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5 ways to spend your extended summer vacation

Wondering how to fill those extra weeks of summer vacation leading up to Labor Day? We have a few ideas for your family from camping in a tree house to weekday fun at the Maryland State Fair.

Camp in a treehouse


Surround yourself with nature while staying in a tree cottage or tree house at The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground just outside of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Hike along the Appalachian Trail, go river rafting or take in some history in Harper’s Ferry. Be sure to book a reservation online. Tree houses and cottages start at $43 a night.
Rohrersville, Maryland

Paddle at Quiet Waters


Spend a day on the water in Annapolis. Quiet Waters Park offers hourly and daily rental rates for kayaks, canoes and paddle boats and provides an easy way to put boats in the water. Paddle around Harness Creek and see the beauty and wildlife of our state’s capital. Be sure to pack a picnic as there are plenty of spots to stop along the way. Rentals start at $15 an hour.

Flit among the butterflies

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Take the kids to Brookside Gardens’ Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit to see plants and butterflies from around the world. Watch the butterflies flit through the air while learning about their role in our ecosystem. Find out how to create a suitable home for them in your own garden. Admission starts at $5.
Silver Spring
montgomeryparks.org, click on parks and trails directory, gardens, Brookside Gardens.

Wiz down a water slide

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Cool off and have fun at Cheseapeake Beach Water Park. Kids will love the waterslides, fountains, lazy river and activity pools. Spend the last days of summer vacation lounging in the sun, splashing in the water and snacking at the Beachcomber Grill. Admission runs $9-$25.
Chesapeake Beach

Find Fair Fun

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For the first time, the kids will be out of school during the week of the Maryland State Fair Aug. 24-Sept. 4. Watch pig racing, farm animals being born, arm wrestling, bull riding and more. Grab some cotton candy and jump on your favorite rides. Fun and educational activities are offered throughout the fair. Advance tickets range from $2-$6, not including ride prices.

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