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What’s Open? These Family-friendly Museums and Attractions are Back!

While many indoor activities are closed, there are plenty of museums and attractions have opened to the public.

These attractions, activities, museums and zoos are now open, though they are all following strict social distancing measures including extensive cleaning procedures, masks, and limited entry.

Be sure to check websites before you go, so you can check specific requirements, buy tickets or passes, and get all of the details on safety measures!

Calvert Marine Museum
Visit the otters, lighthouse, outdoor and indoor exhibits at the Calvert Marine Museum, which is open with reduced capacity and has implemented a timed entry system. Guests and members must reserve their admission window ahead of time. Session times are 10 a.m.–noon; 12:30–2:30 p.m.; and 3–5 p.m. Reservations can be made at calvertmarinemuseum.com/visit.

Clark’s Elioak Farm
Get up close with the goats, chickens and other farm animals, plus enjoy the Enchanted Fairy forest. Visit the website to buy tickets with their timed ticketing system , which will also allow for contactless entry.

udvarhazySteven F. Udvar-Hazy Center *Opening July 24*
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., has two large hangars with thousands of aviation and space artifacts on display, like aircraft, models, photographs, and more. The collection includes the space shuttle Discovery and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the world’s fastest jet. The museum also has an observation tower, which provides a 360-degree view of Dulles Airport and the surrounding areas. Kids will love watching the planes take off and land. Timed entry passes are required, as well as safety precautions, including requiring masks for guests ages 6 and over. Museum is free; $10 parking. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. daily.

Smithsonian National Zoo *Opening July 24*
D.C.’s National Zoo is open again! Timed passes will be required for those walking in or parking at the zoo. Masks are required for anyone over age 6. Check for more details at nationalzoo.si.edu

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
The zoo opened at the end of June with significant restrictions, including timed entry, mask requirements, closure of some exhibits, and extra cleaning stations. marylandzoo.org

B&O Railroad Museum
Open with social distancing measures, regular deep cleaning of children’s areas, and limited number of people on rides. borail.org

paca gardens 1William Paca Garden
This downtown Annapolis favorite spot features two acres of gorgeous gardens, recreating William Paca’s colonial gardens, brick walls, terraced lawns, geometric designs and beautiful annuals and perennials throughout the site. Open Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $5. 

Historic St. Mary’s City
The Visitor Center, the living history sites, and The Shop at Farthing’s Ordinary reopened on Wednesday, July 8. hsmcdigshistory.org

Bengie’s Drive-in
Pack up the kids for a trip to Bengie’s Drive-in, the largest outdoor movie screen in the country. Double features every night, and yummy concessions make for a great family adventure. Masks required when out of your car, and you must prepurchase tickets online. $10 per adult; $5 kids. bengies.com

Mission Escape
Test your family’s smarts at a Mission Escape Room, where small groups work together to solve a fun mystery. Private bookings only, reserve your spot ahead of time. Masks required. $26–$40. Missionescaperooms.com

Watermark Tours
Take a cruise around Annapolis on the water taxi or Harbor Queen, with limited guests allowed, and social distancing measures in place. watermarkjourney.com

Anne Arundel County Public Library
All county branches will reopen on July 6. The library will still be offering streaming storytimes and Babies in Bloom programs on its Facebook page. aacpl.net

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
The popular St. Michaels museum reopened at the end of June. Many of the museum’s exhibits are outdoors, making for easy access and social distancing procedures. Some exhibits will be closed. 

International Spy Museum
Don your masks and get your spy on this summer at the International Spy Museum. Advanced timed tickets are strongly recommended. You can purchase Museum admission online for contactless entry. Social distancing measures will be enforced. Fun will be had. 

Annmarie Fairy gardensAnnmarie Gardens
Annmarie Gardens is open, including its galleries and exhibits. Kids will love Annmarie’s Enchanted Summer, which is full of all your favorite elements from its popular festival, but re-imagined for outdoor social-distancing. Use the downloadable map to find all 50 fairy houses hidden in the forest. Along the way, enjoy crafts such as wandmaking and fairy house building using nature bits and pieces. Plus, find all the QR codes along the trail to meet virtual fairyland characters, including the Xana the Fairy, the Chesapeake Mermaid, and bubble artist Jennifer Shannon. Annmarie Sculpture Gardens, Solomons. 

Nature Centers

These nature centers have miles of trails and fun outdoor spots to explore. Visitors’ Centers are often closed, so check before you go, but the outdoors are open!

Robinson Nature Center

Irvine Nature Center
Owings Mills

National Arboretum
Washington, D.C.

Carrie Murray Nature Center

Adkins Arboretum

Meadowside Nature Center


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