Glen Echo Park, Montgomery County, Md.

<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> 70 miles, about an hour-and-a-half drive<br>
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<b>Why it's worth the gas: </b>Take a spin through history on the restored 1921 Dentzel menagerie carousel, a centerpiece of the park for more than 90 years. (The cost is $1.25 per ride; open May to September.) Originally an amusement park, Glen Echo is now part of the National Park Service and features a cultural arts center. Visitors can enjoy dances, classes, concerts, playground, picnics and more.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> The Puppet Co., a nonprofit puppet theater that stages original works and traditional children's stories. It’s the only year-round puppet theater between New York and Atlanta. (Go to thepuppetco.org.)<br>
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<b>Information:</b> Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2222 or go to glenechopark.org. Park grounds open 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

( Jed Kirschbaum, Baltimore Sun / June 17, 2010 )

Distance from Baltimore: 70 miles, about an hour-and-a-half drive

Why it's worth the gas: Take a spin through history on the restored 1921 Dentzel menagerie carousel, a centerpiece of the park for more than 90 years. (The cost is $1.25 per ride; open May to September.) Originally an amusement park, Glen Echo is now part of the National Park Service and features a cultural arts center. Visitors can enjoy dances, classes, concerts, playground, picnics and more.

Don't miss: The Puppet Co., a nonprofit puppet theater that stages original works and traditional children's stories. It’s the only year-round puppet theater between New York and Atlanta. (Go to thepuppetco.org.)

Information: Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2222 or go to glenechopark.org. Park grounds open 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

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