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Now that summer is here, you probably have planned going to the beach as one of your activities the next three months. Did you know Anne Arundel County has more than 500 miles of shoreline? We can’t cover every beach, but we will discuss three of the best summer beaches located in the public parks of Anne Arundel County.

Downs Park

Situated in Pasadena on the Chesapeake Bay, there is a beach area for sunbathing and fishing, but swimming is not allowed. However, plenty of fun can be had by launching a kayak or canoe or exploring the shoreline.

Anglers can also enjoy casting from the fishing pier. Also available are five miles of hiking trails, sports fields, a playground, and a dog beach.

Fort Smallwood Park

On the northern tip of the Pasadena Peninsula, reaching into the Chesapeake Bay, Fort Smallwood Park provides beach access, but swimming is not permitted. You can relax on a comfy beach chair while gazing at the Chesapeake Bay. If you feel like being more active, bring a paddle as canoeing and kayaking are permitted in the area.

If your best friend is of the pooch variety, you two can play fetch on the dog beach. There is also a 380-foot fishing pier where you can cast a fishing line out into the water. Lovers of history will enjoy seeing the fort’s gun battery and barracks from the Spanish-American War era. Otherwise, you can picnic, throw horseshoes, hike, and take your children to a playground.

Sandy Point State Park

Inside Annapolis’ city limits, Sandy Point State Park is spread over 786 scenic acres on the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake next to the bridge. On the park’s southern beaches, swimming is allowed under the watchful eyes of lifeguards over the summer.

A snack bar, picnic spots, boat ramps, fishing areas, and playgrounds are also available. There is a great view of the Sandy Point Shoal lighthouse from the beach to the east. After a day in the sun, you can take a shower at the public bathhouse.

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