MARYLAND – Families can head to West Maryland for unique train rides. An experience features dinner and an interactive mystery. Another includes ice cream and a cruise. Groups can also birdwatch on a kayaking excursion, study invasive species, or learn about tall ships.
Take a trip on the mystery train or ice cream train
Enjoy a first-class dinner and help solve an onboard mystery on a 3-hour tour of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. $ 133 includes dinner and three hours of comedic improvisation and interactive murder mystery fun. Or check out the all-new ice cream train. Check into the beautiful Cumberland town center train station, select an ice cream flavor, then board the train for a fun 35-minute round trip through The Narrows and back. Tickets are only $ 10.00 and ice cream is included. More information and tickets.
Snails, Whelks and Snakeheads: Protecting Mid-Atlantic Waterways
When it comes to invasive species, cooperation between states is crucial. As this Chesapeake Quarterly report suggests, “What is Virginia’s problem one year may be Maryland’s problem the next year, and Delaware’s the next year, and so on along the coast.” The report is a fascinating tale of the fight against aquatic invasive species from 1998, featuring the veined rapa whelk, didymo, rusty crayfish, northern snakehead, nutria and zebra mussel. Scientists responsible for managing these invaders must understand how they got here [(like the aquarium moss balls sold in a Seattle pet store being the zebra mussel culprit), assess potential ramifications (aquatic invasive species have cost the global economy at least $345 billion since 1971), and come up with control/eradication strategies.] Read all about how this team of super detective problem solvers [works] together on this very big problem.
Maryland Dove Symposium
Perhaps the highlight of the fall season at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is its virtual Maryland Dove Symposium. The current Maryland Dove has been the floating ambassador for historic St. Mary’s since 1978. Cambridge shipbuilder James B. Richardson worked with a handful of assistants for 15 months in his shipyard off the river. Choptank to build the ship. The five-part symposium will examine the legacy of the iconic tall ship, as well as the future of the new ship currently being worked on at the museum’s shipyard (with a targeted launch in spring 2022). $ 7.50 per session. September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and 27. There will also be a tour of the Maryland Dove Shipyard every Thursday in October. More information and registration. “
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