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A prime concert venue in the city, Veterans Park has played host a number of famous artists, since its inception. Built to commemorate the city's veterans, this sizable park, is a hot-spot for numerous cultural activities, outdoor events and concerts. Featuring gigs and concerts by some of the most popular local and international bands, this is a venue that's always packed with excitement. With big names from the music industry such as Kevin Basiliko, Karen Collins and The Skillets, amongst the list of artists to have performed here, this is truly a main-event stage in the city.
Named for its acorn-shaped pavilion, the Acorn Park is a city park that was originally built by Francis Preston Blair in 1840. It was part of his estate and contains a spring with water containing mica, that gave it a silver color. This 'silver spring' in fact led to the city being named after it! A tiny park, just 0.12 acres (0.0485623 hectares), the Acorn Park can easily go unnoticed amidst the tall building surrounding it. There is an artificial cave here, as well.
Enjoy a fun outing with your loved ones as you spend time amidst the scenic greenery of the Sligo Creek Park. This park is considered among one of the oldest parks in the county and is popular for its nature trails. In addition to the nature trails, this park is known for its hiking activities.
Enjoy a fun day as you visit the Jesup Blair Park and Blair House. The Jesup Blair park is spread across 14.5 acres (5.867942 hectares) of land and is known for multiple picnic areas. The scenic park features soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts and a playground area. Situated in the park is the historic Blair House which was built in 1850s. This house boasts of a beautiful Greek Revival architecture with a tinge of Federal architecture designs, and reflects the lifestyle of the region during that era.
Spread across 16.3 acres (6.596376 hectares) of land, Nolte Local Park is a great family outing spot. This park features multiple basketball, baseball and softball fields. In addition to this, it features picnic spots, playgrounds and a recreation center for you to spend a fun day with your loved ones.
This cemetery, just one acre in size, is one of the smallest national cemeteries. President Abraham Lincoln dedicated it after the Battle of Fort Stevens in the summer of 1864. The defeat of the Confederates during the two-day battle in July 1864 saved Washington, D.C. from invasion. More than 900 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed; 41 of the Union soldiers were buried in this specially created cemetery, one-half mile north of Fort Stevens. When you visit the cemetery, take special note of the entrance, which is flanked by two smoothbore guns.
The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a famous socialite and founder of General Foods. The 40-room mansion dates back to the 1920s and houses a huge collection of art, jewelry and other artifacts that belong to her. View rare Faberge eggs, historic portraits, exquisite tapestries and pieces of china. Walk through the landscaped gardens and enjoy the colorful flowers and plants.
McCrillis Gardens was gifted by William and Virginia McCrillis to the Maryland-National Capital Park in 1978. Since then this beautiful, shade garden has been a gem of a place for nature lovers. You will find perennials and other gorgeous blooms that make this place vibrant with color and life. This garden also features a pavilion and benches.