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10 Things to Do in Bethesda, MD


Looking for things to do in Bethesda, Maryland? The thriving urban community is home to a variety of attractions, parks, recreational facilities, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Here is a guide to the "must sees" of Bethesda.

1. Dining

Downtown Bethesda is one of the best places to dine in Montgomery County, Maryland. The area is known for its fine restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine from contemporary American to Mediterranean, to French or Latin American fare. Enjoy savings at some of the best of the region during Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week, held each winter and summer. During the warmer months of the year, enjoy dining outdoors in Bethesda.

2. Walk or Bike Along the Capital Crescent Trail

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The Capital Crescent Trail runs right through Downtown Bethesda and extends from Georgetown in DC to Silver Spring, Maryland. The paved trail is a popular recreation spot to enjoy walking, jogging, biking, or rollerblading.

3. Visit Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park
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Enjoy year-round activities in dance, theater, visual arts and environmental education at the National Park for the Arts. Take a ride on an antique carousel, have a picnic, learn a new dance style in the Spanish Ballroom, or attend an art show or special event.

4. Enjoy a Concert at Strathmore

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The 2,000 seat state-of-the-art concert hall features world-class performances by major national artists including folk, blues, pop, jazz, show tunes, and classical music. The Mansion offers an intimate space for smaller performances. Summer programs include outdoor performances. A variety of arts education programs are available for all ages.

5. Explore Cabin John Regional Park

Cabin John Playground
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The park is one of Montgomery County's largest and offers a wide range of things to do. The playground is a favorite for kids and includes a replica of an 1863 C.P. Huntington train that is available for a ten-minute, two-mile ride through the park. There is also a full-service ice-skating rink, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, athletic fields, picnic areas, trails and a nature center.

6. Attend Special Events

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7. See a Show at the Round House Theatre

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Based in Montgomery County, Maryland, the non-profit theater company produces nearly 200 performances each season at its locations in Bethesda and Silver Spring. The main theatre in Bethesda has 400 seats. The theatre in Silver Spring has 150 seats and an education program.

8. Take the Kids to Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage
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The children’s theater company offers year-round productions of modern and classic plays. The organization also offers classes and summer camps focusing on drama, acting, dance, musical theatre, and filmmaking for children of all ages.

9. Listen to Music at Bethesda Blues & Jazz

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The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club brings live musical entertainment to a state-of-the-art venue in a historic landmark building. The supper club features New Orleans style cuisine.

10. See an Independent Film at Bethesda Row Cinema

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The eight-screen movie theater, located in the heart of Bethesda, specializes in first-run independent and foreign language films, documentaries and classic revivals.

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