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College Park, MD
Travel Guide

Lake Artemesia featuring a lake or waterhole

Relax alongside a picturesque lake, explore aquatic gardens and learn about the history of aviation in this city just outside the country’s capital.

College Park is a Maryland city on the east coast of the U.S. Among its attractions are an aviation museum at one of the world’s oldest operating airports, a huge national park and a scenic lake. College Park is the home of the University of Maryland, known for its excellent art facilities and gallery.

Learn about centuries of aviation history at the College Park Aviation Museum. Take a guided cycling tour across its scenic grounds. Listen to stories about the first hot air balloon launch and other momentous occasions. Explore the grounds of one of the world’s oldest operating airports, inaugurated in 1909. Exhibitions and galleries tell the fascinating story of early aviation. Engage with interactive activities including a children’s section.

Go camping in Greenbelt Park, a large rural space east of College Park with 174 sleeping sites among scenic flora. Nature thrives in this picturesque park setting with numerous trees, plants and animals. Spot deer and other wildlife in the woodland. Take a picnic to share with your family on the benches and tables that are provided. Bring the kids to one of the playgrounds scattered around the park.

The remarkably picturesque Lake Artemesia lies near the center of the city in the heart of Maryland. The water stretches across an area of 38 acres (15.4 hectares). Hike along scenic trails around the lake, go fishing on one of the piers or wander around the aquatic gardens.

Take a walk around the University of Maryland and browse intriguing works at its acclaimed art gallery.

College Park is a scenic haven of tranquility just a few miles away from the urban sprawl and political ambiance of Washington D.C. It is an ideal setting to relax by the lake or in the park after a sightseeing vacation in the political capital.

Where to stay in College Park

Metro Points Hotel-Washington North
Metro Points Hotel-Washington North
3 out of 5
8500 Annapolis Rd, New Carrollton, MD
The price is $72 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, FedEx Field, and University of Maryland-College ...
3.4/5Good! (1,418 reviews)
"It was great"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Metro Points Hotel-Washington North
Hyatt Place National Harbor
Hyatt Place National Harbor
3 out of 5
123 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD
The price is $169 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from MGM National Harbor. Nationals ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (327 reviews)
"We loved the view of the pier and the water. And the rooms were very comfortable and clean. It would have been nice to have had a microwave in the room verses going down the hall to use one. And one day when we asked for an extra towel, it was never received. Other than that, we enjoyed our stay ..."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Hyatt Place National Harbor
The Westin Washington National Harbor
The Westin Washington National Harbor
4 out of 5
171 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD
The price is $152 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in the heart of National Harbor, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Potomac River Waterfront Park and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from MGM National Harbor. Nationals ...
4.1/5Very Good! (983 reviews)
"Outstanding staff, responsive to all requests in a timely manner."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

The Westin Washington National Harbor
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
WoodSpring Suites Washington DC Northeast Greenbelt
WoodSpring Suites Washington DC Northeast Greenbelt
2.5 out of 5
7480 Greenway Center Drive, Greenbelt, MD
The price is $79 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in a state park, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Xfinity Center, University of Maryland-College Park, and FedEx Field. Prince George's Sports ...
3.5/5Good! (186 reviews)
"Very clean"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2021

WoodSpring Suites Washington DC Northeast Greenbelt
Vaulted, Sunny Bedroom in DC Suburb w/ Bonus Room
Vaulted, Sunny Bedroom in DC Suburb w/ Bonus Room
Suitland, MD
Situated in Suitland, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Marine Barracks, Nationals Park, and Washington Navy Yard. MGM National Harbor and RFK Stadium ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Cozy
"Enjoyed my stay. Not too far from DC (15-20 min)/surrounding cities and was perfect for my business trip purpose. Tracy left snacks out which was great when I first arrived. House is next to a main road so it can get a little noisy with passing traffic, but it was no issue when using earplugs at ..."

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Vaulted, Sunny Bedroom in DC Suburb w/ Bonus Room
Private 3 bed 2 Bath Apartment With all Amenities
Private 3 bed 2 Bath Apartment With all Amenities
Silver Spring, MD
Situated in Silver Spring, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Brookside Gardens, Rockville Town Center, and Miniature Train and Carousel at Wheaton ...
Private 3 bed 2 Bath Apartment With all Amenities
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around College Park

Like in many student towns, cycling is a popular way to get around College Park, so rent a bike if you feel active. If you plan to visit the University of Maryland, you can use the bus service that runs between the college and the College Park station on the Washington Metro. This train network is also a convenient way to travel around the wider Washington area. Renting a car is another option. Visit the Maryland Transportation Authority website.Browse College Park rental cars.

Best time to visit

While summer is the busiest time for visitors to the College Park area, you may want to avoid this time of year if you struggle with the heat. July in particular can get very hot and humid, with average high temperatures in the high 80s F (low 30s C). Compared to neighboring Washington D.C., though, College Park is never overrun with tourists. Temperatures are often below freezing in the winter.

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