Explore Bowie's History

Bowie's centennial year runs from April 2016 to April 2017. It's a great time to learn about our fair city.

You many know that the Belair Mansion is located in Bowie, or that Bowie has a strong tradition of horse racing, but did you know that in 1972, the track hosted the Noah's Ark Race, featuring a camel, a buffalo, a llama, and a zebu (a single humped cow from Asia)?

Learn all about Bowie's history by visiting one of our museums or exploring historic sites around the City.

Bowie Museums


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Geocaching is like going on a 21st century treasure hunt! With the help of your smart phone or a GPS device, you will be directed to various sites around Bowie based on their GPS coordinates. At each site, you will find the geocache hidden at that location

Geocaching is a fun, family friendly activity. It is world-wide phenomenon. Maryland has dozens of geocache trails around the state that will take you to places you might not even know existed and in the case of the Bowie Centennial Geocache trail, it will hopefully expose you to more Bowie history.

Maryland Geocaching Society

Passport to History

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Pick up your Bowie Centennial Passport at City Hall or the Belair Mansion and then visit the 15 different Bowie locations listed in the passport. You may have passed these places for years, but never had an opportunity or a reason to visit them. Here's your chance! Visit the places on the list, take a look around, get your passport stamped, and when you've gotten 15 stamps, turn in your passport at City Hall or the Belair Mansion. You'll be eligible to enter our drawing for prizes (including gift certificates to local restaurants and shops). Winners will be drawn in April of 2017 when the Centennial year comes to a close.