Day trips: Sand, lighthouses and a folk festival on the mall

Ocean City

Wine in the Park


Saturday morning drinking in your bathrobe at home might be frowned on, but drinking at 11 a.m. at the Wine in the Park Festival is perfectly OK. Try new wines and microbrew beers while enjoying live music by Bird Dog and the Road Kings and other local musicians. Vendors will display items that include cigars and sunglasses. Hire a baby sitter or bring the kids along — those under 12 get in free. A designated driver program is also available.

Wine in the Park is at Northside Park at 125th Street and the Bay. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission for those over 21 is $25 and includes wine glasses and wine-tasting coupons. Children's (ages 13-20) tickets are $15. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Go to



Choptank River Lighthouse

The Choptank River Lighthouse in Cambridge, the Shore's newest lighthouse, is marking its first full summer season. The lighthouse, a replica of a six-sided, screwpile lighthouse that dated to 1858, was completed in September. In addition to offering free, self-guided tours daily, the lighthouse is part of the 2013 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, which takes place Sept. 21-22. The event challenges lighthouse lovers to visit 12 of the structures in one day. The lighthouse has also joined the U.S. Lighthouse Society's Passport Program, which allows visitors to receive a special stamp. The passports can be purchased at Just Yesterday, 317 High St. in Cambridge.



Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Come explore America's heritage at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall. Since its start in 1967, the festival has showcased traditions from over 90 nations and every region of the United States. On Friday, learn Hawaiian dance moves or taste Romanian cuisine. on Saturday, try your hand at learning Yiddish. The festival is like having the world at your hands. And it's free.

The festival takes place Wednesday through Sunday, June 30, and July 3-7 on the National Mall between the Smithsonian museums.. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with special events taking place most evenings. Go to


Atlantic City, N.J.

World Championship of Sand Sculpting

Twenty-seven competitors from 13 nations are vying for prize money at the World Championship of Sand Sculpting through Sunday, June 30. A variety of sculptures include historic scenes, fantastical creatures, mansions and more — all made from 1.2 million pounds of sand trucked in for the competition. Keep an eye out for sculpting performances by Food Network star Ray Villafane and his partner, Andy Berkholtz.

The World Championship of Sand Sculpting takes place daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Atlantic City Beach at Missouri Avenue (between the Pier Shops at Caesars and Trump Plaza Beach Bar). Admission is free. Go to

Cape May, N.J.

Cape May Trolley Tour Package


A package that includes transportation from Lewes, Del., to Cape May, N.J., is the perfect way to take a trip to the past. Day trippers can enjoy an 85-minute ferry cruise across the Delaware Bay to the Victorian-era town, where they can ride trolleys through the historic district and explore shops, beaches and the charming houses of the Jersey shore.

Cape May Trolley Tours are available daily through Sept. 29. The ferry terminal is at 43 Cape Henlopen Drive in Lewes, Del. Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for children 6-13 and free for children under age 6. Call 800-643-3779, or visit