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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

March

All remaining March 2020 trips have been cancelled. Refunds are being provided for any customers who were already enrolled at the time of cancellation. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to be able to resume our trips and tour programs as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

April

All April 2020 trips have been cancelled. Refunds are being provided for any customers who were already enrolled at the time of cancellation. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to be able to resume our trips and tour programs as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

May

National Cathedral Flower Mart

An irresistible array of festival foods, children's rides, artisanal and boutique gifts and, of course, herbs and flowers, once again fills the nave and grounds of the Cathedral at this year's Flower Mart. Drawing thousands of locals and tourists alike since 1939, this festival of flowers and fun celebrates All Hallows Guild's antique carousel. Lots of walking (over a mile). 

United States National Arboretum

Established in 1927 by an Act of Congress, the National Arboretum is a garden, a park, and an important research institution as part of the United States Department of Agriculture. Its 446 acres include world-famous collections of azaleas, Bonsai and Penjing, dwarf conifers, and much more, cared for by staff and over 140 volunteers. It is truly where science meets nature and a beautiful place to visit and explore! Pack a lunch for a picnic on your own.

National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian houses one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of its kind. The museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities from across the hemisphere, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America. Lunch on your own at the onsite Mitsitam Café and Espresso Coffee Bar.  

United States Capitol

The Capitol is a monument, working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. The history of the building began in 1793. Since then, it has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended and restored. The Capitol you see today is the result of several major periods of construction; it stands as a monument to the ingenuity, determination and skill of the American people. Lunch on your own at the Capitol Café.

June

Choptank Riverboat Cruise & Lunch

Hop aboard for a spectacular lunch on the Choptank Riverboat Company's reproduction of an authentic 80-foot turn-of-the-century paddle wheeler. Fully enclosed lower deck with heating and air conditioning and stunning views! Lunch provided by Suicide Bridge Restaurant.  
 

Hippodrome Theater Presents Miss Saigon

A real juggernaut of a show, Miss Saigon soars once again on a new national tour! Adapted from Puccini's operatic tragedy Madame Butterfly, it's a stunning love story, a gritty war drama and an all-out cabaret piece wrapped up in one. With impeccable singing and set design, this incredible 25th anniversary revival production is an enchanting and evocative theatrical experience you won't forget! 

Ladew Topiary Gardens

Visit one of the top five gardens in North America! Enjoy Ladew’s 22 acres, featuring 15 formal "garden rooms" and more than 100 larger-than-life topiary forms along with the historic Manor House, Nature Walk and Butterfly House! Enjoy a relaxing lunch or a refreshing snack on your own at the onsite Ladew Café and Courtyard.  

George Washington Masonic National Memorial Tour

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a memorial, museum, an active Masonic temple, a research library, a cultural space, a community and performing arts center, and an important national landmark. Visit this one-of-a-kind venue with special exhibits found nowhere else that commemorates the memory of George Washington – the father of our country! Moderate walking required. Gift shop onsite. Pack your own snacks for short bus trip to and from the venue.

July

Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

Join Norman Shankle, our very own Howard County Recreation and Parks opera expert, for an exciting adventure on New York City’s Broadway to see a timeless show! For over 30 years, The Phantom of the Opera has been the Broadway musical all others are measured against. The ageless story, the unforgettable score, the undeniable obsession that could never die. Winner of seven 1988 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stunning masterwork is more than the longest-running musical in Broadway history—it’s an international phenomenon that unmasks emotions, leaving audiences everywhere breathless. 

United States Naval Academy Tour

Professional guides discuss midshipmen life and provide commentary on the major attractions in the Yard, including Bancroft Hall (student dormitory), Memorial Hall, Herndon Monument (famous for Herndon Climb), Main Chapel and Crypt of John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval hero. This amazing tour of the beautiful campus is followed by lunch on your own at The Naval Academy Club. Significant walking required. 

Hillwood Museum Tea & Tour

Marjorie Merriweather Post was a leading American socialite and the owner of General Foods. She used much of her fortune to collect art, which is now on display at Hillwood, the museum that was her estate. Enjoy a delicious light-fair for afternoon tea at the renowned estate café and then journey through her home to experience the many elegant personal touches that made Hillwood one of Washington’s most memorable homes.

August

Delaware Art Museum

The roots of the Delaware Art Museum trace all the way back to the founding of the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts in 1912. Its mission is to preserve and exhibit the works of Howard Pyle, who was often referred to as the father of modern illustration. Today, the Delaware Art Museum regularly exhibits over 100 Howard Pyle works of art alongside the largest collection of preRaphaelite art outside the British Isles, a collection of urban landscapes by John Sloan, and a number of works from Pyle’s famous students. The museum also features a sculpture garden and regularly changing travelling exhibits. Lunch onsite at the Thronson Café.  

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Experience this powerful living memorial visited by more than 40 million since its dedication in 1993. This amazing and emotionally moving memorial provides for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. The museum’s Permanent Exhibition contains more than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters showing historic film footage and eyewitness testimonies. Lunch on your own at the onsite café.

Totem Pole Playhouse Presents West Side Story

Inspired by the timeless story of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, and places them in the vibrant battleground of New York City’s West Side in the 1950s. In the midst of the deep-seated rivalry between the Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, and the white gang, the Jets, Maria and Tony discover that ancient grudges are no match for true love. West Side Story remains one of American musical theatre’s most revolutionary and most loved treasures.  

Woodwind Schooner Cruise

Join us on one of two beautiful, wooden, 74-foot schooners for a true sailing experience in Annapolis, Maryland. Located in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is “America’s Sailing Capital.” Help raise the sails, steer the boat, or simply sit back and relax as Woodwind sails from the historic Annapolis waterfront, past the Naval Academy and cruises into the Chesapeake Bay. Lunch on your own at a local restaurant.

September

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Enjoy comfortable transportation along with four-night accommodations, four breakfasts, and three dinners as Cape Cod’s wonders unfold before you! Enjoy the serene waters of Hyannis Harbor, tour the bustling city of Boston, shop at Quincy Market, or find a treasure in the artist town of Provincetown. Historic sites and landmarks, sandy dunes, seaside cottages, artsy towns and quaint shops make Cape Cod the “something for everyone” destination! This trip will sell out quickly! 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

 

Miss Saigon Title Art

 

Hippodrome Theater Presents Miss Saigon

A real juggernaut of a show, Miss Saigon soars once again on a new national tour! Adapted from Puccini's operatic tragedy Madame Butterfly, it's a stunning love story, a gritty war drama and an all-out cabaret piece wrapped up in one. With impeccable singing and set design, this incredible 25th anniversary revival production is an enchanting and evocative theatrical experience you won't forget!

 

 

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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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