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The quaint bayside town of Shady Side, Maryland is situated just east of Washington D.C. and a short drive south of Baltimore. Its proximity to two of the biggest cities in the U.S. makes Shady Side the perfect place for a quiet getaway to reconnect with nature. Settled by Virginia puritans in 1649, Shady Side and the surrounding Anne Arundel County are perfect for history buffs looking to rent an RV in this scenic region of Maryland.

Visitors of Shady Side can enjoy views across the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S. and the third biggest in the world. Campers can also enjoy the nearby nature reserves, which include different terrains such as wetlands and woodlands. When you rent an RV in Shady Side, you'll be able to enjoy the natural wonders of the area while experiencing a slice of America's colonial history.

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The Great Outdoors

One of the biggest attractions, and what makes Shady Side a popular place to rent an RV, is its location on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. For anybody who enjoys water sports, fishing, or hiking, Shady Side is the ideal spot. With over 350 species of fish and over 100 species of birds, there's plenty to see and do for wildlife enthusiasts.

If you're looking for something a bit different when you book an RV in Shady Side, the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary near Lothian offers miles of boardwalk over marshy waters, full of a wide array of rare wildlife including sanddragons and bald eagles. If walking isn't your thing, guided boat trips on kayaks or canoes are also available, offering unique insight into the area's ecosystem. However, activities such as fishing and water sports in the area are limited due to Jug Bay's sanctuary status.

In the nearby resort town of Mayo is the Beverly Triton Nature Park, which is ideal for those looking to enjoy a more relaxed vacation. Visitors can picnic on the beach and soak up the sun. They can even bring their leashed four-legged friend along for some fun. There are also walking trails if you want to do some exploring with your pup.

RV Parks

There are few places nearby where you can set up camp with the Shady Side campervan rental. One of the nearest options is Duncan's Family Campground. This campground is run by Adventure Bound Camping Resorts, which manages various campgrounds throughout the East Coast. Located in nearby Lothian, this campground offers full hookups, Wi-Fi access, and an on-site swimming pool and play area.

Another option close to the city of Annapolis to the north is Washington D.C./Capitol KOA Campground. This modern campground offers amenities such as Wi-Fi, bike rentals, and a pavilion, as well as all typical home comforts such as 50 amp electrical hookups and firewood for sale on-site. The campground also offers a shuttle tour of nearby Washington D.C. if you're looking to do some traditional sightseeing of the historic city.

Exploring the city

An important tourist attraction and historical building in Shady Side is the Captain Salem Avery Museum. Initially set up by James Avery as a fishermen's club in the 1860s, this two-story house was eventually bought by the local heritage society. They restored it back to its original appearance, and it is now a center for cultural exchange in the area. The museum often hosts art exhibitions for local artists among other events and is well worth a visit when you rent a motorhome in Shady Side.

If you're looking for something exciting and family-friendly, the water park in Chesapeake Beach is worth a visit and is located just south of Shady Side. This relatively small water park offers plenty to do. Kids can play in the splash pools and ride the slides, while parents can laze under cabanas while having a bite to eat or cool off by drifting down the lazy river. This is a good excursion if you are visiting the Chesapeake Beach but don't want to swim in the estuary.

With both Washington D.C. and Baltimore within driving distance, there are hundreds of historical sites to explore. You can take a short drive north to Annapolis' Historic District and visit Maryland State House and the surrounding colonial architecture. Campers can also visit the Annapolis Naval Academy, which is open to the public, offering a peek into the area's rich maritime history, providing insight into the Navy's past, present, and future. Annapolis was one of the first cities in the U.S. to become a National Landmark Historic District, and it's easy to see why.

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