Montgomery County, Maryland is a short drive from Washington, DC and encompasses the towns of Rockville, Bethesda, Wheaton, Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Germantown. It is also the most populous city in Maryland.
When visiting DC to see the monuments, memorials, and attractions, keep in mind that Montgomery County is also a unique place to explore. Check out these 5 unique things to do in Montgomery County, Maryland that I found during a visit with my husband, Eddie.
1. Play at The Adventure Park
Have fun on an impressive aerial adventure ropes course or zip through the woods at The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School. Get harnessed in to explore the 13 paths of mixed difficulty for climbing and zip lining.
A special feature is The Labyrinth, a separate structure geared towards 5 to 9 year olds. The two-tiered structure includes zip drops and Bigfoot, great for the little ones looking for some excitement of their own.
Beside the property is The Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park and Museum. It’s definitely a place you’ll want to take a minute to see. The park offerings display the strong historical ties to Underground Railroad found in Montgomery County, Maryland. This 19th-century Quaker plantation includes a Federal-era manor house, stone barn, original outbuildings, and incredible trees.
2. Enjoy Tasty Craft Beer
True Respite Brewing Company is one of the dozen breweries represented in Montgomery County, Maryland, or MoCo as it is often called. True Respite’s beer has interesting names and labels, while the taste is quite good. My favorite was Ben Outta Ten, a delicious Maple Peanut Butter Hefeweizen. Try a flight to sample several or go with the local’s choice of Week Away Hazy IPA and Scrum & Hooker Brown Ale.
Tip: Visit on Thursdays for trivia.
Brew Belly Kitchen & Sudhause is a casual repurposed space with 24 locally-focused tap beers, creative dishes, and a big variety of bottled drinks. Brew Belly is well-known for Ribeye Cheesesteaks, Jumbo Soft Pretzels, and the awesome array of Poutine baskets, such as Boardwalk Poutine with Old Bay, crabmeat, and cream cheese sauce.
If you fancy a cheesesteak, try the Whiz-Wit (Velveeta cheese sauce and caramelized onions) or the Seoul Style (mushrooms, pickles, Gruyere, and Gochujang mayo).
3. Stay at a Heritage Farm
Tusculum Farm is the premier bed &breakfast of Maryland, a short drive from Washington, DC. Here, guests can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for serene landscapes as far as the eye can see. Darling alpacas, horses, chickens, contemporary rooms and guest houses, and a farm-fresh breakfast enhance the guest experience.
My stay was in The Coop, a private 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment across from the main barn. Breakfast includes seasonal fruit, homemade muffins and bread, and fresh-laid eggs from Tusculum Farms’ own chickens. Tusculum Farms has an outdoor pool that is gorgeous. It looks to me like it came straight out of a magazine spread. They can also provide romantic dinners on the picture-perfect screened porch. Gather around the fire pit for s’mores afterward.
4. Explore Sandy Spring Museum
The name of this spot, Sandy Spring Museum, to me does not convey all that is offered inside this MoCo hidden gem. Widely-known as a “community-activated museum, cultural arts center, and gathering place”, Sandy Spring Museum is where people can make crafts, explore history, curate hobbies, and enjoy community in a host of ways.
The community calendar features the likes of dance classes, beginning Spanish, tea tasting, networking sessions, workshops, and much more. You will also find a couple of artists in residence at Sandy Spring Museum. Some of their talents include visual arts, painting, Qi Gong, metalsmith jewelry making, and pottery. The artists are happy to share their artwork and let you to watch as they create their masterpieces.
5. Buy Local Goods
Shop for Maryland-made crafts, home decor, and gifts at The Family Room in Laytonsville. You’ll also find a gourmet selection of locally made foods, cheeses, and seasonal vendors such as Beads Upon a Time, Poplar Brooks Art, Open Book Chocolates, and Ella’s Bakeshop. Sip a fresh cup of Quartermaine Coffee Roasters coffee, espresso, or South Mountain Creamery locally-made ice cream cone while you browse.
Enjoy one of the comfy couches at The Family Room or help work the community puzzle. Shopping local and sharing goods is the store’s main goal.
Find Your Favorite Things in MoCo
The things to do in Montgomery County, Maryland are abundant as you explore this gateway to Washington, DC. Whether its sipping a cold beer or visiting a world-class museum, it’s all here in MoCo.
Thanks to Montgomery County for hosting my travels. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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