admission (donations accepted). Hours vary by season so it’s best to check their website before you visit but generally hours run from mid-morning until dusk during daylight savings time and after dark.
How should I dress for visiting the Arboretum?
Since the Arboretum is a living museum, dress comfortably. That means no sneakers or sandals and be sure to wear clothes that are safe for walks in the woods and trails but also suits your style.
Explore The Chesapeake Arboretum
The Chesapeake Arboretum was established by Dr Robert L. Thayer of Annapolis, Maryland as an oasis in nature near major population centers. It now encompasses more than 300 acres on both sides of the Severn River with over 50 miles of walking paths or take a guided tour. It’s also home to an observatory that features four telescopes for night sky viewing and two outdoor classrooms where visitors are welcome year-round. Plus there’s plenty more on site if you are a fan of mother nature.
The Chesapeake Arboretum is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The arboretum has the most diverse collection of pecan trees in North America, for instance, some more than 300 years old with heights over 100 ft. In addition to walking paths or guided tours you can paddle your way through the forest on one of three rivers that flow through it: Severn River, Bush River or Patuxent River. If you are looking for something fast-paced there are many miles of nature trails–just be sure they’re safe for walks in the woods and trails but also suits your style.
Next you should visit the Great Bridge Lock Park.