Find the Best Things to Do near NAVAIR
Stay at the Country Inn & Suites in California, MD to enjoy easy access to the area’s top attractions, including the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. Dive into local history at Point Lookout Lighthouse, built in 1825, and Sotterley Plantation, which was a major tobacco producer in the 1700s. Explore the great outdoors at nearby Calvert Cliffs and Greenwell state parks, or play a round of 18 at Chesapeake Hills Golf Course. For a bit of retail therapy, look no further than First Colony Center, which is connected to the hotel’s parking lot.Military Facilities
- Defense Acquisition University Mid-Atlantic Region (2.2 miles)
This Department of Defense training center teaches acquisition, technology and logistics skills to members of the military, civilians serving in certain federal jobs and federal contractors.
Phone: +1 (240) 895-7344
- Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) (5.1 miles)
The headquarters of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), this military facility is a valuable training center that conducts more than 200,000 air operations annually.
Phone: +1 (301) 757-1487
- Naval Air Station Patuxent River (6.2 miles)
Commissioned in 1943, this military base is home to NAVAIR and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. NAS Pax is also a major testing facility for U.S. naval aviation.
Phone: +1 (301) 342-3000
- Greenwell State Park (8.3 miles)
Go kayaking, fishing, hunting, picnicking or horseback riding inside this 596-acre state park on the Patuxent River.
Phone: +1 (301) 373-9775
- Calvert Cliffs State Park (9.4 miles)
Search for fossils along the sandy beaches of Calvert Cliffs State Park while the kids climb the playground made of recycled tires. This day-use park also features more than 13 miles of trails.
Phone: +1 (301) 743-7613
- Point Lookout State Park (21 miles)
Despite its beauty and serenity, this state park was once the site of a waterside, Civil War-era prison camp that imprisoned as many as 52,264 Confederate soldiers.
Phone: +1 (301) 872-5688
Museums and Historic Attractions
- Calvert Marine Museum (4.5 miles)
At the mouth of the Patuxent River sits this hands-on museum featuring playful otters, a paleontology exhibit, a woodcarving shop and the beautiful Drum Point Lighthouse.
Phone: +1 (410) 326-2042
- Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (5.3 miles)
See artifacts that tell the story of naval aviation research, development, technology and more at this educational visitors center.
Phone: +1 (301) 863-1900
- Sotterley Plantation (7.5 miles)
What was once the 1700s plantation of tobacco farmer James Bowles is now a museum with spectacularly manicured gardens. The grounds are open all year long.
Phone: +1 (301) 373-2280
- Historic St. Mary's City (12.9 miles)
Located on the site of Maryland’s first capital, this museum offers living history exhibits March through November. Check the calendar to tour the Maryland Dove, a recreation of a 17th-century sailing ship.
Phone: +1 (240) 895-4990
- Point Lookout Lighthouse (23.7 miles)
This historic lighthouse was commissioned by the U.S. government in 1925 and completed in 1930. Visitors love to hear the story of its first keeper, Ann Davis, who is said to haunt the place.
Phone: +1 (301) 684-3704
Shopping, Dining and Golf
- First Colony Center (the hotel is located inside the plaza)
Refresh your wardrobe at retailers like Target, BJ’s and Old Navy.
- Solomons Island (5.2 miles)
Shop, dine and play in the picturesque town of Solomons Island. Charter a boat, peruse art galleries, buy fine jewelry and have a Mai Tai at the island’s famous Tiki Bar.
- Chesapeake Hills Golf Course (9.3 miles)
Designed by Jim Thompson and opened in 1968, this stunning 72-par golf course is fun and challenging for players of all skill levels.
Phone: +1 (410) 326-4653