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13710 Central Ave., Mitchellville, Maryland; 301-249-1500
Distance from Baltimore: Approximately 35 miles
This amusement park has more than 100 attractions—including eight roller coasters—and is just a 30-minute drive southeast of Baltimore. The "America" in the name gives a nod to the park's close proximity to Washington, DC. In addition to attractions for adults and kids, Six Flags America also has a combination family theme park and water park called Hurricane Harbor, which has no additional charge for entry.
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Distance from Baltimore: Approximately 42 miles
Located about a 45-minute drive away from Baltimore in New Market, Maryland, this small Western-themed amusement park has plenty of attractions for children, including a roller coaster, ropes course, bumper boats, arcade games, go karts, mini golf, and laser tag. The park opened in the summer of 2005.
03 of 0516000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, Virginia; 804-876-5134
Distance from Baltimore: Approximately 125 miles
The 14 roller coasters at this amusement park make it work the 2-hour drive to Doswell, Virginia from Baltimore. Kings Dominion has more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions, including Planet Snoopy for the kids and a waterpark called WaterWorks that is included with admission.
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100 W Hersheypark Dr., Hershey, Pennsylvania; 717-534-3860
Distance from Baltimore: Approximately 90 miles
With more than 65 attractions and rides (including 11 coasters), a waterpark, and a zoo, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Hersheypark. Originally a leisure park for the employees of Hershey Chocolate Company, the amusement park is adjacent to Hershey's Chocolate World, a visitors' center with shops, restaurants, and a chocolate factory-themed ride. The amusement park is approximately and hour and a half drive from Baltimore in Hershey, Pennsylvania.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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One Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, Virginia; 800-343-7946
Distance from Baltimore: Approximately 195 miles
Themed around old-world Europe, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is separated into 10 different "hamlets" themed to look like European villages of England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, and French Canada. The amusement park is known for its roller coasters, of which there are currently six. Little ones will love the Sesame Street Forest of Fun and Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve, while the young at heart will enjoy the many thrill rides. Located approximately 35 miles from Baltimore, make a weekend getaway out of the trip by also visiting nearby Colonial Williamsburg.