Amusements & Theme Parks

NHSkyview1800The Capital Wheel at National Harbor
137 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745
You’ll feel like you’re sitting on top of the world when you experience National Harbor’s newest iconic attraction, The Capital Wheel! As you soar 175 feet above the Potomac River waterfront, you will marvel at the incomparable views. Sights visible include the White House and Capitol, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, City of Alexandria, Prince George’s County and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region. With its 42-closed, climate-controlled gondolas each seating eight, The Capital Wheel will operate year-round, so you can take in the changing seasons from a bird’s eye view! The Capital Wheel will be available for a variety of public, corporate and private events, with catering available by Wolfgang Puck, whose team will provide creative seasonal concessions. The Capital Wheel is destined to be the newest world-class icon of the National Capital area, just like its counterparts in other U.S. cities and around the globe. You’ll want to be among the first to experience this eagerly-awaited addition to National Harbor – a sophisticated yet family-friendly adventure for all ages.

The Carousel at National Harbor
137 National Plaza
National Harbor, MD 20745
The Carousel at National Harbor is a 36-foot Americana-themed carousel featuring a herd of whimsical creatures and the sparkling Potomac as a backdrop. The area housing the carousel features a newly-built playground, toddler play area and picnic tables for families looking to relax and soak up some sun at the harbor. And since all kids love a Carousel, National Harbor now features a special event option grown-ups can get equally excited about! Birthday party planning is a breeze at The Carousel at National Harbor. Bring your own party snacks and supplies or let us handle the details; the choice is yours! Party packages that include everything from supplies to cake to food to goody bags are available. We look forward to helping you host a truly memorable “big day” for your little ones. The carousel also offers a guaranteed-to-please outing for any type of children’s group including sports teams, day care classes, youth groups and scout troops. It’s the perfect location for lunch after a class trip to the National Children’s Museum with the most amazing recess in town! Special rate options are available for groups of 10 or more.

Bubble Bounce
112 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
Bubble Bounce is an indoor play center specializing in inflatable play. Bubble Bounce National Harbor feature three large bounce houses for your child’s enjoyment. We are open daily for open play for all bouncers age 10 and younger! We provide a safe and clean environment for children to jump and play. ($)

Chesapeake Carousel at Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
The Chesapeake Chesapeake Carousel is believed to have been constructed by Gustav Dentzel at the turn of the century. The carousel operated at Chesapeake Beach through 1972. Restoration has been ongoing since its acquisition by M-NCPPC in 1974; it was re-opened to the public here in July 1977. The carousel is open seasonally, and provides delightful experiences for the young and the young-at-heart.

Miniature Train at Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Visitors to Watkins Regional Park this summer will surely delight in the miniature train. A shiny silver and black C.P. Huntington replica miniature Locomotive made its inaugural appearance at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Kinderfest in the park.  For the history buffs, the replica miniature trains and locomotives have been hand built in Wichita, Kansas by Chance Rides, Inc. for amusement parks around the globe since the early 1960s. The red, white and blue locomotive has proudly served the park since 1970. It was Number 81, meaning the 81st one built. The new locomotive is Number 342, the 342nd one built. For the sentimental patrons out there, you can rest easy. Old faithful Number 81 is alive and well in storage for future use and a companion to the newer model. Bring yourself, family and friends out to ride the rails winding through the woodlands offering a close up view of Old Maryland Farm. Be on the look out for the tree faces and wildlife along the way. The Miniature Train in open seasonal.

SupermanSFA2Six Flags America & Hurricane Harbor Waterpark
13710 Central Avenue
Upper Marlboro, MD 20721
Six Flags America is Maryland’s only theme park featuring more than 100 exciting rides, shows, and attractions plus Maryland’s largest water park, Hurricane Harbor. The park boasts eight fun and furious roller coasters including the phenomenal flying roller coaster, BATWING, and the 200-foot tall hyper-coaster, SUPERMAN: Ride of Steel. Six Flags America also boasts the only stand up coaster in the region, Apocalypse -The Last Stand delivering two minutes of hairpin turns, pulse-pounding inversions and a swirling corkscrew, careening along 2,900 feet of track at 55 miles per hour. Family rides include The Penguin’s Blizzard River rapids ride and the traditional Tea Cups. Junior thrill seekers will love two exciting kids’ areas with rides, special shows, and character greetings.  Bonzai Pipelines, located in Hurricane Harbor, which will stand over six stories tall and plunge riders through six individual thrills all in ONE ride! Hurricane Harbor, open seasonally, features slides and splashing good times designed to help guests beat the heat. The exciting attractions at the free-with-admission water park include Hurricane Bay, one of the region’s largest wave pools; the six-story funnel of fun Tornado; two kids areas, and much more. Six Flags America is open April through October. Visit for hours of operation.