VirginiaOriole Park at Camden Yards
351 W. Camden St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
See the Orioles play at this state-of-the-art facility in downtown Baltimore. The
official home of the Orioles since 1992, the park has both individual and season tickets
available, as well as daily tours offered from mid-
February through mid-December. The All-Star Café offers a rotating menu and there are concessions available for drinks during the games.
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
The National Aquarium has more than 150,000 marine and freshwater animals, with exhibits that include daily shows at the 4D Immersion Theater, the “Jellies Invasion” jellyfish exhibit and a dolphin show. Group and student rates are available, as well as special behind-the-scenes tours. Visit the website for hours of operation and seasonal rates and discounts.
A perfect mix of resorts and laid-back seaside fun, Ocean City is the premiere getaway for Maryland residents and visitors. Stroll the three-mile boardwalk, feast at one of the many restaurants and cafes, or hang out on the 10 miles of beaches. There are 17 golf courses in the area, outlet malls, fishing and regular free events on the beaches for the entire family.
Six Flags America
13710 Central Ave.
Bowie/Mitchellville, MD 20721
With rides that range from thrilling and a little scary to gentle fun for small children, Six Flags America has something for everyone. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has a variety of slides and watery rides, and the park has regular live entertainment throughout the season. There are endless snack shops and restaurants, as well as plenty of shopping. Open seasonally with hours and rates available on the website.
African Art Museum of Maryland
11711 E. Market Place
Fulton, MD 20759
This collection of the art of Africa includes video presentations, films, lectures, tours and workshops. Exhibit items include musical instruments, baskets, household items and other collectibles. There are special events held throughout the year, as well as family activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Other days and times are available by appointment. Admission is free with donations welcome and accepted.
Airmen Memorial Museum
5211 Auth Road
Suitland, MD 20746
This museum dedicates itself to the airmen who have served the United States by showcasing artifacts, photographs, diaries, records, letters and books. There are fabric portions of both American and German planes from World War II, an enlisted airman’s canteen that was carried on the Bataan Death March, a Norden bombsight, flight jackets, photography and handwritten letters.
Washington, D.C.National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20560
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum offers a diverse display of historic air and spacecraft, the largest in the world. With two facilities, the National Mall building and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, those interested in the history of flight and space travel can view endless exhibits and artifacts. There is also an IMAX theater, flight simulators, planetarium, a three-level museum shop and food courts. Tours are offered for groups and school functions, as well as daily free educational programs. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, except Christmas.
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540
One of the world’s largest library systems, the Library of Congress was established by Congress in 1800 when President Adams signed a bill that transferred the seat of government from Philadelphia to Washington. Originally intended for private use by Congress, the library has expanded greatly over the years and is open to the public. In addition to the wealth of knowledge available via the library’s many collections, visitors can see the beautiful architecture and explore various exhibits. Hours of operation for each building are available on the website.
John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20566
Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts showcases a wide variety of performances throughout the year. See ballet, jazz shows and vocal concerts or attend lectures and art discussions. The center offers free guided tours of the Hall of Statues, Hall of Nations and the main theaters, as well as views of dozens of paintings and art given to the center by different countries. There is a gift shop and a restaurant on the premises so guests can enjoy a meal before a performance. Visit the website for ticket information and hours.
1500 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Located south of the Capitol adjacent to the Navy Yard, Nationals Park is the state-of-the-art home to Washington Nationals Major League Baseball and the cornerstone of the mixed-use Capitol Riverfront. The 41,546-seat venue opened in 2008, featuring an innovative design of steel, glass and precast concrete, providing fans with panoramic views of the surrounding city and landmarks, such as the Capitol and the Washington Monument. The park’s high-tech, 4,500-square-foot, high-
definition scoreboard is just one part of the exciting game experience for Nats fans. Not only does the facility feature modern amenities, but it’s also green, as it was the first major stadium in the United States accredited as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design structure. Visit the Nationals’ website for schedules, ticket prices and more.
West Potomac Park
Part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, the Lincoln Memorial is one of the most symbolic in the U.S. Those visiting the park can also go on walking tours, bike tours and daily interpretive programs. Rangers are on duty 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily to answer questions, although the park is open to the public 24 hours a day.
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Nearly 2,000 animals from 400 different species are part of the Smithsonian National Zoo. See Asian elephants, big cats, apes, reptiles and ocean wildlife, all up close and personal on the 163-acre facility. The zoo hosts various special events throughout the year, as well as educational programs and tours. There are gift shops and food concessions, as well as wheelchairs and strollers available. Hours vary based on the season. Check the website for more information. Admission is free.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500
An amazing part of America’s history for more than 200 years, the White House is a widely recognized symbol of the president and the United States. Self-guided tours are available, with requests submitted through one’s member of Congress up to six months in advance. The White House Visitor Center is a great place to stop before or after a tour, for information about the White House, its history and architecture, first families and social events. For more information on tours, visit the www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours-and-events.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
510 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
Featuring collections of 19th- and 20th-century art, contemporary art, photography and decorative art, the Corcoran Gallery is Washington, D.C.’s largest nonfederal museum. There are ongoing performances, lectures and family workshops, as well
as special events. Visit the café or shop for souvenirs at the gift shop. Open 10 a.m.
to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for active-duty
military and their families.