From ice skating and sledding to breweries and brunch, experience the ultimate winter wonderland adventure in Montgomery County, Maryland. Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, make memories and celebrate the season with some fun winter activities in the area.
Hit the Ice
Lace up those skates and take a spin around the Montgomery Parks’ indoor skating facilities. Cabin John Ice Rink features three ice skating rinks while Wheaton Ice Arena boasts an NHL-size ice skating rink. Both facilities have an on-site pro shop and offer ice skating and ice hockey classes taught by fun, instructive staff members for those looking to shape up their skating skills.
After the next snowfall, grab your sled, put on your winter gear, and head to the Agricultural History Farm Park by the Bluebird Garden for a spectacular sledding experience. When you’ve reached your quota for runs down the hill, explore the historic farmhouse, barn, outbuildings, and Activity Center.
Grab a Brew
Cheers to the season with craft beers from True Respite Brewing Co. With flavors like Alpin Haus (chocolate Stout with a hint of smoke) and ‘Tis the Saison (Belgian-style Saison with vanilla and cinnamon) currently on tap, True Respite is a beer-lover’s winter drink dream. The brewery also hosts a number of events throughout the winter, like football watch parties, food trucks, and trivia nights.
Cozy Up Next to a Fire Pit
On a chilly winter night, nothing beats warming up next to the large outdoor fire pit at Copper Canyon Grill in Gaithersburg. Bask in the fire’s warmth while enjoying the beautiful view of the lake of RIO Washingtonian Center. Make your way indoors to enjoy fiery favorites like Copper Canyon’s Wood-Fired Rotisserie Chicken or Hickory Grilled Tenderloin Filet.
Dine on a delicious brunch from the charming Terrain Café in Bethesda. This American eatery serves belly-warming dishes like Brioche French Toast (with hazelnut and brown butter Nutella), Shakshuka (with braised tomato and sheep’s milk feta), and Duck Breast (with melted leeks and pumpkin seed pesto). With generous portions, a lush, earthy-inspired atmosphere, and attentive service, Terrain Café is the perfect place for a winter brunch.
Experience a history-inspired dinner and tournament at Medieval Times in Baltimore, Maryland, just a short drive away from Montgomery County. Witness an epic battle between knights, jousting with steel on steeds, and the beauty and grace of horsemanship. Dine on a four-course meal fit for royalty while taking in the tournament held inside the stone walls of their 11th Century-style Spanish castle.
Experience the Big Escape Rooms
For one final stop on your road trip, attempt to crack the codes needed to solve a series of puzzles, and find your way out of the Big Escape Rooms in Silver Spring. Race to beat the clock with four different difficulty levels and themes including Basketball, Clown, Pharaoh, and Outbreak.