From an earlier poll I posted, it seemed many people were planning to stay home this weekend. That's fine, but if you've changed your mind at the last minute, here are a few suggestions for last, last, last-minute getaways that don't involve the beach. (We also have an itinerary for this weekend in Ocean City.):
AirTran begins service today from Baltimore (BWI) to Huntsville, Ala. (HLV). When I checked just now, there are still seats available for this weekend. You won't get the rock-bottom $79 introductory rate to 'Rocket City,' but $119 each way isn't bad.
Staying closer to home, Gaylord National Resort at the National Harbor in PG County has $119 holiday room rates. A quick check shows they're selling out on Saturday, but Sunday has availability.
If you're a veteran or military member (with ID), you can get in free this weekend at Madame Tussauds DC. And if you're not, all you have to do is wear red, white and blue and you'll get 25% off the $20 adult admission. Also, the Corcoran Gallery of Art offers free Saturday admissions beginning this weekend and continuing through summer.
Military and veterans also receive free admission to Kings Dominion Park, home to the new Intimidator 305 rollercoaster (pictured), on Sunday or Monday. The theme park's Waterworks attraction opens for the season on Saturday. And this is the last weeked to buy season passes to the park in Doswell, Va., (just south of Fredericksburg) before prices go up. Also, if you buy tickets online, adults can get in for the price of a kid until June 3.
The new Intimidator 305 rollercoaster at Kings Dominion. Associated Press Photo
If you like horses, the 51st annual Hunt Country Stable Tour is this weekend in Virginia horse country. Visitors can tour farms, get a glimpse of ponies, learn about hunting, watch show jumping and more. Admission is $20 advance/$25 at door. Children 12 and under are free.
Flavorfest begins Saturday in Lancaster County, Pa. The food and wine festival highlights area wineries, chefs, specialty foods, artisans and more. Best of all, admission is free to the festival held on the grounds of the Mount Hope Estate and Winery.
On the Jersey Shore, the 25th annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival begins tomorrow on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue and in the convention center. The festival, the largest of its kind in North America, features kitemakers, kite clubs, stunt kites, illuminated kites and more kites from around the world.
It's Fleet Week in New York, a tradition there since 1984. Visitors can tour docked ships at Pier 88 or simply admire the men and women in uniform. Also, the Emily Dickinson garden exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden offers buy one, get one on admission.