Fun Places to Visit in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

by Melinda Hill Mendoza

Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is 19 miles east of Washington, DC, but there's more to Upper Marlboro that just its proximity to our nation's capital. Settled in 1695, it's one of the oldest towns in Maryland, and today it's the county seat of Prince George's County. Whether you're looking for a relaxing day taking in nature or a day of thrill rides, Upper Marlboro has a fun place for you to enjoy.

Six Flags America

Six Flags America has rides and entertainment for the entire family. There are 12 roller coasters, including Batman's Batwing, which you ride face down, speeding along over 3,000 feet of track going up to 50 miles per hour. There are 14 family rides, including classics like the spinning Tea Cups, and 16 children's rides in the Looney Tunes Movie Town children's area. There are six shows, all family-friendly, plenty of food options and a water park open from late May to early September. The park is open daily from late May to mid-August, and weekends only in April, May, September and October.

Rosaryville State Park

Rosaryville State Park encompasses more than 900 acres of land. There are ten miles of trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The longest trail is the seven-mile Perimeter Trail, which is twisty trail of varying difficulty. There are also spur trails that aren't formally maintained for a more adventurous experience. Within the park is a fishing pond and the park is opened periodically for hunting.

Watkins Regional Park

Watkins Regional Park is more than just a typical park. There's an antique carousel that was constructed around 1900, a miniature train and an 18-hole mini golf course. These attractions are open from Memorial Day Weekend to the end of August, then weekends through the end of September. They are closed Mondays except for Memorial Day, Labor Day and July 4th if it falls on a Monday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. except for Sundays, when they are open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. As of 2011, admission is $1.50 per person per ride on the carousel or train if you're a Montgomery County or Prince George's County resident; it's $1.75 otherwise. Mini Golf is $3.75 per round for residents $4.50 for non-residents.

Watkins Nature Center

Watkins Nature Center has live animal displays with birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians, and a butterfly and hummingbird garden. There's a squirrel gym for the park's squirrels to play on, puppet shows, animal shows and regular programming for children and families. The nature center is open year-round. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free.