Things To Do In Bethesda, MD
Located northwest of Washington D.C, Bethesda, Maryland stands proud as one of the most prosperous and educated communities in the United States. Originally named after the local church –the Bethesda meeting house built in 1820, Bethesda rose in stature with the growth of the government in Washington. Today, the city houses a flourishing economy with around 200 restaurants, multiple theatres, several art galleries, boutiques and shopping centers.
As a tourist or just someone new to the city, Bethesda offers plenty of options from world-class entertainment centers, quality food centers, and a thriving nightlife. With the brief introduction out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the place to see and things to do while at Bethesda.
If you are someone that enjoys music, the Strathmore which encompasses both the Strathmore Mansion and Strathmore Music Center is simply a place you must visit. The Music Center which holds a seating capacity of almost 2000 regularly features world-class performances by accomplished artists. The Mansion, on the other hand, offers smaller performers an opportunity to showcase their talent. Strathmore has recently built up a third venue called the AMP which showcases bluegrass, rock & jazz acts on a regular basis.
Cabin John Regional Park
One of most fun things to do in Bethesda, Maryland with your kids is to visit the Cabin John Regional Park. It is one of the largest parks in the Montgomery County and offers its visitors plenty of options. The 2-mile train ride on a replica 1863 C.P.Huntington train is a favorite activity among kids. Other attractions of note include the Cabin John Ice Skating Rink, Tai chi court, Pauline Betz Addie Tennis Center and the Robert C. McDonnell Campground. You can also find a 5-mile long hiking trail and a 9-mile long biking trail along the property.
Another center of excellence on performing arts, the Imagination Stage was founded in the year 1979 with an aim to provide young kids and teens affordable and quality arts education. Today, it is known as one of the largest arts theater group in the country and offers fun, family-friendly performances all through the year.
Bethesda Salt Cave
Modeled along the line of a typical Himalayan Salt Cave, the Bethesda salt cave offers therapy sessions to its visitors who are suffering from problems such as sleeping disorder, asthma or allergies. Inhaling salt is believed to improve lung function and many who’ve been there, have been vocal on its benefits. The public sessions are usually around 45 minutes long, but a private session can be arranged upon request. In addition to this, the venue also offers yoga classes and oil workshops to name a few.
Bethesda houses a number of quality restaurants which are sure to satisfy any and all diners. From contemporary American to exotic French cuisine, you can find quality restaurants serving anything you crave for. A couple of our top picks are listed below:
• Gringo and Mariachis The place is usually packed, lively and serves some of the best margaritas you’ll ever taste. The bar offers a fine selection of tequilas and whiskeys coupled with typical street foods such as nachos, tacos, burritos and more.
• Mussel Bar and Grille Choose from a selection of more than 125 beers to go along with some raw mussels served with goat cheese, merguez sausage, cilantro, and tomato broth. The restaurant also offers a decent selection of seafood and grilled meats.