Family Day Trip Ideas to Spring Gardens in MD, DC, and VA

Mar 31, 2016 | Fun Things To Do With Kids in MD, DC, and VA

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Family Day Trip Ideas to Spring Gardens in MD, DC, and VA

Spring has sprung and we are in the middle of spring break season and you are probably searching for fun family day trip ideas to get out and enjoy the warmer weather.  Pirate Adventures will open for the season on Saturday, April 13th and we hope you join us this season with your family.  As a resource to our customers we often post about other fun places to take the kids around the area and the arrival of spring inspired us to round up the most enchanting and whimsical gardens around, all perfect if you are looking for spring family day trip ideas with the kids.  If you want more flower power check out the upcoming flower shows in our area.  Enjoy all the unique outdoor activities for kids around the area this spring!

12 of the Best Spring Gardens for Kids in MD, DC, and VA

United States Botanical Garden

US Botanical Garden Childrens GardenIf your kids have been to the Museum of Natural History one too many times this winter break out of the rut and discover the United States Botanical Garden, also part of the Smithsonian.  Say goodby to the indoor play place and get outside!

National Arboretum

With free admission, the National Arboretum is too big to discover in one day and is a place the kids will want to return to again and again. The Azelea Garden peaks in mid April to early May and is a delightful way to spend a spring day.

Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton OaksDiscover this hidden garden in the heart of the city, Dumbarton Oaks in Georgetown offers a place for kids to roam through fountains and secret garden paths.

Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring GardensGreen Spring Gardens in Fairfax, Virginia hosts a children’s Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 2nd makes a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the National Mall at this time of year.

Brookside Gardens

Brookside GardensBrookside Gardens is part of Wheaton Regional Park which is a popular place for kids with its mini-train ride and carousel. Check out the butterfly house and the children’s garden or just let the kids pick a path to wander on.

William Paca House

Annapolis Paca House Garden 2If you are headed to Annapolis for a Pirate Adventure with the kids pack a lunch and explore the William Paca House gardens in the afternoon.

Ann Marie Sculpture Garden

fairyfestivalIf whimsy is what you are looking for move AnnMarie Sculpture Gardens in Southern Maryland to the top of your list. The kids will love the teepees and stump stage in the Fairy Lolly. Don’t miss the Fairy and Gnome Home Festival on April 19th.
Adkins Arboretum on MarylandVisit the Bunny Patch and the Bean Pole Teepee at the Funshine Children’s Garden at Adkins Arboretum on the Eastern Shore in Ridgely, Maryland.

Sherwood Gardens

Sherwood Gardens Baltimore

Known for it’s tulip displays in early spring, Sherwood Gardens in Northern Baltimore offers lots of room for little ones to play among the towering trees and beautiful flowers.

Ladew Topiary Gardens

Pirate Ship at Ladew Topiary GardensMarvel at the topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens located North of Baltimore. Find swans, fox hounds, and even a hidden pirate ship all carved out of greenery. The gardens also contain hidden paths, bridges, fountains and even a butterfly house making it a perfect place to spend a day with the kids.

Rawlings Conservatory

Rawling Conservatory Family Day Trip IdeasThe Rawlings Conservatory is a hidden gem located in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. Check out the Spring Flower Display going on through mid-April which features artwork from the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are.

Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Family Day Trip Ideas to Spring GardensPossibly a stretch for a family day trip from the Washington DC area but the Norfolk Botanical Gardens have an awesome exhibit for kids running through April 30th. The Lantern Asia display is an installment of artwork throughout the garden that the kids will love day or night.

Spring Flower Shows for Family Day Trips

National Cathedral Flower Mart – May 3rd and 4th
Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival – April 27th, 28th and 29th
May Day in Annapolis
Flower Mart at Mount Vernon – May 3rd and May 4th

More Family Day Trip Ideas

We hope you have found the perfect spring day trip idea for your family.  Don’t forget to come see us this season at Pirate Adventures, we would love to entertain your family aboard our pirate ship this spring, summer, or fall.  You can find more family day trip ideas here and if you are looking for outdoor fun for the kids this spring check out the posts below.

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