Bowie began in the 1870's as it was the location of the intersection of two major railways. The city is named after Oden Bowie, the President of the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad at the time. Belair at Bowie was developed by William Levitt, the developer of the famous Levittown.
Belair Mansion, ☎ (301) 860-0269, . Built in 1745 by Samuel Ogle, the provincial governor of Maryland, the mansion serves today as an historical museum operated by the city.edit
Belair Stable Museum, (A block from the Belair Mansion), . Most of modern-day Bowie was once a stud farm where champion thoroughbred race horses were born and raised. The Belair Stables operated for roughly 200 years and is famous for producing two Triple Crown champions (Gallant Fox and Omaha).edit
Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Dr., ☎ 301-809-3011, . Many locals incorrectly refer to this park as Allen's Pond. It is a city park featuring a small lake with canoe rentals and fishing, amphitheater for summer outdoor performances, and the Bowie ice skating rink.edit
Bowie Baysox Minor Leasgue Baseball at Prince George's Stadium, . edit
Grace's Fortune, 15500 Annapolis Road # 115 (Free State Mall), ☎ (301) 805-1108, . An excellent choice for Chinese food in Bowie.edit
Ichiban Sushi, 3921 Evergreen Parkway, Bowie, ☎ 301-352-9160 (fax: 301-352-9136), . Su-Th 11AM-10PM F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Try the "Sushi Red & White", or for non-sushi eaters, the Chinese menu.edit
Lima's Chicken, 3552 Crain Hwy, ☎ 301-464-5370, . M-F 10:30AM-10PM, Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Peruvian charbroiled chicken.edit
Rip's Country Inn, 3809 Crain Hwy (US 301 at the MD 197 intersection). Not one of the too-many plastic chain restaurants that infect Bowie. Rip's has served Bowie with casual dining for more than 50 yearsedit
T.J. Elliott's, 6814 Laurel-Bowie Road (Rte. 197 & Old Chapel Road), ☎ 301.262.6282, . Su 8:30AM-10PM, M-Th 11AM-10PM, Fr 11AM-11PM, Sa 8:30AM-11PM. Owned by the Marcos family that started the original Ledo restaurant in College Park, T.J. Elliott's serves tasty Italian food in addition to Ledo pizza.edit
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