Kensington Activities

TripWhat's travel guide to Kensington; our list of the best attractions, including The National Institutes of Health, Strathmore Hall and Walking Tour of Forest Glen Seminary.
  • The best activities in Kensington: The National Institutes of Health

    The National Institutes of Health

    9000 Rockville Pike
    The mammoth collection of buildings housing the majority of the nation's government bio-research. Admission of non-employees to the grounds requires a security screening (since the 9/11 attacks and the later anthrax mailings, there have been worries about the security of the bio-weapons research programs here).
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  • Strathmore Hall

    Strathmore Hall

    5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385
    A fantastic hall for seeing concerts because of its state-of-the-art acoustics and great seating. Even the last row has great sound and viewing lines. Check the schedule to find everything from classical music symphonies to rock concerts to kids music performances. The Metro Red Line "Grosvenor-Strathmore" station is adjacent to the facility.
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  • Walking Tour of Forest Glen Seminary

    Linden Lane
    fourth Saturday of each month, March-November. The Seminary was an early 20th century school that features a unique collection of architecture from around the world (including an Italian Villa, a Japanese Pagoda, a Dutch windmill, etc). Tours are run by the "Save Our Seminary" organization.
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  • Rock Creek Golf Course

    16th St & Rittenhouse St NW
    dawn-dusk daily. $16/nine holes, $23/eighteen. The eighteen holes of golf in Rock Creek Park are a bit rough—some would say the fairways are starting to look like pasture. That's not to say you can't have a good experience here, as it is quite a novelty to play golf deep in the woods, despite being in the city. Golfers might want to consider the other two major courses in the city, though, at Hains Point (just across the water from the Mall) and at Langston.
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  • LDS Temple Visitor Center

    9900 Stoneybrook Dr
    Since you can't go in the temple, there's a need for a nice visitor center, and they've done a nice job with it. It hosts regular events (see website for calendar) and movie screenings throughout the day every day of the year, in addition to a permanent multimedia display. The building itself and the grounds surrounding it are immaculate and pretty.
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  • Capital Crescent Trail

    Capital Crescent Trail

    3500 K St NW
    The Capital Crescent Trail is an 11-mile long, shared-use rail trail that runs from Georgetown in Washington, D.C., to Silver Spring, Maryland. The portion from Bethesda to Silver Spring is also called the Georgetown Branch Trail but is recognized as the Future Capital Crescent Trail.
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  • Woodmont Grill

    7715 Woodmont Ave
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of activities in Kensington uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.