Another beach within an hour drive from Washington, D.C.!
Where? In Pasadena, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
How much? Our visit to this park happened on a Thursday, late afternoon, and we weren’t charged any money. But according to their website, $6.00 per vehicle daily. There are annual passes as well. Click here to check out their website for more information.
Open/Closes: 7 days a week from 5:30 a.m. to dusk
At a Glance (review from insta account)
Kid friendly ✅ The water is not deep. It was a little bit rough when we arrived, but it calmed down by evening. The park has a playground and areas for walking but we didn’t explored those. Click here to check out their website for more information on everything the park offers.
Stroller friendly ✅ There’s a paved path from where you park all the way to the entrance of the beach. Even if it’s not fully concrete, my regular stroller did fine. I use it as a dolly 👍. Read all the way down for pictures of the path and check my story highlights on insta for videos.
Restrooms ✅ but they were horribly unclean. There are showers outside the restrooms and the water was ridiculously cold.
Social distancing ✅ Based on a visit in a Thursday afternoon, the first section of the beach, the one closest to the parking, was crowded. The second section was less crowded allowing more social distancing to happen. That’s where we camped. And as always, after 5ish, most people start leaving 👍. Since all of Maryland doesn’t follow me, it’s safe to say that this #lifehack still works.
My takeaway ✨ This place has trash, to the point that a bag of @cheetoswas floating where the kids were playing. The most horrible thing was seeing little pieces of styrofoam close to the shoreline.
Last remarks🚨We picked up what we could at the moment. But it takes a lot of people to do their part individually to keep the outdoors clean. So, please, when you venture out there take your trash with you. Even the dirty diaper with 💩 If we trash the outdoors, we’ll have nowhere clean to breath fresh air during these times.
More details of Our Experience
For Smallwood is located in Anne Arundel County. Click on the map to get directions on Google Maps.
Once you enter the park, just follow the signs pointing out to the beach. You’ll arrive to a small parking area overlooking the beach which is made of water from Patapsco River, Rock Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. Therefore, it’s salty!
The beach entrance is pretty obvious with this sign.
Also, there is a paved path that runs next to the beach. It’s stroller friendly. And thus, all things with wheels friendly.
There is enough sand space for kids to play, dig holes and build castles.
Moreover, the beach is very shallow, which is great for little kids.
Finally, another beach in the D.C. area for your list! Let me know how it goes if you visit this one.
I hope you have a great time visiting this beautiful place. Being in contact with nature is proven to make you feel better and happier. Let me know if you go how it goes and remember that the easiest way to stay posted and in touch is to follow me on insta, where I also share videos of the places in my stories/highlights!