Silver Spring Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Silver Spring; our list of the best things to see, including Carter Barron Ampitheater, Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium and Politics & Prose.
  • The best place in Silver Spring: Carter Barron Ampitheater

    Carter Barron Ampitheater

    4850 Colorado Ave
    Concerts/shows only late spring–early fall. Free-$30. This has got to be the most fun, most beloved concert venue in D.C.—a big open air amphitheater off in the woods. What legendary performers haven't performed here? Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Louis Armstrong, Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, BB King, the National Symphony Orchestra, Nat King Cole, Peter Paul & Mary, and Kool and the Gang have all been here. Several big local festivals call this place home, notably the great, free annual Blues Festival. It was most famously host to the Shakespeare in the Park festival in late summer, until the Shakespeare Theatre Company opted to move the festival to their new building downtown. This is must lamented by locals, as watching Hamlet, for example, deliver his soliloquy in the dark night under the stars, surrounded by the rich natural sounds of Rock Creek Park, is a one of a kind experience, and the festival was considered a requisite Washingtonian event.
    Petworth food nearby
  • Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium

    Rock Creek Nature Center and Planetarium

    5200 Glover Rd
    Deep inside the park, the Nature Center offers hands-on exhibits, guided nature walks, an "observation beehive," and a full planetarium. Especially good for kids.
    Barnaby Woods eat nearby
  • Politics & Prose

    Politics & Prose

    5015 Connecticut Ave NW
    M-Sa 9AM-10PM, Su 10AM-8PM. This is a quite possibly the city's favorite independent bookstore, with a non-exclusive focus on politics, and frequent, excellent lectures. It is far off the beaten path, about a mile north of the Van Ness-UDC Metro Station, but it's a rewarding destination.
    Barnaby Woods
  • Meadowside Nature Center

    Meadowside Nature Center

    M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks
    food nearby
  • Wheaton Regional Park

    Wheaton Regional Park

    2002 Shorefield Road
    A large regional park with a playground, picnic areas, miniature train rides, carousel rides, stocked lake for fishing, botanical gardens, nature center, hiking trails, riding stables, campground, ice skating (year-round), tennis courts, covered fields, and a dog park.
    eat nearby
  • Agricultural History Farm Park

    Agricultural History Farm Park

    M-NCPPC, Montgomery Parks
    restaurants nearby
  • PollySue's Vintage Shop

    PollySue's Vintage Shop

    6915 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD
    M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa 11AM-6PM. D.C.'s (OK, technically Maryland's) favorite hidden gem of a vintage boutique is just a five minute walk from the Takoma metro station. Rest assured the prices here will be far more reasonable, and the vintage clothing far more vintage, than the thoroughly picked-over yuppie/hipster fodder downtown. There are plenty of very wearable items here, but there are also a good amount of clothes that would be more fun at a party than in public!
    Fort Totten-Upper Northeast
  • AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

    corner of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road
    A 1938 theater, now restored and home to the American Film Institute and Shopping Center. Highly Recommended.
    eat nearby
  • 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.
    restaurants nearby
  • 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.
    food nearby
  • The Culture Shop

    341 Cedar St NW
    Tu-F 11AM-7PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM. This is a great gift shop, especially if you want something under the headers fair trade, organic, etc. Pottery, home items, foreign bric-a-brac, stationery, fabrics, etc.
    Fort Totten-Upper Northeast
  • The Tranquil Soul

    7014-B Westmoreland Avenue
    green and fair trade products for a sustainable future, including eco-clothing for young tikes and adults, Himalayan salt lamps, body care, soy and beeswax candles, world music, etc.
    Fort Totten-Upper Northeast
  • 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.
    food nearby
  • Roda Movements

    7003 Carroll Ave
    Roda Movements is the D.C. area's premiere studio dedicated to Brazilian-Latino Movements, offering classes in Capoeira, Zumba, Salsa, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Samba, Flamenco and more! Drop in, Sessioned classes & memberships available. Roda Movements also hosts RODAplayspace - and indoor playspace for children 4months- 3 1/2 years. [1]
    Fort Totten-Upper Northeast eat nearby
  • Rock Creek Horse Center

    5100 Glover Rd NW
    Tu-F noon-6PM, Sa-Su 9AM-5PM. Trail rides: $38/1 hour; pony rides: $20/10–15 minutes; lessons (1 hour): $50 group, $90 private. If you have found that visiting the city was a mistake, and wish you had opted for a country vacation instead, it's not too hard to make believe in Rock Creek Park. The horse center offers trail rides, horseback riding lessons (group and private), and pony rides throughout the summer months. The trail rides are very popular, and reservations often run out more than a month in advance. The pony rides and lessons also require RSVP, but are much easier to get. For those visiting on a whim, and not interested in paying these large sums, you can just stop by and pet and feed the horses for free. If you traveled to the city on horseback, they offer full-service public stables for $600/month.
    Barnaby Woods restaurants nearby
  • Liberty Bell Museum

    622 W
    Hamilton St., Allentown, 610-435-4232, [3]. See special exhibits and ring a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell which was hidden from the British in this historic church during the Revolutionary War.
    food nearby
  • Mandalay Restaurant & Cafe

    Mandalay Restaurant & Cafe

    930 Bonifant St
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM, Su noon-10PM, closed 3PM-5PM daily. $12-20. This restaurant has pretty bland, suburban ambiance, but it has the best Burmese food in the D.C. area. If you haven't tried Burmese food, it is time to do so—Myanmar is sandwiched between three great world cuisines (Indian, Chinese, Thai) and the food reflects this.
  • Quarry House

    Quarry House

    8401 Georgia Ave
    Su-Th 5PM-midnight, F-Sa 5PM-2AM. This bar has been a neighborhood staple for over 70 years. At first glance it's just a friendly looking dive bar, but upon further inspection it reveals itself as something of a gastropub—the food is heads and shoulders above usual bar fare (fried pickles are a must), and they have a great, long list of Belgian beers! Live bands on weekends and a weekly Rockabilly night Sa.
    Takoma Park
  • Jackie's Restaurant

    Jackie's Restaurant

    8081 Georgia Ave
    Tu-Th 5:30PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 11:30AM-2:30PM,5:30PM-9PM. $28-40. Four star cuisine in an unlikely stretch of Silver Spring filled with auto part shops. Actually, the building itself used to be an auto parts shop. The owners have more than made the most of the location, aiming for a trendy and very fun take on the industrial-loft look. The contemporary American cuisine on offer is faultless, most famous for its "mini Elvis burgers" appetizer, but with a range of great seafood, meats, and salads on its seasonal menu.
  • Takoma Station Tavern

    6914 4th St NW
    M-F 4PM-2AM, Sa 6PM-3AM, Su 6PM-2AM. W-Sa nights see nightly jazz/R&B/gogo performances (this is the best bar period to see a gogo performance), and Mondays are stand-up comedy. Music usually starts around 11PM.
    Fort Totten-Upper Northeast
  • Mark's Kitchen

    7006 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD
    M-F 9AM-9PM, Sa 8AM-9PM, Su 8AM-8PM. $8-14. Mark's is a fixture of the downtown Takoma Park area if there ever was one. It's a little, very unpretentious Korean restaurant with a specialty in vegetarian dishes, and some solid American dishes at that—you can get your breakfast of buckwheat pancakes, or mung bean pancakes!
    Fort Totten-Upper Northeast
  • Old Stone House

    Old Stone House

    5200 Glover Rd NW
    The Old Stone House is the oldest unchanged building in Washington, D.C., United States. The house is also Washington's last Pre-Revolutionary Colonial building on its original foundation. Built in 1765, Old Stone House is located at 3051 M Street, Northwest in the Georgetown neighborhood. Unlike many Colonial homes in the area, sentimental local folklore preserved the Old Stone House from being demolished.
    Barnaby Woods food nearby
  • Rock Creek Golf Course

    Rock Creek Golf Course

    6100 16th St NW
    Rock Creek Park Golf Course is a golf course located in Washington, D.C., in the United States. The entire course lies within Rock Creek Park, a national park owned and maintained by the National Park Service division of the United States Department of the Interior.
    Brightwood eat nearby
  • 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.
    restaurants nearby
  • Lebanese Taverna

    933 Ellsworth Drive
    Tasty and not-too-expensive Lebanese food in the "New Silver Spring".
  • Battleground National Cemetery

    Battleground National Cemetery

    6625 Georgia Ave NW
    Battleground National Cemetery is a military burial ground, located along Georgia Avenue near Fort Stevens, in Washington, D.C.'s Brightwood neighborhood. The cemetery is managed by the National Park Service, together with other components of Rock Creek Park.
    Fort Totten-Upper Northeast eat nearby
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