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When you are feeling stress in Annapolis, it is time to take your best friend to the beach. Yes, I am actually talking about your four-legged one. There are four dog-friendly beaches on the Chesapeake Bay close to Annapolis, where hounds can enjoy a few hours of romping and paddling leash-free. If your buddy does not play well with other doggies, best to keep them on a leash. Make sure to also clean up after they go.

Downs Park Beach

Situated about 18 miles north of Annapolis, Downs Park has a swimming area reserved for dogs. Leash-free, your best friend can rock and roll on a pretty stretch of sand on the Chesapeake Bay. After doing the doggy paddle, you can take your pup on a leash to explore the trails in the 236-acre park. Keep in mind the beach is closed on Tuesdays.

Matapeake Beach

Only 20 minutes away by car from Annapolis via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Matapeake Beach features a stretch of beach designated for hounds to swim. There is also a nice trail to a leash-free dog park, where you can break out a tennis ball for some throw and fetch.

Sandy Point Park

Sandy Point State Park is located on the western end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and it is the most popular beach for Annapolitans. A reserved doggie swimming area awaits your best friend. The dog beach is open from October to April and is closed from June through September.

Terrapin Nature Park

This peaceful 276-acre park has a pleasant trail for puppy strolling. During the spring, your best friend will be chasing butterflies through wildflower meadows. In the summer, they will be rolling around on grassy areas before reaching the beach reserved for doggie paddling. Only 15 miles away from Annapolis, Terrapin Nature Park offers great views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Red Hot & Blue Annapolis Highlights

Founded in 1988, Red Hot & Blue Annapolis is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbecue, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts.

The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. Bring your friends and family to our warm and friendly Annapolis location today!