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. The NASA/Goddard complex is dedicated to expanding knowledge of the Earth and the environment, the solar system and universe through the observation of space. Top-secret restricted areas (51, maybe?) are not open to the public, but you are welcome at the Visitors Center, where interactive displays, exhibits of space-science artifacts, and a real Gemini capsule are on view. The gift shop sells space memorabilia and souvenirs.
Oxen Hill Farm, Oxen Hill, (301) 839-1177, free. At this 19th-century farm, all of the work is still done by hand or hoof. Get your own paws dirty and milk some cows, feed chickens, or poke the hogs. Organized group tours are available during the week (call for reservations) and individuals are welcome Saturdays and Sundays.
Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, (301) 249-1500. Tricks of visiting Six Flags: Always hit the pavement the minute the park opens, before the afternoon heat and crowds. Never say out loud which ride you are heading for next, or others will go there too. Do not wear a bikini to the Paradise Island Water Park--it is just too crazy. Wait at least 20 minutes after you eat before getting on the MindEraser.
Bowie Fourth of July Festival, 3-10:30 p.m. July 4, Allen Pond Park, Bowie, (301) 262-6200, www.cityofbowie.org. All of the regular Independence Day crap, but no animal crap--pets are not allowed. Rain date: July 5.
Bowiefest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 2, Allen Pond Park, (301) 262-6200, www.cityofbowie.org. This festival includes a dog show, a home and business fair, kids' activities, rides, concessions, and live entertainment. If it rains, don't worry--it will all be rescheduled for June 3.
Main Street Antique, Arts, and Craft Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9, Sixth and Main streets, Laurel, (301) 725-7539, www.laurelmainstreet.com. This fifth-annual event includes juried art, regional crafts, antiques appraisals, entertainment, and food.
Roman Days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 9-10, Marietta Museum House, 5626 Bell Station, Glenn Dale, (301) 464-5291, www.pgparks.com. When in Glenn Dale, do as the, uh, Glenn Daleans do. This weekend-long event includes Roman military exercises, a fashion show, concessions, and interactive activities.
Cherry Hill Park, 9800 Cherry Hill Road, College Hill, (800) 801-6449, www.cherryhillpark.com. Warning: Cherry Hill Park is a very popular campsite. That's probably because the amenities are quite abundant: campsites with water, sewer, and electric; rental cabins and trailers; miniature golf; a large-screen TV; and two outdoor swimming pools.
Rip's Country Inn, 3809 N. Crain Highway, Bowie, (301) 262-0900. Pets are welcome at Rip's, and so are you.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Bowie Baysox, Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, (301) 805-6000, www.baysox.com. A lot of those young future Orioles you've been hearing about are playing in Double-A Bowie this year. Catch 'em now before they get traded and become stars with other teams.
Patuxent River Rural Legacy Bicycle Ride, June 9, registration 7-9 a.m., Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Visitors Center, Croom, (301) 839-9398, www.ohbike.org, $10. Take a 24-, 46-, or 62-mile route to benefit the Patuxent River Legacy program, which protects the area's rural land from development. The $10 fee covers food and drink along the way.
Old Town Bowie Antiques, 13031 Ninth St., Bowie, (301) 805-9593, www.ahcweb.net/antiques. Stroll, window shop, and fantasize about purchasing from the 25 antiques shops and boutiques in historic Old Town Bowie.
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