Learn little history and take a swim off the beach at Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena.
Located where the Patapsco River and Rock Creek meet the Chesapeake Bay, Fort Smallwood was a sea coast defense built in the late 1880’s to the early part of the 1900’s. The fort was in use from 1890 until 1927.
Recreational amenities include a 380-foot fishing pier, children’s playground, historic gun battery and barracks, walking trails, beaches, pond and volleyball courts. The 380-foot “Bill Burton Fishing Pier” is wonderful for fishermen, birdwatchers, and anyone who wants to admire the scenery.
The park is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to dusk. Entry fee is $6 per vehicle.
For more information, visit the Fort Smallwood Park website.
For other ideas for a hot day, check out these beaches off the beaten path… and other places to swim.
For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer page.
Photo courtesy of Fort Smallwood Park.