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    Activities & Recreation

    For Getaways 

    Activity Guide for Personal Retreat Getaway Guests

    Have Some Fun at Sandy Cove

    Whether you enjoy a quiet stroll along the waterfront, an invigorating game of basketball, or something in between, Sandy Cove has lots of options for activities and recreation!

    *Please note, activities vary by season and availability.


    Outdoor Pools and Enclosed Sports Pool with Hot Tub

    Our main pool complex will be open this summer. Current Maryland guidelines require Sandy Cove to regulate the number of guests in the pool as well as maintain appropriate physical distancing while on the pool deck. Pool hours will currently be limited to Mon - Sat, 1-5 pm. Towel service at the pool will be unavailable this summer. Please pack towels for you and/or your family to use at the pool.

    The Main Pool Complex offers an outdoor pool with diving area and a shallow wading pool only 18" deep. Both are open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Our enclosed sports pool and hot tub, featuring water volleyball and basketball, are open all year round. You must be 15 years old to use the hot tub. In the summer, the main pool complex bathhouse with restrooms, showers, and changing areas is available.

    Our second pool, Perkins Pool, is located in the Pioneer Campground-near the speed bump. This pool is only open between Memorial Day and Labor Day. A bathhouse with restrooms, showers and changing area is available.

    Our pools are a "water-only-zone" because state regulations require there to be no food or drinks (which includes gum, candy, soda, etc.) in the pool area. Modest swimsuits are required for adults and children (one-piece for girls of all ages, baggy shorts for men and boys).

    Ask about specific open pool hours when you arrive.

    Health & Fitness

    Fitness Center

    Our fitness center features weight machines, treadmill, elliptical machine, and bike. There is a television with DIRECTV and a DVD player, so bring your own exercise DVDs! The fitness room is accessible 24 hours a day with the use of your room key. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

    The Big Swing

    Sandy Cove Big SwingGet harnessed up, clipped into the swing cable, then (temporarily) attached to the haul rope. The group on the ground pulls the rope, which raises you into position, about 30' in the air. Once you've reached the top, you can pull the pin and SWING! It is one of those activities that does not require all that much talent, but it is a screamer!

    The Big Swing is open 2-4 pm each Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

    Participants must be at least 12 years old and have a signed waiver.

    Download Waiver Form

    At the recommendation of our inspection company we have a 250 pound weight limit for your safety for the Big Swing.

    Climbing Wall

    A long-time favorite at Sandy Cove, our 30' x 40' rock climbing wall is located in the Palmer Connect-itorium. There are five climbs on the rock wall, with multiple routes on each, as well as a variety of features.

    The Rock Wall is open 7-9 pm each Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day

    Participants must be at least 8 years old and have a signed waiver.

    At the recommendation of our inspection company we have a 250 pound weight limit for your safety for the Rock Wall.


    We have been blessed with a great spot on the water that affords us scenic views and fun activities in season. At our marina we launch canoes, kayaks and paddleboats for our overnight guests to use at no extra cost.

    We have two inboard ski boats that can pull skiers, tubers, or the 8-man "wavecutter." These may be used by prearrangement for a nominal cost. Contact us at least four weeks ahead of your visit to schedule.

    Guests may also bring their own boats to use here, though our marina is rather shallow. We recommend calling ahead to make sure your boat will function well in our marina.

    The Marina is open Monday through Saturday from 10-5 pm, mid-June through mid-August. During the first two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August, the marina is open on Saturdays.

    Participants must have a signed waiver and we ask that adults supervise those under 15 years of age.