13 Places to Take the Kids This Autumn

13 Places to Take the Kids This Autumn

Leaves fall and spin to the ground like pieces of confetti, standing tall as they wait for winter to come. Autumn is an excellent time for children, any age, to learn and experience the wonders of Mother Nature. The daylight hours have already grown shorter. In a matter of a few short weeks, temperatures will drop and we'll be playing in the snow before we know it.
Instead of nestling down in the house, how about getting the family together and go leaf hunting? Below are a few editorial picks...
Bowman House, The was built by Jacob Powles and is typical of log houses built in Western Maryland during the first half of the nineteenth century. In 1868 John Bowman purchased the log house and established the "Boonsboro Pottery." His kiln was located about 75 feet to the rear of the building. Kids will enjoy touring the Bowman House while comparing the simple life of yesteryear to today's hustle and bustle. The Bowman House is located at 323 N. Main Street, Boonsboro.
C&O Canal celebrates its 158th birthday this year. The Canal is a 184-mile long National Historical Park that begins in Washington, D.C. and follows the Potomac River to Cumberland, Maryland. The C&O Canal is the perfect place to hike, bike, picnic, and take in history. C&O Canal Headquarters is located at 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Stop by to pick up information and visiting points of the Canal.
Devil's Backbone is the second oldest of Washington County's parks. This nine-acre park includes a picnic pavilion, restrooms, play equipment, picnic tables, grills, a drinking fountain, horseshoe court and parking area. A footbridge across the Antietam Creek, which divides the park, provides access to the "island" section of the park as well as to a nature trail, which ascends to the summit of the ridge from which the park takes its name. The park also offers fishing and an access for canoes to the Antietam Creek. Devil's Backbone Park is located along Route #68 near Lappan's Crossroads.
Discovery Station, The, located downtown Hagerstown on West Washington Street, is a "hands on" learning museum. The Museum includes exhibits that promote science, technology, and local history through displays and programs that are both educational and entertaining. Included is Hagerstown's Aviation Museum, exhibits from Maryland's Science Center, and more. Great for families!
Doleman Black History Museum, located at 540 Locust Street, Hagerstown, contains books, artifacts, and pictures of the rich African American History in Washington County. The museum is open by appointment only. Call 301-739-8185 to book your tour today.
Hagerstown's City Park is rich in beauty as well as history. In 1739, Jonathan Hager, a German immigrant, purchased the land and built a two-story stone house and names his property Hager's Fancy. The land went through many changes, including the erection of the Mansion House (now an art gallery) and changing hands until 1916 when the City of Hagerstown purchased it and made it a park for all. Ponds were created, the Museum of Fine Arts and a band shell were constructed, and the Jonathan Hager House was turned into a museum. Now the park is a wonderful place to spend the day with its walking trails, ponds full of ducks and swans, concession stands, playgrounds, and picnic areas. The Park is located at 501 Virginia Avenue.
Hagerstown Fairgrounds Recreation Park is 68-acres of open-space fun. Located at 351 N. Cleveland Ave., the park offers an ice rink, sports fields, BMX track, walking trails, and picnic areas.
Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, located at 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown houses the largest display of working model trains in the four-state area. See an exhibit of historic Burma Shave signs and the special Trains for Kids. There are extraordinary things to see, including a trolley built in 1918, torpedoes for railroad tracks, and a special lantern designed to measure color blindness.
Hagerstown Speedway, located at 15112 National Pike, Hagerstown, is one of the most popular destinations in the Hagerstown area, second only to the Antietam National Battlefield, according to track officials. The Speedway is said to be the best all around "dirt track" in the country. In 2008 the Hagerstown Speedway celebrated 60+ years of racing. Hagerstown Speedway is a wonderful place to take the family. Events, including races, camping parties and the Monster Truck Nationals, occur throughout the year.
Hancock Town Museum has thousands of items pertaining to Hancock, thousands of antiques, transportation museum pertaining to C&O Canal, National Pike, and Western Maryland Railroad. They have several antique tools and a library for research of historical buildings, businesses, clubs and churches. If you're looking for a listing of area cemeteries...visit Hancock Town Museum. Located at 126 W. High Street, the Museum is open year round from 1-5pm.
Harpers Ferry is a town located in Jefferson County, West Virginia, situated on the banks of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers where the U.S. states of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet. The town is surrounded by mountains and is at the bottom of a ravine created by the two rivers. The town is best known historically for John Brown's raid on the Armory in 1859. Harpers Ferry is one of the few towns that the Appalachian Trail passes directly through. There's tons to see and do in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, including white water rafting, shopping, historical tours, tubing, kayaking and much more.
Jonathan Hager House and Museum was a private frontier fort and original home of Hagerstown's founder, Jonathan Hager. Built over two separate springs the site houses the original Little Heiskel and a large collection of 18th Century antiques. Located in Hagerstown's City Park, the Jonathan Hager House and Museum is a must see.
Miller House exhibits include papers and historic items from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the C&O Canal. Visitors can partake in scavenger hunts, crafts for kids, and learn about Washington County during the 40s and 50s. The Miller House is located at 135 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown.
Of course, there's plenty more to places to Take the Kids! Take a walking tour through downtown Hagerstown, walk through the many City and National Parks, and take a hike near Camp David! Whatever you do...take plenty of pictures and have fun!