Things to Do in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

by Kent Page McGroarty

While visiting Upper Marlboro, Maryland, you can explore the area's rich history, relax by playing a game of golf or enjoy the attractions at a local theme park. Upper Marlboro is the county seat of Prince George's County and features numerous historical attractions.

Amusement Park

Spend the day at the Hurricane Harbor Waterpark at Six Flags America (, just north of Upper Marlboro near Largo. This water park is included with admission to Six Flags America and contains one of the world's largest wave pools as well as the new Zoomazon Falls, among other water features. Dry off on one of the roller coasters or another family-friendly ride.


The Marlton Golf Club ( is an 18-hole, par 71 course that also features a fully stocked golf shop, dining area and full-service club house. Lake Presidential Golf Course ( is an 18-hole course on a 30-acre lake with training facilities, full service bar and grill and a pro shop. The Country Club at Woodmore ( in Mitchelville is another golfing option in the area.


Upper Marlboro has many historical museums. Check out the Billingsley House Museum (, a brick tidewater colonial plantation home dating from 1740, or the Patuxent Rural Life Museums (, a collection of buildings located within Patuxent River Park. The individual museums include a tobacco farming shop, an 1880 log cabin, a 1920s Sears catalog house and a blacksmith shop. Darnall's Chance House Museum ( is dedicated to the study and interpretation of culture in 18th century Prince George's County, with emphasis on the lives of women during that time.

Landmarks and Archaeology

Landmarks are another way to explore the history of the area, such as the birthplace of John Carroll, the first archbishop of the United States. The tomb of Dr. William Beanes can also be visited. He was a prisoner during the War of 1812 whose release was secured by Francis Scott Key. The pair witnessed the attack on Fort McHenry that inspired Scott to write "The Star Spangled Banner." The Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park ( showcases over 8,000 years of human history and culture, including evidence of Native Americans during the Archaic Period (7500-1000 B.C.E.).