Ultimate Guide To A Day Trip At Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park) In Maryland + Mother’s Day Giveaway

My daughter has been consistently asking when we’re going to the beach since Winter. And since the weather in Virginia was really nice last Saturday, we decided to do a quick family trip to Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park) in Calvert County, Maryland. Today, I’m going to share everything you need to know about Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park).

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Brownie’s Beach (also known as Bay Front Park), is one of the local beaches in Maryland, like Sandy Point State Park. It’s a small beach on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, which is one-half mile south of the Chesapeake beach. The park opens at 6am and closes as 9pm. It’s around an hour drive from Northern Virginia or Washington, D.C., so it’s perfect for a day trip. You can read more about them here.

There Is An Admission Fee

Brownie's Beach (Bay Front Park) in Calvert County, Maryland, family trip

On summer months, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, non-town residents must pay an admission to use the park. Admission fees are waived active military personnel and veterans at Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park) on certain holidays. View a complete list of these holidays and their most up-to-date rates here.

There Is No Lifeguard On Duty

There is no lifeguard on duty at Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park) so you’ll be swimming at your own risk. The good thing though is the water is shallow and the waves are very gentle. It’s actually perfect for kids to play in. We saw people far away from the shore and the water didn’t even hit above their knees.

There Is A Short Walk From The Parking To The Beach

You’re going to have to walk for around 5 minutes to get to the beach from the parking lot. It’s not a big inconvenience at all; but if you have tons of stuff with you and have kids in tow, then that might be tough.

The Amenities Are Very Limited

people relaxing at the beach, Brownie's Beach (Bay Front Park) in Calvert County, Maryland, family trip

Parking at Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park) is very limited so you’ll have to be there early to find a spot. There were probably around 20 spots (or even less) available. We arrived there around 10am on a Saturday and all the spots are already occupied. We were lucky someone was just about to leave so we were able to park there. By the time we left, around 4pm, people got creative so that they can park their cars.

We went in April, an off season, and there are no bathrooms. This was the biggest inconvenience we had since my daughter is already potty trained and we are in the process of potty training my son. And changing to dry clothes after a day at the beach was also a real challenge. I had to change in our car and did some acrobatics just to get into my clean dry clothes. I heard people say there are a couple of portable restrooms during the summer months.

There is no running water so there is no way for you to wash your sand-filled feet before you get in your car. We had to use our extra bottled water for that purpose.

The Kids Love Our Day At Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park)

kids playing on the sand, Brownie's Beach (Bay Front Park) in Calvert County, Maryland, family trip

kids playing at the beach, Brownie's Beach (Bay Front Park) in Calvert County, Maryland, family trip

Despite a few hiccups we had at Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park), the kids loved our day at Brownie’s Beach. We played in the sand and the water, collected seashells (my daughter calls them treasure), and hung out at the beach.

toddler boy running at the beach, Brownie's Beach (Bay Front Park) in Calvert County, Maryland, family trip

toddler girl walking at the beach, Brownie's Beach (Bay Front Park) in Calvert County, Maryland, family trip

Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park) is one of the beaches near the DMV area. It’s perfect for a day trip with the entire family if you live in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. or Maryland. I would absolutely recommend it for families looking for a quick beach getaway from the DMV area. Watch our fun day at Brownie’s Beach (Bay Front Park) below.

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  1. Rach
    April 24, 2018 / 9:06 AM

    Thanks for your honest thoughts of the beach! Overall, it seems to just come there prepared but it looks like a beautiful and fun beach!


  2. April 24, 2018 / 9:07 AM

    A day trip to Brownie’s Beach sounds like fun! My boys love to play at the beach. I love all of these adorable photos.

  3. Jenna Garvin
    April 24, 2018 / 9:29 AM

    That looks like so much fun! Thanks for the idea!!!

  4. Ashley Elliott Wilson
    April 24, 2018 / 9:34 AM

    Looks like a perfect family friendly beach!

    • April 25, 2018 / 11:14 PM

      It really is! Most of the people in there are families relaxing and playing.

  5. Marta A Rivera Diaz
    April 24, 2018 / 10:17 AM

    That looks a WHOLE lot better than the beaches I used to go to when I lived in that area. Sandy Point Beach was NOT a good look, LOL!

    • April 24, 2018 / 10:39 AM

      We went there last year but ended up losing my daughter. I got traumatized and swore I’m not going back there EVER! LOL!

  6. April 24, 2018 / 10:28 AM

    This place looks like a great beach day trip! I’ll keep this beach in mind next time I go to Maryland!

  7. Gina Reedy
    April 24, 2018 / 10:56 AM


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        April 26, 2018 / 12:03 PM

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  8. Jo Evans
    April 24, 2018 / 12:21 PM

    Such a fun beach day! I cannot wait until it’s actually beach weather again in Pennsylvania. That Jersey shore is calling my name!

  9. Anna English
    April 24, 2018 / 10:09 AM

    I could seriously use a beach trip right about now.

  10. Tara
    April 24, 2018 / 10:29 AM

    Target gift card would be amazing to have so I can get my son so many summer clothes. I hate shopping literally when he isn’t with me because I feel like nothing will fit or I got something to small or to big ha ha.

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  11. Ruthie Ridley
    April 24, 2018 / 4:08 PM

    Wow! What a blast! I would love to take my family here!!

  12. Jannine
    April 24, 2018 / 4:32 PM

    Sounds like a great beach for the littles! It’s so nice the water stays shallow for quite a ways and there’s so much sand!

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  13. Lolah ChristSoldiergirl Akingb
    April 24, 2018 / 4:43 PM

    You look like you had fun!!! I can’t wait to head to the beach this summer!

    • April 25, 2018 / 11:16 PM

      We sure did! I need another beach trip. One that’s more than a day. LOL

  14. April 24, 2018 / 6:20 PM

    What an adorable little family you have! I lived in Frederick, Maryland when I was a little one and my mom said it was beautiful.

  15. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
    April 24, 2018 / 10:44 PM

    This looks like a beautiful little beach!

  16. Jamaria Johnson
    April 25, 2018 / 11:32 AM

    Looks like you guys had a blast! Thanks for sharing! xo

  17. Sarah Lindner
    April 25, 2018 / 1:57 PM

    What a great guide! I am in def need of a beach trip! looks like you had a blast!

    Sarah Lindner

  18. Autumn in Atlanta
    April 25, 2018 / 4:52 PM

    I want to win this givewaway! Target is the best!

  19. Theresa Bailey
    April 25, 2018 / 7:23 PM

    I love staying at B&Bs. Being near the beach makes it even better!

  20. Cheyenne Camus
    April 25, 2018 / 11:33 PM

    Looks fun ! Too bad for no bathrooms / change rooms… that is disappointing !

    • Belle
      May 10, 2018 / 12:18 PM

      Lol! Yeah, that was one of the real struggles we had. But we still had fun.

    • Belle
      May 10, 2018 / 12:50 PM

      Thanks Stacy! It’s one of our pleasures living here in VA.

  21. Jessa Hillmann
    April 26, 2018 / 10:20 AM

    I can’t wait to visit a local beach with my family! Yours sounded like so much fun!

    • Belle
      May 10, 2018 / 12:52 PM

      It sure was so much fun. I hope you’ll get to hit the beach soon with your family.

  22. Mollie Sheperdson
    April 27, 2018 / 1:50 PM

    Ah this beach sounds so fun! I’m dying for a beach day… if only the weather in NYC would warm up!

    xx Mollie

    • Belle
      May 10, 2018 / 12:52 PM

      It sure was so much fun! The weather has finally warmed up here in VA. I hope it’s the same in NY too!

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