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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…

The Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve is a 725-acre facility open to the general public on weekends. The preserve strives to protect the natural habitats and wildlife populations of…

21085 The Wood Road, Leesburg, Virginia 20175

The Sligo Creek Stream Valley Trail is a 10.2-mile hard surface trail and is one of the oldest in the County. There are paved and unpaved trails throughout the park and is a…

Maryland

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail takes hikers, bikers, walkers and runners across the Potomac River. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of downtown Washington, DC, the National…

Virginia

Clearwater Nature Center, located in Cosca Regional Park, has a small indoor pond, live animal exhibits, a lapidary laboratory, and seasonal gardens. See their website for…

11000 Thrift Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735

Located on the Eastern Shore, the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is over 27,000 acres of rich tidal marsh. Home to several troubled species such as the American bald eagle,…

2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Maryland 21613

Greenbrier State Park is a 42-acre man-made lake and beach and a very popular place during the summertime. There are 165 campsites that offer bathhouses with hot showers. Each…

21843 National Pike, Boonsboro, Maryland 21713

Locust Grove Nature Center teaches kids about nature through classes, trails and other outdoor activities at Cabin John Regional Park. All programs are listed in the Montgomery…

7777 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20817

The Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail runs along the site of the former Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad. It is a 5.6 miles trail, view a map of…

Maryland

At East Potomac Park, kids can play while watching boats sail down the Potomac or airplanes taxiing down the runway (great view of the city too). This 328-acre park has public…

972 Ohio Drive, SW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20024

Fort Hunt Park offers a little something for everyone. The park is open from 7am until sunset and there is plenty of room to explore, bike, picnic and have fun with your family.…

8999 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22308

Fun, fun, fun is the best description of Wheaton Regional Park. Just about anything a kid could want and more is available here. Explore the many play structures connected by…

2002 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, Maryland 20902

The Irvine Nature Center is located north of Baltimore and offers programs throughout the year for children of all ages. There is a museum, nature store and walking trail to visit…

11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

Riverbend Park offers 400 acres of forest, meadows and ponds. When you’re done exploring the grounds or even before, head to the Visitors Center features live animal…

8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, Virginia 22066

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail takes hikers, bikers, walkers and runners across the Potomac River. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of downtown Washington, DC, the National…

Maryland

Long Bridge Park is Arlington’s newest and largest park. It is 18 acres and features three synthetic fields, public art pieces, an esplanade, rain garden and lots of public…

475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202

Did you know that the first Fort Washington was built to guard the Nationa’s Capital until it was destroyed by its own garrison in 1814? The park has a long history and one…

Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is home to over 1200 exotic animals, the internationally renowned Children’s Zoo, and the African Watering Hole. The sights and sounds of the…

1876 Mansion House Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21217

At the National Aquarium in Baltimore, kids can explore more than 10,000 aquatic animals, including sting rays, jelly fish, dolphins, and sharks. Since there is so much to see,…

501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Claude Moore Park encompasses 357 acres and is divided between a sportsplex and nature area. Hiking There are 11 miles of hiking trails where you’ll meander through wetlands…

21544 Old Vestal's Gap Road, Sterling, Virginia 20164

Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens is a spectacular retreat in the middle of Georgetown. The museum features Byzantine and pre-Columbian art (recommended for ages 8+). The 10-acre…

1703 32nd Street, NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20007

The Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located in Chantilly, Virginia and offers 650 acres of fun for families of all ages. The Walney Visitor Center in particular has live animal…

5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, Virginia 20151

For more than 50 years, the Accokeek Foundation has stewarded 200 acres of Piscataway Park in Accokeek, Maryland, on the shore of the Potomac River. This land serves as an outdoor…

3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Maryland 20607

Prince William Forest Park is approximately 35 miles south of Washington, DC and offers group tent camping and cabin camping. There are three frontcountry camping areas and one…

18170 Park Entrance Road, Triangle, Virginia 22172

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

Celebrating more than 30 years of outdoor education, ANS provides children and families opportunities to explore and enjoy nature year-round. Our staff of qualified naturalists…

8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Did you know that a homesick war veteran started the Aquatic Gardens as a hobby? Head to the Kenilwork Park and Aquatic Gardens, run by the US National Park Service and spend a…

1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE, Washington, District Of Columbia 20019

Long Branch has lots of things for families, including nature programs, live animal exhibits, ponds, wooded stream valleys, swamp, meadow and hiking trails. Pick up a copy of The…

625 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, Virginia 22204

White Oak Lavender Farm is a family-owned and operated farm in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. They are open year-round with special events, tours and more…

2644 Cross Keys Blvd., Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

Temple Hall is a 286-acre working farm that introduces children to Northern Virginia’s farming heritage. The farm raises more than 100 head of cattle per year as well as…

15855 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Black Hill Visitors Center is located in Black Hill Regional Park and offers natural history and environmental programs and exhibits for all ages. All programs are listed in the…

20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, Maryland 20841

Great Falls Park is an 800 acre park located along the Potomac River. Overlooks to see the beautiful falls, easy trails, picnic benches and visitors center are just some of the…

Great Falls Park, McLean, Virginia 22102

Little Tom Sawyers will enjoy crossing the footbridge and exploring the many trails at Theodore Roosevelt Island. The 88-acre island has guided tours, hiking, fishing, and wayside…

Theodore Roosevelt Island National Park, Washington, District Of Columbia

The Hidden Oaks Nature Center has exhibits about wildlife, tanks with live toads, snakes, and turtles, and a touch table with bones, rocks, and other artifacts. Kids can borrow a…

7701 Royce Street, Annandale, Virginia 22003

The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is a wonderful place to take your family. The sculpture gardens has a 1/4 miles walking path with over 30 works on loan from the…

13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, Maryland 20657

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400-acre refuge for farm animals. This sanctuary offers care, rehab or permanent sanctuary for neglected, abused or abandoned farm animals. …

15200 Mt. Nebo Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837

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,…

8018 Max Blob Park Road, Jessup, Maryland 20794

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, Vienna, Virginia 22182

From Our Kids member Mary S. – The Capitol grounds have a lot of nice space for kids and families to run around, play ball, have a picnic, etc. Most areas are far from…

District Of Columbia

Mason District Park features playing fields, natural area, hiking trail, playground, tot lot, and tennis courts. In the summer there are free outdoor concerts.

6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia 22003

At the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center you’ll explore over 800,000 gallons of one the best aquariums in the country. They have hundreds of hands-on exhibits,…

717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

Sadly, the National Aquarium in DC will be closing its doors in September 30, 2013. There is hope that a new aquarium will be brought back to the DC area. So for now, we’…

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20230

In addition to the Audubon Naturalist Society’s location in Maryland, they also have the Rust Nature sanctuary, located in Loudoun County. Enjoy one of the many nature…

802 Childrens Center Road, Leesburg, Virginia 20175