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.
Ratner Museum is a fine art museum, housing various paintings done in crayons, water colors and pencils. The frequently changing exhibits include wood work, sculptures, cloth designing and much more. The museum spans across three buildings, comprising of a conference room, a public library and children's literature center. There are various concerts, tours and lectures on various topics, that take place in the museum. So if you want to spend your day appreciating works of art and culture, Ratner Museum is your place to be.
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.
A one-of-a-kind museum and play center for kids, KID Museum is a place where kids and parents can indulge in a host of educational and recreational activities. Through a number of interactive installations and workshops, this museum makes learning a lot more fun. From science and mechanics, to art, history and culture, each topic is brushed upon with a touch of excitement and liveliness. Various activities and events are also organised here, wherein kids can get a more in-depth understanding of a vast array of topics.
Established in 1978, the Round House Theatre in Bethesda has been entertaining locals for more than three decades. The theater has an array of shows and classes for adults and children. Every season features a mind-blowing 200 performances. Its summer classes for kids include puppet-making, sound design, dance, music and storytelling. If you're looking for a great theater experience, come to the Round House Theater and enjoy a good movie or play.
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.
Herndon was founded in 1858 and was originally considered the rural surroundings of Washington D.C. Herndon's Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
An interest in the local history will definitely attract you to this place. Herndon Historical Society Museum is steeped in heritage that dates back to 1857. Exhibitions here include historical pictures, artifacts and memorabilia dating back to World War II. This establishment is on the National Register of Historic Places and a visit here offers a unique glimpse into a bygone era.
Trailside Park is a nice place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon with the family. The park has a spacious playground for kids, a skate park and several wooded trails, midst which you can wander peacefully.
Carpool, as the name suggests, is a car-themed sports bar which has a few pool tables and dart boards. It also has big-screen TVs to watch the latest game. So grab a beer, some bar snacks and spend some time in this laid-back space.
If you are a lover of performing arts, then do visit the NextStop Theater Company while in the city. The small space theater has a limited number of seats, however, it is well-equipped with light and sound amenities assuming every show is a success. Shows in genres of drama, theater and musicals are regularly scheduled at this venue.