Day and Side Trips
Washington, D. C. is so rich in museums and monuments that the surrounding area sometimes gets overlooked. These are some of the other attractions that the region has to offer. The office has more detailed information and directions to all of the sites listed on this page. Almost all of these places are within an hour of Cherry Hill Park.
Baltimore is really a pleasant place to spend the day. Just 40 minutes by car, the Inner Harbor is the center of tourist activities. The National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center/Planetarium highlight the area, which also features great shops and restaurants. Baseball fans can experience Oriole Park at Camden Yards or visit Babe Ruth's birthplace. The B & O Railroad Museum is of exceptional quality; we highly recommend it. Baltimore is also home to a fine museum the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the family oriented Baltimore Zoo.
Annapolis: the Capital of Maryland
Annapolis is more than a beautiful city on the Chesapeake Bay and home to the Naval Academy. The first peacetime capital of the United States is home to many historic and well- preserved buildings. Shopping and eating in historic downtown Annapolis is great at any time of day, but our favorite time is the evening. Annapolis is 40 minutes by car.
People interested in the Civil War will find an abundance of places to visit within an hour. Harper's Ferry National Historic Park is located at the joining of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The park offers history, hiking and shopping in a beautiful setting. River activities such as rafting and tubing are also available in the vicinity. After Harper's Ferry you can visit nearby Antietam National Battlefield. This quiet location in rural Maryland was the scene of the bloodiest day of the Civil War. Alternatively, you can stroll through the antique shops in downtown Frederick or New Market before heading home to Cherry Hill Park. For a full day's activities drive 1 1/2 hours to Gettysburg for history, battlefields and of course, shopping.
College Park Activities
The local area has a wealth of activities, most within 30 minutes of the campground. The College Park Airport is the oldest continuously operating airport with a great aviantion museum attached. The Patuxant Wildlife Center has exhibits and trails showing native habitats of the mid-atlantic. There is a Tram ride through the Park grounds in season. You can stroll through the lovely Brookside Gardens, there is no fee and the grounds are spectacular in the spring when the azaleas are blooming. Expand on the Air and Space Museum by visiting the Garber Facility, the overflow location for the museum, or visit Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt. Take a step back in time at the Trolley Car Museum, where rides are available around the grounds in season.
If you are looking for a change of pace for the kids visit 6 Flags Amusement Park. The amusement park started its existence as a water park, but the 6 Flags organization has added more attractions in recent years, making this place fun for the whole family. Tickets and directions are available at the office.
Outdoor recreation is surprisingly easy to find in the Metropolitan area. One of our favorite places is the C & O canal especially at Great Falls. The canal runs along the Maryland side of the Potomac River and the tow path is an excellent place to walk, jog, bike or just bring a picnic. The falls are worth seeing and a new set of bridges allows you excellent views of the river. There are exhibits on the canal locks and the tow path as well as occasional demonstrations of a working lock. Just below the falls is a fairly strenuous hike (Billygoat Trail) along the river shore, where you can walk through the woods plus scramble and climb over rocks. Another location on the river is Fletcher's Boathouse where canoe rentals for the Potomac are available. If you have your own canoe or kayak there are several options available. There are boat ramps into both the canal and river, plus there is a beautiful reservoir not too far from Cherry Hill Park. For a day trip, drive 75-90 minutes to visit Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway where you can drive and take in the views or stop and take great hikes.
There are a number of excellent shopping malls in the DC area. In addition to the very popular Potomac Mills outlet mall in Virginia there is now the new Arundel Mills Outlet Mall in Maryland. Traditional malls range from Columbia Mall, and Montgomery Mall to the upscale White Flint Mall and Tyson's Corner Galleria. The shops in historic Georgetown and Old Town Alexandria are very unique, and there are antique shops to be found from Savage Mill to Old Kensington.