Summer trip to Maryland
Maryland is about 3 and a half hours from NYC. It’s on my way to DC so we’re pretty familiar with the highway, but we really don’t get to explore it that much. This summer I made it a mission to discover Maryland. There are all types of attractions and entertainment for the whole family, from city centers like Baltimore to beach getaways like Ocean City. I like to enjoy more of the historic part of Maryland, so our destinations are a bit different. I also consider what the kids like and what they would enjoy the most. These places you can visit in a week or do different trips. It really depends on how comfortable your kids are in the car, and how quickly you see the attractions.
Stop 1: Scenic Route to Point Lookout
There are a couple of stops on the way to the lighthouse, including stop 87. This stop is a memorial to the Civil War men that died. Just down the road is another interesting stop which is the Civil War POW camp. Here you can see the pictures of the POW’s and it’s just interesting. Although my tots are in the younger side, I do try to make their vacations and trips educational fun. So we were playing games, finding the names with the letter A, B, C and so on. We also played, find the oldest date. Click here for more information.
Stop 2: Point Lookout Lighthouse- Point Lookout State Park
This is such a cool house lighthouse. It’s an original structure from 1830. There is a tour that you can take and see the inside. It’s also inside the State Park, so there is hiking trails and beaches that you can enjoy. We happen to just hang out by the lighthouse trying to find a ghost from a window (supposedly the lighthouse is one of the haunted places in the county). It was also a nice windy day so we enjoy the waves from the ocean. There is more information on the lighthouse here.
Stop 3: Washingtonian Center, Rockville
Washingtonian Center is just a fun place. There are a bunch of things to do including swan, paddle boats and a carousel and train. There is also a movie theater and a nice boardwalk with restaurants and trails. And hello if you need a break from sightseeing there is a Target right there. For more information on their events visit their website.
Stop 4: Historic White’s Ferry, Poolesville
This ferry is just fun for kids. It’s short enough, it’s only $2 per car and the kids just enjoyed it. The ferry gets you across the Potomac to explore the side of Maryland with the most Civil War Trails and interesting places. There is also a small park on one side of the ferry and you can get food and snacks. Head on over to their site for details.
Stop 5: Monocay National Battlefield, Frederick
Monocay is pretty cool. Not only is it a National Park, there is also a bunch of trails to discover in the park. My kids love hiking and being outdoors so these trips but them right in the middle of nature and history at the same time. They also have a Junior Ranger program, where the kids get their own booklet and become responsible for the park.
Stop 6: National Shrine Grotto, Emmitsburg
The National Shrine Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes is a space that is highly spiritual. And although it is religious, the space is just beautiful. It has incredible views of the city. The kids loved the statues and the spaces with a lot of greenery and beautiful architecture. There is also a pond and if you are religious you can fill a bottle of water with Holy Water. If you don’t really believe in the religious there is also an old cemetery.
Stop 7: National Harbor, National Harbor
I’ve written about the National Harbor before and still include it in this list because I absolutely love it. Not only is it a 10 minute drive from D.C. there is so much to do. There is the new Capital Wheel, a small park for kids, the sand area, tons of restaurants and shops. They have a bunch of events like movie by the water and concerts even during Christmas time. Check out our last post on the harbor by clicking here.
Of course like I mentioned there are other places if you like more action: Six Flags, Ocean City and the National Aquarium. All in all Maryland has everything you need to have an awesome vacation. I am so glad we get to explore new destinations. If you like to travel with kids, don’t dismiss our own land. There is so much history and culture, and is never to early to show kids interesting historical sites, especially if they are the history of our country.