The city of Silver Spring, Maryland is a little off-the-beaten-path suburb just a short distance outside of the historic areas of Ellicott City and Washington, DC. For both local residents and travelers staying for a night or just passing through, Silver Spring offers quite a number of things to do in its own right, including recreational, educational, and historical attractions and activities. The pedestrian-friendly Maryland destination provides opportunities for several high-energy attractions, as well as low-key, relaxing activities, for people of all ages. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Wheaton Regional Park
The Wheaton Regional Park was established in the city of Silver Spring, Maryland back in 1960 and stretches across more than five hundred acres. Open from sunrise until sunset, the park is popular among tourists and locals alike, offering an array of educational and recreational opportunities for anyone to enjoy, such as hiking, ice skating, picnicking, and horseback riding. Visitors can also tour the area by train. For those who prefer a more relaxing, laidback activity, Wheaton Regional Park is also home to multiple nature centers featuring a variety of exhibits and programs, a conservatory, and the Brookside Gardens.
2000 Shorefield Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20902, Phone: 301-495-2595
2.AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
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The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland was founded by the residents of the state of Maryland’s Montgomery County as a place for both artists and educators of all kinds, from all parts of the world. The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center has ties to the country’s American Film Institute and hosts a broad array of video and film programming, in addition to hosting a variety of artistic performances, musical performances, discussions, panels, and interviews. The theater is a place for people of any age, offering entertainment for both families with children and film buffs.
8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301-495-6700
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3.Silver Spring Library
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The Silver Spring Library opened as a newer library in 2015 and measures approximately sixty-three thousand square feet, home to county office space, a non-profit arts organization, artists studios, a post office, and a cafe, in addition to its large collection of books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, audio books, and other media. The first two floors of the Silver Spring Library consists of studios for artists, meeting rooms, and offices, as well as the Kefa Cafe, which offers drinks and snacks. The fifth floor is home to the children’s area. Parking can be found across the street in the Wayne Avenue Garage.
900 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 240-773-9420
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4.St Camillus Church
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The St. Camillus Church is named for Saint Camillus, who was born to a woman of 60 years old in a stable. He devoted himself to caring for the dying and sick and personally founded eight different hospitals and fifteen houses of his own order. This namesake church is staffed by people with ties to Franciscan and Catholic traditions, attempting to bring a long orthodox tradition history and spiritual care to the area of Silver Spring, Maryland. Mass at the Saint Camillus Church is offered in English, Spanish, and French, featuring both gospel and traditional music, as well as several different choirs.
1600 St Camillus Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20903, Phone: 301-434-8400
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5.Gateway to NOAA
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Gateway to NOAA is a permanent exhibit designed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, to showcase how the organization “takes the pulse of the planet every day and protects and manages ocean and coastal resources.” This interesting and informative exhibit is divided up into five different sections: NOAA in the News, which features an interactive display for exploring the ocean; Water, which highlights marine processes; Weather and Climate, focused on NOAA’s role in climate process and weather forecasts; Earth Observations, which share methods for gathering information; and NOAA Heritage. Gateway to NOAA is open Monday to Friday.
1325 E W Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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6.Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station is the only railroad passenger station from the twentieth century in Montgomery County of Maryland, preserved and operated by both the Montgomery Preservation Society and the Silver Spring Historical Society. Serving as an active railroad station between the years of 1945 and 2000, the railroad station was used by those who appreciated less crowds than those often present at the Union Station, which included a number of illustrious passengers like President Harry S. Truman. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station was designated in 2002 on the National Register of Historic Places.
8100 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301-495-4915
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7.St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
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The parish of the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral was founded shortly following World War II in 1949, when immigrants fleeing Communist Ukraine started to arrive in America. Worship services for sixty-five families in the suburb area of Washington, DC area were held at a variety of rented premises until a building was finally purchased. Land was bought in Silver Spring in 1986 and construction of the classic Kozak Baroque-style church was finished the following year. The St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral was consecrated in 1988 on April 24th, on the 1,000-year anniversary of “Rus’-Ukraine” becoming a Christian state.
15100 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20905, Phone: 301-384-9192
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8.Maryland Youth Ballet
The mission of the Maryland Youth Ballet has been providing a high caliber of performance opportunities and training in ballet since 1971 in order to prepare youth dancers for careers in performing arts, along with offering classes to ballet dancers of all levels and ages in the Silver Spring community. As part of the performance training the Maryland Youth Ballet provides to dancers in the region, the ballet organization also puts on a number of professional quality productions throughout the year. These ballet productions include the award-winning Nutcracker, performed every holiday season, along with the newer version: “The Mini-Nut.”
926 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301-608-2232
9.Grace Episcopal Church
The Grace Episcopal Church offers lovely worship services and a multicultural and inclusive community in the suburb city of Silver Spring, Maryland. The congregation here is made up of several different nationalities, making it feel welcoming to all kinds of visitors. The Grace Episcopal Church also has a note of historical significance, as there is a small monument dedicated to a number of Confederate soldiers who were buried in the historic church yard the Confederate army was retreating after the Battle at Fort Stevens. Union soldiers were buried several miles away in the small Battlefield National Cemetery.
1607 Grace Church Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301-585-3515
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10.Matthew Henson State Park
Matthew Henson State Park in Silver Spring is a greenway that offers several recreational features running along the Turkey Branch, which is a tributary of Montgomery County’s Rock Creek. Named after an arctic explorer and Maryland native, Matthew Henson, one of the highlights of the state park is its namesake trail used for biking and hiking through the park. The Matthew Henson Trail is around eight feet wide and extends approximately 4.5 miles, winding its way from the scenic Rock Creek Hiker-Biker Trail up to Alderton Road. A wooden boardwalk makes up 0.6 miles of the trail.
Silver Spring, MD 20906, Phone: 301-495-2595
11.Jewel of India
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Owned and operated by Anand Poojary, the Jewel of India restaurant serves gourmet, contemporary North Indian cuisine. This gem of an Indian restaurant aims to bring the sophistication and quality of some of the best restaurants found in India to the community of Silver Spring, as well as the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. Guests will find some of the best Indian cuisine has to offer, including both North Indian fare and traditional South Indian or Goa cuisine. Along with the high quality food, the restaurant provides Indian-themed cocktails and an upscale atmosphere with designer decor and original artwork.
10151 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903, Phone: 301-408-2200
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12.Mandalay Restaurant & Cafe
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The Mandalay Restaurant and Cafe offers an extensive menu that features dishes from many different parts of the country of Myanmar, or Burma, in Southeast Asia. While customers may notice a few similarities of Burmese cuisine with that of the countries surrounding it, they may also notice that the traditional cooking of Myanmar also retains its own unique identity. Burmese cuisine encompasses a variety of ingredients and full range of flavors, including vegan and vegetarian options. This type of cooking also includes a complete range of levels of spice, ranging from no heat at all up to as hot as guests like.
930 Bonifant St, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301-585-0500
13.Mrs K's Toll House
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Mrs K's Toll House Restaurant is located just a few blocks from Silver Spring’s downtown district. Featuring a quaint atmosphere reminiscent of a countryside inn, as well as traditional four-course meals, the restaurant offers a peaceful respite from the bustling environment outside. Established back in the year 1930, Mrs K's Toll House offers Sunday Brunch, lunch, and dinner within a unique and charming antiques-filled setting, with cozy tables overlooking gardens. There is also the one-of-a-kind setting of the French wine cave with vintage wines. The restaurant is particularly well known in the community for its wine cellar and brunch.
9201 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301-589-3500
Run by a graduate of the Culinary Arts from the Washington Art Institute, Abol Ethiopian Cuisine provides an answer to Silver Spring’s need for a place offering authentic Ethiopian fare, combined with a friendly and warm dining environment, as well as great service. Abol, which means “original, first, and authentic” in Ethiopian, is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30am until 10:00pm, 11:30am until 11:00pm on Thursdays, and 11:30am until 12:00am on Fridays. The Ethiopian restaurant is also open from 9:00am until 12:00am on Saturdays and from 9:00am until 9:00pm on Sundays.
8626 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301-650-0061
14 Best Things to Do in Silver Spring, MD
- Wheaton Regional Park, Photo: robertuzhbt89/stock.adobe.com
- AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Photo: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
- Silver Spring Library, Photo: Bits and Splits/stock.adobe.com
- St Camillus Church, Photo: St Camillus Church
- Gateway to NOAA, Photo: Gateway to NOAA
- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Photo: St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
- Maryland Youth Ballet, Photo: Dziurek/stock.adobe.com
- Grace Episcopal Church, Photo: Wirestock/stock.adobe.com
- Matthew Henson State Park, Photo: alexkich/stock.adobe.com
- Jewel of India, Photo: Jewel of India
- Mandalay Restaurant & Cafe, Photo: Mandalay Restaurant & Cafe
- Mrs K's Toll House, Photo: Mrs K's Toll House
- Abol, Photo: Abol
- Cover Photo: Andriy Blokhin/stock.adobe.com
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