Being away from work and cooped up at home will give anybody cabin fever. Don’t worry, we’ve got a solution! You can adhere to the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing while getting outside and soaking up some sun with these great options. Plus, most of these activities are completely free of charge.

Walk or Bike the Jordan Bridge
1400 Elizabeth River Way
Chesapeake, VA 23324

The Jordan Bridge reaches 169 feet high, which is taller than the Brooklyn Bridge and just slightly shorter than the Golden Gate Bridge. A roundtrip is about 3 miles and takes an hour to complete on foot and offers sweeping, panoramic views atop the Elizabeth River, stretching as far as the eye can see. Be sure to pack a picnic because under the bridge is beautiful Elizabeth River Park.

Walk the Historic Interpretive Trail at Battlefield Park
1775 Historic Way
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Experience a pivotal story in our nation’s beginning. Through engaging and detailed placards, walk the Historic Interpretive Trail at Battlefield Park and read about the Battle of Great Bridge. That fateful day on December 9, 1775, was the first Patriot victory of the Revolutionary War. In winning the battle of Great Bridge, the Patriots effectively denied to the British Norfolk, the finest seaport between New York and Charleston.

Visit Great Bridge Lock Park
100 Locks Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

This 19-acre park offers everything for the perfect breath of fresh air. Surrounded by the canal on one side and the river on the other, Great Bridge Lock Park features a two-lane boat ramp, picnic shelters, a walking trail through the wooded western portion of the park, a large playground and extensive fishing and crabbing areas. Learn about the lock system with interpretive signage or just kick back and watch boats pass by on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which runs from Maine to Key West, FL.

Kayak Chesapeake’s Waterways
Adventure Kayak Tours

Enjoy a relaxing tour of Chesapeake’s waterways with Kevin Fonda at Adventure Kayak Tours. Beginners and experts will all have fun taking in the beautiful natural scenery and spotting hundreds of types of wildlife inhabiting the surrounding areas. Get your camera ready!


Take a Family Bike Ride on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
1246 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail
Chesapeake, VA 23322

The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail has everything you need for the perfect family bike ride. The 8.3-mile trail is marked every 1/4-mile; take the full 16-mile bike loop or a leisurely 2-mile-up-and-back nature walk. It’s perfect for a scenic family outing. For more information, be sure to view the trail map.

Explore the Chesapeake Arboretum
624 Oak Grove Road
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Boasting one of Virginia's finest trail systems, the Arboretum is the perfect place to take a self-guided tree walk, with each species labeled for easy identification. Along the trail, keep your eyes peeled for the nationally recognized Camellia Cove, currently in full bloom!

While you are out, stop by one of these great Chesapeake restaurants and order take-out for lunch or dinner. It's a great way to break up the day, yet practicing safe and responsible health practices during this time.