Summer fun in a day: A list of daytrips

July 14, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE |
  • Wax likenessess of celebrities such as Rihanna can be seen at Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C.
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 In today’s world, money and time are tight, but you still want the chance to feel like you actually did something this summer. Why not try a vacation throwback and plan a daytrip? We’ve rounded up a small list with a limit of three hours travel time from Hagerstown. We used MapQuest to give us approximate times. 

So pack the car, put on the tunes and have an adventure.

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Address: 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore

Phone: 410-727-4808


Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Wednesday, July 31. See website for additional closings

Cost: $12 adults; $9 for ages 62 and older; $7 for ages 7 to 18 or student with ID; free for ages 6 and younger

Time from Hagerstown: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Why go: This is a place great for young kids as well as those who have an interest in Maryland history. There are plenty of interactive exhibits, including a pressroom, a blacksmith shop and a 1910 pharmacy similar to where the Maryland-made Noxzema was invented. Outside is S.S. Baltimore, which is the only operating steam tugboat in the country. Currently, there’s a special exhibit titled, “The Maryland Lottery: 40 Years/40 Stories.”


B&O Railroad Museum 

Address: 901 W. Pratt St., Baltimore

Phone: 410-752-2490


Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. See website for closings.

Cost: $16 adults; $14 for ages 60 and older; $10 for ages 2 to 12. Last admission is one half hour prior to closing time. Go to website for special combo ticket with other museums. 

Choo Choo Blueville costs $1 per ticket or $5 unlimited rides for one day for ages 2 to 12. Train Ride and Restoration Shop Tour costs $11 per person ages 13 and older with paid admission to the museum.

Time from Hagerstown: 1 hour, 23 minutes

Why go: This is a place for any age who loves trains. For the kids there is the Choo Choo Blueville with miniature buildings and a three-minute kiddie train ride. For an extra cost, there is a train ride and restoration shop tour where you can get a behind-the-scenes tour, which includes a machinery shop.

Deep Creek Lake State Park

Address: 898 State Park Road, Swanton, Md.

Phone: 301-387-5563

Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset daily


Cost: $3 per person in-state, $5 per person out-of-state from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. $3 per vehicle in-state, $5 per vehicle out-of-state from the day after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Extra charges for camping, yurt and cabins

Time from Hagerstown: 2 hours 

Why go: Located in Garrett County, Md., Deep Creek Lake State Park is filled with enough to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy. There’s swimming from the sandy beach, picnicking areas, fishing, boating and camping. Nearby there’s a busy town filled with others looking for the same getaway.

Frontier Culture Museum

Address: 1390 Richmond Ave., Staunton, Va.

Phone: 540-332-7850


Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 through Dec. 1; Self-guided tours with costumed interpreters on site will take place seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $10; $9.50 for seniors; $9 for students ages 13 to college; $6 for ages 6 to 12; free for those 5 and younger

Time from Hagerstown: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Why go: The museum celebrates life of the American frontier. There is a 1700s forge, 1740s American Settlement, 1850s American farm and more. And they’re hosting a Summer Blues and Brews Festival Aug. 3 through Aug. 5. 

The Great Allegheny Passage

Address: Ohiopyle, Pa.

Website:; request a full map of the site.

Cost: Free to ride or walk

Time from Hagerstown: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Why go: Readers Kim and David Cushwa of Hagerstown suggested this rail trail, which is 150 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland and Pittsburgh. The site joins the C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland. “It is beautiful and scenic to walk or ride on the Allegheny Passage right beside the Youghiogheny River,” wrote the Cushwas. They suggest biking from Confluence, Pa., up to Ohiopyle or vice versa. There are several restaurants and antique shops by the river in Confluence. 

Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C.

Address: 1001 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Phone: 202-942-7300


Hours: Open seven days a week, year-round. Check website as hours change. 

Cost: Discounts for those who purchase tickets online. Adults, $21.50 for walk-up price, $17.20 online; ages 3 to 12, $17 walk-up price, $13.60 online price; family four-pack, $64 walk-up price, $51.20 for online price.

Time from Hagerstown: 1 hour, 31 minutes

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