Top 5 attractions to visit in Fort Meade
Fort Meade acts as a community for Department of Defense employees and their families, and retired military professionals. While the amount of community activities are immense, guests to Fort Meade may be wondering what else there is to do in a military installment. Luckily for them, Fort Meade is situated in between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., so the amount of activities are endless. You already know Washington, D.C. is home to endless historical monuments and museums, so what else is there to do? We’ll go over the top attractions to visit in and near Fort Meade, for visitors and those currently living there as well.
- National Cryptological Museum – Colony Seven Rd Annapolis Junction, MD
Cryptology has nothing to do with spooky stories, it’s a way to securely send a message so only the intended user can understand what it says. The U.S. used cryptology during both World Wars, and it is still used today! Visitors to this unique museum can learn about cryptology, its history, and its modern uses.
- The Lanes at Fort Meade – 2788 MacArthur Rd
For something fun to do with the family, bowling is always a good choice. This bowling alley offers a different menu each day, and bowling specials can make this an affordable outing on any budget.
- National Aquarium – 501 E Pratt St, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
The Aquarium may not be within the Fort Meade limits, but it is within a 35 minute car ride, making it a hassle-free day trip. The Aquarium exhibits a variety of living aquatic animals in their own ecosystems, and you may even catch a peek at some exotic birds or maybe even a sloth. Patrons to the aquarium recommend buying your tickets ahead of time, since entrance times vary when you buy them on site. There are special tours available, from behind the scenes to being a guest diver! Instead of leaving and having to find somewhere to eat, dining at the Harbor Market Kitchen inside makes it easy to sit down for some lunch.
- Charm City Clue Room – 6 Market Place, Baltimore, MD
You may have heard about “escape rooms”, but this one in Baltimore is a local and tourist favorite. With different themes like a “Poe Room” and “Railroad Room”, these puzzles are sure to bring a new element of fun into your Baltimore outing. Located near the aquarium, it’s an easy way to close out your day trip, without having to spend more on transportation. The escape rooms are played in groups of 8, making it easy for your group to have fun together. Be sure to book ahead of time to ensure there is space available, and prepare to plan your escape!
- International Spy Museum – 800 F St NW, Washington DC, DC
Spies have been in our movies and TV shows for as long as they’ve been made, and for good reason, almost everyone likes a good spy movie. The International Spy Museum has interactive exhibits, and pays homage to the villains of James Bond. Once inside you’ll assume a new identity, and enter a briefing room to understand why your role as a spy is important. Kids will love the variety of hands on activities, and adults will feel like a kid again when they come across all the technology and interactive displays that test their powers of observation.