Things to do in GREENBELT with kids

Maryland might be known for it’s rich history, crab cakes and as a haven for transport lovers (and rightly so, kids will love exploring all of those!), but the state has so much more kids fun to offer.  Luckily that’s where we come in…!

First up, with the thrilling Six Flags America, the enchanting Glen Echo Park and the shoot ‘em up Western-style Adventure Park USA, those adrenaline loving families will be sorted!

Animal adventures come in all shapes and sizes, from the impressive Maryland Zoo, the intimate Plumpton Park Zoo, right down to the sweet Green Meadows Petting Farm.

Get the kids on the battlefields - literally! - with the historic attractions such as Antietam and Monocacy National Battlefields, and introduce kids to incredible historic sites, such as Fort McHenry which inspired the Star Spangled Banner lyrics! Pretty amazing stuff!

Kids can explore space with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, touch dinosaurs at the Maryland Science Center and feel the wind in their hair with Maryland International Raceway.

It may be one of the smaller states but it packs a punch when it comes to places to go with kids. Enjoy it - you may just never want to leave!

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  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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    (2 miles) Greenbelt

    Space education and fun at this interactive NASA Visitor Center in Maryland! With lectures, model rocket launches, and children's programs, there is much to see and learn for kids - all about space!

  • College Park Aviation Museum

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    (3 miles) College Park

    Visitors to the museum step into an open 1½ story exhibit space, which highlights the display of unique aircraft and artifacts and tells the story of the airport's many 1st in flight to today.

  • National Arboretum

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    (8 miles) NE Washington

    The National Arboretum has 446 acres filled with trees, plants and flowers - great place for picnic, relaxing and letting the kids run round - why not take a tram tour round

  • Old Town Trolley Washington DC Tour

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    (8 miles) NE Washington DC

    Sit back while the expert tour guides help you discover the beauty and majesty of Washington D.C. The popular Old Town Trolley tour covers Washington's major attractions. Great idea if you are ...

  • Six Flags America

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    (9 miles) Bowie

    Thrills, spills, and family rides at the iconic Six Flags America with attractions and entertainment for all ages! A great way to spend the day together in Maryland!

  • Wheaton Regional Park and Nature Center

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    (9 miles) Wheaton

    Great outdoor fun with 536 acres of park land, with trails, playgrounds, train rides, history, and a brilliant nature center!

  • Rolly Pollies Maryland

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    (9 miles) Crofton

    Dynamic, fun-filled gym, arts, birthday parties, open play and special programs for kids 6 months through 9 years.

  • The Washington Monument

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    (10 miles) NW Washington

    The interior opened to the public in 1888. Today, an elevator takes visitors on the 70 second trip up to the 500 foot landing for magnificent views of the city.

  • Rock Creek Nature Centre

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    (10 miles) NW Washington DC

    Has Discovery Room aimed at kids under 5 with lots of things to do - enjoy a wide variety of children\'s programs, including planetarium shows, animal talks, exploratory hikes, crafts, as well as ...

  • Open Top Sightseeing Washington DC

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    (10 miles) Washington DC

    Come with us and hear more about the people and places that make up the nation\\\'s capital, from the legacy of Abraham Lincoln to present day Washingtonians, from historical buildings and impressive ...

  • Sk8Zone

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    (10 miles) Crofton

    Offering a classic family friendly roller skating rink offering public open and speciality sessions, plus arcade.

  • Crofton Go Kart Raceway

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    (10 miles) Gambrills

    A half mile outdoor track with 27 turns. Solo drivers need to be over 8 years and 54 inches tall, while the passenger karts allow an over 16 driver to take over 2s along for the ride.

  • DC Ducks

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    (10 miles) Washington DC

    DC Ducks is the most exciting way to see Washington. Climb aboard an authentic, fully restored 1942 "Duck" and let the adventure begin! From Union Station we'll waddle down to the mall where you'll ...

  • National Postal Museum

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    (10 miles) NE Washington

    The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance ...

  • Ghosts of Georgetown Walking Tour

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    (10 miles) NW Washington DC

    Among the historic streets, manicured gardens, and Victorian row houses of DC's finest neighborhood, lies deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past. Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits ...

  • Old Post Office Tower

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    (10 miles) NW Washington DC

    Get a great view of Washington DC and the surrounding areas from the 270 foot observation deck on the Old Post Office Tower

  • Be With Me Children Playseum

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    (11 miles) District of Columbia

    The Be With Me Children's Playseum is a space dedicated to inspiring children and parents to use their imaginations and just "be". Come in and explore our city shops and transform in to a new person ...

  • Smithsonian National Zoo

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    (11 miles) Cleveland Park

    Founded in 1889, and one of the most popular DC attractions, this zoo has over 1,500 animals across 163 acres - and it's FREE!

  • Marian Koshland Science Museum

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    (11 miles) NW Washington

    While families are welcome to enjoy up to the minute scientific research it's largely aimed at over 8s, though hands-on activities are offered most weekends.

  • National Museum of Crime and Punishment

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    (11 miles) Washington

    Committed to offering an experience that the whole family can enjoy. While there may be some portions of the museum you choose to avoid with your child, there are numerous exhibits and interactives ...

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

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    (11 miles) Penn Quarter

    Smithsonian American Art Museum is the nations first art collection, and covers the richness and diversity of America's artists

  • International Spy Museum

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    (11 miles) Washington

    The only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage. An amazing array of public programs, workshops, demonstrations, and action-packed missions to go on!

  • National Gallery of Art

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    (11 miles) Washington DC

    Loads of children's events - family specific things to do on the site and children's audio tour as well. Please visit our webiste for more details on family oriented activities.

  • Navy Yard

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    (11 miles) Washington DC

    Loads of hands on things to keep the kids occupied naval artifacts, model ships, undersea vehicles, sub periscopes, a space capsule, a decommissioned destroyer - feel tired just reading it!! Please ...

  • Newseum

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    (11 miles) NW Washington DC

    15 main galleries, many of them hands-on interactive, which are fun and interesting for all ages telling the story of NEWS down the ages!

  • All Fired Up

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    (11 miles) Cleveland Park Metro Area

    Express your "creative" self, take a item of bisque and let your imagination run wild - great idea for birthday and christmas presents for your relatives as well

  • Madame Tussauds

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    (11 miles) NW Washington

    Visit Madame Tussauds Washington DC and experience our Presidents Gallery; a brand new exhibit that displays all 44 U.S. Presidents in an exciting and interactive environment. The Presidents Gallery ...

  • Botanic Gardens

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    (11 miles) Washington

    Hey Kids! The USBG is looking for Junior Botanists! You can become an Apprentice Junior Botanist by asking for an Adventure Folder and exploring our Conservatory. Bring along an adult adviser with an ...

  • Fords Theatre

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    (11 miles) NW Washington

    Re-live history at the site of President Lincoln's assassination in 1865 through the museum filled with fascinating exhibits. An amazing destination in Washington DC.

  • Smithsonian Discovery Theater

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    (11 miles) SW Washington

    Loads of different live children performances geared at children - ranging from acting, musicians, mime, puppet shows - you name it - great idea for places to take the kids

  • National Geographic Museum

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    (11 miles) Washington DC

    At National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C., past and current expeditions, adventures, and scientific research come to life. Enjoy a wide variety of changing exhibitions as well as permanent and ...

  • National Museum of the American Indian

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    (11 miles) SW Washington DC

    The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of Native cultures(check out the website)!!!

  • National Museum of Natural History

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    (11 miles) NW Washington

    Top tip for kids, you might want to make your first stop the first-floor Discovery Room, which is filled with creative hands-on exhibits "for children of all ages." Every now and then, the hall comes ...

  • National Air and Space Museum

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    (11 miles) Washington

    Hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The Steven F. ...

  • The Phillips Collection

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    (11 miles) NW Washington

    The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (18861966). The collection includes Renoir's great masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating ...