Anne Arundel County in Maryland is situated between Washington, D.C., and the city of Baltimore, so this is an ideal camping location for your family when visiting these cities. The county also offers its own family entertainments, as well as easy access to beaches on the west side of Chesapeake Bay. There are two family-friendly camp sites within the county's boundaries.
Named for the wife of Cecil Calvert, the 2nd Lord Baltimore and founder of the colony of Maryland, Anne Arundel County is east of Washington, D.C., and south of Baltimore. It includes 533 miles of shoreline along Chesapeake Bay, including Sandy Point State Park (dnr.state.md.us) in Annapolis, where you can swim, fish and watch wildlife. Annapolis is also the location of the Maryland state capitol and the United States Naval Academy.
Duncan's Family Campground
Duncan's Family Campground (duncansfamilycampground.com) is 15 miles southeast of Washington, 17 miles south of Annapolis and 35 miles south of Baltimore. This is a family-oriented campground with two playgrounds, miniature golf and two pools, both with lifeguards. Dogs are welcome, too, except for a few breeds, which are clearly listed on the campground website. Daily shuttle service to the closest metro station is available, or you can arrange a guided tour of Washington led by camp staff. Campsites include spaces for tents, hookups for RVs and cabins featuring one or two rooms.
Capitol KOA Kampground
Located on a 50-acre site, the Capitol KOA Kampground (capitolkoa.com) is a relaxing vacation spot that also provides access to the U.S. capitol's museums and monuments. Facilities include tent sites, pull-thru RV sites with hookups, one- and two-room cabins and lodges that sleep four to six people and include indoor kitchens. Kids enjoy the family-geared amenities and activities, including a pool with lifeguard, playground, giant chess/checkers set, free outdoor movies and flashlight lollipop hunts. The campground staff run shuttles to Washington, Annapolis and Baltimore, as well as tours of the capitol area that take you to Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums and the Capitol Building, among other locations.
Anne Arundel County offers several family-appropriate places to visit. At the National Cryptologic Museum (nsa.gov), located at Ft. Meade, you'll learn how codes and cryptology play a role in national security. Teenagers may enjoy a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy (usna.edu) as they think about the next step after high school. And just over the line in Prince George's County, Six Flags America (sixflags.com) gives everyone a chance to let loose after all those museums and tours.
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