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FAMILY LIVING & SERVICES
             Family-
Friendly Attractions
ANNAPOLIS is widely considered the sailing capital of the United States. There are numerous opportunities
for families to charter boats and sail along the Chesapeake Bay. Downtown Annapolis is home to the Maryland State House and offers quaint shops and dining along its charming, historic main street.
PATUXENT RIVER STATE PARK
in Howard and Montgomery counties comprises 6,700 acres and offers catch- and-release fly-fishing. It’s also a great place to hike or go horseback riding for some additional family bonding.
THE MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, which runs for two months in late summer, is one of the biggest gatherings of its kind in the country. The festival is set in a fictional 16th- century English village named Revel Grove and is spread over 25 acres. Visitors have the opportunity to rent costumes to get in the spirit with the many performers.
SIX FLAGS AMERICA & HURRICANE HARBOR WATERPARK in Prince George’s County is the only theme park in Central Maryland and features more than 100 exciting rides, games, shows and attractions, including Hurricane Harbor waterpark.
CLARK’S ELIOAK FARM, located outside of Ellicott City, has all the restored pieces of the original Enchanted Forest theme park and a petting zoo for family fun, along with a farm store selling farm produce and non-GMO meats.
       COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE
Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince George’s counties all operate health departments that provide preventive, clinical and case-management health services in homes, clinics and county schools, including family planning, obstetrics and gynecology and
dental, vision and audiology services. For specific services and locations, contact the health department in
your county: Anne Arundel, aahealth. org; Howard, howardcountymd.gov/ departments/health; or Prince George’s, princegeorgescountymd.gov/1588/ health-services.
To explore other healthcare options in the Greater Baltimore area, visit the Maryland Health Care Commission website at mhcc.maryland.gov.
The MHCC is an independent state regulatory agency that assists consumers with healthcare decisions.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Searching for a civic organization to support or a place to volunteer? Each county has a good place to start:
the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center (aacvc.org), the Howard County Volunteer Center (volunteerhoward. org) and the Prince George’s Volunteer Center (princegeorgescountymd. gov/1731/volunteer-services). The Chamber’s online directory is also a good resource. Check our listings under Community Involvement.
RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS/ CHURCHES
The three counties offer a diverse group of faith communities and organizations. Look online under Religious Organizations for a list of all denominations in and around the area or in our Business Directory for churches that are members of the Central Maryland Chamber.
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES/SPORTS
All three counties are home to many youth and adult sports leagues, providing plenty of opportunities for recreational fun for all ages and skill levels. Our Business Directory provides listings by category. Contact your county recreation and parks office
for specifics: Anne Arundel County Department of Parks and Recreation, aacounty.org/recparks; Howard County, howardcountymd.gov/departments/ recreation-and-parks; or Prince George’s, pgparks.com/185/parks-recreation.
SENIOR SERVICES
Many services and volunteer and employment opportunities are available for senior citizens, especially those who wish to be active in their community but may require assistance. Each county maintains an office and a website for detailed senior services:
◆ Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities (aacounty. org/departments/aging-and-disabilities)
◆ Howard County Office on
Aging and Independence (howardcountymd.gov/departments/ community-resources-and-services/ office-on-aging-and-independence) operates six 50+ centers throughout the county.
◆ Prince George’s County Aging and Disabilities Services Division (princegeorgescountymd.gov/1644/ older-adult-services) offers a wealth of services, including a retired senior and volunteer program and an employment service. 
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