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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.*

 

Photos
View photos from D.C. Memorials and Cherry Blossoms trip here.

Featured Trip

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Swan Lake at Hershey Theater

A must see! This is the first visit of the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa to the United States. Featuring 55 ballet stars, Swan Lake is a ballet in four acts with one intermission. The choreography is modeled after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. This full-scale production is set to the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend. Follow a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. Please bring a meal to eat on the bus.

 

Trips by Month

January

 

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery was authorized and founded by Congress in 1962 with the mission to acquire and display portraits of "men and women
who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.” Lunch is on your own at the café.

 

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Experience this powerful, living memorial visited by more than 40 million since its dedication in 1993. This emotionally-moving museum provides 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 over 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters showing historic film footage and testimonies.

 

Baltimore Museum of Industry

The Baltimore Museum of Industry celebrates the innovators, entrepreneurs and workers who propelled this port city into the industrial age and beyond. From garment making to airplane manufacturing, food canning to video game design, visitors to the museum will discover how Baltimore’s pioneering spirit built the region’s manufacturing might and continues to shape Maryland today. Located in an 1860s oyster cannery on a five-acre waterfront campus, the BMI offers dynamic exhibitions, live demonstrations, engaging tours and hands-on activities for guests of all ages. 

 

 

February

Hershey Theater- Swan Lake

A must see! This is the first visit of the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa to the United States. Featuring 55 ballet stars, Swan Lake is a ballet in four acts with one intermission. The choreography is modeled after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. This full-scale production is set to the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend. Follow a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. Please bring a meal to eat on the bus.

Hillwood Museum: Valentine's Day Tour & Tea

Visit the former residence of businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist, and collector Marjorie Merriweather Post. Hillwood is known for its large, decorative art collection that focuses heavily on the House of Romanov, including Fabergé eggs. Other highlights are 18th and 19th century French art and one of the country’s finest orchid collections. Nestled in the hills of Northwest D.C., Hillwood welcomes visitors from around the world with its hospitality. Explore the pristine mansion, enjoy the beauty of the formal gardens, and cap off the visit with delicious tea and treats!

 

African Art Museuem Baltimore

Celebrate African American History Month with Howard County Trips & Tours! Learn about African American history and culture through a unique tour and onsite exploration at the museum. The African Art Museum of Maryland, through an exploration of the art of Africa, is dedicated to the encouragement of broader understanding and awareness of the diverse cultures and artistic expressions.

 

Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House

Located on a 62-acre property in Relay, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House opened on August 3, 2018 for tours, tastings and dining in a 270-seat restaurant. It is the company’s first brewing operation in the U. S. since the 1950s, and although the famous stout is only brewed in Dublin, enjoy many styles and flavors geared for the growing American craft beer market. Enjoy an hour tour and tasting at this new brewery!

 

 

March

Philadelphia Flower Show

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. Sign up early − this sells out every year!

America's Most Historic Prison Tour

Visit Philadelphia's infamous Eastern State Penitentiary, what was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. This haunting site of crumbling cell blocks and guard towers once held “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone. The one-hour guided tour is followed by time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own at Philadelphia food venues.

Madame Tussauds

Fun for the entire family! Want to get up close and personal with some of history’s most famous people? Come visit this wax museum which hosts lifelike figures of recent Presidents, First Ladies, iconic figures, and Hollywood stars! Enjoy lunch on your own at a nearby restaurant.

Orioles Camden Yard Tour

Come see Oriole Park at Camden Yards from a whole new perspective. Enjoy the charm of the ballpark from club level suites, the press level, and even the Orioles dugout. Oriole Park revolutionized baseball when it debuted on Opening Day 1992. Now is your chance to go behind the scenes of this historic ballpark and learn more about how it has continued to change baseball fan experiences ever since.

 

April

Strathmore: Cirque Goes Hollywood

It's opening night! Come see this spring's hottest show. Troupe Vertigo brings Hollywood flair to the Pops stage. Enjoy acrobats, aerialists, jugglers and extraordinary athletic artistry set to Hollywood’s hottest music hits. Enjoy dinner or drink on your own before the show at Strathmore’s Allegro Kitchen. 

 

May

National Cathedral Flower Mart

An irresistible array of festival foods, children’s rides, artisanal items, boutique gifts, herbs, and flowers fill 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 (a fixture at Flower Mart for decades).

 

Black-eyed Susan Festival

It's a day to celebrate women. Join the 95th running of the Black-eyed Susan Stakes at Maryland's best known race track (Pimlico)! This horse race for three-year-old fillies is known as one of the legs of the Filly Triple Crown. Each ticket offers open seating in the concourse sections, allowing you to flaunt your style and creativity! On the Grandstand Apron, stroll through a collection of shops, boutiques, and businesses owned exclusively by women.

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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