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College Park

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Downtown College Park

College Park is in Prince George's County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington D.C.


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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

College Park Airport (IATA: CGS), the world's oldest continuously operated airport, is open only to private planes.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI) is a 30 minute drive from College Park. It is also accessible by taking Bus B30 to/from the Greenbelt Metrorail Station, near College Park.

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.

By car[edit]

From I-495 (Capital Beltway), take exits 24 (University Boulevard / MD 193) or 25 (US Route 1).

By train[edit]

Amtrak operates service to the New Carrollton station in Largo.

College Park is serviced by the Green Line of the Metrorail. The station is about a mile from the University of Maryland.

By bus[edit]

Metrobus J4 operates service between College Park and Bethesda via Takoma Park.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

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.

By bus[edit]

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.

By bicycle[edit]

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.


Memorial Chapel at University of Maryland College Park
  • The Art Gallery2202 Parren J. Mitchell Art Sociology Bldg. (3834 Campus Dr.) (near Route 193 & Adelphi Rd.),  +1 301 405-2763. M-F 11AM-4PM. A rotating series of exhibitions. Closed summer and between exhibitions. Free.
  • 2 Adele H. Stamp Student Union3972 Campus Drive +1-301-314-3375. 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. Adele H. Stamp Student Union on Wikipedia Q4681886 on Wikidata
  • 3 McKeldin Mall. The McKeldin Library is home to Testudo, the Fountain, the sundial, the Administration building, and several academic buildings. In addition, McKeldin Mall is the largest academic mall in the United States. McKeldin Mall on Wikipedia Q6801765 on Wikidata


Lake Artemesia pier
  • Lake Artemesia Natural AreaParking 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 Complex4690 University Blvd (near Route 1),  +1 301 935-0330. 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 Events2740 Comcast Center +1 301 314-7070fax: +1 301 314-4920, e-mail: . 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.



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.

  • Bagel Place7423 Baltimore Ave +1 301 779-3900fax: +1 301 779-5730. 6:30AM-7PM. Cross Route 1 from campus for your coffee or bagel fix. $3-$7.
  • Kiyoko7313-H Baltimore Ave (south of campus),  +1 240 764-8312. 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.
  • Sakura Seafood Buffet9031 Baltimore Ave +1 301 982-3331. All-you-can-eat buffet with a wide selection, including sushi, hibachi, Chinese and American food. Dinner buffet $12.95 for adults..
  • Sir Walter Raleigh Inn6323 Greenbelt Rd, Berwyn Heights +1 301 474-6501. 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.


  • Backyard Sports Grill7313-A Baltimore Ave +1 301 277-8898. 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 & Loft7325 Baltimore Ave +1 301 779-7044. 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.
  • [dead link]Kangnam BBQ Sports Bar & Grill8503 Baltimore Ave +1 240 345-5808. 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's7323 Baltimore Ave +1 301 277-8898. 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 Liquors8135 Baltimore Ave +1 301 474-3322. The quintessential dive bar. It's a bar AND a liquor store.


Stay safe[edit]

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.

Go next[edit]

Routes through College Park
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