Day and Weekend Trips – 2011

Day or Weekend Trips:

Let’s face it — we are SPOILED in the Mid-Atlantic.   There are books and books about excursions in our area, but I wanted a place to start noting fun things either our family has done or wants to do — feel free to let me know about some of your favorites!  Consider this a page always in progress…

Pirate ship adventure in Annapolis, MD. It looks like it would be a lot of fun for the kids.   See the Captain’s Log for special savings days such as $5 ticket day, free tickets for fathers and grandfathers on Father’s day and so on.  Visit their website for details on ticket pricing and availability — reservations recommended.

Camping – you can camp at either Burke Lake Park or Lake Fairfax Park.  Other camping ideas at: 

Parktakes offers too many day trips and tours to list them all, but you can get a free subscription to the Parktakes catalog by calling 703-222-4644.  You can see a lot of them at

Day Out with Thomas –  (various dates, various locations) Join Thomas the Tank Engine™, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, as he greets friends of all ages. Ride a train pulled by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt™. You’ll find lots of other exciting activities, and a complete selection of Thomas merchandise in our gift shop.   Your travels may allow you to meet Thomas in different locales, but  for many of  my readers, a popular one is The Strasburg Rail Road, located on Route 741, 1-1/2 miles east of the center square in historic Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. – Approx. 3 hours from DC.  Tickets ranger from $14 – $24 depending on whether you ride Thomas or Thomas and a regular train as well. 

Crayola Crayon Factory – in Easton, PA  

National Zoo – 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW in DC  Easily done in a day, you can drive or take the Metro.  Food is available, but expensive, so you may want to pack your own lunch.  The small mammal house was a big hit with our children.  Check the website for activities and special notices specific to the day you are going.

Museums – we certainly have a bounty of them in DC as well as the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Dulles. 

National Aquarium in Baltimore –   501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  Note that strollers are note allowed in the aquarium.  Additionally there is Port Discovery and the Maryland Science Center.

Children’s Museum of Richmond —  2626 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 804-474-CMoR (2667)   A great hands-on museum for kids.  In addition to the exhibits (playing with shadows, water, etc.) there is a fantastic art room where kids can paint, rubber stamp and do all kinds of wonderful art projects.

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (Children’s Museum) Winchester, VA –  A small but terrific children’s museum closer than Richmond and worth the drive.  Not as big as the Richmond one, but still fun, especially for smaller children.