Searching for something different to do with (or without) your guests over the holidays? Then consider exploring the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC (it’s free, though donation welcomed). Open to all, the Franciscan Monastery is full of amazing architecture, incredibly beautiful stained glass windows, breathtaking art, relics of pilgrimages from around the world, shrines that make room for you to spend a moment and grounds that remind you of what it’s like to feel peaceful (except if you have a 4-year old child nipping at your proverbial heels. Tips on visiting with kids, below…).
Get out and play during this great fall weather! We recently explored the Frontier Fort Playground at the Good Luck Community Center in Lanham, Maryland and had a great time climbing up, sliding down and hiding amongst this Imagination Playground’s fort structures and swing sets. With plenty of parking, a gazebo with picnic tables, ample seating, restrooms nearby, and about a ten minute drive from East West Highway and Route 1, the Frontier Fort Playground in Prince George’s County is definitely a kids’ playground worth visiting soon!
Searching for an easy, kid-friendly day trip destination from Route 1 and D.C. that combines your love of hiking and history with my love of craft beer? 😉 Then head to Maryland’s Historic Ellicott City for a leisurely hike along the #9 Trolley Trail, take the detour to the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Oella for some history about Mr. Banneker (astronomer, farmer, mathematician and a subject of Stevie Wonder’s song, “Black Man” 🎵); then jump back on the trail and back to Ellicott City for some food and craft beer at a local restaurant (like Manor Hill Tavern or Ellicott Mills Brewing Company). Great day out with (or without!) the kids and less than an hour from Route 1 / DC area. 👊
Kids love – we love – the Wizard of Oz-themed playground at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro yet! If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s a peek at what you’ve got to look forward to at this truly amazing, huge, colorful and creative playground!
Every season is a good season to explore the National Arboretum, though springtime does kinda rule! Everything’s in bloom, colors as far as the eye can see, bees buzzing, temps perfect for strolling through the beautiful park. At only 15 or so minutes from the Gateway Arts District, it’s a great destination when you just want to go and enjoy the great outdoors.
Exploring the Great Outdoors at Greenbelt Park! When the warmer weather arrives, we’ll all be itching to enjoy the outdoors, amirite?!? Lucky for us, we’ve got a ton of great, local options to do just that, including nearby Greenbelt Park! With nine miles of trails and three picnic areas, it’s a great place to […]