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Top 10 Reasons Why Winter is a Great Time to Visit Montgomery County

Winter really is a magical time here in Montgomery County, Maryland and makes for the ultimate place to get away. Lace-up your skates at an outdoor rink, do some shopping at a premier outlet, see a live performance, or go for a winter hike—you can do all of this and more just outside of Washington, DC. 

  1. Ice Skate Outdoors
    Ice skating is fun but there is something extra special about doing it outside—especially in Rockville Town Square. Rockville has the largest outdoor rink in the area, giving you ample space to skate with family and friends—and maybe learn a new trick or two. Looking to explore other skating options in the county? There are a variety of indoor and outdoor rinks scattered across the county that are definitely worth adding to your weekend itinerary.
  2. Sip Seasonal Brews
    Montgomery County, Maryland has so many local breweries to visit, each with their own unique features that make for a one-of-a-kind experience. True Respite Brewing Co. offers holiday beer tasting from their seasonal beers on tap. Create your own self-guided brewery tour along the Tastemakers Trail.
  3. Get Outside at C&O Canal
    You can’t go through winter without getting outside and partaking in a seasonal activity. One of the county’s most frequented destinations, the C&O Canal National Historical Park, has everything you need for an active weekend outing including Maryland’s Great Falls Overlook along the Potomac River, Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center and Canal Quarters. From sledding and ice fishing to cross-country skiing and hiking—winter truly is the ultimate time to get outdoors.
  4. See a Live Performance
    Beat the cold and head inside to see a music or theater performance live at one of the many venues and concert halls around the county. Watch Philadanco!, African American modern dance at Strathmore, sit front row to see Nine Night at Round House Theatre, or participate in Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, the world’s first and only unscripted theatrical awards show at AMP by Strathmore. Be sure to check out a wide-range of performances offered by Olney Theater Center – Maryland’s Only State Theater.
  5. Sweet Treats Galore at Lancaster Dutch Market
    Get your hands on fresh, homemade pies, muffins, cupcakes, tarts, and more at the Lancaster Dutch Market in Germantown. The indoor market has everything you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. We recommend tasting a few of their handmade donuts with mouthwatering flavors like Glazed Apple Cider, Oreo, Powdered Cream Filled, and Red Velvet Vanilla.
  6. Shop for the Perfect Outfit at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets
    Everything you need to buy from cozy, work from home lounge wear to the perfect going out bag can be found at Clarksburg Premium Outlets. The outlet mall has retail shops like Coach, Calvin Klein, Nike Factory Store, GAP Outlet, and Tory Burch—all in one place so you can shop with ease at discounted prices of 25% to 65% off.
  7. Get Cozy Indoors
    Cozy up by the fire at Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge—a log style American restaurant that is located adjacent to a 21-acre nature preserve. Choose from fresh salads, hearty steaks, and savory seafood dishes to have a meal you’ll never forget. Then head over to Silver Branch Brewing Company, an indoor beer tasting experience where you can sip your way through some of the world’s best brews. 

  8. Take Your Best Swing
    At Topgolf they’ve made socializing a sport through a blend of technology and entertainment – and that’s just the game! If you journey through the venue on any given day, you’ll find a place buzzing with energy. Every Topgolf features dozens of climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort with HDTVs in every bay and throughout our sports bar and restaurant.
  9. Create a Piece of Art
    Spark your creative side by taking a class at VisArts. Choose from a wide variety of classes such as ceramics, painting, jewelry making, fused glass and more. All ages and experience level are welcome.
  10. Visit African American Heritage & Historic Sites
    February is Black History Month. Take an African American Heritage Road Trip, visit the new Josiah Henson Museum & Park, venture along the Underground Railroad Experience Trail at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, or get hands on experience of plantation life at Button Farm Living History Center.

    Make sure to share your winter adventures with us by using #MontgomeryMoment or tagging @VisitMoCo in your photo.   

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