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At Bull Run Regional Park, bring a bucket and a shovel for a playground in the sand! The playground equipment is not the greatest, but the kids don’t seem to mind. Swings,…

7700 Bull Run Drive, Centerville, Virginia 20121

Lake Fairfax Park is a 476-acre park, with a lake, pedal boat rentals, tour boat, trails, playground, picnic areas, sports fields, carousel and camping. It’s also home to…

1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, Virginia 20190

Meadowside Nature Center introduces families to nature through classes, walking trails and more at Rock Creek Park. All programs are listed in the Montgomery County Parkpass…

5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20855

Mt. Rainier is a nature center and recreation center located inside the Beltway. Nature programs, displays, exhibits and special events make learning about nature fun. The center…

4701 31st Street, Mt. Rainier, Maryland 20712

Cub Run RECenter is nestled in the Cub Run Stream Valley where many nature programs take place throughout the year. Programs are for children, families and in-depth nature study…

4630 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, Virginia 20151

The Bull Run Mountains Conservatory has trails for all ages that are open daily from dawn to dusk. The preserve is open to foot traffic only (no pets other than dogs on a leash…

PO Box 210, Broad Run, Virginia 20137

A petting farm in the heart of Howard County, Clark’s Elioak Farm has lamb, sheep, goat, chickens, turkeys, ducks and more. There are pony and cow train trides, and a play…

10500 State Route 108, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo exhibits bears, boas, macaws, monkeys, big cats, small mammals, reptiles and a petting zoo in an up-close manner – perfect for kids and…

13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, Maryland 21788

Croydon Creek Nature Center has 120 acres of beautifully preserved forest, open meadow areas, and a winding creek bustling with a variety of wildlife.” They offer nature…

852 Avery Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850

This is the perfect setting for a walk with a stroller or small children. You can keep cool, take a break, or enjoy the view in the gazebo overlooking one of the three lakes. Kids…

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, Virginia 22182

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is primarily a research facility and working outdoor laboratory, but there are many opportunities for adults and children to attend…

647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, Maryland 21037

Green Spring Gardens Park is one of the area’s leading field trip destinations for elementary schools and summer camps. Visitors can explore the Children’s Garden with…

4603 Green Spring Road, Annandale, Virginia 22312

Watkins Nature Center has resident live animal displays, indoor and outdoor ponds and much more. Sign up for one of their many nature programs some of which include: campfires,…

301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774

Roer’s Zoofari, formerly Reston Zoo, features baby animals in the Main Barn (bottle feed baby lambs), zebras, camels, giraffes, camels, bison, antelope, ostrich, monkeys,…

1228 Hunter Mill Road, Reston, Virginia 22182

Wolf Trap offers quality performing arts experiences for all ages. Programs include Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, an outdoor venue featuring over 70 performances each…

1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182

The Equipment The playground is small, but is fully shaded, and is near the picnic area, open field, and restrooms. Due to a lot of parties going on, I did notice some trash on…

9537 Courthouse Road, Vienna, Virginia 22181

Oxon Hill Farm operates as an early 1900s working farm. If the history part does not capture your kids’­ attention, they will surely enjoy milking the cows, feeding the…

6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745

Tigers, lions, gorillas, and giraffes are just a few of the animals you will find at the National Zoo. Everywhere you look, there is something new to discover, like orangutans…

3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20008

Get up close and personal with over 200 animals. You can touch them, feed them and even milk a cow. Animals that you’ll meet include pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, llamas,…

10102 Fingerboard Road, Ijamsville, Maryland 21754

Philip A. Bolen Memorial Park is a 405-acre park with activities for everyone. There are 17 lighted sports fields, miles of nature trails and more. Bring your family (or scout…

42405 Claudia Drive, Leesburg, Virginia 20175

Introduce your children to wonders of nature by visiting the Walker Nature Education Center with 72-acres of open space. Catch some baby birds leaving their nest or hear the…

11450 Glad Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191

We are a family owned and operated attractions farm located in Chantilly, VA with over 1,000 acres of fields and forest. Come experience the changing seasons outdoors with us! We…

26469 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, Virginia 20152

Enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, mini golf, a carousel, tourboat rides, and trails at Lake Accotink Park. Also, picnic areas, playgrounds and snack bar. Nominal fees for miniature…

7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, Virginia 22150

Potomac Overlook Regional Park has over 70 acres of woodland, trails, educational gardens plus a Nature Center. The nature center houses live animals, history exhibits and more. …

2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington, Virginia 22207

The Adventure Aquarium on the Camden, NJ waterfront is open daily from 10am to 5pm. They have two million gallons of fun, a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel, 4D Theater and free…

1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey 8103

Algonkian Regional Park is home to a mini-golf course, $4/round per person. It is open from April to October. Algonkian is home to Volcano Island water park, a driving range &…

47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, Virginia 20165

Gulf Branch Nature Center offers a full range of indoor and outdoor environmental programs, indoor interpretive displays, live animal exhibits, outdoor ponds, wooded stream…

3608 N. Military Road, Arlington, Virginia 22207

Squeals on Wheels is a travelling petting zoo with pony rides and fun old-fashioned games. The petting zoo is available in different sizes – from the small eight to 10…

Hidden Pond Nature Center is home to trails, a pond, woodlands and streams — something for all ages and stage. Visit the nature center which features live animals and…

8511 Greeley Boulevard, Springfield, Virginia 22152

Step back in time when you visit Frying Pan Park. Draft horses, tractors, blacksmith shop, country store, old schoolhouse, vegetable gardens and plenty of farm animals demonstrate…

2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia 20171

The Broadlands Nature Center offers year-round programs for residents of the Broadlands and is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. They are also open three Saturdays per month.

Nestled in Wheaton Regional Park, Brookside Nature Center offers natural history and environmental education for all ages. All programs are listed in the Montgomery County…

1400 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902

The National Arboretum is an 446-acre oasis in NE DC. Lush gardens and plenty of open space makes this a great place for relaxing, enjoying a picnic or letting the kids run off…

3501 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, District Of Columbia 20002

This Fairfax County Park has fun aplenty for kids of all ages. A carousel, train, ice cream parlor, mini golf and marina are all housed here. Carousel rides are $1.75 each and…

7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039

Don’­t be surprised if ‘pee-uuu’ is one of the first words uttered by your kids when they visit Kidwell Farm. Here, kids can see, touch, hear, and smell lots of…

2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia 20171

The Capital Crescent Trail, connecting Georgetown and Silver Spring, is a paved trail running for about 11 miles along the right-of-way formerly used by the Georgetown Branch rail…

Brookside Gardens is an award-winning 50-acre public display garden located within Wheaton Regional Park. Included in the gardens are several distinct areas: azalea garden, rose…

1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland 20902

The C&O Canal National Historical Park is a popular spot for hiking, biking, and canoeing. Views of the Potomac, guided ranger programs and mule-drawn canal boat rides are…

Maryland

Ride your bike, run or jog this 18-mile trail from Mount Vernon to Theodore Roosevelt Island. Beautiful views throughout the trail and traffic can become heavy on nice spring,…

Virginia

Huntley Meadows is one of the best places in the DC area to see wildlife. Over 200 species of birds, as well as beavers, frogs, deer, and herons, reside in this 1,425 acre park.…

3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, Virginia 22306

We are a family owned and operated attractions farm located in Chantilly, VA with over 1,000 acres of fields and forest. Come experience the changing seasons outdoors with us! We…

26469 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, Virginia 20152

The C&O Canal National Historical Park is a popular spot for hiking, biking, and canoeing. Views of the Potomac, guided ranger programs and mule-drawn canal boat rides are…

Cabin John Regional Park has playgrounds, miniature train, snack bar, rest rooms, hiking trails, picnic areas, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, ice skating rink, nature center and…

7400 Tuckerman Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20817

Georgetown Branch Trail runs from Wisconsin Avenue to Rock Creek Park in Silver Spring. It is a 1.6 mile long trail and crosses several busy roadways. You’ll need a jogging…

Maryland

The W&OD Trail has 45 miles of paved trail for walking, running, bicycling, skating, and 30 miles of adjacent gravel trail for horseback riding. Built on the roadbed of the…

Virginia

What used to be one of George Washington’s farms, it’s now the home to the American Horticultural Society and an absolutely amazing place to take your kids. Beautiful…

7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22308

Shenandoah Caverns is an underground world of wonders. You’ll take a one-mile tour circuit where it’s a comfy 56-degrees. There is also elevator service for those…

261 Caverns Road, Quicksburg, Virginia 22847

The Patuxent Research Refuge is one of over 540 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” The National Wildlife…