Located in Prince George’s County, the Discovery District is within walking distance from the state’s flagship university. Situated strategically between Washington, DC and Baltimore, the Discovery District is within a ten mile radius of federal laboratories, government agencies, international embassies, policy institutes and international media outlets.
The Discovery District is served by multiple public transportation modes, and has quick access to I-95, the Capital Beltway (I-495) and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295).
Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, the Discovery District is easily accessible.
The Discovery District is very well connected to the road network serving the Baltimore Washington metropolitan area. The research park can be accessed within ten minutes via Interstate 95 (I-95), the Capital Beltway (I-295) and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295). From the Capital Beltway, there are two points of access to quickly arrive at the Discovery District including Exit 23 for MD-201/Kenilworth Avenue and Exit 25 for US-1/Baltimore Avenue. Local roads Baltimore Avenue (US-1) and Kenilworth Avenue (MD-201) also connect to the park and provide efficient and direct access into Washington, DC.
In the heart of the Discovery District is the College Park – University of Maryland Metro station. Run by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), this Metro line provides quick, direct access into the nation’s capital, as well as northern Virginia on the Yellow and Green lines. These two lines will take you into the heart of Washington, DC in less than 25 minutes. The Yellow line provides direct access to Crystal City, which enables riders to arrive at the home of Amazon’s new HQ2 without having to change trains.
The Discovery District is also home to the College Park MARC train station. The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train system runs service between Baltimore and Washington, DC linking many suburbs to key destinations, such as the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and the Discovery District. Situated on the Camden line, the MARC train will take riders from the Discovery District to Union Station in Washington, DC in less than 15 minutes, and north to the Camden station in Baltimore in 45 minutes.
One of the Discovery District’s greatest connectors to the region is the soon-to-be opened Purple Line light rail. The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail station connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and linking together four spokes of the Metro system.
The Purple Line will include five stops on University of Maryland-owned land, including three stops within the Discovery District:
- River Road
- College Park Metro Station
- Intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Rossborough Lane
Anyone with a university ID, including affiliates within the Discovery District, will be able to ride within the university’s five stops for free.
Each of the three airports serving the nation’s capital are less than an hour from the Discovery District.
- The Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) is approximately 30 minutes north of the Discovery District and can be accessed on public transit through the MARC Penn Line.
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is approximately 30 minutes south of the Discovery District, and can be accessed directly by riding the Metro Yellow Line.
- Dulles International Airport is approximately 45 minutes west of the Discovery District and can be accessed on transit through a shuttle service connecting the airport to the Metro system on the Green or Yellow lines.
In addition to these commercial airports, the historic College Park Airport is located within the Discovery District and heavily-traversed by hobbyists and private aircrafts.
Planning your Visit
Interested in visiting the Discovery District and need some help planning your visit? Perhaps you’d like a tour of the area? Contact a member of the Discovery District’s management team.