With spring finally in full bloom, so is beautiful Bethesda, Maryland, a small yet bustling town northwest of the District of Columbia. Although known as the home of the Bethesda Naval Hospital and the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda also offers seemingly endless outdoor activities that will entertain families, nature enthusiasts, and burgeoning historians alike.

Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park offers a historic opportunity to learn about the stories, strategies, and hardships experienced by freedom seekers traveling along the Underground Railroad. Alternatively, guests can explore a functional family farm on the Strawberry Blossom Tours at Butler’s Orchard, beginning on April 26th. The tour entails scenic picnic time and a tractor-driven wagon ride where guests can learn all about strawberries, as well as an opportunity to take some delicious strawberries home.

A more intimate discovery of the intersection between nature and history can be found at the Brookside Nature Center, located within Wheaton Regional Park. The nature center building contains live animal exhibits, a children’s discovery room, and observation bee hive. The surrounding grounds feature plant gardens, the Harper 1870s Homestead cabin, and miles of hiking trails.
For thrill-seekers, aerial adventures abound in Bethesda where you can whip, zip, and climb through the forest canopy above Maryland at two different locations. Adventure Park at Sandy Spring helps new adventurers learn the ropes of ziplining and climbing with 13 trails of varying difficulty and cross bridge configurations between tree platforms. Go Ape Treetop Adventure Park challenges beginning and veteran adventurers with countless rope ladders, crossings, and ziplines, including the very first skateboard zipline in the United States!

Boundless adventures and historical sites await in Bethesda. From ziplining to exciting exploration into the culture and nature of the region, the Maryland town is sure to engage everyone in the family. And when a day of exploring begins to wane, your home at American Inn of Bethesda offers relaxation and comfort that will restore and prepare you for another day of adventure! Visit the American Inn of Bethesda website for hotel reservations and to discover a complete list of things to do in Bethesda.