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Bethesda - Things To Do

Things to Do in Bethesda and Beyond!

The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area provides ample opportunities to explore some of the nation's best things to do. Whether it is wandering through a museum, strolling through the national monuments on the Mall, or taking in a performance at the Kennedy Center, there are plenty of ways to experience Bethesda and Washington, D.C. during your stay.


Visit the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. to search their community calendar and to find things to do while in Bethesda


Here are a few highlights to consider too:

  • Bethesda Row is just a short walk from the hotel, and offers unique and trendy shopping, ethnically diverse restaurants, spa services, and features the celebrated Bethesda Row Cinema.
  • Bethesda Theatre is a five minute walk north of the hotel located at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue. This is a national Bethesda landmark that was formerly a classic 1938 Art Deco movie palace. It was restored in 2007, and now showcases live theatrical performances.
  • Put on your walking shoes or hop on a bike and head to the Capital Crescent Trail for a great tree lined journey. With over 10 miles of nicely paved trail, it is great for getting some fresh air and exercise. There is a trail entrance a few blocks from the conference hotel just off Bethesda Avenue, across the street from the Barnes and Noble, and between the Dunkin' Donuts and a parking lot.
  • Waverly Street Gallery is just a five minute walk from the hotel. This is a widely known gallery of affordable contemporary and traditional art from its juried artists of painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, potters, and jewelers. There is a new exhibit every month.
  • Want to take in some musical performances? Check out the Strathmore, which presents a diverse array of performing arts program including chamber, jazz, and folk music as well as art exhibitions and literary events. Located one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland and it is near the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station, which is just two Metro stations in the direction of Shady Grove on the Red Line from Bethesda.
  • Three metro stations in the direction of Shady Grove on the Red Line from Bethesda is White Flint Mall, where you can shop, take in a movie, or have a bite to eat at a variety of restaurants, including Bertucci's, Cheesecake Factory, Dave and Busters, and P.F. Chang's.


Washington, D.C.

Visit to get more detailed information about all of our nation's capital has to offer during your conference stay.


 Here are a few highlights to consider too:

  • The National Zoo is AWESOME and it's a short Metro ride from the Bethesda Metro station. Did we mention that it is FREE? Hours of operation are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Just hop on the Red Line Metro in Bethesda and ride down to Cleveland Park. If you decide to drive, parking is $16 for the first three hours, and $22 for more than three hours. Parking is free for FONZ members during regular daytime hours.
  • Trek down to the National Mall to see some of the monuments and memorials, which are especially beautiful at night. Take a tour of the monuments via a Segway, bicycle, trolley/bus, or walking. If you want to make a day of it, take in a few museums on the National Mall during the day since they close at 5:30 pm.
  • The Kennedy Center offers exceptional performances, which include the theatrical performance of War Horse around the time of the conference. It also presents some great views of D.C. from their roof deck. They often have free performances at 6:00 pm on their Millennium Stage.
  • Explore the history of D.C. on a free, self-guided walking tour put together by D.C. Cultural Tourism. This is great for those of you who want to take a tour at your own pace.
  • Traveling with kids? There are some great resources for some fun activities that may appeal to your favorite little ones and the kids-at-heart out there: D.C. Cultural Tourism and Smithsonian.
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