Things to do in Silver Spring Maryland

Things to do in Silver Spring, Maryland

Downtown Silver Spring –

This vibrant attraction offers a full-force combination of dining, shopping, and fun entertainment, with top name retailers, eclectic restaurants and family friendly activities like concerts, art displays, festivals, and a weekly farmers market. www.downtownsilverspring.com

¬†Fed Ex Field –

FedEx Field is home to the Washington Redskins professional football team, and includes over 91,000 seats, a deluxe club level and luxury boxes, an exciting sports bar and a Hooters restaurant, as well as a special fan zone section where visitors can relax with food, live entertainment, video games, and prizes before each game. www.redskins.com/fedexfield

¬†George Washington University –

Established in 1821 George Washington University offers a high quality education to more than 20,000 students in degree programs ranging from creative writing to engineering, international affairs to law at its three campus locations. www.gwu.edu

Smithsonian National Zoological Park –
Founded in 1889, the National Zoo is home to over 2,000 different animals, such as giant pandas, monkeys, alligators, gorillas, elephants, and tigers. Open daily, from 10am-6pm. Admission to the National Zoo is free every day. www.nationalzoo.si.edu

Verizon Center –
The 20,000-seat Verizon Center sports arena is home to several pro teams, including the Washington Wizards basketball team, the Washington Capitals ice hockey team, the WNBA Washington Mystics basketball team, and the Georgetown University men’s basketball team. In addition to live sports games, Verizon Center also features live concerts, religious events, and other events throughout the year. www.verizoncenter.com

Union Station –
Completed in 1907, Union Station is a working train station that offers visitors and residents access to a combination of Amtrak trains, area commuter trains and local Metro system trains. In addition to the trains, historic Union Station is home to a variety of restaurants, shops, tourism companies, and an outdoor market. www.unionstationdc.com

University of Maryland (UMD) –
Established in 1856, University of Maryland is the largest college in the state of Maryland. Located in College Park, near the city of Baltimore, historic UMD offers a world-class education to more than 37,000 students each year. www.umd.edu

Howard University –

Established in 1867, Howard University is a historically black college offering a full education to undergraduate and graduate students. Howard offers a range of degree programs, including graduate studies in the areas of pharmacy, law, medicine, dentistry and divinity. www.howard.edu

Montgomery College –

Founded in 1946 as the Montgomery Junior College, today Montgomery College offers a variety of academic programs with two-year associate’s degrees and a variety of professional certificates to its 60,000 students each year. http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu

Smithsonian Institution Museums –
The Smithsonian Institution is home to more then 19 museums located in and around Washington, D.C., including the Natural History Museum, the National Air & Space Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the American Art Museum. www.si.edu/Museums

World Building –

Built in 1964, the 10-story World Building offers 70,000 square feet of office space and is home to both the WGAY and WRC radio stations. Open Mon. – Fri., 9am-5pm. Closed Sat. and Sun.

National Museum of Health & Medicine –

Originally founded in 1862 as the Army Medical Museum, this unique attraction was once located at the Walter Reed Army Medical Garrison. Today, it is located in Silver Spring, Maryland and boast a collection of more than 25 million artifacts, including skeletons and bones, preserved human organs, medical equipment, and items related to President Lincoln’s assassination and autopsy. http://nmhm.washingtondc.museum

Westfield Mall Wheaton –
Shopping enthusiasts will appreciate this large indoor mall that offers 30 restaurants and food stands, a movie theater, and over 190 retailers, including Macy’s, Target, DSW Shoes, Forever 21, H & M, Old Navy, and JC Penney. www.westfield.com/wheaton

Tidal Basin –

Created in the late 1800’s as a means of draining the Washington Channel after high tide, the Washington Tidal Basin is also a scenic backdrop for the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. More than 3,000 cherry trees are planted along the Tidal Basin.

Cherry Blossom Festival –

Held along the Washington Tidal Basin beginning on the last Saturday of March, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is a month-long event that celebrates the gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees given to the United States by Japan in 1912. Events include a kite festival, parades, a kimono fashion shows, art exhibits, and more. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Georgetown University –
Established in 1789, this private research university is the oldest catholic college in the U.S. and offers more than 180 academic programs for 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. www.georgetown.edu

Holy Cross Hospital –

Founded in 1963 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Holy Cross Hospital is a non-profit teaching hospital and the second largest hospital in Maryland. With more than 1,2000 affiliated doctors and 448 beds, Holy Cross offers state-of-the-art medical services to more than 180,000 patients each year. www.holycrosshealth.org

Jefferson Memorial –

Dedicated to founding father and former President, Thomas Jefferson, this monument, located overlooking the Tidal Basin, was completed in 1943 and features circular marble steps, Ionic columns, a dome, and a stunning, 19-foot-high bronze statue of the former President. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is open 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty from 9:30am-11:30pm daily. www.nps.gov/thje/index.htm

National Mall –
This two-mile-long park in the center of Washington D.C. is home to the city’s most famous landmarks, historic buildings and museums, including several Smithsonian museums, the historic Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, and the World War II Memorial. www.nps.gov/mall/index.htm

Mormon Temple & Visitors Center –
Completed in 1974, this working Mormon church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) features a marble exterior, impressive stained glass windows and massive spires coated in 24-carat gold. The temple is open only to members of the Mormon Church. Visitors are welcome at the Visitors Center, which offers exhibits highlighting the history and teachings of the Mormon Church. Open daily 10am-9:00pm. http://lds.org/church/temples/washington-dc?lang=eng

Lincoln Memorial –
Erected in 1922 to honor former President, Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Memorial features impressive neoclassical architecture and a 19-foot-tall marble statue of Lincoln who overlooks the reflecting pool towards the National Monument. Open 24 hours per day, with rangers on duty daily from 9:30am-11:30pm. www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm