College Park Travel Guide

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College Park Things to Do

  • College Park Aviation Museum

    The Aviation Museum here was the scene of several events in the history of flying. The Wright Brothers founded this airfield in 1909, and did much of their pioneering work here. They built a catapult system for launching airplanes, using it to develop new and improved models. A replica of their Model B airplane is on display here.In 1918, right...

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  • College Park Aviation Museum

    I only had a couple of hours before I had to leave for BWI on my last morning in College Park. There are many famous things to see along the Washington-Baltimore Parkway but I decided to try the local aviation museum since it was close to my hotel and the University of Maryland. That turned out to be a fortuitous decision for me. Both my mom and...

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  • Historic College Park Airport

    The College Park Airport has remained operational since 1909 and is certified as "the world's oldest continuously operating airport." It's call letters are CGS. The airport's runway is 2600 ft long. Even though Kitty Hawk was the birthplace of powered aviation in 1903, many aviation historians consider the "cradle of aviation" to be the College...

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  • ERCO and Ercoupe Exhibit Table

    This exhibit has items about the founding of ERCO and the creation of the Ercoupe, the first tricycle aircraft. The display chronicles Fred Weick's work as an engineer for the company and the designer of the Ercoupe. The original ERCO Ercoupe had a distinctive twin-tail design and "coordinated controls," where the rudder was connected to the yoke,...

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  • "Half" Ercoupe Display

    This display really brought back memories. It is hard to believe that my middle brother and I used to ride in jump seats facing each other behind the two main seats where our parents were flying. I remember going to many fly-in breakfasts and other places that way. One jump seat must have been over the battery. Now I even look big compared to the...

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  • Aviation Museum - Berliner Exhibit Table

    Emile Berliner was an amazing, if not well-known, inventer. He invented the gramophone (1895), the telephone transmitter (mouthpiece) and other devices. He was also interested in aviation, especially controlled vertical flight (CVF). He began working on CVF as early as 1908. His son, Henry, joined him at College Park Airfield in 1919 and took over...

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  • Aviation Museum Deck and Grounds

    The Aviation Museum has an outdoor deck upstairs with a view of the College Park Airport and the museum's childrens' playground. No food or drink is allowed inside the museum but you can have picnic lunch/dinner on the deck.

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  • Aviation Museum - Air Derby/Brinckerhoff...

    From the museum website...Featuring a tableau representing an air race at College Park Airport during its management by George Brinckerhoff, this exhibit encompasses several aircraft, including the Monocoupe 110. On a grandstand decorated with flag bunting and showcasing replica trophies, stands an announcer mannequin. On either side of the...

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  • 1932 Monocoupe 110

    From the museum website...This sleek red airplane was popular for its speed and efficiency in the air races of the 1930s at College Park Airport. With a 145 Warner Super Scarab engine, it could reach speeds of 120-148 mph. A common sight at George Brinckerhoff's air meets, it was popular with pilots like Helen MacClosky and Pheobe Omilie.N12345...

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  • 1939 Taylorcraft BL-65

    From the museum website...A side-by-side seating, high-wing monoplane, the Taylorcraft has been retrofitted by our restoration shop to become the museum's "Imagination Plane." Visitors to the museum are encouraged to touch, explore, and sit in the cockpit of the blue 1939 aircraft. Aspiring pilots can operate the controls to move the elevator,...

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  • 1941 Boeing A75N1/PT-17 "Stearman"

    From the museum website...Although the Boeing Model 75 is most commonly called the "Stearman," it has had many names. The U.S. Army Air Corps designation for the A75N1 is "PT-17." The Navy designation is "N2S." The Canadian military designation is "Kaydet." Originally designed as trainers, the outbreak of WWII accelerated demand for these two-seat...

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  • 1936 Taylor J-2 "Cub"

    From the museum website...The "Cub" was a common sight at general aviation airports throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and George Brinckerhoff used the planes for flight instruction here at College Park Airport for 30 years. It was an enormously popular civilian aircraft; more pilots learned to fly in the Cub than in any other airplane. The...

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  • 1916 Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" Military...

    From the museum website...The "Jennys" were the workhorses of the U.S. Air Mail Service, although the machines flown here at College Park were the JN-4H model, as opposed to the earlier JN-4D on display in the museum.This aircraft was built in 1916, but its history before its discovery in pieces near San Antonio, Texas remains unclear. The U.S....

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  • 1912 Blériot XI Reproduction

    From the museum website...Completed in 2002, this reproduction Blériot XI monoplane was built in the College Park Aviation Museum's own restoration shop. It was crafted by volunteers under the direction of restoration shop manager John Liebl, from drawings originally published by John Rozendaal in 1912.Designed and built by Louis Blériot, the...

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  • Aviation Museum - Things for Kids

    Many of the exhibits in the Aviation Museum are hands-on and kid-oriented, especially in the Second Small Gallery. However, I think "big kids" would like the Wright "B" flight simulator and the propping simulator themselves. Don't forget the Peter Pan Club. It is the museum's pre-school learning club. Join them for aviation stories and activities...

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  • Aviation Museum - Second Small Gallery

    From the museum website...The Second Small Gallery is titled "Experimentation" and features most of the museum's hands-on activities. Located in this room are puzzles, toys, paper airplanes, a computer flight simulator, and machine illustrating Bernoulli's law with different sized balls. Visitors can listen to the conversations of local air traffic...

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  • Aviation Museum - First Small Gallery

    From the museum website...Upon entering the main gallery, there are three smaller sub-galleries located along the right side of the larger gallery. The first of these features exhibits on the early military and civilian activities at the field and a partial replica of the 1910 Rex Smith hangar. Also in this gallery is a mannequin representing...

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  • Animatronic Wilbur Wright

    As you enter the main gallery of the Aviation Museum, you will be greeted by an animatronic Wilbur Wright (no doubt started by a motion detector). He will tell you how he ended up at the College Park Airport and some aviation history. From the Aviation Museum website...At the end of the entry hallway, prior to entering the main gallery of the...

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  • Aviation Museum Main Gallery

    The College Park Aviation Museum main gallery has the following aircraft:· 1910 Wright Model B Reproduction· 1912 Blériot XI Reproduction· 1916 Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" Military Tractor· 1924 Berliner Helicopter No.5· 1932 Monocoupe 110· 1936 Taylor J-2 "Cub"· 1939 Taylorcraft BL-65· 1940 Aeronca 65LA "Chief"· 1941 Boeing A75N1/PT-17 "Stearman"· 1946...

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  • 1924 Berliner Helicopter No.5

    From the Aviation Museum website...In the center of the museum's main gallery is a unique aircraft representing the spirit of experimentation that pervades the history of College Park Airport. The Berliner Helicopter, on loan from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, is the culmination of the experiments in vertical flight by Emile...

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  • 1946 Ercoupe 415D

    From the museum website...The Ercoupe was manufactured by the Engineering and Research Corporation (ERCO) in nearby Riverdale, MD, to be spin-proof, stall-proof, and slip-proof. It is a single engine, two place low-wing aircraft of metal construction, fabric or metal wings, and tricycle landing gear. It has a coordinated controlling system that...

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College Park Hotels

  • Hampton Inn College Park

    9670 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland, 20740, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Comfort Inn & Suites

    I stayed here with a group of guys on a baseball excursion. Since not many hotels have twenty-five...

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  • Holiday Inn College Park

    10000 Baltimore Ave, College Park, Maryland, 20740, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

College Park Restaurants

  • Subcontinental splash!

    Small and simple place in a strip mall. Good natured and courteous staff. It is close to the University of Maryland and attracts a lot of students, maybe explains why the prices here are so affordable!I was so happy and satisfied after my meal, I hunted down the chef back in the kitchen, shook hands, and complimented him on his amazing...

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  • Good food and friendly people

    The Varsity Grille is what I would consider to be a combination sports bar and family restaurant. The food was very good and there were plenty of choices of beers and nibble food for watching the game. The service was very friendly and attentive.There are numerous televisions around the restaurant to catch whatever sporting event you are interested...

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  • Good Japanese and Chinese Food in...

    In Nov 07 I asked the guy at the Comfort Inn front desk where to find good Asian food in College Park. He recommended the Seven Seas Restaurant. It was only about 4 blocks away, so we tried it. I ate Chinese but they do sushi also. It was so good (and reasonably priced) that I went back with colleagues from the symposium two nights later. One got...

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College Park Local Customs

  • Testudo Luck

    Testudo got his start back in 1932, when then football coach Dr. H. Curley Byrd recommended that the diamondback terrapin be made the school mascot. It is also the Maryland state reptile. Rubbing his nose is supposed to bring good luck. That is why Testudo's nose is unusually shiny. Not to pass up a chance for some good luck, I rubbed Testudo's...

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  • Watch out for cross walks!

    When driving on the University campus, it is important to note that the yellow stripey crossings for the students are kind of like zebra crossings in the UK...you have to stop for the pedestrian, not the other way around, otherwise with all the traffic around here none of the students would make it to class on time if they had to stop for the cars!

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    by AlbuqRay Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    When I mentioned my experience with an Ercoupe, I was told at the College Park Aviation Museum that the ERCO buildings were still standing. After ERCO, they had been used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) but now they are owned by the University of Maryland. They gave me directions how to get there. The site is close to the airport, so I dropped by to take some pictures. The buildings are abandoned now but it was interesting to see where our Ercoupe had been built.

    To get there from the airport, go back to the College Park Metro Station on Paint Branch Parkway. Turn left on River Road and go south about 0.5 mile. Turn right on Rivertech Court, which changes into Lafayette Avenue as it curves to the right. The old ERCO complex is next to the railroad tracks on Lafayette.

    Former ERCO Headquarters (South Side) East End of Old ERCO Building Distinctive Sawtooth Roofline Old ERCO Workshops Back of old ERCO Site
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College Park Sports & Outdoors

  • University of Maryland Soccer

    The University of Maryland has both men's soccer and women's soccer. The men's team was nationally ranked in 2007. I watched them scrimmage one evening. Even though I used to coach youth soccer, I never realized how much adult players communicate while they are playing (at least on the good teams).

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  • University of Maryland Football

    When I was walking around campus on Wednesday evening, I saw the football team practicing. They must have come up with a good plan, because they defeated No. 8 Boston College on Saturday, 42-35. They play in Byrd Stadium, which is a beautiful facility. It was originally built in 1950 and has been home to national championship football and men’s and...

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  • Comcast Center

    The Comcast Center, the University of Maryland's home for Terrapin athletics, was completed in the Fall of 2002. It provides a seating capacity of 17,950 fans for basketball, and serves as an on-campus site for university special events and select community events. Comcast Center houses the university's athletics administration offices and includes...

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College Park Favorites

  • University of Maryland Campus

    One of the main entrances to the University of Maryland campus is where Paint Branch Parkway intersects Baltimore Avenue (US Hwy-1). The campus is quite large and is a nice mix of old and modern, rural and urban. Parking is definitely an issue. I saw only metered or paid parking for visitors (marked with a big green and white "P"). All other...

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  • Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

    Our symposium was held in the new Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. It is a very nice facility close to Byrd Stadium and the Dessie M. Moxley Gardens. There is a visitors' paid parking garage next to it. The Hall of Fame inside the Alumni Center is interesting with some names that most everyone would recognize, like Connie Chung and Jim Henson.

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