Prince George's County
Prince George's County Conference and Visitors Bureau, 9200 Basil Court, suite 101, Largo, (301) 925-8300, www.princegeorges.com.
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Visitors Center, Greenbelt, (301) 286-8981, free. Learn about what goes on at NASA/Goddard through interactive displays and a real Gemini capsule.
Oxon Hill Farm, Oxon Hill, (301) 839-1176, free. Work at this 19th-century farm is still done the 19th-century way: by hand. Tours are conducted on weekends (weekdays if you have a group, but call for a reservation).
Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, (301) 249-1500. Once the site of one of those drive-through zoos that were all the rage back in the '70s, this is now a theme amusement and water park, part of the Six Flags chain. Don't let the big Superman roller coaster frighten you--it's not as scary as it looks. But it sure is fun. Special events include a Christian-music celebration June 1, a Latino festival June 16, and fireworks July 4.
Bowie Fourth of July Festival, 3-10:30 p.m. July 4, Allen Pond Park, Bowie, (301) 262-6200, www.cityofbowie.org. Bring the whole family, except for Fido and Fifi--no pets allowed. Rain date: July 5.
Bowiefest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2, Allen Pond Park, Bowie, (301) 262-6200, www.cityofbowie.org. Die your hair orange and make out with Mick Jagger to celebrate this annual festival in honor of David Bowie. Oops, that's not right--this event is all about the town of Bowie. The schedule includes rides, a dog show, a home and business fair, and live entertainment--but no Ziggy Stardust, as far as we know.
Roman Days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 8-9, Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station, Glenn Dale, (301) 464-5291, www.pgparks.com. Step back into the days of ancient Rome at this yearly event, which includes Roman military exercises and a fashion show.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Bowie Baysox, Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, (301) 805-6000, www.baysox.com. Elvis night and a Cal Ripken Jr. bobblehead giveaway are among the many promotions offered by the Double-A Orioles affiliate. Call or visit the Web site for a schedule.
Patuxent River Rural Legacy Bicycle Ride, June 8, registration 7-9 a.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Visitors Center, Croom, (301) 567-0089, $10. Cycle for 24, 46, or 62 miles and raise money for the Patuxent River Legacy program, which fights development on rural land. The $10 fee covers food and drink on your trip.
Old Town Bowie, Bowie, (301) 805-9593. Tourists love this stuff--antiques shops and boutiques in an old, restored town center.
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