Eat, Swim, Relax: Where To Enjoy The Water This Summer


Did you know that Anne Arundel County has 533 miles of shoreline? With the Chesapeake Bay and all its rivers and creeks, there are countless ways to enjoy waterside living. Whether you’re looking to go out to eat, to go swimming or boating, or to just kick back and enjoy some live music against the maritime backdrop, there is no shortage of options. Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy waterside living in our area.


What better way to enjoy lunch or dinner (or even late-night drinks or a weekend brunch) than by choosing a table outside on the water, where you can revel in the cool breeze and the sights of boaters passing by. Here are a few of our top picks:

The Broken Oar Bar & Grill
864 Nabbs Creek Road, Glen Burnie 

Rams Head Dockside
1702 Furnace Drive, Glen Burnie

Cheshire Crab
1701 Poplar Ridge Road, Pasadena 

Mike’s Crab House North
1402 Colony Road, Pasadena 

Donnelly’s Dockside Seafood, Bar & Grill
1050 Deep Creek Avenue, Arnold 

The Point Crab House
700 Mill Creek Road, Arnold 

Cantler’s Riverside Inn
458 Forest Beach Road, Annapolis 

Severn Inn
1993 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Annapolis 

Carrol’s Creek Cafe
410 Severn Avenue, Annapolis 

Hemingway’s Restaurant
357 Pier One Road, Stevensville   


What’s your favorite hobby on the water? Maybe it’s powerboating, sailing or kayaking. Or maybe you enjoy crabbing and fishing. Maybe you don’t even want to do anything except jump in and swim. Whatever you want to do, you’re sure to find it at a public beach nearby. Here are a few highlights of what you can do at some of our favorite public water access points.

Sandy Point State Park
1100 East College Parkway



  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Crabbing
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Launch

Fort Smallwood Park
9500 Fort Smallwood Road



  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Boat Ramp

Downs Park
8311 John Downs Loop


7:00am-Dusk, closed Tuesdays

  • Fishing
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch

Beachwood Park
8320 Beachwood Park Road



  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Fishing

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Park
1543 Fairview Beach Road



  • Fishing

Solley Cove Park
7360 Carbide Road

Curtis Bay

410- 439-0039

  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Fishing

Jonas Green Park
1997 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard



  • Fishing
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch

Live Music

Sometimes, you just need to kick back and relax, and there are plenty of outdoor summer concerts that give you the chance to do just that. Pack a picnic blanket or a lawn chair and hit one of these waterside locations to enjoy some live music this summer.

Downs Park
8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena

Bring your family, blankets or lawn chairs, a picnic dinner or just a dessert, and soak in the sounds of summer. Park admission is waived for the evening. Please note that alcohol is prohibited on the grounds of all Anne Arundel County parks. All concerts begin at 6:00pm and run until 8:00pm.

June 2: Appaloosa (Top 40)

June 9: Summer Knights (Country/Classic Rock)

June 16: George Garris & Friends (Country/Classic Rock)

June 23: The Rebels (Classic Rock)

June 30: The Sunset Band (Big Band/Motown)

Quiet Waters Park Summer Concert Series
600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis

As with Downs Park, this is a great place for setting up a picnic station with blankets or lawn chairs, kicking back and enjoying the evening. Park admission is waived for the evening. Please note that alcohol is prohibited on the grounds of all Anne Arundel County parks. All concerts begin at 6:00pm and run until 8:00pm.

July 13: U.S. Navy Band (Concert Band)

July 20: Guava Jelly (Reggae, Pop, Rock, Country)

July 27: Folken Phunk (Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, Pop)

August 3: Fractal Cat (Psychedelic Rock)

August 10: Assisted Living (Golden Oldies)

August 17: Zakke (Funk, Disco, Rock)

August 24: Kelly Band Band (Blues, Hip-hop, Funk)

Annapolis Maritime Museum

The Annapolis Maritime Museum’s 2019 concert series runs June 13 through August 15 with performances starting at 7:00pm at the museum’s waterfront McNasby campus (723 Second Street, Annapolis). The Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series offers 10 weeks of popular music, from rock to folk to jazz, with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and spirits are available for purchase. Beverage sales support the museum’s education program. Bring a chair or blanket.

June 13: Sweet Leda (Rock, Soul, Pop)

June 20: Higher Hands (Funk, Hip-hop, R&B)

June 27: Timmie Metz Band featuring Tambo (Modern and Classic Rock)

July 4: Kings of Crownsville (Americana, Blues, Jazz)

July 11: Dublin 5 (High-Energy Irish Rock)

July 18: Mike McHenry Tribe (Soul, Funk, Rock)

July 25: Joey Harkum Band (Unique Brand of Americana)

August 1: Eastport Oyster Boys (Folk, Island Rhythms, Rock)

August 8: Mixed Business (Eclectic Music Experience)

August 15: Sean Hetrick & the Leftovers (Alternative Rock)


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