Summer Fun at Sandy Point State Park
Looking for a day of fun in the sun with your family this summer? Sandy Point State Park could be just what you had in mind. The 786-acre treasure on the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay offers a little something for everyone – even in a COVID-19 world. Individuals are invited to swim, fish, crab, picnic and launch their boats from the park from 7:00 a.m. until sunset seven days a week. Park patrons are asked to wear masks and exercise appropriate social distancing during their visit.
Cooling off in the Chesapeake Bay is a popular activity at Sandy Point. The mile-long public swimming beach provides hours of fun and beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Beach chair and umbrella rentals are available, and restroom and shower facilities make it easy to prepare for the trip back home. Returning visitors will notice fresh new landscaping. Young families are likely to make a b-line to the new Bay-themed playground. Opened in 2019, it’s the first full season for the popular attraction.
Family members intent on reeling in the big one can fish from a designated section of the beach or from the nearby jetty. Other adventurers may elect to cast their lines from the fishing and crabbing pier in the park’s marina area.
Thinking of a picnic? Sandy Point has you covered. You can pack your own lunch or order your favorite snack from the concessions stand. If you’re feeling especially industrious, you’re welcome to set up your own grill and cook your favorite creations in the large grassy, alcohol-free picnic area that’s a popular gathering place on a warm summer’s day. Need more space? Sandy Point features 12 shelters that are expected to be available for rental in July by advance reservation only.
If your anxious to get your boat out on the water, you have a friend at Sandy Point State Park. With 22 public boat ramps, the park’s marina offers quick and convenient access to the Chesapeake Bay. A separate small craft launch ramp in the park’s South Beach area makes launching kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, and other small craft a breeze. Currently, individuals are required to bring their own small crafts. Should the COVID-19 situation improve, the park may be able to reopen its marina store and resume kayak, standup paddleboard, and small 16’ motorboat rentals later this summer.
Lifeguards are on duty at Sandy Point State Park from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Feel free to bring your leashed pet to the beach October 1 through April 30. Pets are not allowed on the beach during the busy summer months. Park admission is $5 per person on weekends and holidays and $4 per person on weekdays.
Summer has not been cancelled. It’s alive and well at Sandy Point State Park and a host of parks throughout Annapolis and Anne Arundel County! We hope to see you there!