A Montgomery County, MD Neighborhood

Greater Silver Spring is a huge area with a population of over 200,000 people, with the close-in neighborhoods of Woodside, Capitol View Park, and Forest Glen being among the area’s hottest neighborhoods. The city center around Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road is being revitalized with the addition of new theaters, shopping centers, upscale grocery stores and restaurants. This area also has a convenient Metro station.

From About.com:

Silver Spring is a suburban city located in Montgomery County, Maryland just north of Washington, DC. The Downtown Silver Spring area has recently undergone a major transformation with the addition of great restaurants, entertainment, and a variety of shopping venues. During the warmer months visitors enjoy outdoor concerts and patio dining.

Silver Spring often refers to a large geographic area, extending from the borders of Washington, DC to the south, Prince George’s County, Maryland to the east and Howard County, Maryland to the north. The Downtown area is located along Georgia Avenue about 2 miles south of the Capital Beltway (I-495).

Looking for things to do in Silver Spring, Maryland? The thriving urban community is home to a variety of attractions, parks, recreational facilities, shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Here is a guide to the top attractions in the area.

Silver Spring is home to the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, a state-of-the-art moving image exhibition, education and cultural center. Independent features, foreign films, documentaries and classic cinema features are presented in three theatres. Themed film festivals are held throughout the year including filmmaker interviews, panel discussions, musical performances and other events.

The Fillmore is a new 2,000 seat concert hall featuring world-class entertainment including rock, Latin, blues, jazz, folk, country and more. The music venue is operated by House Of Blues Entertainment and offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology.

Learn about the history of Washington, DC’s trolleys and see the collection that dates back to 1898 at the National Capital Trolley Museum. Many of the trolleys were originally used in Washington DC, but there are also cars from New York, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Take a ride on a real trolley on the one-mile demonstration railway.

Based in Montgomery County, Maryland, the non-profit Round House Theater company produces nearly 200 performances each season at its locations in Silver Spring and Bethesda. The theater in Silver Spring has 150 seats and educational programs that serve more than 2,500 students of all ages at its six-classrooms and in schools throughout the county. Classes and events for teens throughout the year culminate in The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play, the only play produced by a regional theater that is directed, acted and designed by high school students.

The National Museum of Health and Medicine promotes the understanding of medicine with a special emphasis on tri-service American military medicine. Exhibits showcase objects that focus on topics including innovations in military medicine, traumatic brain injury, anatomy and pathology, military medicine during the Civil War, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (including the bullet that killed him), human identification and more.

During the winter months, enjoy some outdoor fun with the whole family and the ambiance of the downtown area at the downtown ice skating rink. Lessons and party rentals are available. The rink is open mid-November through early March.

The Sligo Creek Hiker/Biker Trail is a 10.2-mile hard surface trail that starts at the Prince George’s County border and continues through Montgomery County through several neighborhoods and parks. At the northern end, the trail connects to Wheaton Regional Park where you can take a ride on a train, go horseback riding, go fishing, ice skating, attend a nature program and more.

From VisitMontgomery.com:

Silver Spring’s family-friendly, walkable downtown atmosphere is the perfect place to stay when visiting the Washington, D.C. area. Strategically located minutes from the Nation’s Capital and the Beltway, Silver Spring offers excellent restaurants and stores for every budget and a vibrant mix of arts and entertainment. You will be perfectly situated in Silver Spring.

Conveniently located on the Metrorail’s Red Line, the Silver Spring area offers a walkable downtown atmosphere. This area is known for its diverse award-winning restaurants, large shopping centers, acclaimed cultural attractions and outdoor events. Food fanatics can have their pick with a variety of cuisines from all over the world. Shopaholics can find the latest trends at the shops in Downtown Silver Spring.  A vibrant mix of arts and entertainment is available at the AFI Silver Theater and the Fillmore. From a world-class botanical garden to countless outdoor festivals, this area boasts activities and attractions that are as eclectic and diverse as its residents.

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