After checking into your hotel in the BWI region, head over to Arundel Mills Mall and experience the new show with Her Majesty, The Queen at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Dine like royalty as you watch jousting, sword fighting, medieval games and more. Try your skills at the new Mission Escape Rooms, or rack up your prizes at Dave & Busters! Discover games with international consequences at the nearby National Cryptologic Museum. The National Security Agency’s primary gateway to the public traces the history of code-making and code-breaking from the 1500s to the present day.
Stay in Baltimore to catch and Oriole’s baseball game at Camden Yards. Get to know sharks and other creatures of the sea at the National Aquarium, and brush up on your dinosaur trivia at the interactive Maryland Science Center. There are lots for the young and young at heart to enjoy at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and at the nearby Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park. Ever fed a giraffe? Now’s your chance! After a long day on your feet, enjoy a leisurely meal aboard a dinner cruise of the Inner Harbor.
Take a quick trip down the road to Maryland’s capital, Annapolis. Now’s your big-time chance to get out on the Chesapeake Bay! Whether you and your kids rent paddleboards, canoes, kayaks or electric boats – or you sit back and relax aboard a sailing cruise, harbor tour or water taxi ride – don’t miss the opportunity to create a memory that will last a lifetime. If history is a family affair, join a walking tour of the city known as a ‘museum without walls’. Poke your head inside the Maryland State House to see the original copy of George Washington’s resignation speech. The Banneker-Douglass Museum showcases significant contributions Maryland’s African-American community has made to our nation, and the Annapolis Maritime Museum tells the story of the lives of watermen and the Chesapeake Bay.
Another option is to head to Washington, DC. Our nation’s capital is a wonderful playground for kids to learn about America. There’s no shortage of Smithsonian Institution museums. Be sure to check out the National Memorial Park, home of the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial. Grab a quick lunch from one of the many food trucks that line the streets before heading to the National Zoo or taking a duck tour, an aquatic city tour your kids – and you – will love!