Find Adventure, Culture & More in Montgomery County, Maryland

Bordering Washington, D.C., to the north, Montgomery County, Maryland, is an easy four-hour drive from Pittsburgh and prime for exploration.

Outdoor Adventures
In the woods or on the water, experience nature everywhere you look. Spanning 1,800 acres, Rock Creek Regional Park is just the place for a hike along 13 miles of woodland trails. Meandering, natural surface trails that border the shoreline of Lake Needwood are particularly picturesque, and you might spy resident wildlife such as turtles, beavers, herons and more.

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Get a closer look at the aquatic scenery by renting a kayak, pedal boat or rowboat. On weekends and holidays during the summer, you can also take a 20-minute tour of the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat.

Waredaca Brewing Company | Laytonsville, MD

Agricultural Highlights
Get to know the rural side of Montgomery County through its 93,000 acres of Agricultural Reserve — from pick-your-own farms in the spring to autumn pumpkin patches.

Farming and beer-brewing go hand in hand at Waredaca Brewing Company, whose production schedule directly relates to harvest timing, and the ingredients in each beer include something grown or produced on the working horse farm it calls home. In the spring and fall, sign up for a guided trail ride on horseback, then create your own tasting flight from the eight to 12 beers on tap at any given time.

Woodlawn Museum | Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park | Sandy Spring, MD

History & Heritage
The Washington, DC region as a whole is known for its deep historical roots. Within Montgomery Parks’ Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Woodlawn Museum is one of the newest attraction’s in Montgomery County, which utilizes interactive exhibits to educate visitors on the area’s agricultural landscape, Quaker history and the lives of former residents and enslaved laborers. For additional insight, hike the Underground Railroad Experience Trail to imagine what it was like for escaped slaves seeking freedom along a secret network of safe houses.

The Music Center at Strathmore | Bethesda, MD

Arts & Culture
Statewide, designated Arts & Entertainment Districts promote creative enterprises, and a wealth of cultural resources and performing-arts venues has led to three — Silver Spring, Bethesda and Wheaton — being developed in Montgomery County alone. The Music Center and Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda is the home for six resident partner organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic. Downtown Silver Spring’s AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is dedicated to cinema, not only screening a lineup of independent, art-house and classic films but also presenting panels and discussions, filmmaker interviews and other events.

Dentzel Carousel | Glen Echo Park | Glen Echo, MD

Outside of the A&E Districts, you can soak up the arts through a thriving social-dance program, galleries and studios, children’s theatres and classes in ceramics, photography, music and more at Glen Echo Park. Plus, free summer concerts, special events and a vintage carousel are big draws to this former amusement park.

Glenstone Museum | Potomac, MD | Split Rocker by Jeff Koons

Seamlessly integrating contemporary art, architecture and landscape, Glenstone is a striking museum with a contemplative and serene environment. Lastly, you won’t want to miss a production at the award-winning Olney Theatre Center. Ranging from professional musicals to plays and kid-friendly shows, 2019 schedule highlights like “Cabaret,” “Twelfth Night” and “Singin’ in the Rain” are sure to captivate audiences.  

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