Before Europeans reached the area, the area was the home of the Nacotchtank people. Because of diseases and violence from Europeans, the Nacotchtank moved away and joined other nearby Native American tribes. Hyattsville was founded by Christopher Clark Hyatt, who purchased the land in 1845. Hyatt named the area after himself. The City of Hyattsville was incorporated on April 7, 1886. Victorian homes were built in the late 1880s. Sears bungalows and arts-and-crafts style homes were from the late 1910s through the early 1940s. Hyattsville has 21 historic sites according to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Hyattsville is just south of East-West Highway (MD-410) on US-1 south of College Park and the Beltway (I-495), and just west of the B-W Pkwy (MD-295).
Metrorail Green Line stops at West Hyattsville and Prince George's Plaza, which are both 1.5 miles from downtown Hyattsville. The Prince George's Plaza station is at The Mall at Prince Georges.
Marc Light Rail Camden Line stops at at Riverdale, 1 mile from Hyattsville.
- 81-86 runs through through Hyattsville, operating along US-1 between College Park and Washington D.C.
The Anacostia Tributary Trail System, which includes the Northeast Branch Trail and the Northwest Branch Trail (both along branches of the Anacostia River), runs though Hyattsville, allowing cyclists access from Silver Spring and Greenbelt.
Bus #13 operates service between the West Hyattsville and Prince George's Plaza Metrorail Stations and downtown Hyattsville. The bus costs $2 and can be paid using a SmarTrip card. It runs every 40 minutes until the evening.
- 1 Hyattsville Horns (at the Hyattsville Justice Center). A sculpture by Chris Janney installed in 2004 consisting of 5 colorful horns of 9 feet each that play tunes when touched. Lit up at night.
- 2 United States Post Office, 4325 Gallatin St, ☏ . A Colonial Revival building with a central, three-bay block flanked by smaller one-bay flat-roofed pavilions, constructed in 1935 and still in active use. Murals by Eugene Kingman, depicting the agricultural heritage of Prince George's County, decorate the lobby.
- 3 Hyattsville Armory. Historic National Guard armory built in 1918 and patterned after a medieval English castle, built of native stone, with rectangular turrets flanking the arched limestone entranceway.
- 1 Magruder Park, 4000 Hamilton St. This 32-acre park is the main park in Hyattsville. It includes fields for playing many popular sports.
- 2 Hamilton Splash Park, 3901 Hamilton St. Open-air pool, kids pool, with aqua climbing wall and waterslide. Open to both residents and non-residents.
- 3 Heurich Park Turf Field, Heurich Park Pd. Soccer pitch with lighting. Gather people to play a game or watch the games already happening.
- 1 The Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East West Highway. An enclosed shopping mall anchored by Target, Macy's, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Old Navy. There is a pedestrian bridge between the mall and the Prince George's Metro stop where you can avoid crossing the busy 410 road.
- 2 Hyattsville Farmers Market, 3799 East West Highway. T: 3-7PM in the summer.
- 3 University Town Center, America Blvd (near East-West Hwy). Outdoor shopping area with restaurants, a movie theater, grocery store, and community college.
- Red Onion Records, 4208 Gallatin St, ☏ . Tu-Sa noon-7PM, Su noon-5PM. The friendly owner is an aficionado with a huge second-hand vinyl collection (and CDs and books about music). The store is quite small, so he has a carefully hand-picked selection on display, with some rare finds waiting for a browser to uncover. If there's a specialty here, it's indie.
There are many chain restaurants in Hyattsville including Five Guys, Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, McDonald's, and Qdoba.
- 1 Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, ☏ .
- 2 Cafe Azul, 4423 Longfellow St, ☏ . Venezuelan cafe.
- 3 Chez Dior, 5124 Baltimore Ave, ☏ . Senegalese restaurant.
- 4 Franklins (Franklins General Store, Brewery, and Restaurant), 5123 Baltimore Ave, ☏ . A great little brewpub and a local institution.
- 5 Shagga Coffee & Restaurant, 6040 Baltimore Ave, ☏ . Ethiopian restaurant.
- 6 Spice 6 Modern Indian, 5501 Baltimore Ave, ☏ . Indian restaurant.
- 1 Carolina Kitchen Bar & Grill, 6501 America Blvd, ☏ . Southern home cooking and colorful art.
- 2 Old Dominion BrewHouse, 6504 America Blvd, ☏ .
- 3 Sangfroid Distilling, 5130 Baltimore Ave, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Small tasting room for Dutch style gin, brandies, and rye whiskey.
- 4 Streetcar82 Brewing, 4824 Rhode Island Ave, ✉ email@example.com.
- 5 Maryland Meadworks, 4700 Rhode Island Ave Ste B, ☏ .
- 6 Vigilante Coffee Company, 4327 Gallatin Street, ☏ . 7:00-19:00.
The nearest hotels are nearby in College Park.
- 1 Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, ☏ . The temporary location while the Adelphi Road building is under construction.
|Routes through Hyattsville|
|Baltimore ← College Park ←||N S||→ Shaw, Washington D.C.|
|Winchester ← Washington, D.C. ←||W E||→ New Carrollton → Annapolis|
|Greenbelt ← College Park ←||N S||→ Shaw, Washington D.C. → East End, Washington D.C.|