Activities & Attractions

Two girls playing on the beach on a sunny day
Title Beach & Watersports The waters of the Chesapeake Bay offer endless opportunities for entertainment in Cape Charles, from swimming in the shallows off the town beach to jetskiing toward the horizon. Give in to the pull of the gentle waves and embrace the urge to splash in the Bay. MAP & DIRECTORY
Renovated house painted in blue
Title Architecture & History A lot has changed since Cape Charles was established in the 1880s, but the town’s historic district still looks strikingly similar today. Stepping back in time is as easy as taking a stroll down one of our streets and appreciating one of the largest concentrations of turn-of-the-century buildings on the East Coast.
Close-up of shop window mannequins and
Map & Directory Arts & Boutiques Shop for Eastern Shore souvenirs, browse works from local artists, treat yourself to a new bauble, or grab a paperback for the beach — you can do all this and more in Cape Charles’ vibrant retail corridor anchored by Mason Avenue.
Clothing & Accessories
Clothing & Accessories
Clothing & Accessories
Aerial view of Cape Charles
Bay Creek in Cape Charles
Title Boating & Golf You don’t need to own a boat to enjoy access to some of the world’s best fishing and pleasure sailing — let the local experts guide you on a boat tour or charter. Prefer to stay on the land? Bay Creek’s championship golf courses are renowned for their beauty.
Beautiful sunset at the beach
Title Nature & Recreation Beyond the beaches, you’ll find miles of trails through shady maritime forests just begging to be explored. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some Eastern Shore wildlife along the way. MAP & DIRECTORY
Group of women doing yoga at a beach
Title Beauty & Rejuvenate Take your self-care goals to the next level by making an appointment at a Cape Charles salon or studio. From expert-level haircare to yoga and massage, you’re sure to find a way to treat yourself to something special.
Decorated porch swing, chairs and table on a veranda
Title Porches & Sunsets Sometimes the best thing to do in Cape Charles is nothing at all. Carve out time to read a book on the beach, sip a cocktail on your front porch, or stroll along the pier. Just don’t miss sunset — it’s one event that deserves a spot on your schedule.

Calendar of Events

From summer concerts in the park to Festive Fridays through the holiday season, consider planning your Cape Charles visit to coincide with some of the town’s most beloved events.

Love, Cape Charles

You might fall in love with Cape Charles at first sight, but be prepared: This is not just a summer fling. You will find yourself drawn back to this place time and time again, and it’ll haunt your dreams until you return. Luckily, there’s always something new for you to discover in our little corner of the Eastern Shore.

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