Crain Memo­rial Wel­come Center: Dis­cover ad­ven­ture in your home­town

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Charles County has great parks, fa­cil­i­ties, and things to do for all ages. Why not go out and ex­plore the area? The Crain Memo­rial Wel­come Center, lo­cated at 12480 Crain High­way, New­burg, off of U.S. 301 North, helps res­i­dents and visi­tors alike plan their Charles County ex­plo­rations through­out the year.

Stocked with up-to-date in­for­ma­tion about South­ern Mary­land and statewide at­trac­tions, spe­cial events, and ready-to-help travel savvy staff, the Crain Memo­rial Wel­come Center is a won­der­ful re­source for lo­cals and trav­el­ers. This hand­i­cap-ac­ces­si­ble center is open daily, ex­clud­ing ma­jor hol­i­days, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the rest area is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bring your fam­ily and out-of-town com­pany to the center to view the ro­tat­ing ex­hibits that il­lus­trate our county and re­gional his­tory, as well as our di­verse recre­ational at­trac­tions. Our most re­cent ex­hibit high­lights Charles County’s sis­ter city and sis­ter county re­la­tion­ships be­tween Wall­dorf, Ger­many, and Wal­dorf, Mary­land; and Jõgeva County, Es­to­nia and Charles County, Mary­land.

In ad­di­tion to ex­hibits, the center fea­tures a wind tur­bine, the first pub­lic wind tur­bine in Charles County. The tur­bine pro­vides sus­tain­able elec­tric power to re­duce the center’s re­liance on the pub­lic util­ity grid, and pro­vides power to an elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tion.

Re­mind your out-of-town friends and fam­ily the out­door por­tion of the center is pet-friendly; you can let your dog out for a stretch in the pet walk area. If you have an elec­tric ve­hi­cle, you can charge-up at the elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tion. Take ad­van­tage of our re­strooms, snacks, and ATM so you’ll be ready to get back out on the road.

The center is not exclusive to trav­el­ers stop­ping in or pass­ing by Charles County. If you want a cheaper al­ter­na­tive to a va­ca­tion this sum­mer, try a stay­ca­tion. Chances are, you may not know all the places and his­tory of your home­town. Have you ever booked a tour at the Dr. Sa­muel A. Mudd House, kayaked in Mal­lows Bay, or shopped around the town of La Plata? Visit the places you al­ways said you’d go but haven’t made the time for. Come to the center to learn more about your home­town and where you should travel next. Don’t for­get to snap a few pho­tos to trea­sure as keep­sakes, and share them with us on our Charles County Parks and Recre­ation Face­book page at www.face­­tyPark­sRe­cre­ation/.

Have ques­tions be­fore you visit? Call the Wel­come Center at 301-259-2500 or toll-free at 800-766-3386, or email Wel­comeCen­ter@CharlesCoun­ Go to www.CharlesCoun­ Tourism for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

Eileen Min­nick is the Charles County di­rec­tor of Recre­ation, Parks, and Tourism

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