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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, Reston, 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…

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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

As the oldest and one of the largest national parks, Rock Creek Park has everything a park can offer, from picnicking to hiking to biking. Older kids and adults can also enjoy…

5200 Glover Road, NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20015

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…

See animals up close and live at the nature center. You can also learn about the cultural and natural history of Dora Kelley Nature Park. The center offers family programs…

5750 Sanger Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia

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