Spring has sprung in our area! Are you ready to brush off the dust and cobwebs from the long winter months? Go for a daytrip! There’s no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than exploring our area. IKO Community Management has come up with a list of day trip ideas that are perfect for spring. These are some of our favorites, but there are endless options in and around our area. If you’d like even more ideas, check out our Pinterest Day Trip Page, which we update with new ideas from around our area.
Mount Vernon and the Cherry Blossom Festival – George Washington’s estate, Mount Vernon, is a great place to visit this time of the year. Baby lambs are bonding around the farm, plants are growing, it’s cooler than the summer months and is a great way to spend a few hours. Tour the estate and the surrounding plantation, take in the beautiful views of the Potomac, and learn about how our first president and his household lived. Before you head home, now’s the time to see the cherry blossoms in DC! We were just down in Washington DC last weekend and the cherry blossoms looked like they were getting ready to bloom! Viewing the cherry blossoms won’t take very long, but it’s worth the trip! Take a walk around the Jefferson Memorial, people watch, visit the vendors and, of course, see the beautiful, blooming trees around the waterfront. If you have time to spare, catch dinner or just walk the National Mall until it’s time to head home. Washington is beautiful in the evenings.
Annapolis – Visit the Naval Academy for a tour, get out on the Chesapeake Bay for some sailing, and take in the beautiful spring sights in Annapolis. If you’re ready for crabs, shopping, and enough history to satisfy even the biggest history nerds, Annapolis is the right place for you. Annapolis is a day trip best oriented around one activity, such as visiting the Naval Academy, then wandering around exploring for the rest of the day. Annapolis makes for a relaxing trip that will leave everyone with wide eyes, full bellies, and empty wallets if you venture too close to the wonderful shops along the waterfront.
Baltimore Inner Harbor – This is one of our favorite trips. The Baltimore Inner Harbor has so many offerings for your family. Start your day with a trip to the National Aquarium. The aquarium welcomed a baby two-toed sloth this spring, and, as always, has a wonderful offering of exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. While you’re there tour the many ships in the harbor. The guides are very knowledgeable and will tell you anything you ever wanted to know about the ships, their crews, and the times that they were in service. Be sure to ask them about the maintenance requirements for the ships. Trust us, you’ll be amazed at the work that goes into these vessels. Take a water taxi across the harbor, walk around the waterfront, and catch dinner at some of the amazing restaurants. On the board walk you’ll have a chance to catch some performers who will amaze you with their juggling, balancing acts, musical talent and other skills. Sunset on the Harbor is beautiful. As for safety concerns, there are plenty of police officers walking around and the Inner Harbor is one of the safest areas in Baltimore.
From all of us at IKO Community Management, we hope that your family enjoys the many, wonderful places that this area has to offer. Make sure that you take your sunscreen and bottles of water. Spring heats up quickly!