For over two decades, Howard County Recreation and Parks has offered a highly successful Recreational Travel Program. Trips vary from affordable day trips to weekly excursions. Whether you set your sights near or far, there’s bound to be a trip on the itinerary that interests you. Enjoy sightseeing, shopping, dining and entertainment with us. Transportation and accommodation fees are included in the trip cost. Bring friends, family, or just explore on your own and make new friends!

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Info: Tracy Adkins, 410-313-7279 or tadkins@howardcountymd.gov. To register, call 410 313-7275 or click here

*Trips pick up from either the Bain Center or Long Gate Park and Ride, unless otherwise noted.*
Trips by Month


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Open since 1936, this museum is among the largest in the U.S.A. With more than 5,000 years of art from around the world, it ranks among the top comprehensive art museums. Enjoy a delicious and relaxing lunch on your own at either the onsite Amuse Restaurant or Best Café!  

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Located in Washington, D.C., this is “the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts.” The museum’s impressive collection features 4,500 works from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1,000 artists! Lunch on your own at the Mezzanine Café. 

Hippodrome: Wicked

Wicked, hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” this Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a popular, bubbly blonde, their rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other “wicked.” Reserve early; tickets will go fast!

Granite Rose Tea Parlor

The Granite Rose Tea Parlor is located in the lovely historic rural community of Granite in the southwestern part of Baltimore County and offers a unique Victorian setting on the first floor of a beautiful 1890’s historically-significant home. Join us for tea, delicious scones and other tasty treats at this magnificent 5-star rated venue! Minimal walking required.



Philadelphia Flower Show - Rivera Holiday

Designed to offer inspiration and conservation, enjoy beautiful fountains, ponds, water features, and rain gardens. Visit acres of gardens, thousands of artistic floral and horticultural displays, and over 180 shops in the Marketplace. Enjoy live entertainment, interactive exhibits, gardening, and culinary demonstrations. Lunch is on your own at the Reading Terminal Market. Reserve early; tickets will go fast! 

The Department of Defense: Pentagon Tour

The Pentagon is virtually a city in itself. Approximately 26,000 employees, both military and civilian, contribute to the planning and execution of the defense of our country. The tour of this one-of-a-kind facility lasts approximately 60 minutes and includes the mission of the Department of Defense, each of its branches of Service, and visits numerous displays that highlight and depict significant moments in military history. Pack your own lunch and snacks to enjoy on the bus. 

The National Cathedral: Cherry Blossom Tour & Tea

Spring is cherry blossom time in our Nation’s Capital! Come visit the sixth-largest cathedral in the world. On our tour, enjoy the cathedral highlights (including all the must-see features). This is a perfect intro to the history, architecture, and artwork of the Washington National Cathedral for both first-time and returning visitors. After our tour, we proceed to the tower’s Pilgrim Observatory Gallery to enjoy a special, festive tea to celebrate the blooming cherry blossoms. 

The Odyssey: Cherry Blossom Festival Lunch Cruise

Enjoy unparalleled views of Washington, D.C. covered in gorgeous cherry blossoms during this two-hour Odyssey lunch cruise with family or the company of great friends. Delight in upscale, sophisticated dining and entertainment during a mid-day cruise on the Potomac River, and take in unparalleled views of D.C.’s greatest landmarks from an all-glass ship! Sign up early!

National Museum of Health and Medicine

Established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum, this center houses an impressive collection of specimens for research in military medicine and surgery. In addition to the hundreds of displays and exhibits, one of the most popular is the collection of items from President Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865. They include fragments of the slain president’s skull, pieces of hair, part of the doctor’s blood-stained shirt cuff, and reproductions of Lincoln’s face and hands – even the lead ball removed from his head, labeled simply “The Bullet That Took the President’s Life.” Shocking, yet compelling – this museum provides an unforgettable journey through history and the medical breakthroughs that have saved millions of lives around the world. Moderate walking required.

Photos from our Trips

Click below to see photos from our recent trip the National Cathedral's Flower Mart!


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Featured Trip




The Odyssey: Cherry Blossom Festival Lunch Cruise 

Enjoy unparalleled views of Washington DC covered in gorgeous cherry blossoms during this two-hour Odyssey lunch cruise with family or the company of great friends. Delight in upscale, sophisticated dining and entertainment during a mid-day cruise on the Potomac River, and take in unparalleled views of DC's greatest landmarks from an all-glass ship! Sign up early! Moderate walking required.








Volunteer Spotlight

Trip Leader : Marlene Weinberg (pictured left)
Marlene has been volunteering for many years with our Trips and Tours Program.
Enjoys museums and sightseeing!

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