Day Trip Tips – Baltimore, Maryland

When you live in a large tri-state type area, the possibilities for day trips are endless! And if you’re an adventurous family the opportunities are endless. The Cammo Style Love family was able to head on out to Baltimore a family get away. We experienced three of Baltimore’s attractions that I would highly recommend to all of you. It was such a wonderful experienced for Mr. Air Force and I, and the kids.

First stop – Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!

We were kind of concerned about how the kid’s would do. Would they be interested in it? Would they run around and not pay attention to any of it? In fact, they loved it! We all had a fabulous time. They were interested in things, we got to look around and actually enjoy ourselves. I think all the years of taking our littles everywhere are really paying off for us. They still talk about going and want to go back. It’s just the right amount of weird, gross, fun, hands on stuff. My daughter’s favorite part was the piano stairs. But I think the guy that looks like a snake was a close second. But I’m not going to give away much more. You’ll just have to check out. And if you aren’t in Baltimore see if there’s a Ripley’s near you! Make sure you stop by to grab a wax hand. It was well worth the wait (on the weekend there’s birthday parties!) and my kids just love looking at their little hands.

Second stop – Historic Ships of Baltimore

These amazing ships that sit in the harbor are just beautiful. It’s been awhile since my kids have seen ships like this, and I’m almost positive that none of them really remember going on them. We figured we could squeeze in a couple of them to finish out our day before it got too dark. We ended up seeing three of the four; and FYI to my military readers, there is an amazing discount for military families (Guard and Reserve included). You can visit a Civil War Vessel, a Coast Guard ship, a submarine and a lighthouse vessel. The experience, especially on the USS Constitution was incredible. Our four year old did extremely well on all the ships.

Last Stop – Brick Oven Pizza in Baltimore

Seriously guys, the best gluten free restaurant pizza I have ever ever had! Great atmosphere, amazing staff and seriously good pizza. Plus, it was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so you know it’s gonna be goo.

Final Tips

We stayed outside the city, in Linthicum, MD near the airport. It was not trouble to hop right over to the city, and there are tons of nice hotels to stay at all right here in that area. We stayed at the Westin BWI, which was a lovely hotel. Customer service was impeccable, the bed was amazing. However, I don’t know that I would stay there again. It didn’t really fit our needs. There’s a cooling station, for drinks, and not an actual refrigerator. The wifi isn’t free and there is no continental breakfast unless you upgrade to the executive suite. Then you can access their club. We got a wonderful deal so that went into the decision, and I did want a more fancy experience for Mr. Air Force, since this was a “return from deployment” family getaway.

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Fall Celebrations in the DC/NoVA!

Fall is here and I am so excited for my first East Coast fall.  I’m going to be one of those ridiculous Leaf-peepers this year.  I’m just so giddy with excitement.  Cute sweaters and boots, walks outside with the kids.  Seeing the beautiful leaves.  Taking drives   Needless to say, I am very happy about the upcoming Fall fun.  We had our first two tastes of the season and I can’t wait to experience all the fun.  If you want the real low-down on all the awesome fall-ness make sure to check out fellow DC area blogger KidFriendly DC.  It’s my one stop shop for everything that is fun that’s going on around here.  It’s really helped me while I get acclimated to everything there is to find.

First on our Fall Fun Fest was Montpelier Farms in Upper Marlboro, MD.  It was about a 35-40 minute drive from our house, but it didn’t feel that far at all.  I scored the admission tickets on Living Social (you’ve gotta sign up!).  Montpelier Farms is great because the general admission includes most of all the really fun stuff that you would want to do while you were there.

We did the Hay Ride, the giant Hill slides, the corn maze, the bounce houses, the cow tractor ride and the pedal tractors – all a part of the general admission.  The kids races little rubber duckies as well.  We went inside the gift shop and also did a little munching.  We were really disappointed that on a Sunday Afternoon they were out of hot apple cider, apple donuts and apple pie.  To be honest I was more than disappointed.  I was kinda really annoyed.  They had cold cider and an apple cider slushie (which the kids loved).  We munched on hot dogs and chips.  The hubby even had some sort of pumpkin pie, cream thing..but it had nuts so I was not a fan.  We purchased some Elderberry Jelly (Yummy) and some Bean salsa, which we haven’t tried yet.  I also got a copy of the book Spookley the Square Pumpkin.  There is a movie of the same title available for the kids to watch, as part of the general admission.  The actual pumplin patch wasn’t open yet, but it was still September. The kids had such a great time doing all of the activities, and feeding the goats.  We may go back and give it another chance.  Hopefully they have all the yummy munchies available next time.

Next, we took a trip over to Fairfax, Va for Kids Fest – Fall into Fairfax!  We didn’t have the chance to stay very long, but they did a fabulous job.  There were tons of booths that were set up that I didn’t get to, which I was bummed about.  Lots of stuff for kids on the Kids’ Midway, and everything was reasonably priced, including an all day pass for unlimited rides.

Make sure to check out all the fun fall happenings in your town!! Where I’m linking up today

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