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Prince George's County

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Prince George's County is in the Capital Region of Maryland.

Cities[edit]

U.S. Highway 50 bisects the county, dividing it into the more densely-populated northern county and the more agricultural southern part. Exceptions exists, though, and both Bowie and Landover straddle the highway.

North of US Highway 50[edit]

South of US Highway 50[edit]

Understand[edit]

Prince George's County is the wealthiest U.S. county with an African-American majority population. One will sometimes hear it abbreviated "P.G.", although this abbreviation irritates some county residents.

The county is very diverse, both ethnically and economically. Inside the Beltway, there is a pretty clear division between Northern P.G. County (northeast of D.C.) and Southern P.G. County (southeast of D.C.). The former is significantly more densely populated and wealthy than the latter, which has much in common with the even poorer neighboring areas in southeastern D.C.. Just outside the Beltway, there are suburban bedroom communities like Laurel, Bowie and Upper Marlboro, with rural areas further out.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Important highways through Prince George's County include I-95 and I-295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway), which go north from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore. The Beltway (I-495) runs through Prince George's County as it circles around Washington, D.C. Route 50 goes east to Annapolis. To get off the highways to find shopping, restaurants and hotels, look for Route 1 (Baltimore Avenue), Route 193 (Greenbelt Road), Route 450 (Annapolis Road), Route 202 (Largo Road), Route 3 & 301 (Crain Highway), Route 4 (Pennsylvania Ave) and Route 5 (Branch Ave).

By Metro[edit]

WMATA provides rail and bus service.

Get around[edit]

By taxi[edit]

  • Taxi Taxi, +1 301-577-2000. Taxi Taxi provides the central dispatching service for the county. You will probably have better luck getting them to show up in the parts of the county closer to D.C.

See[edit]

Parks[edit]

Do[edit]

Prince George's County has several theaters that put on musicals, dramas, comedies and children's plays throughout the year, including the Greenbelt Arts Center, the Laurel Mill Playhouse and the Bowie Playhouse. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park hosts concerts, plays and dance performances by both University of Maryland students and visiting professionals. For concerts, go to Prince George's Publick Playhouse in Cheverly, Harmony Hall in Fort Washington or Montpelier Mansion in Laurel.

  • 1 Cedarville State Forest, 10201 Bee Oak Road, Brandywine, 20613 (From Route 301 South travel to Cedarville Road (at the very end of Prince George's County). At traffic light, take a left on Cedarville Road. As a landmark there will be a large white warehouse located on the left hand side. Take Cedarville Road to Bee Oak Road (on your right) which will be the main entrance to the forest.), +1 301 888-1410, e-mail: . Open Sunrise to Sunset. Cedarville State Forest features camping; hiking, biking and equestrian trails in a cedar forest; hunting in season (license required) and fishing in a four-acre pond stocked with Bluegill, Catfish, Sunfish and Bass (license required). $3/vehicle, $5/vehicle out-of-state residents, $10/small bus, $20/school or charter bus.
  • 2 Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Road, Upper Marlboro, 20772, +1 301 888-1377, e-mail: . Park is open Sunrise to Sunset; visitor center hours are 10AM to 5PM in the summer and 10AM to 4PM weekends only from Nov 1 to May 1. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary features hiking through poplar forests, a 4.3 mile self-guided driving tour and fishing in five ponds that are stocked with large mouth bass, blue gill, and various other species. The Frank Oslislo Visitor's Center has interpretive displays, a live animal exhibit, children's activities and a bird viewing area. The park includes large manmade mounds of dirt called "ha-has". Their purpose is unknown, but they are believed to be either early boundary markers or defenses built by soldiers in the War of 1812. Free entry.
  • 3 Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD. Amusement park featuring roller coasters, waterpark, and kids attractions

Eat[edit]

Although not known as a fine dining destination, Prince George's County has its hidden gems. If you want to splurge, go into D.C. or Montgomery County, but for adventurous dining on a budget avoid the chains and explore Prince George's County's many locally-owned restaurants. Clustered around the University of Maryland campus, downtown College Park has many low-priced restaurants catering to the students. Pasta Plus in Laurel is hard to find and usually has a long line since they don't take reservations, but the food is worth the wait. Along route 1 in Hyattsville, College Park, Beltsville and Laurel there are a wide variety of ethnic restaurants with African, Caribbean and South and Central American cuisines.

Drink[edit]

Franklin's in Hyattsville and DuClaw in Bowie brew their own beer on site. The New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt has live music 6 nights per week; the Old Bowie Town Grille and the Old Line Bistro in Beltsville also have live music on some nights.

Stay safe[edit]

Crime[edit]

Prince George's County is known for having a higher-than-average crime rate compared to the rest of the D.C. metro area. However, as in many places, a lot of the worst crime occurs between people who are already acquainted with each other, or is drug-related.

In addition, Metro parking lots in Prince George's County, especially Greenbelt and New Carollton, have higher than average incidences of car break-ins, so avoid leaving anything of value in sight when leaving your car in these parking lots. So, please, when parking your car, hide any valuables from plain sight. If you leave anything in sight of a thief, they may smash your car window to steal it.

Go next[edit]

Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, has many unique attractions: the Smithsonian museums, shopping in Georgetown, visiting the government buildings, fine dining and an active nightlife. Annapolis and Baltimore are other nearby cities. Montgomery County to the west, has upscale urban areas like Bethesda, sub-urban areas, and rural parts. Go northwest to reach the mountainous areas near Frederick. Head south to Southern Maryland or across the Bay Bridge to the Eastern Shore for adventures along the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

This region travel guide to Prince George's County is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.