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Maryland/Washington, DC Attractions

When you’re a guest at the Clarion Inn & Fundome in College Park, Maryland, you’re able to take advantage of dozens of interesting things to do. Enjoy everything from sharks and dolphins at the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to sporting events and concerts at RFK Stadium to roller coasters and water fun at Six Flags America. All that and more is happening in the College Park, Maryland area, some of which we’ve catalogued below.

National Aquarium in Baltimore. Sharks, dolphins, rays and tropical fish are among the more than 16,500 creatures that inhabit the National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Naturalistic exhibits include a walk-through rain forest, an exciting live-action dolphin show and the awesome Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes. For more information, visit www.aqua.org.

RFK Stadium. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, aka RFK Stadium, is the home of the Major League Baseball Washington Nationals and DC United of Major League Soccer. RFK Stadium played host to the NFL's Washington Redskins for 36 seasons, from 1961 through 1996. The team moved to FedEx Field in suburban Maryland for the 1997 season. Concerts featuring renowned rock bands and performers continue to take place at the stadium.

Six Flags America. Located in Largo, Maryland, Six Flags America offers fun for family members of all ages. Discover more than 100 thrilling rides, shows and attractions, including a number of exciting roller coasters like Superman: Ride of Steel. From one of the largest wave pools in the country to multi-passenger rafting adventures, wet and wild adventures are just around the corner.

National Gallery of Art. Discover one of the finest collections in the world illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture, decorative arts and works on paper from the Middle Ages to the present at the National Gallery of Art. Get a head start on your museum visit by viewing more than 110,000 objects and images online. Search the entire collection by specific artist, title or a combination of criteria. For more information, visit www.nga.gov.

Laurel Park Race Track. Whether you play the ponies for fun or profit-or both-you'll want to get in on all the racing action at Laurel Park. Not-to-be missed races include the Maryland Million, the Fall Festival of Racing and the Grade I Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash. For more information, visit www.laurelpark.com.

National Archives. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you. For more information, visit www.archives.gov/.

Maryland Science Center. Located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the Maryland Science Center is the state's oldest scientific institution and one of the oldest in the entire nation. The Center underwent an extreme makeover, which was completed in May 2004. One of the highlights was the addition of a permanent hall showcasing dinosaurs and earth sciences. For more information, visit www.mdsci.org.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Natural History houses more than 125 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts. The collections include 30 million insects carefully pinned into tiny boxes, 4.5 million plants pressed onto sheets of paper in the Museum's herbarium, 7 million fish in liquid-filled jars and 2 million cultural artifacts, including 400,000 photographs housed in the National Anthropological Archives. For more information, visit www.mnh.si.edu.

Ford's Theatre. Opened in August 1863 by entrepreneur John T. Ford, the downtown Washington, D.C. theatre closed nearly two years later after President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. The government purchased the property in 1866 and over the next 90 years it was an office building, warehouse and museum. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a Congressional act to restore the theatre. Reconstruction began ten years later. In 1968, a beautifully restored Ford's Theatre reopened with the play "John Brown's Body." Today, this national historic and cultural site continues to be a live, working theatre. For more information, visit www.fordstheatre.org.

DAR Constitution Hall. Washington, D.C.'s largest concert hall, DAR Constitution Hall is owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Built in 1929 to house its annual convention, the Hall is a Registered National Historic Landmark. Everyone from comedians (Jay Leno and Bill Cosby) to newsmen (Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw) to singers (Frank Sinatra and Whitney Houston) has graced the Hall's hallowed stage.

Verizon Center. Basketball and hockey fans will want to make the Verizon Center part of their visit to the College Park, Maryland/Washington, DC area. Professional sports franchises include the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals and the WNBA's Washington Mystics. Great concerts featuring Jennifer Lopez and kid-friendly events like The Wiggles can also be found at the versatile Verizon Center.
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