The Mid-Atlantic region is home to a lot of charming towns, sprawling forests, and unique experiences waiting to be had. Montgomery County Maryland has no shortage of amazing attractions, fun shops, fine dining, and outdoor activities for everyone!
Here are our must-see, must-do, and must-try experiences in Montgomery County on your next outing or trip!
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1. The Taste Makers Trail
Montgomery County has so many wonderful craft beverage makers. You will have no trouble finding your new favorite drink. You can experience The Taste Makers Trail by following the guide to 24 different breweries, wineries, distilleries, sideries, and coffee roasters! Pick your favorites and spend the day trying all the different libations in the area.
2. Farm To Table Dinner at The Comus Inn
With the most incredible food and drink, this is the culinary experience for dinner! Take in the views on The Comus Inn‘s large outdoor patio, enjoy live music, and the picturesque design of the building while enjoying local brews, farm-to-table dishes, and the peace of their 5.26 stunning acres at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain.
3. Catch a Movie at The AFI Theatre and Cultural Center
The AFI Theatre is a restoration of noted architect John Eberson’s historic 1938 Silver Theatre and still holds its original Art Deco style. It now hosts the American Film Institute. They host premieres, film festivals, seminars, and casual viewings of all the great movies in 16 to 70mm and high-definition digital cinema video projection. You can’t miss the opportunity to see a movie in this historic theatre!
4. See The Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center and take a Walk On The C&O Canal
Visit the historic tavern along the C&O Canal that now serves as the Great Falls National Park Visitors Center. Learn about the history of the towpath and take a walk or bike along this peaceful path by the river!
5. Spend The Night In a Historic Lockhouse
The C&O Canal Trust has restored and renovated 7 Lockhouses along the C&O Canal. Swains Lockhouse (or Lockhouse 21) in Montgomery County opened for guests to stay in 2019. Plumbing, electricity, and insulation were added to the house to make for a more comfortable, but still authentic stay!
6. Get Your Shop On at Pike & Rose
Pike & Rose is a super cute and lively little place to shop, dine, and stay in Montgomery County. It is home to all your favorite retail stores and several amazing restaurants like Pinstripes! You have to go to happy hour at Hello Betty’s outdoor Boat Bar and hang out with your pooch at Bark Social.
7. Take In Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo Park is a former amusement park turned artist collective that keeps its art deco charm and breaths new life into rehabilitated structures. Take in the beauty, snap some pictures, and admire the artistic work in Montgomery County!
8. Learn About The Life of Clara Barton
Glen Echo was Clara Bartons’ home for the last 15 years of her life and now showcases and honors her dedication and concern for those less fortunate than herself. You can visit her home and partake in a guided tour at the Clara Barton Historial Site.
9. See The Brookside Botanical Gardens
The Brookside Gardens is a 50-acre public garden display that has an Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, and so many more. Spend the day wandering around and taking in the curation of these beautiful grounds.
10. Take a Bike Ride Down The Bethesda Trolley Trail
Take a walk or ride your bike down the Bethesda Trolley Trail and take in the beautiful views and changing leaves. This flat pathway makes for a casual afternoon of fun with the family or an exhilarating run to start your morning!
11. Walk Through Downtown Takoma Park
Downtown Takoma Park is a historic main street with the cutest local shops, Instagramable spots, and a Sunday farmers market. You can even walk from Maryland over to DC on the main street of town!
12. Catch a Show at One Of The Local Playhouses
Montgomery County has several amazing performance spaces and theatres to experience. Round House Theatre is an immersive theatre experience with unique shows you’re sure to enjoy. Imagination Stage offers shows for young audiences, and Olney Theatre Center offers impactful and authentic performances for the community.
13. Bike or Kayak Around Seneca Creek State Park
This 6,300-acre park extends along 14 scenic miles of Seneca Creek that leads into the Potomac River. The park offers lots of hiking, a tire park, picnic areas, boat rentals, and more to occupy you all day long.
14. Relax at The Crossvines
Learn about their wine-making process, enjoy lunch or dinner and explore the stunning grounds of The Crossvines. There is even a golf course on the property!
16. Check Out The Sandy Spring Museum
With a rotating curation of exhibits and art collections, the Sandy Spring Museum is a must when in the area. They host several fun events throughout the year with programs for kids and adults.
17. Fly Through The Sky at Go Ape
Go Ape is an outdoor ropes course and zipline park that will excite you to no end! With their longest Zipline being 320ft through the beautiful woods of Montgomery County, there is fun to be had for everyone.
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