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.*


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

Featured Trip

Monticello: Tour and Holiday Wreath Workshop

Discover the home of our third President, Thomas Jefferson. The home is set on a beautiful mountaintop. Following the tour, enjoy a wonderful and scenic lunch provided by the on-site cafe. Then enjoy making a beautiful, holiday wreath. Monticello gardens' staff lead participants in these three-hour workshops. All materials (straw wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) are provided, including a cornucopia of over 75 natural materials. Bring hand pruners.

18 yrs+    $200

RP4523.101      Nov. 29      6:30am-6pm      Th

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Trips by Month


Trips & Tours September flyer

The Amazing Luray Caverns

Deep beneath Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this U.S. Natural Landmark is the largest and most popular caverns in Eastern America. From well-lit, paved walkways, enjoy exploring cathedral-sized rooms (with ceilings 10 stories high). See towering stone columns and beautiful, crystal-clear pools. Experience the haunting sounds of the world’s only stalacpipe organ. Lunch is on your own at the café on-site with a wide menu of options. Moderate walking is required for this tour.

16 yrs +   $90
RP4516.101   Sep 7   8am-6pm   F

State House & Governor's House

The beautiful Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capital. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. During that time, George Washington came before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War. Next, the Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Maryland and is located at State Circle in Annapolis, Maryland. It has been the home of the governor since 1870. 

16 yrs +   35

RP4543.101   Sep 11   9am-2pm   Tu


Maryland Fleet Week & Lunch Cruise
Come enjoy a delightful cruise on the Spirit of Baltimore and enjoy a fabulous lunch as we celebrate the 2018 Baltimore Maryland Fleet Week! Fleet Week is time honored Baltimore maritime tradition. Nearly a dozen US, Canadian and British Navy and Coast Guard vessels will be on display in Baltimore?s beautiful Inner Harbor. View these exceptional and historic ships as we enjoy a delightful lunch cruise on the Spirit of Baltimore! This is the cruise of the year purchase your tickets today!
21 yrs+   $115
RP4510.101  Oct 4  10:30am-3pm  Th

National Harbor Trip & MGM Casino

MGM National Harbor is the premiere entertainment destination located on the banks of the Potomac just outside of Washington, D.C. It features a 3,000- seat theater, a luxurious hotel, restaurants from acclaimed chefs, and a gaming floor bigger than the White House. MGM delivers monumental experiences daily. You may walk around, eat or gamble on your own.
21 yrs +   $40, individual; 10% off two or more people
RP4517.101  Oct 12   9am-3pm   F

National Cathedral Tea & Tour
An experience not to miss! Enjoy the Best Afternoon Tea in Washington, D.C.’s Highest Tea Room. The All Hallows Guild and the Cathedral’s Visitor Services Department present a tea & tour. Views from the tower are magnificent! Following a cathedral tour, All Hallows Guild volunteers serve guests Earl Grey tea and a variety of finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and sweets.
18 yrs +   $90
RP4518.101  Oct 17   11am-6pm   W

Naylor Wine Cellars
Wine is made in the vineyard! Naylor Wine Cellars in Pennsylvania was founded in 1978 by Richard and Audrey Naylor. Over his long career in the wine industry, Mr. Naylor has served as the Director of Wine America and President of the Pennsylvania Wine Association. Enjoy lunch on-site with a wine tasting, wine presentation, and tour! 
21 yrs +   $100
RP4519.101  Oct 19   9am-5pm   F

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, is home to the nation's largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecrafts, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, Sun, solar system, and universe. Goddard is home to Hubble operations and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Goddard manages communications between mission control and orbiting astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Named for American rocketry pioneer Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the center was established May 1, 1959, as NASA's first space flight complex. Pack your own lunch for a picnic on-site and enjoy a guided tour.
16 yrs +   $40
RP4520.101  Oct 26   9am-2pm   F

Annapolis Maritime Museum

The beautiful museum is situated on a small campus at the mouth of Back Creek, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and is housed in the last surviving historic oyster-packing plant in Annapolis. This special setting provides visitors in an interactive experience that highlights the oyster and its role in shaping both the history and maritime culture of Annapolis. The Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park houses a collection of roughly 10,000 objects, photographs, and archival documents. 
16 yrs + $35, individual; 10% off two or more people
RP4540.101   Oct 30   9am-1pm   Tu


Star Spangled Banner Flag House
Built in 1793, the Flag House was once the home and business place of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the garrison flag Francis Scott Key witnessed flying over Fort McHenry that inspired him to write our national anthem. 
16 yrs +   $35
RP4541.101   Nov 7   9am-2pm   W

Franklin Institute: Vikings – Beyond the Legend 

Explore more than 600 authentic archaeological relics that reveal the story of the Viking warriors who set sail from Scandinavia a thousand years ago in search of new lands. Among the rare treasures on display is an authentic Viking Ship (the Roskilde 6 is the longest remaining Viking warship - it is nearly 122 feet long). Enhance your experience with the accompanying IMAX film Vikings: Journey to the New World.
16 yrs +   $100
RP4521.101  Nov 8   8am-4pm   Th

The National Museum of the Marine Corps
Visit this lasting tribute to U. S. Marines–past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, (and under the command of Marine Corps University) the museum’s soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. 
16 yrs +   $60, individual; 10% off two or more people
RP4522.101  Nov 13   9am-5pm   Tu

Monticello: Tour and Holiday Wreath Workshop
Discover the home of our third President, Thomas Jefferson. The home is set on a beautiful mountaintop. Following the tour, enjoy a wonderful and scenic lunch provided by the on-site café. Then enjoy making a beautiful, holiday wreath. Monticello gardens' staff lead participants in these three-hour workshops. All materials (straw wreath forms, pins, wire, etc.) are provided, including a cornucopia of over 75 natural materials. Bring hand pruners.
18 yrs +   $200
RP4523.101  Nov 29   6:30am-6pm   Th


Mount Vernon Candlelight Tour and Dinner

Enjoy a festive evening at Mount Vernon, home of former President George Washington! The experience begins in the Ford Orientation Center, where you may listen to the sounds of the season and view spectacular Christmas trees highlighting the home of the first U.S. President's home. The tour begins with a guided, 18th-century, lantern-lit tour of the historic area. Inside the mansion, enjoy hearing stories of past Christmases. Enjoy cookies while sipping warm cider, listening to fireside caroling, and paying a visit to Aladdin the Christmas camel. The evening concludes with live music in the Education Center Lobby and an opportunity to visit the Education Center exhibits and The Shops. Please check the web or

activenet for updates.
21 yrs +   $125
RP4524.101  Dec 1   Sa

Holiday at Longwood Gardens
Poinsettias, magnificent trees, and fragrant flowers transform the Conservatory into a holiday wonderland. Outside, colorful fountains dance to festive music, strolling carolers herald the season with song, and a half-million twinkling lights await. No holiday is complete without a visit to "A Longwood Christmas" at Longwood Gardens. Enjoy strolling the grounds while viewing special exhibits and seasonal plants.Three fire pits near the fountains invite guests to buy a cup of cocoa under the stars.
16 yrs +   $80
RP4526.101  Dec 7   8am-5pm   F

The Kennedy Center: Ballet West's The Nutcracker
Ballet West returns to perform the D. C. premiere of its whimsical new production of The Nutcracker, which was unveiled in Salt Lake City last year. No company holds a more storied relationship with The Nutcracker than Ballet West, which has kept the ballet in its repertoire since performing the first complete American version more than 70 years ago. Pairing re-imagined designs with beloved choreography, the opulent production delivers treasured moments and surprising new delights. Featuring grand sets and fantastical costumes alongside Tchaikovsky’s cherished score, this Nutcracker is a glittering, larger-than-life adventure. Don’t miss an unforgettable journey to the Land of Sweets and a festive holiday treat for the entire family. 
16 yrs +   $175
RP4527.101  Dec 8   Noon-6pm   Sa

National Cryptologic Museum
Located adjacent to NSA Headquarters at Maryland's Ft. Meade, the Museum houses a collection of thousands of artifacts that collectively serve to sustain the history of the cryptologic profession. Here visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the most dramatic moments in the history of American cryptology: the people who devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense, the machines and devices they developed, the techniques they used, and the places where they worked.
16 yrs +   $35
RP4542.101  Dec 13   9:30am-1pm   Th

Ford's Theater: A Christmas Carol
Featured at historic and beautiful Ford’s Theater! Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. This music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s yuletide classic. This annual production has been a Washington tradition for over 35 years. Please check the web or activenet for updates.
16 yrs +   $140
RP4528.101  Dec 15   Sa

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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