Sandy Point State Park

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1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis, MD, USA

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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Sandy Point State Park Sep 18, 2014
This park is known for its views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that is part of Route 50 crossing from Annapolis to Kent Island. If you're traveling eastward, just take the very last exit before the bridge (Exit 32) and follow the signs to the park. Sandy Point was once a farm and the site of the old ferry service that went obsolete when the original span of the bridge opened in 1952.

Today it is a small but pleasant park. The beach goes right up near the bridge and it's about a twenty minute stroll from one end to the other. There are bathrooms and showers on site, park benches everywhere, a basketball court, and pits for hot coals if you're inclined to barbecue. A boat launch and new docks are set up on a pond that meanders into the bay past the bridge. There is a concession stand but it's only open during the summer.

Sandy Point gets really crowded on weekends and holidays, but has plenty of parking and beach space on weekdays. There were people sunbathing, cooking out, and fishing on my visit. It was fun watching the navy ships cruise down the bay and pass under the bridge following weekend celebrations in Baltimore to commemorate the War of 1812. The downside by being so close to the bridge is the constant sound of traffic that takes away from the tranquility of the sea.

It cost $6 for an out-of-state vehicle to enter on a weekday, $7 on the weekend. Worth checking out for the views of the bridge if you're visiting Annapolis or heading to the Maryland Eastern Shore.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Chesapeake Bay
The beach near the bridge
Enjoying the surf
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MannyK says:
Congrats on featured review!
Posted on: Oct 04, 2014
cicie says:
Congrats on your feature review, Bill
Posted on: Sep 27, 2014
Andy99 says:
Congrats on your featured review, Bill! Keep meaning to go there to get photo of the bridge.
Posted on: Sep 26, 2014
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HuBison HuBison
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Want to smell satly water in the air? then this place is good enough Aug 23, 2010
One summer, I was stuck in DC and was dying to get just a whiff of an ocean. I found Sandy Point State Park. It's about a 40 minut drive from DC and a straight shot down Route 50 right before you reach the Bay.

Depending on the time of year, the time of day and when you go, you might be asked to pay per person or per car. Maryland residents get a discount and there are different rates for boaters and fishers.

The sand is very course and is sometimes reddish, so be sure to bring flip flops or sandals if you want to walk on the beach (otherwise, stick to the grass). People who want to grill usually get there really early to snag a grill and picnic table (first come, first serve). There is a concession stand and bathrooms.

Large groups can rent shelters and that area has seperate parking. People also come to Sandy Point to fish and crab and boat.

The water is gross compared to Caribbean standards and as I've said before, if I can't see my feet, I'm not going in the water. This beach is also problematic because they have jelly-fish warning throuhgout the year with some months being worst than others.

So, as bad as it sounds, it's probably a good spot for families, for picnics, for strolling along the beach (if you don't want to touch the water) and for having a general place to relax. I have played volleyball there and visit maybe once a year.
One of the shelters on the beach
The water "looks" blue from afar, …

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