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Explorations: Park and Museum Guide 2016

Calvert County

American Chestnut Land Trust
Prince Frederick
Hiking trails, guided canoe trips, bird watching, annual events, and activities.
410-414-3400
http://acltweb.org

Annmarie Garden 
Dowell  
A public sculpture garden featuring a ¼ mile walking path.  Summer events include:  festivals, rotating exhibitions, family activities, and creative public programs.

410-326-4640

www.annmariegarden.org

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary 
Prince Frederick
Ideal day trip for the young and old alike – boardwalk, nature center, exhibits.

410-535-5327

www.calvertparks.org/bccss.html

Breezy Point Beach & Campground 
Chesapeake Beach
Bring the entire family for a fun-filled day at the beach.  A wide beach, bay-front park featuring swimming, fishing, picnicking, and camping. 
410-535-0259
www.co.cal.md.us/facilities.aspx?Page=detail&RID=15

Calvert Cliffs State Park
Lusby
A 45-minute hike through the woods brings you to Calvert Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay. Hiking/walking, picnicking, fishing, playground, camp ground and fossil hunting.
301-743-7613
www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/calvertcliffs.asp.

Calvert Marine Museum
Solomons
Chesapeake Bay history, meet live otters – Bubbles and Squeak, skates and rays, children's discovery room, lighthouse, boats. Special events throughout the summer.

410-326-2042
 
www.calvertmarinemuseum.com

Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
Chesapeake Beach 
Collection of early history of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Company. Children's summer programs, summer events.
410-326-4281  
www.cbrm.org

Chesapeake Beach Water Park 
Chesapeake Beach, MD
Check the website for times and special events. Eight water slides, lazy river, fountains, waterfalls, a lagoon, and kids' activity pool. 
410-257-1404
http://www.chesapeakebeachwaterpark.com

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center
Solomons
Students, faculty, visitors, and local residents can learn about the natural environment. Not for young children. Laboratory tours, group tours, volunteer opportunities. 

410-228-9250

www.umces.edu/cbl

Chesapeake Hills Golf Course 
Lusby  
Calvert County's premier public golf course.  Offers an enjoyable and challenging experience for all golfers.

410-326-GOLF (4653)   
www.co.cal.md.us/parks

Cove Point Park Pool
Lusby
1-meter diving board, 1/2-meter diving board, children's pool, lap lanes, leisure pool, picnic area(s), shade area, shower rooms, snack/concession stand, Water Slide(s).

410-394-6248
 
http://www.co.cal.md.us/parks

Cove Point Lighthouse
Lusby 
The oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Md.  Observation deck, museum interpreter, history.  Rent the keepers home as a part of your vacation!
410-326-2042
http://www.calvertmarinemuseum.com/exhibits/cove-point-lighthouse.php

Edward T. Hall Aquatic  Center
Prince Frederick  
Competition pool and diving boards, leisure/children’s pool, youth slides, water drop buckets, in-water climbing feature, therapy pool (ages 18 and older), spa, hot tub, locker rooms, handicap accessible, fitness room, party room, conference room.

410-414-8350

www.co.cal.md.us/parks

Flag Ponds Nature Park 
Lusby 
Includes sandy beaches and freshwater ponds to the forested heights of Calvert Cliffs.  Fossil hunting, beach combing, hiking, exploration.

410-586-1477
www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=1192

Kings Landing Park
Huntingtown  
Wayside exhibits, hiking trails, equestrian center, woodland theater.  

410-535-2661
www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=1205

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum 
St. Leonard
Museum of history and archaeology, miles of trails, interactive exhibits, educational programs.
410-586-8500  
www.jefpat.org

Charles County

American Indian Cultural Center/Piscataway Indian Museum
Waldorf
Displays on MD's indigenous peoples before the European invasion; a full-scale replica of a "long house," collection of tools, weapons and Native American artworks.
301-782-2224
www.piscatawayindians.org/museum.html

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House 
Waldorf
The home of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, the country doctor who set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln. Two-story, early Victorian frame farmhouse explained by costumed docents.
301-274-9358 
http://drmudd.org

Gilbert Run Park
Charlotte Hall
Fresh water lake fishing, row and paddle boating, hiking, picnicking, playground, new Nature Center featuring a 150-gallon aquarium and a variety of natural specimens.

301-932-1083
www.charlescounty.org/pf/parks_rec/parks/

La Plata Train Station 
La Plata
Historic building recalls the railroad's impact on Charles County during the 1800s and consists of the two-room "La Plata Station" and an authentic red caboose. 
301-934-2564

Laurel Springs Regional Park 
La Plata 
Playground with emphasis on special needs play, two small picnic pavilions and several areas with picnic tables. Athletic playing areas for baseball, softball, football and soccer. A new running/walking trail now loops through the wooded perimeter of the park.
www.charlescounty.org/pf/parks_rec/parks/

Port Tobacco Courthouse
Port Tobacco
During tours, costumed docents tell the story of Port Tobacco, from 1620 to present day.

301-934-4313
http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/museums/ch/html/ch.html

Port Tobacco One-Room School House
Port Tobacco
Original structure built in 1876 by the town's people. Used as a school until 1953, serving the population of Port Tobacco.
301-932-9483
http://www.ccboe.com/ccrta/Port_Tobacco_School/school.html

Smallwood State Park & Retreat House
Marbury
Includes the historic house (open1-5 p.m., Sun.), marina, playground, fishing, hiking, birding and camping. Open year-round.
301-743-7613
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/smallwood.asp

Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Baseball Club
Waldorf
Professional minor league baseball. 
301-638-9788
www.somdbluecrabs.com.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site
Port Tobacco
The tobacco plantation belonging to Thomas Stone, a well-respected lawyer and politician and one of four signers of the Declaration of Independence.

301-392-1776

www.nps.gov/thst

White Plains Regional Park
Waldorf
18-hole golf course, lighted tennis courts, dog park, tot lot and playground, skateboard park (admission fee), picnic pavilions, and athletic fields.
301-645-1300
www.charlescounty.org/pf/parks_rec/parks/index.jsp.

St. Mary's County

Greenwell State Park
Hollywood
Fishing, swimming, picnicking and canoeing/kayaking. Summer camps for children. Handicap accessible.
301-373-9775
www.greenwellfoundation.org

Historic Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park
Piney Point
First permanent lighthouse constructed on the Potomac River, built in 1836.  Picnic areas, boardwalk, and a museum. Housed in a separate building is a collection of historic wooden boats, including a skipjack.
301-769-2222 
www.co.saint-marys.md.us/recreate/museums.asp

Historic St. Mary's City
St. Mary's City
Outdoor living history museum and archeological park located at state's first capital. 835-acre site includes a ship, Woodland Indian Hamlet, tobacco field, the 1676 State House. Special programs run all summer.
800-SMC-1634 or 240-895-4990
www.stmaryscity.org 

Old Jail Museum
Leonardtown
Built in 1858, Retains its original upstairs cells that were once segregated by gender and race.  A canon from the Ark, one of two ships that first brought colonists to Maryland and later used to defend St. Mary’s City, is on the grounds.
301-475-2467
http://www.visitstmarysmd.com/activities-attractions/detail/old-jail-museum.

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
Lexington Park
The nation’s only official Navy Museum dedicated to naval aviation research, development, testing and evaluation.  Displays include an outdoor aircraft park featuring many of the aircraft test vehicles employed at Pax River.

301-863-7418
www.paxmuseum.com

Point Lookout State Park Lighthouse & Civil War Museum
Scotland
Museum,  Civil War history, and the remains of Civil War Era Fort Lincoln. Nature trails, museum/nature center, picnic area, swimming beach, camping, boating and fishing facilities, and a camp store.
301-872-5688
www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/pointlookout.asp

Historic Sotterley Plantation
Hollywood
A National Historic Landmark, Colonial Revival gardens,  river views, a smokehouse, a customs warehouse, an original slave cabin, and nature trails.

301-373-2280
www.sotterley.org

St. Clements Island Museum & Little Red Schoolhouse
Colton's Point
Exhibits with emphasis on the landing of the first 140 colonists on St. Clement’s Island in 1634.
301-769-2222
www.co.saint-marys.md.us/recreate/stclementsisland.asp


Other Places of Interest

Amusement Parks

Busch Gardens®
Williamsburg, VA
An action-packed, European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of fun-filled exploration. Features include  Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™, more than 50 rides, live stage shows, Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve.

800-343-7946 
www.buschgardens.com

Water Country USA
Williamsburg, VA
Plunge into outrageous fun at Water Country USA, the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park. Tons of summer fun with more than 30 slides, water rides and super soakin’ thrills.

800-373-7946

www.watercountryusa.com

King’s Dominion
Doswell, VA 
Thrill rides, family rides, shopping, dining, live entertainment, Dinosaurs Alive, Waterworks Water park.

(804) 876-5000
www.kingsdominion.com/#actions.

Six Flags America
Largo, MD
More than 200 acres, more than 50 rides, shows and attractions.  Water park includes:  large wave pool, a lazy river, a funnel ride, and more.
301-249-1500
www.sixflags.com/america/index.aspx.

Highlights in Prince George’s County

Bowie Baysox Baseball Club
Bowie
Minor league baseball affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
301-805-6000
www.baysox.com

Cedarville State Forest
Brandywine
15 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, freshwater fishing. rare and endangered plant species.

301-888-1410

www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/cedarville.asp

Clearwater Nature Center  
Clinton 
500 acres of rolling, wooded terrain featuring the nature center, hiking or horseback riding trails, athletic fields, tennis courts, tram train, picnic/play areas, a 15-acre lake, boating, fishing, tennis courts and ballfields. Camping available.
301-297-4575
www.pgparks.com/page321.aspx

College Park Aviation Museum
College Park 
Founded in 1909 by the Wright Brothers.  The oldest continuously operating airport in the world. Interactive exhibits, memorabilia, and historic aircraft related to aviation history.
301-864-6029
www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com

Gaylord National Resort 
National Harbor 
An exciting line up this summer of new experiences and activities, including: fireworks show Saturday nights,  spectacular nightly fountain shows, junior Olympic-sized pool, scavenger hunt, special packages and so much more.
301-965-4000
www.gaylordnational.com

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center &  Visitor Center
Greenbelt
Interactive educational exhibits, 1958 to present, space flight artifacts and photographs.
301-286-9041
www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/visitor/home/index.html.

National Children’s Museum
National Harbor
The only national museum focused on children, NCM houses exhibits and programs that honor kids’ voices and reflect themes that speak to them as they learn about and engage with the world around them.
301-392-2400  
www.ncm.museum

National Colonial Farm
Accokeek
An agricultural-historical museum project with exhibition and demonstration of agricultural methods, crops and livestock of a modest Tidewater farm of the mid-18th century. Located across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon.
301-283-2113
http://accokeekfoundation.org

National Harbor 
National Harbor 
A spectacular urban-waterfront community offering shopping, dining, lodging, marina services and a beach front park. Now open, The Carousel, a 36-foot Americana-themed carousel featuring a herd of whimsical creatures and the sparkling Potomac as a backdrop! 
1 (877) NATLHBR
www.nationalharbor.com

Watkins Regional Park
Upper Marlboro
Antique Carousel & Miniature Train & Nature Center. Nature center, mini golf and a hand-carved, hand-painted, 80-year-old carousel. Miniature train passes through wooded surroundings.
301-218-6700
www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Nature/Watkins_Regional_Park.htm

Highlights in Anne Arundel County

Annapolis Maritime Museum 
Annapolis
Preserving and teaching 300 years of maritime history, living and working on the Chesapeake Bay.
410-295-0104
www.amaritime.org

Chesapeake Children's Museum
Annapolis  
Hands-on fun for children; interactive exhibits include: Bay Windows, Waterman, Center Stage, Body Works, and Express Yourself. 
410-990-1993
www.theccm.org

U.S. Naval Academy, Visitor Center & Museum
Annapolis
Undergraduate college of the U.S. Navy. Photo ID required for ages 16 and older.
www.usna.edu/visit.htm

Highlights in Baltimore 

The Maryland Zoo 
Baltimore
Third oldest zoo in the country. More than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. Animals are displayed in natural settings replicating their native habitats.
410-396-7102
www.marylandzoo.org

National Aquarium
Baltimore
Exotic creatures of the Earth's waters; seahorses, sharks, piranha, tree frogs, the world's smallest monkeys. Open daily.
410-576-3800
www.aqua.org

Port Discovery Children’s Museum 
Baltimore
Ranked among the top five children's museums in the country and one of the leading non-traditional educational resources of the Mid-Atlantic region, offers three floors of interactive exhibitions and programs for children ages birth through 10 years old.
410-727-8120
www.portdiscovery.org

Highlights in Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian Institution is a museum and research complex of 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park, as well as research facilities. 
202-633-1000
www.smithsonian.org

National Zoological Park 
Washington, D.C.
One of the world’s best zoos and home to approximately 2,000 animals representing nearly 400 species, of which about a quarter are endangered.  
202-633-2614
http://nationalzoo.si.edu

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