Yo Holmes to Belair!
You may not have been born and raised in West Philadelphia, but you can still find a slice of a “kingdom” at Belair Mansion and Stables. This famous estate was once the premier stud farm for all of the thoroughbred horses in the mid 1900s. There is even a common saying in the racing circles that every horse of distinction has the blood of Belair stock coursing through their veins. While that may or may not be true, the location itself is still a beautiful historic site that takes you back to the booming days of mid-century America.
A Home for the Arts
One of the great things about living in a city like Bowie is the small-town vibe that the city give offs to go with the big-city amenities right in your own backyard. Take the Town Center, for instance, with the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts at its heart. This 800-seat theater is home to local and national acts, and plays host to music, dance, lectures, films, workshops, and so more. There is something special about seeing a community come together to support the local artists and creators, and give them their own space to let their talent shine.
A Day at the Park
What would a small town be without its parks? Bowie would not know because it has more than 2,000 acres set aside as open space or recreational greenways. The most popular of these is definitely the Allen Pond Park, which is home to boat rentals, amphitheater, stocked fishing pond, and an ice arena during the winter. It is a great place to take the kids or a date, and see the ball fields lit up at night has a mild feeling of nostalgia, like you have been transported back in time. It truly is small-town America at its finest.