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Bowie is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland.


Bowie is a suburban bedroom community of Washington, D.C.. While Bowie's history goes back over a century, much of the city consists of ranch and Cape Cod homes built in the 1960s and 1970s as a planned community by Levitt. Lately, Bowie has grown by annexing various developments that have sprouted up around the city's edge since the mid-1980s. The visitor can still find vestiges of historical Bowie—most notably, the railroads and horse farms that defined Bowie in the pre-Levitt era.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI) is about 30–40 minutes north via MD197 and MD295.
  • Washington Reagan National Airport (IATA: DCA) is about 40 minutes south-west via US 50 (through Washington, D.C.).
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD) is about an hour west via the Capital Beltway (but can take much, much longer in rush hour).

By train[edit]

The MARC train system provides inexpensive service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. It has recently started limited weekend service. Use the Penn Line and exit at Bowie State University.

By bus[edit]

Metrobus service to Bowie is available from the New Carrollton Metro station.

Get around[edit]

There are a few options to the inevitable auto-driven culture of the suburbs.

By bike[edit]

The WB&A Trail cuts through the northern part of Bowie, and various other networks of bike paths and on-street bike routes help make a bicycle a reasonable way to get around town. Route 50 bisects town, so you'll have to choose your route carefully to include a bike-friendly crossing.

By taxi[edit]


  • Allen Pond Park3330 Northview Dr. +1 301 809-3011. Sunrise to Sunset. City park featuring a small lake with canoe rentals and fishing, amphitheater for summer outdoor performances, ice skating rink, skate park and playgrounds. Free.
  • Belair Mansion12207 Tulip Grove Dr. +1 301 809-3089, e-mail: . Tu-Su Noon-4PM. Built in 1745 by Samuel Ogle, the provincial governor of Maryland, the mansion serves today as an historical museum operated by the city. Free.
Belair Stables


Catch a Baysox game
  • Bowie Playhouse16500 Whitemarsh Park Drive (From Route 3, enter Whitemarsh Park and drive to the back parking lot). Tucked away in the woods at the back of Whitemarsh Park, the 150-seat Bowie Playhouse is home to four amateur theater companies and features dramas, musicals and Shakespeare year round.
  • Bowie Center for the Performing Arts15200 Annapolis Road +1 301 805-6880. A concert hall that features a variety of college, high school and community concerts and theatrical productions.


Bowie has a variety of malls, but little that's likely to pique the interest of the picky shopper. Two of the malls are Bowie Town Center and Free State Mall. Some of the antique shops in Old Town may be worth your time.


  • Grace's Fortune15500 Annapolis Road # 115 (Free State Mall),  +1 301 805-1108. An excellent choice for Chinese food in Bowie.
  • Ichiban Sushi3921 Evergreen Parkway, Bowie +1 301 352-9160fax: +1 301 352-9136. Su-Th 11AM-10PM F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Try the "Sushi Red & White", or for non-sushi eaters, the Chinese menu.
  • Lima's Chicken3552 Crain Hwy +1 301 464-5370fax: +1 301 262-6989. M-F 10:30AM-10PM, Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Charbroiled chicken and other Peruvian specialties.
  • Mama Cocoa’s Delights13015 9th St. (Old Town Bowie),  +1 301 366-3935, e-mail: . W-Su 11AM-5PM. Operated by pastry chef Tamarra Thomas, winner of the Food Network's "Sweet Genius" reality show.
  • Rip's Country Inn3809 Crain Hwy (US 301 at the MD 197 intersection). Not one of the too-many plastic chain restaurants that infect Bowie. Rip's has served Bowie with casual dining for more than 50 years
  • T.J. Elliott's6814 Laurel-Bowie Road (Rte. 197 & Old Chapel Road),  +1 301 262 6282. Su 8:30AM-10PM, M-Th 11AM-10PM, Fr 11AM-11PM, Sa 8:30AM-11PM. Owned by the Marcos family that started the original Ledo restaurant in College Park, T.J. Elliott's serves tasty Italian food in addition to Ledo pizza.


  • DuClaw Brewing Company4000 Town Center Blvd +1 301 809-6943fax: +1 301 809-0833. Su-Th 11AM-Mid F-Sa 11AM-12:30AM. This Maryland brewpub in Bowie Town Center has good food in addition to their own brews.
  • Old Bowie Town Grille8604 Chestnut Avenue (Corner of Chestnut and 11th Street in the old town area),  +1 301 464-8800. Tues-Sun, 11AM to late. Closed Mondays. Live music several nights a week. Craft beers on draft in an Irish-pub setting with a family-owned restaurant.

People in Bowie often head to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, or Annapolis for nightlife.


  • Comfort Inn4500 Crain Hwy. (US 301 at US 50),  +1 301 464-0089.
  • Hampton Inn15202 Major Lansdale Blvd. (near US 50 and MD 197),  +1 301 809-1800fax: +1 301 809-2515.
  • Rip's Country Inn3809 N. Crain Hwy. (US 301, 1 mile south of US 50).
  • Towneplace Suites3700 Town Center Blvd. (near US 50 and MD 197),  +1 301 262-8045fax: +1 301 262-8046.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Bowie
Washington, D.C.New Carrollton  W US 50.svg E  AnnapolisSalisbury
RichmondWaldorf  S US 301.svg N  AnnapolisGlasgow

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