Top Ten Spring Activities in the Mid-Atlantic

From ice skating to famous museums, there's no shortage of engaging activities in the Mid-Atlantic.

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See Cherry Trees in Bloom in Washington, D.C.

In 1912, Japan gave the United States 3,000 cherry trees. The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the beautiful trees in bloom, friendship with Japan, and spring in Washington.

Explore the District by Bike

On a nice, spring day, instead of taking the Metro or bus, get some fresh air and travel by bike. Just borrow one of Capital Bikeshare’s 2,500 red bikes at one of 300 stations around the city, and return it to any station.

Honor Equality at the Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is a statue and building in Washington, D.C, that honors the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. His Emancipation Proclamation freed 3 million slaves during the American Civil War.

See the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection

Visit the Smithsonian Gardens Greenhouse facility in Suitland, Maryland to explore what plants are in bloom this season. Some of the most popular plants in the greenhouse are from the collections of Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis hybrids. Their many flowered inflorescences and bright colors make for beautiful spring displays. This greenhouse is well maintained year-round by staff, interns and volunteers.

Eat a Philly Cheesesteak

This classic American sandwich supposedly was invented by a hot-dog-cart vendor around 1930 in Philadelphia (also known as “Philly”). It features shaved steak on a toasted bun topped with melted cheese and fried onions.

Visit the Birthplace of the American Flag

Betsy Ross was a seamstress and upholsterer, who many credit for sewing the first American flag. Visit the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, and learn about colonial life and the drama of being America’s flagmaker.

Get a Unique Look at Sea Creatures

In May and early June, millions of horseshoe crabs climb the beaches along Delaware Bay to lay their eggs in the sand. See the annual ritual of this 500-million-year-old species during a full moon at high tide in New Jersey and Delaware.

Visit the Downton Abbey of New Jersey

At the Nemours Mansion and Gardens you’ll find 77 rooms, 47,000 square feet of French architecture and décor, a personal bowling alley, and learn about an American family drama worthy of a TV series!

See Wild Ponies on Assateague Island

Off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia, explore the beautiful beaches, bays, and marshes of Assateague Island, a 37-mile refuge for wildlife, including great blue herons, snowy egrets, and wild ponies.

Hike Part of the Appalachian Trail

Visit Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. You can fish, paddle, see waterfalls, and hike part of the Appalachian Trail


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