Best Day Trips For Families

March 18, 2011 8:37 AM

Day Trips For Families

If you want to take your kids someplace that’s both educational and fun, you’re in luck! Here are five places in and near Maryland that will entertain and teach your kids something new.


There are many fun things to do in Annapolis. There are tours, museums and theaters. There’s even a museum especially for children, where children can learn about the Chesapeake Bay in a fun environment. While there, check out the maritime museum. There are cruises you can take, as well.

Apple Picking

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Apple Orchards

What could be more fun than picking apples on a nice fall day? (Besides enjoying the treats made with those apples, of course.) There are various apple orchards throughout the state; this website has a link to addresses and phone numbers so you can find the one nearest you.

College Park Aviation Museum


College Park Aviation Museum

1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive
College Park, MD
(301) 864-6029

If your kids are fascinated by airplanes, this is the place to take them. It’s near the College Park Airport and its 27,000 square feet are devoted to the history of aviation. There are family-friendly activities and multiple exhibits.

Gettysburg, Pa.

Gettysburg is about 90 minutes away from Baltimore. When you’re there, you can check out Civil War sites, take tours and even see places that are reportedly haunted. There are also restaurants and shops in the area.

Lancaster, Pa.

Lancaster is 90 minutes away from Baltimore. There are a variety of things to do with children. There’s a puppet theater, two markets and two museums (one focusing on science and the other on science and history). There is a large Amish population in Lancaster, as well.