teachmama's Passport


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adventurous, curious, energetic, spontaneous
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the outer banks, sc
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Outside DC Day Trips for Families

Here are a few of our family's favorite activities--indoors and out--just a short drive from
Washington, DC.  Most are free, and if there is a cost, it's minimal.  Pack your bags, pack a lunch and some snacks, put on some comfy sneaks, and enjoy the ride!


11710 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, Maryland

reviewed on: November 30 2009

"Hiking on the Potomac Gorge"
Just a very short ride from D.C., you’ll find an awesome hiking escape in the Potomac, MD.  Although some spots of the Potomac Gorge are for advanced and serious hikers only, there are several family-friendly spots along the river bank.   We love walking the canal towpath and picnicking after we hike the Billy Goat Trail or the Gold Mine Trail.  It’s a true escape for us, and it’s awesome to get a closer look at the beautiful falls, bridges, and experience the peace and quiet of the Potomac Gorge.


5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, Maryland

reviewed on: November 30 2009

"Meadowside Nature Center"
As a part of Montgomery County Parks Department, this Nature Center is an incredible free resource open for anyone to explore.  With numerous programs for children—and adults--that may include a short, engaging lesson, book, hike, or craft, we all love trips to Meadowside.  We sometimes pack a lunch and try to hike what we can of the 8 mile trail there, or we’ll stop by to visit with the bald eagle who lives in the Raptor Aviaries.  With activities going on from morning to night and at all months of the year, Meadowside is a hidden gem!


1800 Glenallan Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland

reviewed on: November 30 2009

"Brookeside Gardens"
Right next to the huge playground and picnic areas of Wheaton Regional Park, these gardens are simply gorgeous—any season of the year.  With a wide trail perfect for little guys’ scooters or bikes with training wheels, the path is mostly flat with great spots to stop for a picnic.  In our crazy life, we really enjoy the serenity of walking through a perfectly manicured garden with flowers a bloom everywhere.  And my kids love to try to find frogs in the fountains.  If there are no frogs to be seen, any of the kind gardeners are usually up for helping the kids hunt one down.

112 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, Maryland

reviewed on: November 30 2009

"The Launch Zone"
Located just a short drive from D.C in the National Harbor is the home of the National Children’s Museum’s Launch Zone.  The Launch Zone is a family-focused museum, open 7 days a week, where children can play, try out new exhibits, and give suggestions and feedback about what they want to see in the National Children’s Museum which is scheduled to open in 2013.  The Launch Zone is packed full of cool hands-on activities and events, and is totally worth checking out.


7410 Tuckerman Ln
Cabin John, Maryland

reviewed on: November 30 2009

"Cabin John Regional Park"
This park is incredible. It’s huge, with several gigantic play areas for children, but the coolest part of this place is the miniature train.  The train is a replica of a 1863 C.P. Huntington, a steam locomotive purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad and named in honor of the president of the Southern Pacific Company.  The train travels around the perimeter of the park and is about a 10 or 15 minute ride; children absolutely love it, and if they’re lucky, they can see deer or other small animals scurrying around in the woods as they ride.  When the train is closed during the winter, little ones can throw on some ice-skates and skate around the indoor ice rink.