Most visitors come to College Park for the University of Maryland, and all the associated sporting events, but aviation geeks should also take notice of the Aviation Museum.
Washington Reagan National Airport (IATA: DCA) is a 30 minute drive from College Park and is accessible via the Metrorail.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD) is a 45 minute drive from College Park but takes significantly longer using public transportation.
From I-495 (Capital Beltway), take exits 24 (University Boulevard / MD 193) or 25 (US Route 1).
College Park is serviced by the Green Line of the Metrorail. The station is about a mile from the University of Maryland.
The main north-south artery of College Park is Route 1 (also known as Baltimore Ave). Many destinations of interest (including the university) are along this road. An alternative, slightly to the east, is Rhode Island Ave. Major east-west roads include University Boulevard (Route 193) and Campus Drive/Paint Branch Parkway. Route 1 traffic can be horrendous at times. Avoid arriving or leaving College Park during evening rush house. There is no free parking in College Park, so make sure to check each meter's restrictions and rules.
Metrobus J4 operates service between the University of Maryland and the Metrorail Station.
Shuttle-UM operates an extensive bus network, although University of Maryland identification is required to ride for many routes.
Rhode Island Ave Trolley Trail runs north/south to the east of Route 1 and, north of Route 193, consists of bike lines on Rhode Island Ave. The Paint Branch Trail intersects it near Lake Artemesia and runs through campus, up to Cherry Hill Road near the Beltway. College Park has many residential streets that make for easy biking, but some of the major thoroughfares can be dicey.
- College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: AviationMuseum@pgparks.com. Daily 10AM-5PM. At the College Park Airport, the world's oldest continually operating airport, this museum emphasizes early aviation. $4.
- 1 University of Maryland, College Park, Campus Drive & US-1, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. The flagship academic institution of the state of Maryland, founded in 1856, and centered around the McKeldin Mall quadrangle on Regents Drive.
- The Art Gallery, 2202 Parren J. Mitchell Art Sociology Bldg. (3834 Campus Dr.) (near Route 193 & Adelphi Rd.), ☎ . M-F 11AM-4PM. A rotating series of exhibitions. Closed summer and between exhibitions. Free.
- 2 Adele H. Stamp Student Union, 3972 Campus Drive, ☎ . UMCP's campus center, containing several floors that house a food court, fast food chains, a restaurant, shops, the SORC (Student Organizational Resource Center), TerpZone (an entertainment facility with several televisions, a small bowling alley, pool tables, etc.), a movie theater, and more.
- Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Dr, ☎ . Catch a play, music performance, or other event at the University.
- Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Parking at Branchview/Ballew Ave, Berwyn Heights (Route 193 to Branchville Ave). On the border with neighboring Berwyn Heights, this man-made lake offers fishing and a pleasant walking/biking/rollerblading trail around the circumference. Free.
- Paint Branch Golf Complex, 4690 University Blvd (near Route 1), ☎ . Open daily, seasonal hours.. Nine hole "executive" golf course, driving range and putting green. $10 for a bucket of 102 golf balls on the driving range, $18-12 for 9 holes of golf, $12-18 for 18 holes of golf, $3/day for putting green.
- Terrapins University of Maryland Sporting Events, 2740 Comcast Center, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM. With 27 different sports, the University of Maryland offers you a choice of everything from wrestling to lacrosse to softball. While the football team has had renewed success lately, basketball rules the roost -- the Lady Terps were national champions in 2006; the men in 2002.
- Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Paint Branch Parkway, ☎ . October-April.
- University of Maryland College Park Official Bookstore, Stamp Student Union, ☎ , fax: . M-Th 10AM-6:30PM, F-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. Get your Terrapin gear and dress like a local (or at least like a tuition-paying parent.)
College Park includes many fast-casual chain restaurants that cater to university students including: Potbelly's Sandwich Works, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Appleby's, Jimmy John's, and Cold Stone Creamery.
- Azteca Restaurant & Cantina, 9505 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . Mexican food.
- Bagel Place, 7423 Baltimore Ave, ☎ , fax: . 6:30AM-7PM. Cross Route 1 from campus for your coffee or bagel fix. $3-$7.
- Eddie's Cafe, 9823 Rhode Island Ave, ☎ . Chinese food & subs.
- Fishnet, 5010 Berwyn Rd, ☎ . Turkish food, specializing in fish.
- Hanami Japanese Restaurant, 8145 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . Strip mall location. Sushi, noodles, hibachi, and sake.
- Hard Times Cafe, 4738 Cherry Hill Rd, ☎ . Chili, wings, and burgers.
- The Jerk Pit, 9078 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . Jamaican jerk chicken, pork, seafood & tofu.
- Kiyoko, 7313-H Baltimore Ave (south of campus), ☎ . Mon-Wed, 11AM - 11PM Thu-Sat 11AM - 2AM Sun 11AM - 9PM. Hibachi grill and sushi. $4 for 8 pcs. Specialty rolls. Terrayaki Chicken, Shrimp, Steak for less than $10. Combination specials! Delivery minimum $10.
- Marathon Deli, 4429 Lehigh Rd, ☎ . Greek deli.
- Rasoi Restaurant, 8601 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . Indian food.
- Sakura Seafood Buffet, 9031 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . All-you-can-eat buffet with a wide selection, including sushi, hibachi, Chinese and American food. Dinner buffet $12.95 for adults..
- Shen Yang Chinese Restaurant, 9905 Rhode Island Ave, ☎ . All-you-can-eat buffet with a wide selection, including sushi, hibachi, Chinese and American food.
- Sir Walter Raleigh Inn, 6323 Greenbelt Rd, Berwyn Heights, ☎ . 11:30AM-9PM Monday-Friday. 4PM-9-PM Saturday. 3PM-8PM Sunday. A steak and seafood restaurant with an expansive salad bar. Travelers should note that the restaurant closes early and is only open for dinner service on the weekends.
- Unforgettable Flavors Cafe, 9348 Cherry Hill Rd, ☎ . Jamaican food.
- Backyard Sports Grill, 7313-A Baltimore Ave, ☎ . Cozy and relaxed atmosphere. But like everywhere else in College Park, you never no what you are going to get. Even this tiny space can get packed with crazy party-goers.
- Cornerstone Grill & Loft, 7325 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . Tables and bars, downstairs and upstairs. This bar gets packed most Thursday through Saturday, enough that they have to clear the seating upstairs to accommodate a dance floor. There is sort-of dance floor serviced by a DJ booth overlooking it. Just a nice local bar that suddenly turns into a crazy college party scene at night. Sunday Big-Ass Draft is a popular special during football and basketball seasons.
- Kangnam BBQ Sports Bar & Grill, 8503 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . This is an often overlooked spot to get a drink. The savvy few swear by this Korean restaurant as their favorite place for after-dinner drinks that turn into full-blown adventures. Sake bombs anyone?
- R. J. Bentley's, 7323 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . Outdoor seating, several bars inside with more seating in an adjacent room. Part of a very lively bar scene at night with Cornerstone next door. Students frequently go back and forth between the two bars through out the night.
- Town Hall Liquors, 8135 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . The quintessential dive bar. It's a bar AND a liquor store.
- Best Western Plus College Park, 8419 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . $121.
- Clarion Inn & Fundome - College Park, 8601 Baltimore Ave (Near the University of Maryland), ☎ , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM.
- College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, ☎ , fax: . Both luxurious and environmentally responsible. This Marriott was the country's first green hotel and conference center.
- Days Inn College Park, 9113 Baltimore Blvd, ☎ .
- Hampton Inn College Park, 9670 Baltimore Ave (Just off the Beltway.), ☎ , fax: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
- Howard Johnson Inn College Park, 9113 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . $71.
- Quality Inn and Suites College Park, 7200 Baltimore Ave, ☎ .
- Super 8 College Park, 9150 Baltimore Ave, ☎ . $72.
Avoid walking alone at night, especially around the College Park Metrorail station. You should be fine along Route 1, but reports of muggings (sometimes violent) on the otherwise upscale-looking side streets are perennials in the student newspaper. Petty theft can also be a problem, especially from vehicles and of bicycles.
- Washington, D.C. is a few miles away.
- Baltimore is about a 45-minute trip.
- Bethesda is good for night-life and is about a 30-minute drive, or 45-minute Metro ride.
- Silver Spring is about 20 minutes away.
- Takoma Park has many ethnic eateries and crunchy shops.
- Hyattsville is a hip area on Route 1 towards D.C.
|Routes through College Park|
|Baltimore ← Beltsville ←||N S||→ Greenbelt → Washington, D.C. via|
|Bethesda ← Beltsville ←||W E||→ Greenbelt → Alexandria|
|Baltimore ← Beltsville ←||N S||→ Hyattsville → Washington, D.C.|
|END ← Greenbelt ←||N S||→ Hyattsville → East End, Washington|
|END ← Washington, D.C. ←||SW NE||→ Greenbelt → Baltimore|