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


Visit museums, monuments, and memorials in Washington, D.C.
Visitors get free admission to most of the amazing sights in our nation’s capital, the District of Columbia. See a space shuttle at the Smithsonian - home to 19 museums and visited by 140 million people each year. Discover a replica of a 45-foot North Atlantic right whale at the National Museum of Natural History, and an impressive statue of President Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial.
Go ice skating by the Potomac River in D.C.
Day or night, Washington Harbour is a dazzling place to get on the ice - or just watch the skaters - with bright lights and views of the Potomac River. Plus, you can explore Georgetown while you're in the area, one of D.C.'s most historic neighborhoods.
Taste old Baltimore at Lexington Market.
Now bursting with more than 100 vendors, Lexington Market has a rich history that stretches back to the late 1700s. Described as the "gastronomical capital of the world", it is the oldest market in America. Don't leave without sampling the crab cakes at Faidley’s.
See America's favorite bird in the wild.
Bald eagles are an America icon, and you can see them live in one of their favorite habitats at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. Visit on Saturday, March 12, and you'll catch Eagle Festival, with free tours and more.
Check out contemporary art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A visit to Mattress Factory is sure to get your creative juices flowing. Highlights include Chiharu Shiota's haunting yarn-webbed rooms and Bill Smith's dazzling "Spherodendron".
Chill out for a good cause.
Throw on a bathing suit (or better yet, a wetsuit) and plunge into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay for a good cause. Maryland State Police will sponsor the 21st Annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. As the event's motto states, "it's not just an event, it's an experience.”
See a classic winter sport.
Ice hockey has forever been considered one of the fastest sports out there. Washington D.C. is home to the Washington Capitals and their star forward Alexander Ovechkin. Looking for a great way to see U.S. hockey for less? Catch an American Hockey League game (one step below the professionals). There are teams in Hershey, Allentown, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
See an American version of Downtown Abbey.
The magnificent Winterthur (pronounced 'winter-tour') estate was opened to the public in 1951 by Henry Francis du Pont, who inherited it in 1927. Learn about his iconic family, marvel at the 982-acre property, and see fine examples of early American decorative art as you explore 175 rooms.
See the Home of America's First President.
Just 15 miles south of Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon was the Virginia home of America's first president, George Washington. Explore the home he designed and learn more about the man who led the Continental Army to victory and freedom in the American Revolution.
Warm up with a Philly cheesesteak.
These sloppy sandwiches have been a Philadelphia tradition since they were invented here in 1930.

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See Washington, D.C., from above
National Harbor’s newest attraction is the Capital Wheel, an observation wheel that takes passengers 180 feet above the ground. From a glass-enclosed gondola, you’ll see panoramic views of the White House, National Mall, and more.
Visit Gettysburg National Military Park
Walk the scenic fields at a beautiful Pennsylvania park and explore the history of this pivotal Civil War battle.
Walk the Atlantic City Boardwalk
The country’s oldest boardwalk, open since 1870 in southern New Jersey, features more than five miles of attractions along the Atlantic Ocean. Make sure to sample saltwater taffy, first created here more than 100 years ago
View famous photographs in Washington, D.C.
The National Gallery, which holds one of the world’s most extensive photographic collections, presents three major photography exhibitions this year, including “The Memory of Time,” exploring the work of 26 contemporary artists.
Bicycle around Philadelphia
Travel the “City of Brotherly Love” on a rented bicycle provided by Indego, the city’s recently launched bike-share program. With more than 600 self-service bikes at 60 stations, you can hop on and off at destinations across the historic city.
Experience Fallingwater
It’s the most unique home in the world. Fallingwater was designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and built between 1936 and 1939. Today, it’s a National Landmark, and well worth the trip through the beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania.
View a special kind of art
At the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, see original art made by nationally famous but untrained artists. Their work comes from personal visions, and the results of their creativity will amaze you.
Tube the Delaware River in Pennsylvania
In 1776, President George Washington famously crossed the Delaware at night during the winter. We think you’d prefer a relaxing float down the scenic river on a sunny summer afternoon.
Enjoy a bucket of Maryland blue crabs
Maryland is famous for its crabs, which are prepared in various ways. Steamed crabs come stacked on paper, with tools, towels, and a bucket for the shells – a messy but fun experience. Or try giant crab cakes at Lexington Market in Baltimore.
Volunteer in your local community
Whether you prefer to walk the dogs at an animal shelter, serve food at a soup kitchen, or plant a tree with a conservation group, there are many ways to volunteer in your local community. You’ll find plenty of other opportunities at or Be sure to tag #cieegivingback when you post your photos!

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