Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville can ride one or two
colorfully painted trolleys through the woods of Northwest
Branch Recreational Park. During the museum’s Calvacade
of Street Cars on Sept. 17 ($5-$7), riders of all ages can
experience multiple street cars that are normally to be
seen but not touched. Several trolleys rotate on the tracks
from noon to 5 p.m. For older visitors, the rides may be
nostalgic, and kids get especially excited for a trainlike trip.
Many of the trolleys have roots in D.C., dating to the 19th
and early 20th centuries, when trolleys dominated District
streets and helped spawn Maryland’s suburbs. Others hail
from European cities. One crowd favorite is the sleek, open-topped blue and yellow tram originally designed for shuttling
beachgoers in the English coastal town of Blackpool.
Between rides, visitors can explore the museum,
including a kid-friendly wall-to-wall model of the Connecticut
Avenue line, complete with moving cars and tiny riders.
National Capital Trolley Museum, 1313 Bonifant Road,
Colesville; 301-384-6088, dctrolley.org