All aboard the historic national and international street cars at the National Capital Trolley Museum. After a ride through the woods, visit the museum's indoor exhibits to discover what that same ride may have been like for passengers in the 1930s, or watch a short film about the importance of streetcars in the early 20th century. The museum will host midday children's events on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer, including themed crafts, stories and videos. $$. Colesville, MD.

Experience the historic significance of railroads in Northern Virginia at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. The station was a vital part of the Civil War era, and today it serves to preserve the local history and importance of railroads. Step back in time on a Civil War tour, or let your little ones enjoy the many model train exhibits that will be on display throughout the summer. Families can visit the museum on August 2 for "Hands On Day," featuring scenery painting, artifact cleaning, check printing, railroad modeling and more. $$. Fairfax Sation, VA.

Hop aboard the Mile One Express along America's first mile of commericial train lines, take the kids to the miniature town of Choo Choo Blueville and tour the Mount Clare Museum House, all at the B&O Railroad Museum. In the Choo Choo Blueville Kids Zone, kids can have a hands-on learning experience through an educated activity, or relax and listen to a classic train story. The museum also features weekly toddler programs for ages 2 to 5. From July 31 to August 2, the museum will host Chuggington: A Traintastic Adventure, with interactive activities for kids of all ages based on the popular TV show. $$. Baltimore and Ellicott City, MD.

You may feel like ducking as planes soar just 100 feet over the ground past Gravelly Point Park and onto the runway at Ronald Reagan National Airport. Kids will be thrilled to hear the whirring aircrafts take off and land every few minutes, less than a mile away from the park. Gravelly Point Park is part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and offers connections to many other landmarks, as well as a picturesque view of the city and plenty of space for kids to run and play. Arlington, VA.


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Water Fun
Unique Museums
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Animal Encounters
Nature Discovery
One-Tank Trips
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