Fun for the Family in the Mid-Atlantic August 8, 2022 by MATPRA Admin (August 2022) – Before it’s time to pack up the kids to head off to school, pack their bags for one last summer hurrah! The Mid-Atlantic region has so many ways to enjoy some family-friendly fun. Here’s what Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia have in store. For more information on any of the following, contact the destination marketing organization listed below. For general information on the Mid-Atlantic, visit MATPRA.org. DELAWARE Greater Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley Pay a visit to the large-on-personality lemurs at the Brandywine Zoo. Then, head to the Riverfront for some mini golf. Next, take the kids to the Delaware Children’s Museum to explore its 30-foot diameter climbing structure, the Stratosphere. Finally, check out the three life-sized dinosaurs at the all-new Delaware Museum of Nature and Science. Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jennifer Boes, VisitWilmingtonDE.com, firstname.lastname@example.org MARYLAND Allegany Pedaling on the historic Western Maryland Railway – and alongside the Great Allegheny Passage – Tracks and Yaks is Maryland’s only rail biking experience. New this year, families can “ride the rails” in two ways: a scenic rail biking trip to Cumberland with a train ride back via the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad! Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, Mindy Bianca, TracksandYaks.com, email@example.com Annapolis & Anne Arundel Step back in time at the nation’s second largest Renaissance Festival. Eat your fill at the World’s Largest Crab Feast. Get your culture fix at our arts, music, and wine festivals. Experience the thrill of our Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, and dive deep into our nautical heritage at Annapolis Maritime Museum. Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Susan Seifried, VisitAnnapolis.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Baltimore End the summer with a BIG bang! Pack a picnic and trek to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for the limited-time DINOSAURS exhibit. Dino lovers of all ages will learn about the prehistoric wonders while marveling at full-sized robotic dinosaurs that look, move, and roar like the real thing! Visit Baltimore, Tracey Johnson, Baltimore.org, email@example.com Calvert From sweet kettle corn made right before your eyes, to sweet, fresh U-pick berries to extreme milkshakes, the Calvert County Sweet Treat Trail satisfies any sweet tooth! (Online, interactive trail map available on our website.) Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Hilary Dailey, ChooseCalvert.com, Hilary.Dailey@calvertcountymd.gov Harford Harford has family fun at every part of the county. Travel along the Harford County Snowball Trail, step back in time at the Steppingstone Farm Museum, discover the “Decoy Capital of the World,” catch an Ironbirds baseball game and stop in Amazing Glaze to create your own masterpiece! Visit Harford, Matthew Scales, VisitHarford.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Maryland (State of) Build sandcastles on the beach or demolish a cow-to-cone ice cream. Scream your head off on a mountain roller coaster. Get back to nature on a drive-through safari or gaze at distant worlds through the Hubble Space Telescope. In Maryland, the opportunities for family fun are practically limitless. Maryland Office of Tourism, Connie Spindler, VisitMaryland.org/list/top-family-friendly-things-do, email@example.com Prince George’s Make the most of your summer by making it an adventure! Ongoing family fun awaits you at Six Flags America with rides carrying you to new heights and tempting your inner daredevil. Thrills continue for all ages amid the amusements, games, and entertainment. Slide into cool at Hurricane Harbor, the largest water park in the region. Experience Prince George’s, Kaletha Henry, ExperiencePrinceGeorges.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Talbot Families create memories together with one-of-a-kind Talbot County experiences. An Oxford-Bellevue Ferry ride – America’s oldest privately owned ferry route – uncovers miniature beaches for foraging sea glass; a working crab boat cruise recounts the fishermen’s way of life; and a kayak outing reveals herons, egrets, and the beautiful Chesapeake Bay landscape. Talbot County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, Krista Boothby, TourTalbot.org, email@example.com Wicomico Take a walk through the Salisbury Zoo, which has free admission, and visit more than 100 animals that call the zoo home, including two Andean bear cubs. Kids can play on the adjacent Ben’s Red Swings playground. Families can also enjoy cheering on the Delmarva Shorebirds minor league baseball team. Maryland’s Wicomico County, Vanessa Junkin, WicomicoTourism.org, firstname.lastname@example.org PENNSYLVANIA Bradford Mt. Pisgah State Park offers families a fantastic destination for a summer getaway. Mountains. Primitive campsites, picnic areas, trails, and a freshwater lake at the historic site known for its amazing views of the beautiful Endless Mountains combine to offer visitors a wonderful destination for families to connect with nature. Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, Morgan Christopher, VisitBradfordCounty.com, email@example.com Butler What started as a plowing contest in 1947 has grown into a family tradition as a premier event showcasing Butler County’s farming community. Traditional farm-related activities are the staples but don’t miss the 6 days of arts & crafts, truck & tractor pulls, incredible food, midway, music, entertainment, and rides. Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Jeff Martinelli, VisitButlerCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Columbia-Montour Learn some of the fascinating stories and history of Central Pennsylvania this summer with the digital Columbia-Montour Summer Heritage Passport. Visit various participating museums, attractions, historic hidden gems, and heritage sites and check in for a chance to win prizes. It’ll be an all-around fantastic summertime adventure with the whole family! Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Linda Sones, ITourColumbiaMontour.com, email@example.com Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania The historic Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock is a cultural center known for family entertainment, multi-disciplinary arts and performance workshops, and as a movie house offering film festivals, first-run favorites, and special shows. Families will delight in the wide variety of options for kids to express their creativity and experience the arts. Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Morgan Christopher, EndlessMountains.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Erie Make your Lake Escape to Erie Pennsylvania! Erie is Pennsylvania’s only Great Lakes Port and features a variety of fun, family-friendly things to do in an easy, stress-free, relaxing environment. Erie’s attractions provide plenty of time to enjoy a great meal, shop, and give the kids (and parents) down time. Visit Erie, Christine Temple, VisitErie.com/things-to-do/family-fun/, email@example.com Juniata River Valley Once a flourishing town during the 19th century ironmaking days, Greenwood Furnace State Park celebrates its heritage with walking tours that explore portions of the original town, tramway, historic roads, and charcoal hearths. The park also features a six-acre lake with a beach area, hiking trails, a campground, and fishing. Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, Buffie Boyer, JRVVisitors.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Lancaster Top off summer with a classic family three-some in Lancaster County: Strasburg Rail Road and its 45-minute Amish farmlands ride to Paradise and back on America’s oldest short-line; Turkey Hill Experience and its cool interactive exhibits about its ice cream & tea flavors; and top-rated Dutch Wonderland children’s amusement park. Discover Lancaster, Joel Cliff, DiscoverLancaster.com, email@example.com Lehigh Valley Put on your thinking caps to test your knowledge at Lehigh Valley’s Da Vinci Science Center, where hands-on exhibits make science fun. Then, cool your brain off with a homemade scoop of ice cream from Klein Farms Dairy & Creamery! Be sure to take a farm tour while you’re there. Discover Lehigh Valley, Alicia Quinn, DiscoverLehighValley.com/things-to-do/things-to-do-with-kids, firstname.lastname@example.org Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of) Mister C’s Funspot & Ice Cream Stand is a fun activity all ages can enjoy. Boasting the region’s largest banana split, homemade apple dumplings, water wars, and of course miniature golf – this is a must-do! Visit Lawrence County, Janet Falotico, VisitLawrenceCounty.com, email@example.com Potter-Tioga All aboard the Ole Covered Wagon Tour for one of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon region’s favorite family experiences. Enjoy a ride along scenic Pine Creek Trail on a horse-drawn wagon. This leisurely experience offers families a delightful opportunity to create memories while exploring one of the state’s most popular attractions! Visit Potter-Tioga, Morgan Christopher, VisitPotterTioga.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Raystown Region Have your end-of-summer bash with a day trip to DelGrosso’s Amusement Park & Laguna Splash! One side is a waterpark with a variety of slides, lazy river, kiddie play pool, and wave pool. Cross the bridge and you’ll find a full-fledged amusement park for all ages! Don’t leave without trying DelGrosso’s famous Italian cuisine, a Marianna hoagie, or Murph’s potato salad! Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, Liza Gutshall, Raystown.org, email@example.com VIRGINIA Fairfax Get hands-on in Fairfax County by stepping into George Washington’s shoes through a digital classroom-style game at his home. Nearby, test out G-STEM activities at a new military museum or fly simulator airplanes at a Smithsonian mainstay. Little ones will especially enjoy feeding baby animals at two area zoo parks. Visit Fairfax, Ali Morris, FXVA.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Giles The award-winning Mountain Lake Lodge – located amid a nature preserve with 22 miles of hiking and biking trails in Giles County – has long been popular for family time together. They offer family-friendly packages to enjoy this summer Summer Breeze, Stay and Play and Treetops Adventure. Come and enjoy! Giles County, VA Tourism, Cora Gnegy, VirginiasMtnPlayground.com, email@example.com Hampton Hampton’s Virginia Air & Space Science Center’s newest gallery, “The SPACE” will bring hands-on learning experiences and fun for families with children. SPACE stands for Smile, Play, Achieve, Create, Explore. It includes a digital airplane studio, an interactive literary center, junior pilot training, a Cloud Climber, and a planetarium without walls. Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau, Mahogany Waldon, VisitHampton.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Harrisonburg Visit Harrisonburg’s Explore More Discovery Museum featuring an 8+ makers space, play stage, airplane, farmers market, and brand new third-floor demonstration kitchen. Grab lunch at Ruby’s arcade with pizza and games or visit the Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center’s historic buildings, including a one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, forge, and more. Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services, Jennifer Bell, VisitHarrisonburgVA.com, email@example.com Lexington & Rockbridge Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge is a top family destination in Virginia! Hop aboard the narrated wagon ride to visit a wide variety of animals across 180 acres. Enjoy the Village Walk-Thru, home of kangaroos, giraffes, penguins, rare king cheetahs, white rhinos, and more! Personal animal encounters offered daily. Lexington & Rockbridge Area Tourism, Patty Williams, LexingtonVirginia.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Norfolk Back your bags and get ready for an incredible family vacation to Norfolk, VA. Spend the days playing at the beach or get inspired as you explore Nauticus and The Battleship Wisconsin. Catch a Tides baseball games at Harbor Park as you enjoy a weekend away before summer ends. Visit Norfolk, Paige Hawsey, VisitNorfolk.com, email@example.com Shenandoah Shenandoah County offers end-of-summer fun for all ages. Start at Bryce Resort for a round of golf, or mountain bike excursion, cool off at Lake Laura, enjoy Shenandoah Caverns – a cool 57’ year-round, then watch the frying process and taste a salty treat at the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory. Visit Shenandoah County, Brenda Black, VisitShenandoahCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Stafford Discover George Washington’s boyhood home at Ferry Farm, and unearth your inner archaeologist. Cool off from the heat at the Cavalier Family Skating Center for a summer skate session. Then, end the day with a sweet treat at Tilly’s Homemade Ice Cream. Explore the variety of family-friendly fun in Stafford. Tour Stafford Virginia, Courtney Swenson, TourStaffordVA.com, email@example.com Staunton From historical sites to outdoor adventures to family-friendly places to eat and play, there’s so much to do in Staunton. Enjoy the great outdoors at Gypsy Hill Park, step back in time at the Frontier Culture Museum, solve puzzles at Crack the Code or grab something special at Pufferbellies. Staunton, VA, Jessica Williams, VisitStaunton.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Williamsburg If you and the kids are looking for something exciting to do, you’re in luck. In Williamsburg, VA you can visit world-class theme parks with roller coasters that will have you touching the sky and water slides with gravity-defying drops. Or, you can spend the afternoon zip-lining through the treetops or chasing thrills at every turn in a roaring go-kart race. Visit Williamsburg, VA, Miranda Jarrell, VisitWilliamsburg.com, email@example.com Take a look at even more images from across the Mid-Atlantic. Please be sure to provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance The Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) is a cohesive unit of regional tourism partners encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The group serves travel journalists by creating a regional resource that ignores geographical boundaries to better promote common threads, offering story ideas about the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. For more information, visit MATPRA.org.