Getting acquainted with Fort Meade

Check out our staff recommendations for things to do near Fort Meade.

Families relocating to the Fort Meade Army installation will never run out of fun things to do. Located just hours from major East Coast cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., Fort Meade is at the heart of a number of fantastic attractions and activities. 

With more than a century of military history, new members of the Fort Meade community will find a wealth of resources at their disposal as they acclimate to their new homes. Awaiting friends and neighbors will be able to provide guidance and experience for getting adjusted to life in Maryland.

Of course, the Corvias Military Living team will also be on hand to help new residents find everything they need. Check out our list of must-visit sites and attractions below and get some fast tips about the area you now call home. With so many things to do, you'll be sure to have fun exploring and creating your own lists of can't-miss places in the Fort Meade area!

"Fort Meade is at the heart of a number of fantastic attractions."

Relocation to Fort Meade
Positioned just miles from the Chesapeake Bay, Fort Meade is a bustling Army installation in a beautiful section of country. With the Patuxent Research Refuge just south and the Allegheny Mountains a few hours drive to the west, there's diversity in the natural scenery of the area. 

The weather in Maryland has plenty to offer its residents as well. With enough change to experience each season, the temperatures still stay mild enough to be comfortable. While snow is possible in the winters, average daytime highs are still in the 40s and 50s. Summertime temperatures average in the upper 80s. 

Schools at Fort Meade are run by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system. These include Pershing Hill Elementary School, Macarthur Middle School and Meade Senior High School. Pershing Hill scored a 9 out of 10 on the Great Schools ranking list, while nearby Manor View Elementary School scored an 8. The Fort Meade School Liaison can help your family find the perfect match for your educational needs. 

On-post housing provided by Corvias gives you a variety of homes to choose from so that you can find exactly what you need. With a number of included amenities and utilities, our homes and experienced staff can make the transition simple for your family. 

Fun Facts About the Fort Meade Area

  • Fort Meade was named after Civil War General George Meade. 
  • This installation was built in 1898, originally named Camp Meade. 
  • The National Security Agency command center is located at Fort Meade.
  • Covering more than 24,000 acres, Fort Meade is one of the largest military bases in the U.S.
  • Fort Meade and the NSA are the largest employers in Maryland.

Staff Recommendations 
Because of the fort's centralized location, it's easy to get to many different cities to see some of the best sights that America has to offer. 

"Dozens of museums make up the Smithsonian collection."

If you care to venture into Baltimore, our staff recommends a visit to the The Maryland Zoo . It hosts exotic mammals like cheetahs, giraffes and chimpanzees, as well as an expansive African penguin exhibit, elephant program and dozens of birds and reptiles. 

You can also visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore, home to dolphins, sharks and jellyfish. The aquarium also has a breathtaking tropical rainforest exhibit that houses striking plant and animal species from the world's most beautiful jungles. 

In nearby Washington, D.C., you'll find even more animals to see! At the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, rare giant pandas, piano-playing otters and primates that love to paint are all eager to show off for visitors!  Dozens of museums make up the Smithsonian collection along with the zoo, so you can spend days exploring fascinating exhibits in our nation's capital. 

If you'd like to catch a live show you have lots of venues to choose from! D.C. has the 9:30 Club, The Lincoln Theatre and the Verizon Center. Baltimore is home to the lauded Royal Farms Arena, or you can head over to Columbia to catch a concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion

Participating in all of these activities are sure to work up your appetites. Fortunately, you have lots of great restaurants to choose from in this area. We recommend having an elegant evening out with your spouse at the Melting Pot in Columbia. Start your meal off with a delicious cheese fondue appetizer. From there, you can choose a flavored oil and a selection of meats for your fondue main course. Chocolate fondue with fruits, cakes and brownies make for a decadent dessert at the end of the evening. 

"To catch a live show you have lots of venues to choose from!"

For another interactive dining experience, try the Fogo de Chao in Baltimore. At this Brazilian steakhouse, sit back and relax as the staff brings dozens of meats right to your table for you to choose from. Authentic side dishes like polenta, black bean stew and caramelized bananas round out your meal for a unique and delicious experience. 

In Laurel, you can feast on scrumptious Japanese dishes at Sakura. Sushi and teppan menus give you plenty to choose from – from steaks to seafood to chicken to tofu, there's something here for everyone to enjoy. 

Of course, you can't really call yourself a Marylander without enjoying some authentic Chesapeake Bay crab dishes! At G and M Restaurant and Lounge in Linthicum Heights you can dine on their famed crabcakes. You can also eat crab dip, crab-stuffed mushrooms and crab soup. If you need a little more variety, try their oysters, pasta or pork chops. 

Need to satisfy a sweet-tooth? The Cheesecake Factory in Hanover could be just the solution. There are dozens of cheesecakes to choose from here, like the chocolate hazelnut crunch, salted caramel and peanut butter cup. Though best known for its desserts, the restaurant also has a full menu of lunch and dinner items as well! 

However you like to spend your time, be prepared for new adventures when you move to Fort Meade. Get out and explore all the nearby cities have to offer and check some of the country's biggest destinations off of your bucket list, all without having to travel far from home.

Weekend Destinations

  • Baltimore, Maryland, is about fifteen minutes away.
  • Washington, D.C., is about thirty minutes away.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is about two hours away.
  • Ocean City, Maryland, is about two and a half hours away. 
  • Richmond, Virginia, is about two and half hours away. 
  • New York City, New York, is about three and a half hours away.
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey, is about three hours away.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is about four hours away. 
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia, is about four hours away.