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Exploring Bethesda, MD

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Featuring a canopy of sandstone buildings, Bethesda features a slew of attractions to visit during your time here. From sprawling golf courses and fitness centers equipped with all the necessary amenities to salons and spas catering to all your needs, this bustling town evokes a sense of both excitement and tranquility. Visit one of its many informative museums showcasing historical and interactive exhibitions, or admire nature’s creations at the National Zoological Park, a delightful experience for kids and adults alike. If you’re looking to embark on a retreat with your family and loved ones, Bethesda, with its eclectic, versatile and diverse nuances, is certainly the place to go! Here is a list of sights and experiences you might be interested in, during your stay here.

Cabin John Regional Park

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 the park's special attractions which are immensely popular among the little ones.

7400 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20817
Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage hosts dramas, workshops, summer camps, art classes and other events for kids. It encourages children to think laterally through a variety of shows, music, drama and art classes. The theater seeks to inspire and encourage young people to explore the arts through its various programs. The theater also hosts shows every season, which gives theater-goers the chance to discover and appreciate new talent.

4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20814
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

What once stood as the historic Bethesda Theater in 1938 has now been transformed into a suave live music supper club. Still carrying the glory of the yesteryear, Bethesda Blues and Jazz houses a small concert hall that serves brilliant continental fare. While 300 seats are ticketed as dinner seats, there are an additional 200 performance seats made available later. Come and enjoy this acoustically enhanced wonder on a fine evening.

7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20814
Bethesda Salt Cave

This exclusive salt cave in Bethesda offers a fantastic non-invasive remedy to respiratory syndromes, allergies, hypertension and even stress. Built from salt rock crystals found in the Himalayas, this soothing cave is comfortably heated during a session to release its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties for guests to breathe in. The sessions are typically public in nature, and require guests to wear comfortable clothing. Children are only allowed for certain sessions. Reservations are recommended.

4709 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20814
Bethesda Row

Escape a few miles north outside of the hectic district and beltway and relax at the stylish, trendy, and quaint Bethesda Row. Choose from a wide variety of over 30 international restaurants including Irish, Thai, American, Asian, Spanish, Mediterranean, and American for a nice outdoor lunch or dinner. Enjoy desserts at specialty shops such as Dolcezza Gelato or Sweetgreen. There are plenty of new boutiques and stores to please all types of shoppers. Bethesda Row also holds many events such as Movie Nights and art fairs.

Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20814
Waverly Street Gallery

Founded in 1993, the Waverly Street Gallery has since been a veteran organization that promotes and exhibits both traditional and contemporary art. The gallery collaborates with a range of international artists and local talent to host regular exhibitions across genres of painting, sculpture, photography and pottery. Emerging artists are showcased through their exhibitions every second Friday of the month, which is also when the Bethesda Art Walk commences. In the past, the gallery has worked with artists such as Kate Radi, Pat Silbert, Sandra Zacharia and Kanika Sircar, among several others.

4600 East-West Highway, Suite 102, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20814
Luke’s Lobster

Luke’s Lobster is a destination for seafood lovers, with a menu that features Lobster and Shrimp Rolls. The eatery takes pride in its Chowder and Bisque dishes, that are prepared using fish procured through sustainable means and featuring bold flavors. To accompany your meal, the eatery serves beer and other non alcoholic beverages. The restaurant has a relaxed vibe which is a contrast to its busy surroundings, and its soothing ambiance makes it a serene lunching and dining spot.

7129 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20814
Farm Women’s Cooperative Market

Find farm fresh produce, cheese, meats, and beautiful fresh flowers right in downtown Bethesda! With a rich history dating back to 1932, the Farm Women's Cooperative Market has an indoor and an outdoor market. The indoor market has over 75 vendors selling prepared foods, teas, coffees, baked foods and desserts, as well as meats, poultry and seafood. The outdoor flea market vendors offer a variety of jewelry, antiques, arts and crafts, and home furnishing. For a nice relaxing afternoon of outdoor shopping and local food close to home, the Farm Women's Cooperative Market is the place to be!

7155 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20814
Westfield Montgomery

There are more than 200 stores in this enormous mall, including department stores like Macy's and Nordstrom. Shoppers will find an especially good, diverse mix—from inexpensive to upscale shoes and clothing, and fast-food to gourmet fare. There is an abundance of specialty stores as well. Entertainment options include a movie theater. Everything you need can be found here!

7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20817
Carderock Recreation Area

For the adventurous souls, Carderock Recreation Area entices with exhilarating rock climbing routes and hiking trails along with biking paths flanked by verdant greenery. Sprawling over 100 acres of land area, the expansive park makes for an exciting and reinvigorating retreat, featuring a picnic pavilion nestled amid towering trees. Here, you can unwind with loved ones as you bask in the beauty and serenity of your surrounding vistas. Additionally, you can indulge in activities like fishing or rise to the challenge of scaling steep cliffs which form an integral part of Carderock's mesmerizing landscape.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Potomac, MD, United States, 20854
Wildwood Shopping Center

Boasting a slew of attractive boutiques catering to both men and women, as well as eclectic dining options to appease your appetite, Wildwood Shopping Center prides itself on its ability to charm shoppers with its diverse collection of stores. Check out glittering accessories and a range of unisex clothing at Blanca Flor and South Moon Under respectively, or pamper yourself at salons offering an array of appealing services. Peruse well-stocked shelves at Balducci's, renowned for fresh produce and a variety of foods. Or head to one of the many dining options on the premises to relish some incredibly creative and innovative items cooked to perfection!

10241 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20814
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