Looking for a unique adventure near Washington, DC? Montgomery County in Maryland is just a short drive away and definitely worth a visit. While you’re visiting DC to take in the famous monuments and attractions, don’t forget to explore this one-of-a-kind area. My husband Eddie and I discovered five unique things to do in Montgomery Co, Maryland, that we know you’ll love too.
Check them out!
Trivia: Montgomery County is known for its thriving communities, including Rockville, Bethesda, Wheaton, Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Germantown. It’s also the most populous city in the state of Maryland and a logical add-on when traveling to DC.
1. Play at The Adventure Park
Experience a thrilling aerial adventure or zip through the trees at The Adventure Park located at Sandy Spring Friends School! Choose from 13 different paths of varying difficulty levels for climbing and zip-lining.
The Labyrinth is a unique feature suited for kids aged 5 to 9, with its two-tiered design complete with zip drops and Bigfoot for those little ones wanting an adventure of their own.
Explore the 19th-century Quaker plantation featuring a Federal-era manor house, stone barn, original outbuildings, and stunning trees. Don’t miss out on this historical and adventurous experience!
2. Enjoy Tasty Craft Beer
Looking for great beer in MoCo? Look no further than True Respite Brewing Company! With interesting names and labels, and a taste that is out of this world, True Respite is a must-visit brewery.
Sample a variety with a flight, or try the locals’ favorites, the Week Away Hazy IPA and Scrum & Hooker Brown Ale. Just remember that they’re closed Mondays.
My favorite beer was Ben Outta Ten, a delicious Maple Peanut Butter Hefeweizen. Scrum & Hooker Brown Ale.
Tip: Visit on Thursdays for trivia.
If you’re in the mood for creative dishes alongside your beer, Brew Belly Kitchen & Sudhause is the place for you. With 24 local craft beers on tap and a wide variety of bottled drinks, you’re sure to find something to please your palate.
Don’t miss out on the famous Ribeye Cheesesteaks, Jumbo Soft Pretzels, and the incredible Poutine baskets – try the Boardwalk Poutine with Old Bay crabmeat and cream cheese sauce!
For something truly special, try the Wiz-Wit (Velveeta and caramelized onions) or Seoul Style cheesesteak (mushrooms, pickles, Gruyere, and Gochujang mayo). And did we mention the casual repurposed space? It’s the perfect spot for a relaxed evening out.
Fun Fact: Did you know you can take a bus from Bethesda, Maryland, to New York City? Shop Wanderu for this take-it-easy journey at the best rates on this 203-mile journey and many more.
3. Stay at Tusculum: A Heritage Farm
Escape the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC at Tusculum Farm, Maryland’s premier bed & breakfast. Relax amidst serene landscapes as far as the eye can see, with darling alpacas, horses, chickens, and contemporary rooms and guest houses.
Enjoy a farm-fresh breakfast featuring seasonal fruit, homemade muffins and bread, and fresh-laid eggs from Tusculum Farms’ own chickens.
Experience The Coop, a luxurious 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment with breathtaking views across from the main barn. Take a dip in our stunning outdoor pool and enjoy romantic dinners on our picture-perfect screened porch.
Don’t forget to gather around the fire pit for s’mores afterward. Book your dream getaway today!
**Unfortunately, Tusculum Farm returned to a private residence as of 2023.
4. Explore Sandy Spring Museum
Discover the hidden gem of Montgomery County at the Sandy Spring Museum! This lively spot is so much more than a museum – it’s a cultural arts center, community hub, and space for crafting, learning, and exploring.
With a variety of classes, workshops, and activities on their community calendar, there’s always something new and exciting to discover. Plus, you can watch some of the talented artists-in-residence at work, creating stunning visual arts, pottery, and jewelry right before your eyes.
Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in history, creativity, and community at the Sandy Spring Museum.
5. Buy Local Goods
Discover the best of Maryland-made crafts, home decor, and gifts at the charming Family Room in Laytonsville. In addition to supporting local artisans, you can indulge in a gourmet selection of cheese, seasonal products from Beads Upon a Time, Poplar Brooks Art, Open Book Chocolates, and Ella’s Bakeshop, while sipping Quartermaine Coffee Roasters’ delicious coffee or enjoying South Mountain Creamery’s locally-made ice cream.
Need a break? Kick back on one of the comfy couches or help complete the community puzzle. Shopping has never felt this good – supporting your local community is a top priority at The Family Room!
Find Your Favorite Things in MoCo
Montgomery County, Maryland, is your gateway to unforgettable experiences. Discover exciting things to do, from sipping cold beer to visiting world-class museums. Everything you could want is right here in MoCo. Come and explore!
Thanks to Montgomery County for hosting my travels. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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