10 Things to Do in Bladensburg That You Shouldn't Miss

March 27, 2018 Franklyn Hardiman

Bladensburg is a town in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. The population was 9,148 at the 2010 census. Areas in Bladensburg have the ZIP code 20710. Bladensburg is 8.6 miles (13.8 km) from central Washington, D.C.
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1. College Park Aviation Museum

1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, MD 20740-2000 +1 301-864-6029
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

College Park Aviation Museum

Reviewed By C W

If you have an interest in early aviation (or have a child who is interested), this affordable museum is for you! Affiliated with the Smithsonian, this museum and active airstrip has several full size airplane exhibits including a Jenny. They focus on the Wright brothers, who built airplanes on the grounds, early airmail, and some experimental aircraft. Lots of hands on activities for the kids.

2. Riversdale House Museum

4811 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale Park, MD 20737-1911 +1 301-864-0420
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Riversdale House Museum

Reviewed By Virginiatravelerstwo - Arlington

Riversdale does a great job of presenting a fascinating slice of history. The home was begun over 200 years ago by refugees from the French Revolution, after Liberte turned into Terror. It was completed after the heir, Rosalie Stier, married into Maryland's first family, the Calverts. The house itself is restored with restraint and taste, and more than a little imagination. A scrap of fabric was reproduced to form the bedspread and drapes for the master bedroom. A piece of wallpaper was uncovered, restored, then matched with original frames of the same wallpaper to cover a room. Original portraits are copied to portray the families. The moldings are lovingly and beautifully restored. Our docent guide had literally "written the book," Rosalie Stier's correspondence with her family back in Antwerp. Open for tours only on Friday and Sunday afternoon.

3. Bladensburg Waterfront Park

4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710-1015 +1 301-779-0371
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

Reviewed By Zurichman2014 - Newburg, Pennsylvania

I was really surprised/cultural shock would be more for the word of how cheap the Kayak rentals were at this place. Where I kayak in Pa. the rentals are $20 for 2 hrs. per kayak. Here we rented 2 kayaks all day for a sum of $30. The kicker is they have one price for residents(MD.) and another price for out of state people. I told him I was out of state and they used her drivers license to give us the residents rate.

We kayak for 4-5 hrs and had a great time. The water wasn't the cleanest and I sure wish the people in that area knew how to keep the environment clean but that is out of my control.

They close for kayaking on Oct 31st so we were lucky to get in on the last day. I did Google the one Wilderness kayak 140 we rented when I came home and it was over a $1000 kayak so not only were the rates good they also had excellent kayaks to rent. kaerhe it nd nd haors. I tAND AN

4. Lincoln Memorial

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (202) 426-6841
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Lincoln Memorial

Reviewed By internationalmama - Wooster, Ohio

We took our friend from Zambia to DC, and she was so interested in seeing the Lincoln Memorial, as this President is known world-wide. I'd been there previously, but visiting again gave me a new appreciation for the simple beauty, something President Lincoln would have loved. It's a great place to bring families to talk about the price that was paid to keep this country unified.

5. Korean War Veterans Memorial

10 Daniel French Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20002 +1 202-426-6841
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Korean War Veterans Memorial

This memorial to Korean War veterans consists of the Pool of Remembrance and the triangular Field of Service depicting 19 soldiers on the field of combat.

Reviewed By LizNnawlins - New Orleans, Louisiana

We saw this during a night tour and there was no lighting near the statues. I have pictures from my oldest daughter's night tour a few years back that showed subtle light cast on the statues at night. There was trash among the statues too. I hope this is just out of the ordinary and that this memorial gets as much attention as any other. Don't let my review discourage you from seeing it, even with neglect it is a powerful tribute.

6. Go-Kart Track

4300 Kenilworth Ave, Bladensburg, MD 20710-1214 +1 301-864-0110
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3.5 based on 7 reviews

Go-Kart Track

Reviewed By 658JanetS - Germantown, Maryland

My husband and I took our teenaged son and one of his friends to the Go Kart Track for an evening of racing. It was our first time going to the track. We had to buy tickets for each ride (6 laps), where each ride was $6, or you can buy a quantity of tickets for a discount. I believe you can get 15 tickets for $75. The boys and all the other drivers had a ball. There were fierce races, including passing and some bumping when the workers weren't looking. My husband and I also loved watching the racing. We'll definitely return.

7. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW, Washington DC, DC 20024-2126 +1 202-488-0400
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tickets are only needed from March 1 to August 31 to visit the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, which tells the history of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Exhibitions Include: Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 or older. The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Persecution The Shared Studios Portal allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in another part of the world-as if you are standing in the same room. Through this installation, visitors will be able to converse in real time with displaced persons or refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany Remember the Children: Daniel's Story Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, "Daniel" narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 or older. Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust: How was it possible? The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. Less well understood is these perpetrators' dependence on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies. Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived.

Reviewed By jamusaba - Florida

Graphic description and historical account of the racial atrocities committed by the Nazi’s during WW II. Starts with the history of the rise of the Nazi Party and Hitler in Germany and their sweeping expansion throughout continental Europe and their inhuman treatment of the Jewish peoples in concentration camps. The graphics pull no punches and it is impossible to leave this memorial/ museum unmoved.

8. Vietnam Veterans Memorial

5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington DC, DC 20242 +1 202-426-6841
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.

Reviewed By hisons - California

This was my second visit here, but the first with our 13 and 10 year olds. My oldest daughter couldn't believe how many names (and lives lost) are on the memorial. It makes for a good discussion about war, and why or why not such a thing happens. Paying respects is important, and this is so beautifully done...names etched forever.

9. National Air and Space Museum

6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560 +1 202-633-2214
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

National Air and Space Museum

The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

Reviewed By Reasonable50 - Greenwich, Connecticut

This was a great choice for tired me. I was able to go to displays and then take 25 minutes for each IMAX or Planetarium show in between. I ended up seeing 4 very educational shows in all. Of course admission to the Museum is free.. the shows are not. They are worth it however and are discounted by $3 after the first. Great museum for adults and kids alike.

10. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

10th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington DC, DC 20560 +1 202-633-1000
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Established in 1910 and located on the National Mall, this prestigious museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, holds the world's most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts including the remains of dinosaurs and tools used by early man.

Reviewed By hisons - California

Our family enjoyed this museum...there was something for everyone! Whether you're into dinosaurs, Egyptian artifacts & mummies, ocean life, rocks & geology, animals, birds...so much to see!

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