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Greenbelt National Park, Greenbelt
Features:   Woods, short hiking trails, playground equipment at Sweetgum picnic area, picnic tables and grills.
Directions:   Greenbelt Park is just off Greenbelt Rd, near Kenilworth Avenue.
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Buddy Attick Park, Greenbelt
Features:   Picturesque lake with shady paths through the woods (not a great surface for pushing strollers, but possible), plenty of playground equipment, picnic tables and grills, restrooms with changing facilities. Concert and fireworks on 4th July.
Directions:   From Kenilworth Avenue, turn onto Crescent Rd (opposite the Ivy Lane Industrial Park) and look for the park entrance on your right.
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Schrom Hills Lake Park, Greenbelt
Features:   A community center, athletic fields, paved path, covered picnic pavilion, and playground area help make this a full service community park. Open 8:00am to Dusk
Directions:   6915 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt
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Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro
Features:   Old Maryland Farm, large playground with lots of equipment, carousel and train rides (summer only), picnic tables and grills.
Directions:   Take Beltway to Central Avenue (Rte 214). Follow Rte 214 through Largo then go right on Enterprise Road. For an easy ride, take 193 and cruise down about 20 minutes,the park is almost immediate on the right after 214 intersection.
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Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton
Features:   Large playground with lots of equipment, carousel and train rides (summer only), picnic tables and grills.
Directions:   Take Beltway to Georgia Avenue north, then go right on Shorefield Road.
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Lake Artemesia
, College Park
Features:   Picturesque lake with good paths for pushing strollers. No shade in summer, but there are several gazebos overlooking the lake.
Directions:   From Greenbelt Rd, near the Beltway Plaza, follow signs taking you along Branchville Rd to the park entrance.
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Bowie Allen Pond
, Bowie
Features:   Picturesque lake with good paths for pushing strollers, plenty of playground equipment, sandbox, paddle boat rental (summer only), picnic tables and grills.
Directions:   Follow Rte 50 East to Bowie, then take exit 11 to Rte 197 South (Collington Rd). Go right on Northview Drive, and the park entrance is 1 mile on right.
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Gravelly Point Park
, Arlington, VA
Features:   Grassy place to sit, just south of National Airport, where you can watch the planes landing right over your head.
Directions:   Drive north on George Washington Parkway, first exit after airport.
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National Aboretum , NE Washington DC
Features:   Unique collection of gardens, including the National Herb Garden, Fern Valley, National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, Azalea Walk, and the Washington Youth Garden.
Directions:   Take the Capital Beltway (I 495/I 95) to exit 22B towards Washington. Follow the Baltimore Washington Parkway approximately 7 miles to New York Avenue. Get in your left lane. You will approach the intersection of Bladensburg Road where only the two left lanes turn onto Bladensburg Road. Make the left onto Bladensburg Road and go 4 blocks to R Street. Make a left on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates.
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Patuxent Research Refuse, Laurel, MD
Features:   Hiking trails, tram tours, fishing lake and visitors center with interactive exhibits and kid-friendly areas.
Directions:   National Wildlife Visitor Center is located off of Powder Mill Road, 2 miles east of the Baltimore /Washington Parkway, just south of Laurel, Maryland, at  10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027.  301/497-5580
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Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Bladensburg, MD
Features:   Public boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic pavilion, playground, a B & O Railroad caboose. Canoe, kayak, and rowboat rentals are available on weekends from late May to the end of October. Free pontoon boat tours allow visitors to explore this surprisingly scenic river with the guidance of a naturalist.
Directions:   Kenilworth Avenue South towards Bladensburg. Go five miles. After traffic light for Upshur Street intersection, go right on exit ramp to MD Route 450 (Annapolis Road). Go left at end of exit ramp onto Route 450 West. Park Entrance is 2 short blocks on the left. 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg, MD 20710. 301-779-0371
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last update: 2011-08-22