When you are in Montgomery County, you are never more than two miles away from one of 400 parks on over 34,000 acres of parkland. From small urban pockets of greenery to expansive fields and forests, there are plenty of natural recreation sites around the greater Bethesda region.
That’s why we believe Bethesda and Montgomery County make an ideal place to celebrate July, which has been designated National Parks and Recreation Month by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors, there are some wonderful parks where you and your loved ones can partake in Parks and Recreation Month.
Pop Up in Montgomery Parks
To attract more visitors to MoCo parks, the county is offering special “Pop Up” programming that includes free activities like board and ball games for kids, crafts events, rock wall and tree climbing, and more. The Pop Up programming will take place at Acorn Urban Park, Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park, North Four Corners Local Park, and more. For a full listing of events, check out the Pop Up in Montgomery Parks website.
Montgomery County Park Trails
There are over 100 miles of trails in Montgomery County’s parks, for both active recreation and relaxation. Many of the county’s trails will take you past forests, streams, waterfalls, and other exciting natural formations. Be sure to pay attention to which trails are designated for which users, as some park trails are used by bikers and horseback riders.
For a full listing of trails in Montgomery County, check out the official website.
Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens
Are you a fan of butterflies? Until September 17 from 10 AM til 4 PM every day, visitors to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton can enjoy a seasonal display of hundreds of live butterflies from all over the globe. The event, which is designed to be enjoyed by all ages, includes butterflies from Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia. Visitors will be able to learn about their metamorphosis, the critical role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems, and how to care for local varieties of this beautiful insect.
Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 or younger.
Which hotel is best to enjoy Maryland Parks?
If you’re interested in staying at a hotel accessible to many great parks in Maryland, the American Inn of Bethesda is your ideal choice. Not only is the American Inn located just a few miles from parks like Glen Echo, Meadowbrook, and Tilden Woods, our hotel also provides easy access to the urban delights of downtown, complimentary WiFi and breakfast, and a welcoming staff ready to ensure you have everything you need to enjoy the outdoors this summer in Bethesda.