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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, call 410 313-7275 or click here.
MGM National Harbor is a premiere entertainment destination located on the banks of the Potomac just outside of Washington, D.C. Featuring a 3,000 seat theater, 308 luxurious hotel rooms, restaurants from acclaimed chefs and a gaming floor bigger than the White House, MGM delivers monumental experiences daily. Moderate walking is required.
Founded in 1960, this wonderful museum is one of the country’s leading centers for exhibits on Jewish history and culture. The museum hosts two galleries with changing exhibits of local and national interest. The museum’s collections include works of art, historical photographs, clothing, Jewish ceremonial art, rare books, everyday objects, documents, oral histories, and memorabilia. Moderate walking required.
The Phillips Collection, opened in 1921, is America's first museum of modern art. Featuring a permanent collection of nearly 3,000 works by American and European impressionist and modern artists, the Phillips is recognized for both its art and its intimate atmosphere. During your tour, also enjoy a delicious snack or lunch on your own at the onsite Vradenburg Café that includes a courtyard with free public Wi-Fi. Moderate walking required.
Established in 1888 as the Druid Hill Conservatory, the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory has grown from the original Palm House and Orchid Room to include three greenhouses, two display pavilions and outdoor gardens. The Conservatory has distinct environments that allow the display of plants from all over the world. The buildings create an appropriate environment for plants from tropical, desert, and Mediterranean environments. The Conservatory is the second-oldest steel framed-and-glass building still in use in the United States. An amazing local sight not to miss!
Take a trip to the world’s most popular natural history museum, dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it. Delve into the fascinating story of our planet, from its fiery beginnings through billions of years of transformation, and explore life on Earth through exhibitions and activities, collection objects and research that happens in the lab and in the field. The museum is larger than 18 football fields and is home to the largest natural history collection in the world. Lunch on your own available at Café Natural onsite. Moderate walking required.
The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion," Gettysburg was the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal “Gettysburg Address." A local historian will provide a 2-hour in-depth tour as you make several key stops around the battlefield while enjoying the comfort of the air-conditioned tour bus. Also included is a tour of the National Park Visitor Center that hosts a world-class gift shop and museum. Lunch is available on your own at the onsite café. Moderate walking required.
Celebrated as the third oldest zoo in the United States, the Maryland Zoo (previously known as the Baltimore City Zoo) is a 135-acre park opened in 1876 and now home to over 2,000 animals. The largest area of the zoo, “The African Journey” displays a wide range of animals originating from the continent of Africa. Lunch is onsite on your own. Moderate walking required.
“Equal justice under law” − These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. Take a short self-guided tour of the public areas of the court that serves as the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United States. Next, we will walk next door to visit the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States. It is also the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and largest library in the world! This docent guided tour will be an enjoyable educational event for all ages. Dine on your own at the Library of Congress Madison Café. Moderate walking required.
Visit the star-shaped Fort McHenry that was made famous during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. The valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner." Visitors to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine will begin their tour at the Visitor and Education Center for a short orientation film, followed by a self-guided exploration of the onsite exhibits. Bring your own lunch and picnic onsite. Moderate walking is required.
As the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, the Basilica is also one of the ten largest churches in the world. Byzantine-Romanesque in style, its massive, one-of-a-kind superstructure is home to over 80 chapels and oratories that relate to the peoples, cultures and traditions that are the fabric of the Catholic faith and the mosaic of our great nation. The Basilica also houses the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art on earth. Open 365 days a year, the Basilica is host to nearly one million visitors annually. Lunch is on your own at the onsite cafeteria. Moderate walking required.
Take a unique journey to North Carolina and Tennessee to see a few amazing sights! The first stop is the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC to visit the Biltmore Estate. The main residence is a Château-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and remains the largest privately-owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet. It is absolutely amazing and the hospitality is equally superb! The next stop will take us to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dollywood is a theme park jointly owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. The site also hosts premiere live shows, restaurants, resort and other entertainment!
Take your camera on road for a day of learning, sightseeing and fun! While gaining advice from teacher, travel to picturesque locations to hone your skills. Capture exotic plants and animals by visiting the U.S. Botanic Gardens and National Zoo. Transportation is by coach bus.
Take a trip to the world’s most popular natural history museum, dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it. Delve into the fascinating story of our planet, from its fiery beginnings through billions of years of transformation, and explore life on Earth through exhibitions and activities, collection objects and research that happens in the lab and in the field. The museum is larger than 18 football fields and is home to the largest natural history collection in the world. Lunch is on your own at the Café Natural which is onsite. 10% off two or more people!
Discover the details of the Lincoln assassination conspiracy and the fate of those involved in that historic event. View the museum, the theatre, the Peterson house and an exhibit. Dinner on your own at a local venue. Time and date will be determined by August 15.
Visit the largest library in the world (and the research library that officially serves the U.S. Congress and is the country’s de facto national library). It is the oldest federal cultural institution in the U.S. This docent-guided tour is an enjoyable, educational event for all ages. Lunch on your own onsite.
Yuletide at Winterthur embraces the warmth and festivity of the season with a magnificent holiday tour of Henry Francis du Pont’s mansion as well as breathtaking trees, dazzling room displays, a magical dollhouse, and the opportunity to shop, dine, and create new memories. Enjoy a one-hour Yuletide house tour, access to the garden, a garden tram tour (weather-permitting), the Galleries and special exhibitions, including Costuming The Crown. Lunch is on your own at the onsite cafe.
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. The property is wheelchair accessible. Lunch is on your own onsite.
All aboard! Trains are magical during the holidays! So hop aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express for a short, fun, holiday ride with Santa! The B&O Roundhouse is devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, and a winter wonderland of family fun and activities. Walk by a 30-foot Christmas tree in the roundhouse and enjoy your favorite guest. Bring a friend for a 10% discount off each ticket!
Come enjoy three days, two nights in the Victorian grandeur of Cape May, one of the most popular seaside resorts in America. Ride through gas-lit streets twinkling with sparkling lights and decorations. Shop in the heart of the Historic District. Enjoy a sensational musical and savor a taste-tempting dinner at Elaine’s Victorian Dinner Theatre.
All ages Dec 11-13 8am-6pm W-F RP4510.510 Double occupancy $475 RP4510.511 Single occupancy $539
Visit the official home for the U. S. President. The interior continues to change with personal touches from each of its residents. Every December, the White House is filled with holiday decorations that include Christmas trees, wreaths, garland and colorful lights!Tour date released in early December; no payment due until date is confirmed.
Leslie Odom Jr. (the original Aaron Burr in Hamilton) will be singing! Warm your musical holiday spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics in this singalong tradition with the NSO and The Washington Chorus, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family! Join us in the festively decorated Concert Hall for this year’s program.
Click below to see photos from our recent trip the National Cathedral's Flower Mart!
Click here to see the full album.
Take a unique journey to North Carolina and Tennessee to see a few amazing sights! The first stop is the Blue Ridge Mountains of Ashville, NC to visit the Biltmore Estate. The main residence is a Château-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and remains the largest privately-owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet. It is absolutely amazing and the hospitality is equally superb! The next stop will take us to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dollywood is a theme park jointly owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. The site also hosts premiere live shows, restaurants, resort and other entertainment! 25% deposit will be required at the time of registration. Be sure to register by June 28 to hold your spot!
Double Occupancy: $925
Single Occupancy: $1,250
Trip Leader : Marlene Weinberg (pictured left)
Marlene has been volunteering for many years with our Trips and Tours Program.
Enjoys museums and sightseeing!
Looking for more Encore (55+) programs? Visit our website to see a full list of programs!
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