5 Super-Fun Things To Do In Silver Spring, MD

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If you have Silver Spring on your radar as a place to invest in property, you’re on the right track. Renters occupy over 60% of homes in this town on the outskirts of the capital. 

Many people want to live in Silver Spring because of its proximity to Washington DC as well as it’s diverse and interesting population. There’s no shortage of things to do in Silver Spring either.

Some of our top options include:

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Downtown Silver Spring

The downtown area is one of the fastest-growing places in Silver Spring. It’s a hive of high-energy attractions and is a pedestrian-friendly destination. There are also great transport options available if you’re heading further afield.

Some of the best things to do in downtown Silver Spring include:

  • AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center for independent films as well as classic hits.
  • The Fillmore where you can catch live concerts featuring blues, jazz, country, rock, and folk tunes.
  • Public Art Walk which has so many interesting installations you need a map to see them all.
  • Veterans Plaza – a farmer’s market in summer and an ice-rink in winter.
  • The National Capital Trolley Car Museum celebrates the story of the streetcar.

In between exploring, pop in at one of the 150 restaurants and bars in the area for some refreshment or a night on the town. 

people in silver springs looking at things to do in silver springs

Movies and Theatre

Apart from the theatrical attractions of downtown, Silver Spring also plays host to several concerts and shows throughout the year. Live music is always on the cards in this vibrant town. 

The Silver Spring Stage has been bringing music and theatre to the community for over 22 years and it’s a great place to catch up with local thespians practicing their art. 

If you prefer silver screen attractions, there’ll be something on show at the IMAX and Regal Majestic Theatre.  

Couple watching movie at theater with glasses and popcorn

Amazing Museums 

Museums are one of the best things to do in Silver Spring MD during the daytime. You’ll find several of these historic and scientific attractions in the area. 

The National Museum of Health and Medicine is a treasure trove of fascinating facts and exhibits. Look out for the bullet that killed Lincoln, weird Japanese anatomical models, tumors, hairballs, and plenty of other things to make you go “EEUW”.  

The KID Museum is a dedicated space where children can learn about the world with hands-on activities and interactive displays. 

The HBCU Museum focusses on the journey of African American education over the years and raises funds for scholarships.

At Gateway to NOAA the emphasis is on the science of weather and conservation of the Earth’s resources.

Girl with glasses looking at painting in museum

Outdoor Things to Do in Silver Spring

It might be close to the big city but Silver Spring has plenty to offer lovers of the great outdoors.

Wheaton Regional Park presents opportunities for year-round fun with both winter and summer activities to enjoy. Some of the top things to do here include horseback riding, hiking, train rides, picnicking, and ice skating. Within the park, Brookside Center features nature centers and exhibits for the less active visitor to admire.

Sligo Creek Park offers a chance to walk, bike, fish, or relax in lovely surroundings. You can enjoy a round of golf at Hampshire Greens, Northwest Park, or Argyle Country Club.

Woodside Urban Park has plenty of room for skateboarding, inline skating, tennis, and basketball as well as a playground for kiddies. 

The Washington DC area is expecting a super-snowy winter which means a weekend trip to Maryland’s only ski resort, Deep Creek Lake, could be in order this year.

two people going on a hike

Wining and Dining

Great Shoals Winery Tasting room is a must for those who love the fruits of the vine. This successful wine farm has over 20 different wines up for grabs as well as delicious ciders made from locally-sourced fruits and berries. 

Silver Spring is a top spot for artisanal ales too and there are three craft breweries in town. The best way to enjoy them all is on a Saturday afternoon pub crawl.

If it’s sustenance you’re spoiled for choice in Silver Spring with Cuban, Vietnamese, Peruvian, and Italian eats up for grabs as well as all your usual favorite fast foods and grills. 

Two people at a fancy dinner

Children’s Entertainment

Color Me Mine has a full itinerary of artistic activities for children. There are painting and ceramic workshops on the go all the time. Adults can join in the special classes hosted just for them too. 

Kiddz Bounce in the Wheaton Mall is the perfect place for youngsters to blow off steam while the Wheaton Library and Recreation Center has a games room, billiard tables, and ping-pong tables.

Round House Theatre’s play days are a hit with children wanting to explore their theatrical talents with their peers.

The Glen Echo Park Aquarium is a treat with educational displays as well as live exhibits for little ones to admire. They can get to grips with harmless sealife in the touch tank, and meet the baby sharks, or clamber on the Pirate Ship and play in the sandboxes. 

Three kids plating in a sunset

Silver Springs Real Estate is Hot Property Right Now

With so many things to do in Silver Spring, this city on the outskirts of Washington DC is a popular destination for tourists. It’s also a residential hotspot for people working in the nearby city as well as a great place to start a new business.

The schools are good and the cost of living is in great shape, making Silver Springs a top choice for homeowners as well as renters. 

When you own a home in Silver Spring you’ll have no shortage of tenants wanting to move in. If you decide to go that route, get in touch with our award-winning team of property managers to help you keep things in order. 

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The Documents area contains monthly financial statements:

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By default, transactions are sorted chronologically:

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