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Things to Do in College Park and Hyattsville

College Park, the ultra-cool college town, and her sister city, hip haven Hyattsville, have so much to offer!

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Home of the University of Maryland, College Park is the place for bigtime sports with Big 10 thrills, fantastic dining, concerts, shows, and breathtaking green spaces. Just down the road in sister-city Hyattsville, find an old-school hippie headquarters with family friendly biking, running and walking, great street festivals, and a thriving and eclectic arts scene nestled into the historic downtown reimagined with studios, learning spaces, and globe-spanning restaurant options.

Read on for some fantastic things to do in College Park and Hyattsville.

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College Park Aviation Museum
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The Aviation Museum preserves and promotes aviation innovations at the College Park Airport. It is located on the College Park Airfield, which is the oldest operating airfield in the world. Visit to learn more about unique aircraft and stories of the airport’s many flights.

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Lake Artemesia
Lake Artemesia

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Take a break at this 38-acre lake and aquatic gardens. Picnic on the fishing pier or talk a walk on the more than two miles of trails. You may even spot some birds, such as finches, ibis and orioles.

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The University of Maryland
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Visitors can learn about the university and local community at the Visitor Center, by taking a walking tour of the campus or by cheering on the Maryland Terrapins. Spend a day on campus or stay overnight at The Hotel at the University of Maryland, which offers a luxury hotel experience alongside fantastic dining options including the Old Maryland Grill, The Lobby Bar, Potomac Pizza and Bagels n’ Grinds.

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Arts & Theater
Arts Center

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College Park and Hyattsbille are full of galleries and performing arts venues, including:

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Archives & Libraries
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College Park is a great area to dig into research. You could visit the College Park Branch of the National Archives, the Special Collections in the Maryland Room at Hornbake Library, the National Agricultural Library, the Michelle Smith Library for Performing Arts, and the Center for Physics.

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Downtown
Shopping downtown Hyattsville

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Downtown College Park features great dining options including The Original Ledo Restaurant, MilkBoy ArtHouse, and the Cornerstone Grill & Loft. Hyattsville’s downtown is easily accessible on Route 1. Some great places to shop include Tanglewood Works, My Dead Aunt’s Books, Arrow Bicycles, Green Owl Design, Will’s Decorating, and Whistle Stop Studio.

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Golf, Biking & Other Outdoor Activities
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There are so many ways to play outside in College Park and Hyattsville. You could play disc golf at the Paint Branch Community Park, ice skate at the Herbert Wells Ice Rink, go for a swim at the Ellen Linson Splash Park, schedule a tee time at the University of Maryland Golf Course, or enroll your child in a class at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC). If you prefer to explore via bicycle, check out The Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail. This former streetcar line from Washington D.C., parallels US Route 1 between Hyattsville and College Park. The flat, easy-to-ride trail is a great way to explore the unique neighborhoods and retail options of Hyattsville. The Trail connects to other parts of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System.

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Vigilante Coffee
Coffee shop

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This coffee shop partners with global coffee bean farmers and is housed in the former Model T garage. Vigilante often provides craft coffee classes on different topics.

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Breweries & Distilleries
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For the last five years, the craft beverage scene in Hyattsville has been booming. Visit Streetcar 82 Brewing Company, Sangfroid Distilling, and Maryland Meadworks to see why. You’ll also want to check out Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store. In the 1880s, this building served as a blacksmith and carriage shop. Now, it continues to serve the public as a restaurant, brewery, and general store. Franklin’s offers 11 beers on tap (or house-made root beer) and has won more than 70 medals at different beer competitions since 2007. After sipping some brews, browse through the beer, wine, gourmet groceries, candy, hot sauces, toys and tchotchkes available at the general store.

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Artist & Craftsman Supply
Art supplies

This art store has everything you need and more! There are a wide variety of products to fulfill your artist needs, as well as assortments of novelties. Stop by for one of the many free in-store events.