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Watkins Park is C.A.B.‘s and I go to spot for activities throughout the year. We tend to go at least once a week to Watkins; this is one place you can go on a train ride, have a pick, ride the carousel, put put, tour Old Maryland Farm, hayrides, hang out at the Nature Center, play on the playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, or take a hike on many of its trails located throughout the park. Watkins Park is located at 301 Watkins Park Drive Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 is packed with hours of fun and adventure.

Train Watkins Park

One of Watkin’s most popular attraction in the summertime is the miniature train; A shiny silver and black C.P. Huntington replica miniature Locomotive.  The train takes its passengers on a ride through Watkin’s Park along the backside of Old Maryland Farm you can see the animals as you ride as well as animals living in the park (deer and rabbits) . C.A.B. loves when the train operator blows the horn; the ride is about 5 minutes.  C.A.B. can ride the train all day; we normally buy tickets for three rides. There is a seating area  located right outside of the train depot where you can sit and wait on the train or grab a snack  from one of the snack machines. Across from the train is the minature golf course; which offers 18 holes of golfing pleasure.  C.A.B. and I have yet to complete the course; this summer we will lol! Behind the train depot is the Chesapeake Carousel an Antique Carousel.  The 2014 hours of operation are Memorial Day weekend through August 24th Tuesdays through Saturday 10 am -7pm and Sundays noon to 5pm. They are also open only on weekends in September; Saturdays, 10 am – 7 pm and Sundays, 12 noon – 5 pm. Please see chart below for pricing :

2014 Fees (NEW!)

Train or Carousel

Resident*

Non-Resident

Individual

$1.75

$2.00

Group Rate (10 or more)

$1.50

$1.75

Mini-Golf

$4.00 person per round

$4.75

(Cash, Visa, Mastercard only)

 

Old Maryland Farm is  located a short walk from the train and carousel; there are signs leading the way. It is free and they have a nice selection of animals to see (peafowls, cattle, ducks, chickens, turkeys, pigs, donkeys, rabbits,  llamas, and etc. The other day when we went we saw a peafowl  with his feathers open and it was so pretty. They have food you can feed the animals outside the pens that look like bubble gum machines.  They were feeding the rabbits and C.A.B.  got to pet it. I was more scared than he was; because the rabbit was just a moving. They also offer hayrides throughout the summer and classes with the animals. There is a barn and a store as well; you have birthday parties at that farm as well. The hours of operation are  Tuesdays – Fridays 9am, -4pm; Saturdays 9am – 4:30 pm, and Sundays and Holidays 11:30 – 4:40pm

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Pea Fowl Watkins Park

Watkins Park has a huge playground  equipped with tire swings, swings, seesaws, and slides. The playground is divided into two areas one for toddlers and the other for older children  6- 12 year olds. They have picnic tables and restrooms located right there in case you want to pack a snack.  The Nature Center is located through a trail or off the main road; the place where Campfires are held and is home to live animal displays include insects, amphibians, reptiles, and birds of prey. The nature center also features indoor and outdoor ponds. They also host animals shows and puppet shows throughout the year.  It is also the start of the hiking trails; the hiking trails vary by age and difficulty. I have hiked a few with C.A.B., but this fall I think we will try one together.  We have done the loop around which is a walking trail that passes the train and  Old Maryland Farm through the woods looking at the trees and discussing what has changed since the last time we were there.  The hours of operation are Mondays-Saturdays: 8:30 am-5 pm and Sundays & Holidays: 11 am-4 pm.

Playground Watkins Park

Playground Watkins Park

Watkins Park is a place C.A.B. and I go often and never tire of; it is always something to do throughout the year. There are many activities to do that are free or inexpensive and loads of fun. I will offer one piece of advice weekends it can get very crowded so either go early or late in the day; weekdays aren’t too bad. Also,  in the Winter they decorate the park for the Festival of Lights and charge 5 dollars a car load to ride through and in the Fall they do Kinderfest a festival for children. We love it and do it every year.