Bowie is located in northeast Prince George’s County between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. Named for Governor Oden Bowie in 1874, and built on eighteen square miles, the motto, “Growth, Unity, and Progress” is seen every day by residents. Due to its strategic location, railroad transportation is a significant part of Bowie’s past, present, and future. In 1872 the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad established a hub in Bowie to Washington, D.C. Today that railroad link is a part of Amtrak’s busy Northeast Corridor.
Quality of Life:
Bowie residents are proud of the various recreational and cultural opportunities in their community. Bowiefest is a one day June celebration where residents are introduced to the Best of Bowie! Bowie’s International Festival held in October is a time for the community to celebrate. Bowie residents can hike the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis trail, find plenty of activities available at Genealogical Society Library, local public libraries, and the community recreational centers. Bowie has public parks for golfing, ice skating, boat rentals, its own Bowie Skate Park, tennis, soccer fields and miles of bike trails. The Bowie Playhouse Theatre hosts four theatre companies that provide a variety of live entertainment, as well as the Bowie Railroad Museum. See future baseball stars at a Bowie Baysox AA minor league game at Bowie Stadium! Visit the iconic Belair Mansion, home to Provincial Governor Samuel Ogle, on the National Register of Historic Places and open to the public with free admission.
Going to Washington, D.C. the Metrobus service connects commuters to the New Carrollton Metrorail station on the Orange line with various stops in Bowie and from the Park and Ride lot near Town Center Mall. New Carrollton is a central hub to Amtrak, Greyhound and Metrobus routes.