Information, Tickets & Registration
Leisure Travel Services
2300 Wilson St.
Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Leisure Travel Services is a centralized point where members of the Fort Meade community can obtain information about available recreational and entertainment activities on post and in the surrounding communities.
Services include vacation planning assistance, hotel reservations and ticket sales for national and regional attractions including theme parks, sporting events, and historical and cultural sites as far away as Virginia, Florida, California and New York City and discounted tickets to special events—many times at a significant cost savings. LTS offers escorted one-day bus trips to New York City each month. Some trips include a ticket to a Broadway show.
Arts & Crafts Center
6530-B York Ave.
Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Arts and Crafts Center is a multi-purpose facility that houses the frame and engraving shops, the woodshop and a large ceramics operation with a kiln and store. Classes are available for both youth and adults. Hours vary based on activity. Most activities are available on the weekend. Computer classes started in the fall of 2010; adult piano classes are ongoing.
• The Arts and Crafts Frame Shop staff will teach patrons how to frame pictures. Framing is also available. The shop has more than 1,000 different kinds of decorative moldings and a wide variety of mattes from which to choose.
• The new Stivers Art Gallery also features a wide selection of military action prints for sale. The subject matter varies from the Buffalo Soldier era up to the current military efforts and significant military actions in between. If you don’t see what you want, staff can order it for you. All prints are signed and numbered and may be purchased framed or unframed.
• The Engraving Shop Staff members are on hand to help personalize gifts. The shop carries a large inventory of plaques, trophies, and other recognition-type materials as well as flag cases. The engraver can work with wood, metal, glass or plexiglass.
• The Woodshop offers services for both the novice and the experienced woodworker. A safety class and a FMWR card are required prior to starting a project. The only limit is your imagination. FMWR card is available for eligible patrons at Gaffney Fitness Center.
Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation Card
Administrative Offices, Gaffney Fitness Center
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation cards, which are required at numerous on-post FMWR activities including Gaffney, are issued at the Gaffney Fitness Center. The cards are used to track traffic, issue equipment and for programming purposes.
The following activities require an FMWR Card: Auto Skills Center, the Gaffney and Murphy Fitness Centers, Check-it-Out and the woodshop at Arts and Crafts.
Gaffney Fitness Center
6330 Broadfoot Road
301-677-5950 Facility Manager
301-677-3867 Administrative Office
301-677-7916 Aquatics Program
301-677-3318 Sports Program
Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
100% ID Card Check Required (uniform not exempt)
Gaffney Fitness Center includes a cardiovascular room with treadmills, steppers, cross trainers, bikes, rowers and TV monitors, Life Fitness training equipment, free weight equipment with Hammer Strength free weights and plate-loaded machines, two racquetball courts, a 25-meter heated indoor pool; locker rooms and saunas. No one under 13 is allowed in the facility unless they are in the indoor pool. These children must be accompanied by an adult or be a member of the youth swim team.
The installation’s adult intramural sports program is based at Gaffney. On Fort Meade, intramurals are intra-service, and all active duty personnel are welcome to participate in these programs regardless of branch of service.
Mullins Stadium Track
The Mullins Stadium Track is a one-quarter mile track. Field event reservations are also available but must be reserved in advance by the facility manager.
Mullins Stadium Track located on York Avenue across from Gaffney Fitness Center.
Available for daily use year-round from dawn to dusk
Murphy Field House
8451 Zimborski Ave.
Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
for basketball only
Murphy Field House is used for indoor physical training, intramural sports activities and special events. The center includes a cardiovascular room with treadmills, steppers, cross trainers, bikes, rowers and TV monitors, Life Fitness training equipment, a weight room with Hammer Strength weights and plate-loaded machines, two racquetball courts, two non-regulation basketball courts, locker rooms and saunas. FMWR card is required. The FMWR Card is available for eligible patrons at Gaffney Fitness Center.
Fort Meade Movie Theater
Llewellyn and Roberts Avenues
Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m.
Sundays 2 p.m.
The post movie theater shows movies to the Fort Meade community. Movie schedules are published online and in the weekly post newspaper, “Soundoff!”
Automotive Skills Center
6530 Taylor Ave.
Wednesday through Friday, 1 to 9 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Automotive Skills Center contains state-of-the-art equipment for all of your mechanical needs. With 24 open bays, scanning computers, tools and hydraulic lifts, patrons can service all types of domestic and foreign vehicles.
New patrons must view a 20-minute safety video and attend a 10-minute briefing before using the facility. An FMWR card (available at Gaffney Fitness Center) is required.
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS)
8612 6th Armored Cavalry Road
The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program is a communication link between service members, the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff and the chain of command regarding issues pertinent to single military life. BOSS hosts events throughout the year that may be of interest to single soldiers.
The Lanes Fort Meade
2783 MacArthur Road
Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located in the Town Centre complex between the Commissary and the Post Office, The Lanes is a newly renovated, 36-lane family fun bowling center with automated bumpers and scoring. It is open daily for recreational and league play. Inside The Lanes are both the Pin Deck Cafe and the 11th Frame Lounge and Deck—a full-service bar. The lounge is open Monday through Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons during the NFL Season. The Pro Shop at The Lanes is a full-service shop offering the latest merchandise and ball maintenance services. The Lanes also offers free Wi-Fi and a video arcade.
Patrons are invited to join one of the leagues offered at The Lanes. There is something for everyone: youth, parent and child, men’s, couples, special interest and even a PBA Sports League for those PBA hopefuls.
The Lanes offers discount prices on games and food Thursdays for family fun days.
Cosmic bowling is featured every Saturday night and on special occasions throughout the year.
Medal of Honor Memorial Library
4418 Llewellyn Ave.
301-677-5522 or 4509
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Closed Sundays, Mondays and all federal holidays.
The Medal of Honor Memorial Library, also known as the Fort Meade Post Library, has been serving the recreational and research needs of the community since 1952.
Library services offered include: public access computers with Internet, Common Access Card (CAC) readers, Wi-Fi, popular reading material for adults and children, over 100 magazines that circulate, local newspapers, books on CD, DVD, interlibrary loan (ILL) and online databases that can be accessed on your AKO account. Click on “My Library” under “My Services” to view them. There are “ebooks” that can be accessed by registering with the Library and obtaining a Personal Identification Number (PIN) Faxing and digital sending are also available.
The two regular events for children are Story Time and The Annual Summer Reading Program.
Post Library Annex
4415 Llewellyn Ave.
This library houses the children’s and adolescent collection and two study rooms.
(See Medal of Honor Memorial Library for hours of operations.)
Children’s Library at Potomac Place
Potomac Place Community Center
4998 2nd Corps Blvd.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon;
Thursday and Friday, 2 to 5 p.m.
Hours may vary due to staffing availability.
This library was specially designed with children in mind. It is an annex of the Main Library with books and DVDs just for kids. The facility features an authentic tree house.
Fort Meade Museum
4674 Griffin Ave.
301-677-6966 or 7054
Museum hours: Wednesday through Saturday,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Office hours: Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
The Fort Meade Museum was established in 1963 as the First U.S. Army Museum. Its purpose was to honor the service and sacrifices of the American Soldier. In 1973, the museum became permanently established as the Fort George G. Meade Museum. Its purpose now is to collect, preserve, study and exhibit military artifacts—particularly those items related to Fort Meade—along with early American armor.
The museum also provides educational services such as the identification of military artifacts, lectures about military history and the history of Fort Meade and battle staff rides to local battlefields. The Fort Meade Museum is free and open to the general public.
National Cryptologic Museum
Canine Road off Maryland Routes 295 & 32
301-688-5848 or 5849
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
first & third Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The exhibits at the National Cryptologic Museum pertain to the history and impact of cryptology (the science of making and breaking codes and ciphers) on world events. Exhibits range from 500-year-old books to the modern super computer. Topic examples at the museum include the Enigma Cipher Machine, the American Civil War, Vietnam, World Wars I and II, aerial reconnaissance, the Korean War and information assurance.
The museum is owned and operated by the National Security Agency and is open to the public. Admission is free. Guided and self-guided tours are available.
Camp Meade RV Park
2300 Wilson St.
Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Camp Meade RV Park, one of the most modern facilities of its kind on the East Coast, can accommodate up to 50 recreational vehicles in 21 pull-through and 29 back-in spaces. Each site has access to water, sewer, electricity and cable television. Washers and dryers and showers are within walking distance of each campsite. In addition, there are four primitive camper cabins (with heating and air conditioning) for rent. Inside the office building is a small store that carries supplies for RVs, food and picnic supplies, sundries, gift items, fresh coffee, cold drinks and breakfast sandwiches.
Camp Meade RV Park is the perfect stopping point for visitors to the area—both military and family members, military members awaiting housing or families who are en route to their next assignment.
Recreational Vehicles Storage Lot
301-677-3810 or 3029
A recreation vehicle storage lot is maintained by FMWR and available to personnel residing in government quarters on a space-available basis. Call for current availability.
2300 Wilson St.
Mondays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DFMWR card required
Items available for rent include camping equipment, boats, canoes, snow skis, pop-up campers, canopies, barbecues, seating and tables and a variety of other outdoor recreational equipment. Some items may require a reservation.
Active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel and their family members and Department of Defense civilians working on Fort Meade or at NSA are also authorized to use this equipment. A FMWR card, available at Gaffney Fitness Center, is required for eligible non-DoD patrons.
Roberts and Llewellyn Avenues and Wilson Street
Burba Park surrounds Kelly Pool. The shoreline and adjacent areas have been subdivided into five picnic sites with pavilions for barbecues and other special occasions. All areas are available for a fee on a first-come, first-served basis and require a reservation. The cottage can be rented year round, but the pavilions are only available between April 15 and Oct. 15.
Burba Park also has a newly constructed Boundless Playground with swings and other recreational equipment, accessible to children with disabilities. The playground is open every day from dawn until dusk. Patrons may fish in Burba Lake; those older than 16 must have a fishing license.
Fort Meade Pavilion
Llewellyn and Md. Rte 175
The Fort Meade Pavilion is a large (120’ x 240’) white structure used throughout the year, but primarily from April through October, as a special events venue for DFMWR events such as concerts and expos. The Pavilion is available to patrons for rent. It features a stage with power hook ups.
To receive an Operating Permit as a private organization on Fort Meade, the organizations must submit required documents to-DFMWR NAF Support Services Division/Private Organization Coordinator, 2nd Floor, 4216 Roberts Ave., Fort Meade, MD, 20755-5070. For more information on how to become a registered private organization on Fort Meade, please visit the website: www.ftmeademwr.com
Association of the United States Army
Francis Scott Key Chapter
The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is a private, nonprofit educational organization that has, since 1950, worked to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of the men and women who serve America’s Army – Active, National Guard, Reserve, civilians, retirees and family members. AUSA provides numerous professional development opportunities at a variety of local and national events.
Battle of the Bulge Historical Foundation
John Bowen 301-384-6533
The Battle of the Bulge Historical Foundation helps to maintain and foster relationships between those associated with the battle, which took place Dec. 16 to 25, 1945. Group members meet twice a year and sponsor an annual commemoration dinner to honor the memory of the battle.
Cub Scouts, Four Rivers District
(Fort Meade), Pack 377
Cub Scout Pack 377 meets weekly on Mondays at 6 p.m. at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. For more information, email Committee Chair, Karen Techaira at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cubmaster, Tim Michel at email@example.com.
Ducks Unlimited (Fort Meade Chapter)
Bob Shaw 410-674-6523
Ducks Unlimited is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization. Its members are conservationists and lovers of the outdoors who live throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant in Odenton.
Enlisted Spouses Club
The Enlisted Spouses’ Club of Fort Meade has a proud history of supporting worthwhile services and community welfare projects with an emphasis on our military community for more than 60 years. Spouses of active-duty or retired enlisted personnel E1-E9 from all branches of service including Reserve and National Guard are invited to attend.
We support the community through a variety of activities such as participating in post-led activities, providing grants to post schools and the library, hosting an annual post-wide clean up and an annual children’s holiday party.
For members, we also provide monthly socials, special interest groups, a weekend getaway and a club in-reach program designed to give spouses the extra help they need when the service member is away. We also offer more than $10,000 in scholarships annually for children of active duty and retired service members who reside in the area as well as a scholarship for members in their pursuit of post secondary education. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in Building T-4 on Range Road (across from the Pet Care Center).
Allan Grossberg 410-551-7953
The Fort Meade E-9 Association is a private organization established to promote camaraderie, high morale and esprit-decorps among active, retired, reserve and National Guard E-9s and E-8s promotable from all U.S. military services located within the surrounding Fort Meade area.
Association activities include social gatherings, regular meetings, presentations of appropriate mementos to departing members, introduction of new arrivals and the extension of condolence for the death of an active member or member’s immediate family.
The group meets the second Friday of every month at 7 a.m. at the Lanes.
Meade Area Garden Club
P.O. Box 156
Fort Meade, MD. 20755
Sharon Durney, President 410-761-5019
Membership in The Post Garden Club, also known as The Meade Area Garden Club, is open to active duty, retired, civilian personnel and families in the Fort Meade community, regardless of service affiliation. The club provides informative programs about gardening, plants, flower arranging, and landscaping, as well as opportunities to meet new people in the community. It also assists with post beautification projects, such as providing judges for the annual Yard-of-the-Year competition. The group also sponsors trips to events of interest to gardeners, such as the Philadelphia Flower Show. Members pay annual dues, which include a monthly newsletter, monthly meetings with refreshments and programs and discounts on trips.
The club meets the third Friday of each month, from September to November and January to April, at 10 a.m. at the Jessup Community Center, Jessup MD, at Maryland Route 175 and Wigley Avenue.
German Wives’ Club
Isolda Fletcher 410-305-4793
The German Wives’ Club is open to ladies interested in talking and socializing in the German language. The club meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Midway Commons Neighborhood Community Center .
Lorrie Short 443-694-6694
Fort Meade Girl Scout Community #41 has been in existence since the 1920s to develop girls of courage, confidence and character. The organization implements its mission through programs, activities and camp opportunities; many in partnerships with local organizations and businesses that allow girls to discover who they are; connect with individuals and organizations that have interests, talents and skills that encourage girls to achieve their goals and make their communities a better place.
If you are interested in joining the Girl Scouts call Kim Larsen, service unit manager, or Beth Connor, registrar at 202-705-1484, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military Officers Association of America
(Fort Meade Chapter)
John Whitman 410-551-0528
The Military Officers Association of America is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers. MOAA has more than 370,000 members nationally and has been in existence for more than 75 years. MOAA has been at the forefront of military benefits improvements such as pay increases, health care improvements and retirement enhancements. It is an independent, nonprofit, non-partisan organization with chapters throughout the world. The association plays a role in military personnel matters and proposes legislation affecting the career force, retiree community and veterans of the uniformed services.
The Fort Meade MOAA Chapter has 140 active duty, former officers and retirees who are members, many of whom are working in either their second or third careers after military service. The chapter meets at least quarterly and hosts a variety of guest speakers and programs. Support from current and potential members is critical to retention and the improvement of current and future benefits and for enhancing quality of life programs.
Military Order of the World Wars
(General George G. Meade Chapter)
Sheldon A. Goldberg 301-572-6168
MOWW is a patriotic nonpartisan organization established in 1919 to promote the welfare of the nation. It provides books and materials for students to learn about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. flag. Future leaders get an education that helps to keep our national heritage and free enterprise system alive.
Chapters are the backbone of the Order and hold regular meetings to engage in a dialogue about issues of national importance and plan for the Order’s outreach programs to include the Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, ROTC/JROTC programs, Massing of the Colors, support of memorial services and patriotic education programs for youth.
Mike Hadley 410-340-9033
The National Sojourners is a Masonic organization composed of past and present commissioned officers, warrant officers and senior noncommissioned officers, who are master Masons.
Officers’ Spouses’ Club
The Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club has a rich history at Fort Meade. It was started in 1925 as the Officers’ Wives’ Club. With the changing of the times, the name changed to Officers’ Spouses’ Club in 2011.
The mission of the Fort Meade Officers’ Spouses’ Club is to provide a feeling of friendship among its members and preserve the ideals and traditions of the community through social and charitable activities. We work to unify the interests and activities of our members for the betterment of Fort Meade and the surrounding community. Active membership in the OSC is open to spouses of active duty, retired and reserve officers, and warrant officers of all branches of the armed services. Associate membership is open to spouses of Department of Defense civilians, GS-9 and above. The club meets the third Thursday of each month for membership luncheons. Special activity groups, such as Bunco, the breakfast club, the book club, and mom and tots meet throughout the month.
Each year we hold at least three fundraisers with the money going toward local community welfare projects, such as local food panties, grants to schools, and shelters, to name a few. We also offer scholarships annually for high school seniors, current college students, and spouses who want to go to college or continue their secondary education.
The Retired Enlisted Association (Chapter 24)
Elliott Philip 443-790-3805
The Retired Enlisted Association (Chapter 24) is open to
retired and active duty members who were enlisted and Reserve and National Guard service members with 10 or more years of service. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD.
Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club
Lianne Roberts 301-464-5498
The ROWC is an independent, nonprofit, private club. Its purpose is to support the military and civilian community of Fort Meade, to promote an exchange of ideas and to provide social and cultural activities for members.
Membership is extended to spouses, widows and widowers, and to retired officers of all branches of the military services. Associate membership may be extended to adult caregivers and relatives of the household. Associate membership is also extended to DoD employees who retired at the grade of GS-9 and above (and their spouses) and to veterans (and their spouses) who served as officers in the military but separated from the service before retirement.
Activities include monthly luncheons, which are held on the first Tuesday of the month from September through May at Club Meade; a group, called “The Summer Lunch Bunch,” that meets monthly from June through August; day trips to the theater, museums and other local places of interest; and participation in special observances on post and in the local community. Other activities are scheduled throughout the year, such as the Veterans Appreciation Day luncheon in November. Members of the ROWC also support Fort Meade in its morale and welfare projects and provide volunteer services to Kimbrough Army Community Hospital, the chapels on Fort Meade and other organizations and projects as needed.
Anna Taylor 301-677-9603
Fort Meade Retiree Council is made up of military retirees, widows and widowers. The council’s objective is to voice the concerns of retirees to the installation commander, help institute programs that will create a strong communication link between the active Army and the retired community and provide input about decisions, policies and laws that affect the retired community.
Fort Meade Rod and Gun Club
Membership in the Meade Rod and Gun Club (MRGC) is open to active duty military, military retirees, veterans, civilians, and dependents. The club conducts a variety of hunting, fishing, and shooting activities regularly throughout the year. Annual fishing rodeos, bay fishing trips, M1 Garand qualification shoots, hunter safety classes, a crab feast and a game feast are some of the club’s highlight events. We have a proud history of teaching competitive marksmanship and shooting. Our club is affiliated with both the National Rifle Association and the Civilian Marksmanship Program and is a member club of the Associated Gun Clubs (AGC) of Baltimore. We are one of only four gun clubs allowed to use the shooting ranges on the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge. Club members are also eligible to purchase a range badge from the AGC and use the Marriottsville Firearms Range Complex in Baltimore County. We currently meet at 1900 the first Thursday of every month at Perry’s Restaurant on Route 175 in Odenton.
Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Association (MD/DC Chapter)
John Bowen 301-384-6533
This group is made up of veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, which took place Dec. 16 to 25, 1945. The group meets on the second Sunday of the even months at Club Meade.
TRAVEL & TOURISM
A military community with an urban touch, “Team Meade” is located between the Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington. Supportive counties include Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince George.
Fort Meade’s location offers easy access to historical sites and other attractions including the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, outings at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the National Aquarium. Port Discovery, in Baltimore, is one of the top five children’s museums in the United States.
History buffs will also enjoy a visit to Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Fort McHenry is best known for its role in the War of 1812 and the location in which Francis Scott Key would write the poem “The Defense of Fort McHenry,” which would later become “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the American Civil War, the area where Fort McHenry sits served as a military prison for Confederate soldiers.
Sport fans can enjoy events at Orioles Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
Trips to Washington include the Smithsonian Institute, concerts at the Kennedy Center and tours at the White House. Sporting attractions include professional football at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, and Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals.
If shopping is your pleasure, local malls include The Mall at Columbia, the Arundel Mills Outlet Mall and the Westfield Annapolis Mall.
Many local and regional attractions, business and nonprofit organizations offer military discounts, host events and offer other friendly gestures that show support, recognition and appreciation of the service of military members and their families.
Capt. John Smith first explored Maryland in 1608. Since that time the state has furnished the nation with some of its most brilliant diplomats and patriots. Famous Marylanders include Benjamin Banneker, Francis Scott Key, Edgar Allen Poe, Upton Sinclair and Babe Ruth. The bravery of Maryland troops in the Revolution won the state its nickname, “The Old Line State.” Named after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I of England, Maryland is the eighth-smallest state in the union with a total area of 10,460 square miles. Two hundred Europeans settled Maryland in 1634, and the state has flourished ever since. Maryland was the seventh of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution on April 28, 1788. In the War of 1812, a British fleet attempted to seize Fort McHenry in Baltimore. During a 25-hour bombardment from Sept. 13 to 14, 1814, American troops successfully defended the fort, inspiring Marylander Frances Scott Key to write the “Star Spangled Banner,” which later became the national anthem. The historic sights of Maryland are a great attraction for tourists and residents alike.
Founded in the mid-17th century, Annapolis has been the capital of Maryland since 1695. It was the first peacetime capital of the U.S. Since 1845, it has been the home of the U.S. Naval Academy. Tours are available at the State House, where in 1783 Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially ending the American Revolution. The State House, built in 1772, is located in the center of Annapolis and was the first capitol of the U.S. Today, it is the oldest state house still in legislative use in America.
United States Naval Academy
121 Blake Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
410-293-1000 or 410-293-8687
Visit the U.S. Naval Academy, and walk the grounds of the world famous higher institution for U.S. Naval officers and home for approximately 4,500 midshipmen. Established in 1845, the academy displays parades, concerts and other various events every year during “Commissioning Week,” finishing off with midshipmen graduation in late May.
The Naval Academy Museum features 300 years of American Naval history. There are four exhibition galleries totaling 12,000 square feet. In addition to the galleries, museum objects are also exhibited in the Chapel crypt, Memorial Hall, the Yard, and most of the academic buildings. Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. There is no cost for admission.
Access to the academy grounds is limited. Visitors older than 16 must have a valid picture identification. The center is open daily. Guided walking tours of the grounds are offered through the visitor’s center.
Antietam National Battlefield
5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
(One mile north of Sharpsburg, Md., on Rte 65.)
Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North culminated with the Battle of Antietam, (or Sharpsburg, as the South called it), in Maryland. The battle took place Sept. 17, 1862, just 18 days after the Confederate victory at Second Manassas, 40 miles to the southeast in Virginia. Annual events include a Memorial Day Commemoration, held the Saturday before Memorial Day; Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) on Sept. 17; Independence Day Commemoration, held the Saturday closest to July 4; and the Memorial Illumination, held on the first Saturday in December.
The visitor’s center houses a museum, observation room, 134-seat theater, book store and research library and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Memorial Day to Labor Day) and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Labor Day to Memorial Day). Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. There is an admission fee for anyone over the age of 16.
The original town of Baltimore was founded in 1729, but it wasn’t incorporated until 1796. Baltimore was named to honor the title of Maryland’s founding family, the six Lords Baltimore. It was a tiny village of 200 homes in 1768 when it became the Baltimore County seat. The city grew and became an important ship-building center where merchants prospered and the city’s port flourished. The city was separated from Baltimore County and given status equal to that of the counties in 1851. Baltimore was the third-largest city in the nation by 1860 and today is the 18th largest. With a world port, government offices, significant medical and educational institutions and major tourist attractions, Baltimore is one of the most important cities on the East Coast.
Neighborhoods in Baltimore include Federal Hill, Fells Point, Little Italy and Mount Vernon Place. The popular neighborhood of Federal Hill was named for a huge celebration the residents held in honor of the ratification of the federal Constitution. The cannon on the hill overlooking the Inner Harbor is a reminder of the Civil War, when federal troops seized the railroads and occupied Baltimore and Annapolis to keep Maryland in the Union and to prevent Washington, D.C. from being surrounded by Confederate states. Among Baltimore’s literary landmarks is a house lived in by Edgar Allan Poe, who died in Baltimore in 1849. He is buried in Westminster Cemetery, where Baltimore teachers and school children erected a monument in 1875.
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third-oldest zoo in the country and began in 1862 when the citizens donated animals, beginning with four swans, to Druid Hill Park for public display.
Currently the zoo’s animal collection includes more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. Animals are displayed in natural settings replicating their native habitats. The zoo features a three-acre African elephant park and a hippo and African flamingo exhibit. Take a safari through Africa. Discover hands-on adventures in the Children’s Zoo, and explore the winding path through the Lyn P. Meyerhoff Maryland Wilderness. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and the months of January and February. There is a fee for admission.
2400 East Fort Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
This historic site, located in south Baltimore, features a replica flagpole on the 1814 site that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that later became our national anthem. The fort, named after James McHenry, secretary of war from 1796 to 1800, also features guard rooms, officers’ quarters, barracks, and cannons from the War of 1812 and Civil War periods.
Come witness the flag change held daily (weather permitting) at 9:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. (7:20 p.m. during the summer months), interpretive programs and seasonal living history lessons. The star fort and grounds are available for self-guided tours. The grounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the visitor’s center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. There is an admission fee for those older than 15.
Harborplace & the Gallery
200 East Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202-6103
Spend the day in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and witness first-hand what makes Baltimore one of the greatest cities on the East Coast. The area offers everything from exquisite dining and endless shopping to adventurous nightlife.
Maryland Science Center
Davis Planetarium & IMAX Theater
601 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-685-5225 or 2370
Located in the Inner Harbor, the Maryland Science Center makes science fun for children and adults alike. The center features exhibits about the Chesapeake Bay, hands-on scientific experiments and more. The IMAX Theater features a five-story high screen and 38 surround sound speakers. There is a fee for admission.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Merriweather Post Pavilion, one of the world’s most beautiful and storied amphitheaters, is nestled in a 40-acre forest known as Symphony Woods off U.S. Route 29 in Columbia. It is 13 miles from post. For more than 40 years, Merriweather has hosted a diverse range of artists and events, offering contemporary entertainment that has included everything from hard rock to classical.
National Aquarium in Baltimore
501 East Pratt St., Pier 3
Baltimore, MD 21202
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a world-class aquatic institution dedicated to environmental education and stewardship. Its living collection includes more than 11,000 animals from more than 600 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals that live in award-winning, recreated habitats. The aquarium recently opened its largest expansion: Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, highlighting Australia’s northern territory. Hours vary seasonally. There is a fee for admission.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 West Camden St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the beautiful baseball-only facility in downtown Baltimore, became the official home of the Orioles on April 6, 1992. Oriole Park is state-of-the-art yet unique, traditional and intimate in design. It blends with the urban context of downtown Baltimore but takes its image from baseball parks built in the early 20th century. The ballpark seats 48,876. A light rail system brings fans directly to the park.
M&T Bank Stadium
(Home of the Baltimore Ravens)
1101 Russell St.
Baltimore, MD 21230-2602
M&T Bank Stadium is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Baltimore. It is the home of the Baltimore Ravens National Football League team. The stadium is immediately adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles. Served by the Hamburg Street station of the Baltimore Light Rail, the stadium originally featured a natural grass surface. However, an artificial surface was installed for the 2003 season. The stadium is used for college football, lacrosse and other events throughout the year.
(Home of the Washington Redskins)
1600 FedEx Way
Landover, MD 20785
FedEx Field (originally called Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in honor of a former Redskins owner) is a football stadium located near the Capital Beltway (I-495) in Prince George’s County. FedEx Field is the home of the Washington Redskins National Football League team. With seating for 91,704, FedEx Field is the largest NFL stadium. It is accessible via the Metrorail’s Blue Line.
35 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Ranked by Child magazine among the top five children’s museums in the country, Port Discovery offers ever-changing interactive fun for the whole family. Children can climb up Kidworks, a three-story urban treehouse, use real tools to make inventions in R&D Dream-lab, travel back in time to ancient Egypt in Adventure Expeditions, be part of an interactive game show in MPT Studio and more. Open throughout the year except for holidays. There is a fee for admission.
Laurel Park & Pimlico
Route 198 and Racetrack Road
Laurel, MD 20725
301-725-0400 or 410-792-7775
Laurel Park is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and only 7 miles from Fort Meade. Pimlico, under the same management, is located in Baltimore and has been home to the renowned Preakness Stakes since 1873. This second leg in Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown is run annually on the third Saturday in May.
The District of Columbia, named for George Washington and Christopher Columbus in 1791, is the seat of the federal government and the nation’s capital. This 63-square-mile city boasts a population of more than a half million residents with hundreds of sights and points of interest that attract visitors from around the world. The city’s climate is described as humid subtropical with the temperature in winter averaging 34 degrees and 77 degrees during the summer, although these are subject to wide fluctuations.
Maj. Pierre L’Enfant designed Washington D.C. in 1791. It was the first American city planned for a specific purpose. L’Enfant laid out the city around numerous circles and squares connected by straight boulevards. The layout has often been described as reminiscent of a series of wagon wheels. This design, often described as brilliant, allowed for growth; however L’Enfant could not have foreseen the advent of automobiles in a nation of more than 330 million people. Four sections make up Washington: northeast, southeast, northwest and southwest. Any address is always followed by an abbreviation of the appropriate section of town: NE, SE, NW and SW. Washington has one of the most comprehensive and attractive public transportation systems on the East Coast. The Metro not only connects the numerous sights in the city, but it also branches out to parts of Virginia and Maryland.
900 Ohio Drive, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
202-426-6821 or 202-619-7222
A monument to our third president, this 19-foot bronze statue stands beneath a rotunda inscribed with passages from the Declaration of Independence and Jefferson’s other famous writings. Open 24 hours daily; Rangers are on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. There is no fee for admission.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
On the southwest shore of the Tidal Basin
West Potomac Park
Independence Avenue and Ohio Drive, SW.
Washington, D.C. 20024
Our 32nd President, a man who embodied the meaning of the word courage despite being stricken with polio at age 39 and paralyzed from the waist down, emerged as a true leader, guiding our country through the Great Depression and World War II. The memorial honors this man, his story, and his era.
900 Ohio Drive, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
The classic Greek temple memorial is located at West Potomac Park on the National Mall. This grand memorial overlooks the Reflecting Pool. Inside, the 19-foot marble statue of the 16th president is flanked by inscriptions of his Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address. Open 24 hours daily; Park Rangers are on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. There is no fee for admission. The nearest metro is Foggy Bottom-GWU.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
On the southwest shore of the Tidal Basin
West Basin Drive and Ohio Drive, SW.
Washington, D.C. 20024
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial honors a man of conscience who lead the civil rights movement with his message of freedom, equality, justice and love. It is the first on the National Mall devoted to a citizen activist.
1500 South Capitol St., SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
Nationals Park, home to the Washington Nationals, is located in Southeast Washington adjacent to the Washington Navy Yard and Anacostia River. The 41,546 seat venue opened in spring 2008 and features an innovative design of steel, glass and pre-cast concrete that uniquely reflects the architecture of Washington, D.C. More than half the crowd can walk straight off of the street into their seats, without ever climbing elevators, escalators, ramps or stairs because the field is 24 feet below street level, and the main concourse is at the same height as the sidewalk. Use the Metrorail Green Line for direct access.
World War II Memorial
At the eastern end of the
along 17th Street, NW/SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
The World War II Memorial commemorates the sacrifice and celebrates the victory of “the greatest generation.” Friedrich St. Florian’s winning design balances classical and modernist styles of architecture, harmonizes with its natural and cultural surroundings and connects the legacy of the American Revolution and the American Civil War with a great crusade to rid the world of fascism.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20566
800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600
202-416-8341 (group tours)
Overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the nation’s busiest arts facility presents more than 3,300 performances each year for more than 2 million spectators. The Kennedy Center continues to fulfill JFK’s vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular and folk music and multi-media performances for all ages.
The Kennedy Center contains the Opera House, Concert Hall, Eisenhower Theater, the Terrace Theater, Hall of Nations and the American Film Institute Theater. A shuttle is available from Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro.
National Air & Space Museum
Independence Avenue at 6th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560
The National Air and Space Museum has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display, including the Wright 1903 Flyer; the Spirit of St. Louis; the Apollo 11 command module Columbia; and a Lunar Rock sample that visitors can touch. The museum offers 22 exhibition galleries, the Lockheed Martin IMAX® Theater, flight simulators, a three-level museum shop and a food-court-style restaurant. Guided tours, daily free educational programs and school group tours and activities are also available. The Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport displays hundreds of additional artifacts and offers events, educational programs, IMAX films and more.
The National Air and Space Museum is open daily, except Christmas, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is no admission fee. The closest Metro is Smithsonian.
National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street and Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the U.S. Capitol building on the National Mall, the museum’s location symbolizes a deeper understanding and reconciliation between America’s first citizens and those who have come to make these shores their home. The National Museum of the American Indian is located between the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building.
National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo was established March 2, 1889, by an Act of Congress for “the advancement of science and the instruction and recreation of the people.” Today, the National Zoo exhibits living animal and plant collections and conducts research in conservation biology and reproductive science. Its mission is to provide leadership in animal care, science, education and sustainability. There are more than 2,000 animals representing nearly 400 species on display. The Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat and Asia Trail opened in late 2006 as the first major step in a 10-year initiative to renovate and modernize the National Zoo. Other highlights include the Great Cats, Kids’ Farm and Amazonia. Open daily, except Christmas. From April 1 to Oct. 31, animal buildings are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the grounds are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. From Nov. 1 to March 31, animal buildings are open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and grounds open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no fee for admission. The closest Metro is Cleveland Park or Woodley Park-National Zoo.
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
The Newseum—a 250,000-square-foot museum of news—offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, America’s main street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums, the exterior’s unique architectural features include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment. The Newseum features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. It offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Construction on this hallowed residence began in 1792 and ended amongst much patriotic fanfare in 1800. Though never inhabited by George Washington himself, the White House was nevertheless conceived by the father of our nation as a holy fortress from which to guard against the tyranny of “big government” and “social programs.”
Public tours of the White House are only available for groups of 10 or more people. Requests must be submitted through one’s member of Congress and are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays), and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis approximately one month in advance of the requested date. All White House tours are free of charge. For the most current tour information, please call the 24-hour line at 202-456-7041.