Beat the Heat in the Mid-Atlantic July 10, 2022 by MATPRA Admin (July 2022) – Summer is in full swing, and the Mid-Atlantic region has got you covered if you’re looking to cool down as summer really starts to heat up! Spend a day on the lake, splash around with the kids at a water park or enjoy a shaded picnic at a park. Add these adventures to your summer to-do list! For more information on any of the following, contact the destination marketing organization listed below. For general information on the Mid-Atlantic, visit MATPRA.org. DELAWARE Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley A stone’s throw from the historic Smith’s Bridge Covered Bridge, there is a slow-moving section of the Brandywine Creek perfect for a cooling dip. Visitors will find a rope swing to help them take the plunge. The adjacent picnic area, within the First State National Park, is the ideal spot to relax in the shade afterward. Set the GPS to Smith Bridge Picnic Area. Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jennifer Boes, VisitWilmingtonDE.com, [email protected] MARYLAND Allegany Cool down this summer on the Allegany County Ice Cream Trail. Nine locations throughout Mountain Maryland range from roadside stands to diners to old-fashioned ice cream parlors. Each stop on the trail is 100% locally owned and offers such menu items as super shakes, sundaes, frozen custard, and more! Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, Mindy Bianca, MDMountainside.com/blog/allegany-county-ice-cream-trail, [email protected] Allegany County, MD Annapolis & Anne Arundel From public sails and cruises to water taxi rides, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking, nothing says beat the heat like exploring our 500+ miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline. Bike or hike 54 miles of paved trails, stroll an 18th-century pleasure garden or relax in the shade at our wineries and breweries. Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Susan Seifried, VisitAnnapolis.org, [email protected] Calvert At just under an hour’s drive from DC and Baltimore, the Chesapeake Beach Water Park is a family-friendly destination featuring pools, slides, & waterfalls, plus private cabana rentals. Voted one of Maryland’s Best Water Parks. Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Hilary Dailey, ChooseCalvert.com, [email protected] Harford Cool down along Harford’s Snowball Trail. Stroll through Ladew Gardens, one of the top topiary gardens in the country, and witness their Butterfly House. Get out on the water via jet ski, SUP, kayak, sailing, or windsurfing. Take to the skies via hot air balloon or skydiving. Visit Harford, Matthew Scales, VisitHarford.com, [email protected] Maryland (state of) Beat the summer heat with this frozen treat, first served on the continent by Maryland Governor Thomas Bladen in 1744. Check out “Ice Cream Lovers’ Guide to Maryland” and discover funky flavors, cow-to-cone-creameries, and a 275-year tradition that makes Maryland a very cool sweet (or savory!) summer paradise. Maryland Office of Tourism, Connie Spindler, VisitMaryland.org, [email protected] Talbot Visitors will see herons, egrets, osprey, turtles, and more while navigating the St. Michaels and Tilghman Island Water Trails. Kayak and canoe rentals are available throughout Talbot County including at select lodging establishments. Pick a place with a pool or swimming outlet for the ultimate way to beat the heat. Talbot County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, Krista Boothby, TourTalbot.org, [email protected] Talbot County, MD PENNSYLVANIA Bradford The Endless Mountains Heritage Region hosts kayaking sojourns on the North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail through the beauty Bradford County scenery and at local lakes in order to promote outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship. These multi-day trips are a chance to tour the region and beat the summer heat! Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, Morgan Christopher, VisitBradfordCounty.com, [email protected] Columbia-Montour Boy, it’s hot outside! Escape the heat on the Falls Trail Loop at Ricketts Glen State Park, where the abundance of trees and roaring waterfalls keep temperatures bearable. Later, hit the Susquehanna River for a cooling kayak adventure. Or, visit Knoebels Crystal Pool for a cooldown between riding those coasters! Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Linda Sones, ITourColumbiaMontour.com, [email protected] Erie Erie is Pennsylvania’s ONLY port on the Great Lakes! Enjoy Presque Isle State Park-a National Natural Landmark nestled between Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay, featuring 7 miles of sandy beaches, boating, swimming, pontoon tours, kayaking, hiking/biking trails, Discover Presque Isle Festival, world-class sunsets, and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Visit Erie, Chris Temple, VisitErie.com, [email protected] Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania The waterfall trails of Ricketts Glen State Park and the beautiful recreation resources of Lake Jean make this Endless Mountains state park one of summer’s favorite attractions for families, outdoor enthusiasts, and nature lovers. The cabins and campgrounds near the lakes and trails offer close proximity to the fantastic resources to cool off. Endless Mountain Visitors Bureau, Morgan Christopher, EndlessMountains.org, [email protected] Endless Mountains, PA Juniata River Valley With a waterfront location on both the serene Juniata River and the historic Pennsylvania Canal, WaterSide Campground has plenty of ways to beat the heat. Enjoy a ride on a replica canal boat down the Historic Pennsylvania Canal, fish for small-mouth bass in the river, or cool off as you float down the river. Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, Buffie Boyer, WatersideCampground.com, [email protected] Lancaster Duke’s Lagoon waterpark at Dutch Wonderland amusement park features a multi-level waterplay platform, kid-sized slides, a variety of spray nozzles & jets, and a large tipping bucket. The area also includes a tropical paradise lounge section, which includes palm trees, thatched umbrella shading, and plenty of seating. Discover Lancaster, Joel Cliff, DiscoverLancaster.com, [email protected] Lancaster, PA Lawrence With multiple kayak and boat launches, visitors have many opportunities to enjoy the beautiful blue ways Lawrence County has to offer. Float along the Shenago River, which was voted “River of the Year” or for the experienced there is Slippery Rock Creek at McConnells Mill State Park. Visit Lawrence County, Janet Falotico, VisitLawrenceCounty.com, [email protected] Potter-Tioga Outfitters across our beautiful two counties have all the equipment you need to cool off on the waterways to enjoy kayaking, canoeing, tubing, paddle boarding, and all the other popular activities that offer you a way to beat the heat. See the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon in the morning, count stars at Dark Skies, but time in between on our area’s lakes, creeks, and streams. Visit Potter-Tioga, Morgan Christopher, VisitPotterTioga.com, [email protected] Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of) This year, The Pennsylvania Tourism Office and the Department of Agriculture launched the fifth annual Ice Cream Trail, a self-guided road trip of farm-to-scoop creameries across the commonwealth. This year, “Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail” is going digital, and visitors who complete the 2022 trail by September 10 win a special ice cream scooper. Pennsylvania Tourism Office, visitPA, Pennsylvania Tourism Office, VisitPA.com, [email protected] Raystown Region Beating the heat is easy in the Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania! Swim at one of the two public beaches at Raystown Lake or find your own secret swimming hole anywhere on the 118 miles of shoreline. Greenwood Furnace and Whipple Dam State Parks’ lakes are close by, full of refreshing mountain water, and lined with public beaches and playgrounds. Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, Liza Gutshall, Raystown.org, [email protected] VIRGINIA Giles Bring your own or rent from our local outfitters to fish, float, and paddle along the New River Water Trail this summer. The New River flows 37 miles through Giles County and hosts world-class fishing, class I and II rapids, or gentle flowing waters. Boys trips, girls’ getaways, or family vacations- find it at Virginia’s Mountain Playground. Giles County, VA Tourism, Cora Gnegy, NewRiverWaterTrail.com/NRWT, [email protected] Giles County, VA Hampton Beat the heat in Hampton at Outlook Beach, located at Ft. Monroe National Monument. Experience scenic views of the Chesapeake Bay and enjoy the fort’s many historic sites. Visitors can also cool off at Buckroe Beach’s newly-renovated boardwalk or catch live music at the Docks at Downtown Hampton. Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau, Mahogany Waldon, VisitHampton.com, [email protected] Harrisonburg Wander through cool shaded trails in Harrisonburg’s arboretum or bike through the wooded Hillandale Park, plan a picnic with a dip in a local stream at Riven Rock Park, or enjoy a visit to Virginia’s Quilt Museum, Mineral Museum or Explore More Museum all in The Friendly City, Harrisonburg, VA. Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services, Jennifer Bell, VisitHarrisonburgVA.com, [email protected] Loudoun From rafting and kayaking the Potomac River to stand-up paddle boarding Beaverdam Reservoir and getting soaked at Volcano Island Waterpark, Loudoun has the wet and wild adventures to keep you and the kids cool this summer. Visit Loudoun, Jennifer Sigal, VisitLoudoun.org, [email protected] Norfolk Get on the water in Norfolk, VA. Cruise the Elizabeth River on American Rover as the sun sets or paddle the Lafayette River with Norfolk Kayak Rentals. Spend a day on the beach at Ocean View and enjoy all waterside fun in the city. Visit Norfolk, Paige Hawsey, VisitNorfolk.com, [email protected] Shenandoah County Your summertime cool down begins on the Shenandoah River where you can slip in a canoe, kayak, or tube and float the day away. Lake Laura at Bryce Resort is perfect for swimming and non-motorized sports. Enjoy shaded picnics, splash around in pools or take the River Walk in Strasburg. Visit Shenandoah County, Brenda Black, VisitShenandoahCounty.com, [email protected] Shenandoah County, VA Stafford Beat the Heat in Stafford, Virginia where the water’s calling. Take an epic paddling adventure at Widewater State Park. Spend time boating on the Potomac River, then unwind with our local Food & Spirits experience. End the day with a breathtaking sunset at Aquia Landing. Soak up the summer in Stafford. Tour Stafford Virginia, Brittany Loving, TourStaffordVA.com, [email protected] Staunton Experience Staunton’s great outdoors! Whether you’re looking for a family adventure or a getaway with friends, we’ve got you covered. Head to Walnut Hills Campground for an ideal destination for families or Sherando Lake Recreation Area which boasts two deliciously cool spring-fed lakes. Dig out the tent and camp chairs! Staunton, VA, Jessica Williams, VisitStaunton.com, [email protected] Town of Culpeper Spend the day floating down the Rappahannock River, picnic at Rockwater Park, and play all day in the splash pad and on the playground there or rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard for a little outdoor adventure at Lake Pelhem. Culpeper, VA is the perfect spot to stay cool this summer. Visit Culpeper, Virginia, Nicole Warner, VisitCulpeperVa.com, [email protected] Take a look at even more images from across the Mid-Atlantic. Please be sure to provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance The Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) is a cohesive unit of regional tourism partners encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The group serves travel journalists by creating a regional resource that ignores geographical boundaries to better promote common threads, offering story ideas about the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. For more information, visit MATPRA.org.