Prince George’s County in Maryland is an ideal addition to a group itinerary in the Northeast. Located just outside of Washington D.C., this charming county has plenty of history, outdoor recreation, and shopping to entertain groups.
Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park to cruise the scenic Anacostia River on a pontoon boat tour. Private tours can cover general river interpretation or topics like wetlands, the War of 1812, Native Americans, the history of Bladensburg, and more.
Connect with nature at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service facility on the grounds of the Patuxent Research Refuge features interactive exhibits, wildlife habitats, and nature oriented programs. Surrounding forests, lakes, and trails provide opportunities for recreation, educational programs, and tours.
History lessons abound in Prince George’s County. Walk through the historic remnants of a pre-Civil War fort at Fort Washington Park, a National Park Service site. Or, take in some flight history at the College Park Aviation Museum at College Park Airport, known as the world’s oldest continuously operating airport. It was founded in 1909 when Wilbur Wright arrived to give flight instructions to the first military aviators. Museum exhibits highlight unique aircraft and early aviation technology.
Visit National Harbor, a waterfront resort destination on the banks of the Potomac River, which is home to MGM National Harbor, an integrated luxury casino resort, and Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The Waterfront District features boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment options along picturesque promenades. Spend time shopping at Tanger Outlets and view the harbor from the 180-foot observation wheel, The Capital Wheel.
Main Image: Wheel In The Sky at National Harbor; Credit: National Harbor