We discovered a little gem last week that’s only 15-20 minutes down the road–Fort Washington National Park.
My two sisters and niece and nephew were visiting from Indiana, and we had done the tourist thing in Washington DC the day before. This was a relaxing, and relatively close, alternative.
The kids loved seeing the old guns and military equipment, and we had a beautiful view of the Potomac River. We brought a picnic lunch and enjoyed walking around the grounds, which was actually quite a workout with all the hills.
Weekdays are free, and it’s only $5/car on the weekends, so you can’t beat that.
Fort Washington has been around for over 200 years. The first Fort Washington was completed in 1809 to protect Washington DC from enemies coming up the Potomac River. It was destroyed in 1814, but a new one was built.
The fort was abandoned in 1939 and is now a national park. I wished they had more signs explaining what different buildings were used for, but I guess that’s what you get with free stuff. With it being just down the road, the fort is a fun family outing for anyone living in Charles County.