If you’re still looking at piles of snow, why not plan an April get away to a place where you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms, historical charm, and spring weather. Many agree that April is one of the best times to visit our Nation’s Capital, as well as Baltimore. Both cities are bursting with spring colors and many fun, family-friendly events.
As an added bonus, GroundLink is offering an automatic 10% discount throughout the month of April when traveling in these two cities. Make getting you and your family to and from the airport, to special events, and popular destinations hassle free with GroundLink. Book your reservation now via www.groundlink.com or our mobile app.
National Cherry Blossom Festival, D.C., March 18 – April 16, 2017
What better way to welcome spring than to stand amongst thousands of cherry trees lining D.C.’s Tidal Basin. Although March is peak time to see the blossoms, you may still catch some of the splendor in early April. But even without blossoms, you can still enjoy numerous family-friendly activities at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which features the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival on the 15th.
Light City, Baltimore, March 31 – April 8, 2017
A sight to be seen, this family-friendly event showcases the arts and culture of Charm City. From large-scale light sculptures and thought provoking workshops, to concerts, dancers, and performances galore, this festival is certain to leave your family awestruck. Best of all it’s FREE! For a full event schedule visit Lightcity.org.
Filmfest, DC, April 20-30 2017
If you’re traveling with older children interested in theatre and film, consider taking in one or more of the over 60 independent and foreign films featured at this year’s international film festival. Celebrating its 31st season, this event showcases a variety of genres and up-and-coming directors. Check out filmfestdc.org for theatre schedules and ticket prices.
Maryland Science Center, Baltimore
For hundreds of hands-on exhibits that are certain to engage and inspire your children—and you—plan to visit the Maryland Science Center. Be sure to check out the Davis Planetarium where you can venture to the edge of the galaxy, or explore the world through an IMAX movie. Visit mdsci.org for operating hours, featured programs and exhibits, and theatre show times.
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure, Baltimore
Looking for a way to engage your tweens? Get out the smartphones and begin a local history lesson that sends you through the city to discover historical sites and attractions. This self-guided, 3-hour tour begins at the Baltimore Science Center, leads you to views of the Inner Harbor, and introduces you to sites, smells, and tastes of Little Italy. Begin your adventure at urbanadventurequest.com. Enter promotion code BMOREEVENT to save 20%. If you want more, schedule an adventure quest of Washington, D.C.
National Aquarium, Baltimore
The National Aquarium is home to more than 700 species from around the world. From fish and sea creatures, to birds and reptiles, hundreds of exhibits are housed in this architectural masterpiece. Once you’ve explored the exhibits, check out one of the many immersion tours and VIP encounters. Visit aqua.org to plan your visit.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
This isn’t your typical zoo. For starters, admission is FREE. With over 1500 animals scattered across 163 acres, the National Zoo is a full-day excursion with opportunities to meet animals and learn about animal care and conservation. With many schools on Spring Break, April is a busy time for the National Zoo. Allow plenty of time to explore the exhibits, and be prepared for increased security screenings. Learn more at nationalzoo.si.edu
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