With endless opportunities to stay active, learn a new skill, go shopping, enjoy local wines and cuisines, and more, Montgomery County, Maryland is a great destination for seniors and retirees. Here are some of our favorite experiences that can be enjoyed at any age and ability level.
Falls Road Golf Course is one of nine public golf courses in Montgomery County. It is located on 150 acres of former farmland in Potomac. The course is perfect for beginners and pros of all ages, features a mix of holes, and plays to a par 70. You can also find a lighted driving range, relaxing food area, and shop selling a complete line of golf equipment and apparel. Lessons are offered by certified instructors and PGA professionals.
Tour a Vineyard
Windridge Vineyards is one of the stops along the Tastemakers Trail, and with rolling views of Sugarloaf Mountain, it is a scenic spot for a tranquil escape. On their guided vineyard and winery tasting tour, you will get to see Windridge’s farming and winemaking techniques and get a special tasting of three of their wines.
If behind-the-scenes looks and special tastings of some of the best libations in Maryland are your thing, check out the rest of our Tastemakers Trail experiences.
Pick Your Own Produce
Head out to the rural side of Montgomery County and pick your own produce at one of the farms on the Ag Reserve. In the spring and summer, you can pick berries, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. In the fall and early winter, you can pick barrels of apples, pumpkins, and even cut down your own Christmas trees. Many of the pick-your-own farms also have farm markets that sell fresh goodies to enjoy.
If food-related excursions are at the top of your to-do list, visit our MoCo Eats page to see upcoming foodie events.
Take in Local History
Established in 1776, Montgomery County’s history runs as deep as the nation’s, and the county has put considerable effort into preserving the area for future generations. Home to an abundance of museums, historic sites, Black history heritage sites, and three national parks, there is no shortage of opportunities to explore our rich history.
See a Show
Montgomery County is home to multiple top performance venues. Olney Theatre Center, one of two state theaters of Maryland, features a wide range of professional productions. Round House Theatre is known for its outstanding ensemble acting. For music lovers, Strathmore presents world-class performing and visual arts in both the Music Center at Strathmore and the more intimate Mansion at Strathmore.
Hike or Bike
Whether you are a regular cyclist or are just looking to get in your steps via a leisurely stroll through the park, Montgomery County’s 250+ miles of trails offer outdoor adventures for any age and ability level. View our trail guide to learn about the lengths and surface types of each trail so you can know what to expect before you journey out.
Go Camping—With or Without Conveniences
Connect with nature at Little Bennett Campground, Montgomery County’s only campground. Little Bennet offers comfort cabins that sleep up to six people and have loads of amenities, including bedrooms, bathrooms, coffeemakers, charcoal grills, A/C, DVD players, and more. One of their cabins is also accessible and wheelchair friendly for those who have impacted mobility. Their yurts are close to the bathhouse, sleep up to six people in full size and bunk beds, and come with their own picnic table and outside electrical outlet. Tent sites are available for camping enthusiasts, as are full hook-up sites for RV’ers.
Located in an historic community, Kensington Antique Row is the DC area’s largest and oldest antiquing district. It has gained a reputation for a wide variety of antique and vintage items from all over the globe and is famous for showcasing unique, one-of-a-kind items. Parking in the area is free, so you can spend the day searching for that one item you have always wanted, going in and out of specialty shops, visiting the multi-dealer antiques market, grabbing a bite to eat at one of the local cafes, and more.
Discover Your Inner Artist
Whether you would like to learn a new artistic skill or take in works by established artists, VisArts is the place to go. You can unleash your inner artist by taking classes in drawing, painting, jewelry making, sculpting, photography, ceramics, and more. If you just want to have fun, their adult art parties are a unique way to celebrate a special occasion. They also showcase rotating contemporary art exhibitions.
Head Out on the Water
Montgomery County is home to idyllic boating spots, including riding on an 1870s replica mule-drawn packet boat along the C&O Canal, paddle boating on Washingtonian Lake, and taking a moonlight kayak tour of the Potomac River. If you don’t have your own boat, most locations rent out canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddle boats and/or paddleboards, or include boat equipment as part of a guided tour.