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Mather Gorge, which is located inside the Great Falls Park, is the narrowest section of the lower stretch of the Potomac River. The gorge, which is just down river from the Great Falls, takes its name from Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Parks Service. Visitors to the park can hike along the steep cliffs of the gorge, or scale the cliffs themselves while rock climbing. The gorge can also be explored by kayak and canoe, though water goers should be aware that the gorge contains Class I to Class IV whitewater rapids.
Owned and managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is an extensive botanical park. Apart from serving as an open green space for the visitors, the park is also used an event venue.
Spread over 530 acres (214 hectares) Cabin John Regional Park park is among the largest community parks in the Bethesda region. The Cabin John Regional Park has something for everyone, featuring picnic spots, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, a nature center, a dog park, skating rink, trails, a campground and a miniature train. The adventure playground and the totem pole are park's special attractions which are immensely popular among the little ones.
Falls Road Local Park is a popular recreational spot in the neighborhood. This sprawling 20-acre (eight-hectare) landscape features a gazebo, several sports fields and amenities, as well as an award-winning playground.
McCrillis Gardens was gifted by William and Virginia McCrillis to the Maryland-National Capital Park in 1978. Since then this beautiful, shade garden has been a gem of a place for nature lovers. You will find perennials and other gorgeous blooms that make this place vibrant with color and life. This garden also features a pavilion and benches.
This former amusement park changed its focus from thrilling rides to artistic amusements, many of which are directed at families. A beautiful hand-carved carousel is the only ride still operating in the park, now administered by the National Park Service. Visitors will find plenty of entertainment ranging from performances at the Puppet Company Playhouse to children's stories at the Adventure Theatre. Dances like swing, square-dancing and the waltz, among others, are held at the Spanish Ballroom.
Centennial Park is a local park in Vienna. The park is located near the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park Trail and features Vienna's caboose.