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Wheaton + Kensington

Located just north of Washington DC is where you will find Wheaton and Kensington, both known for their eclectic attractions, dining options, and retail shops.

Wheaton is of the most highly diverse neighborhoods in all of Montgomery County, Maryland including a significant Latino population. The variety of cultures makes these neighborhoods so enriched with delicious cuisines, history, and experiences. Visitors will also see the culture shine through in Wheaton’s arts and culture district. Maryland is one of the first states in the country to develop Arts and Entertainment Districts on a statewide basis. The districts offer a wide range of arts businesses and venues so promote community involvement, tourism, and other creative enterprises.

Whether you’re looking for an authentic meal, enjoying the outdoors, or shopping for something new, Wheaton and Kensington are both ideal spots for a visitor who is looking for a truly unique getaway.

Go For

  • All of the breathtaking sights at Brookside Gardens including their famous Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit
  • Authentic restaurants like Los Chorros, GISELE’s Creole Cuisine and Pho Kobe
  • A unique shopping experience like vintage book shops and Kensington Antique Row

Stay For

  • Exploring Wheaton Regional Park, a 536-acre park that is home to a replica 1863 C.P. Huntington engine train, an Adventure Playground, 11 miles of trails, and a historic Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel, a turn-of-the-century musical carousel by the Herschell Spillman Company
  • Shopping around the nearly 200 stores at Westfield Wheaton including Dick’s Sporting Goods, H&M, and more
  • Admiring the beauty of Washington D.C. Temple’s architecture from the outside then heading to their Visitors’ Center which is located on a 52-acre hilltop with woods, specimen trees, and beautiful flower gardens

Locals Know

  • Brookside Gardens offers exciting seasonal events and exhibits throughout the year including The Garden of Lights exhibit, a local winter favorite activity that has more than a million LED lights
  • Play tennis or ice skate at any time of the year at Wheaton Ice Arena and Wheaton Indoor Tennis Facility
  • Inside the Wheaton Metrorail station, situated on the Red Line, you’ll find the longest escalator in the western hemisphere which takes over three minutes to ride

Get There
Airport: It is about a 30-minute drive from all nearby airports including Dulles International Airport (IAD), Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

From Washington, DC:

  • Driving: Wheaton and Kensington are both a 15-minute drive away from Washington, D.C
  • Metrorail: Hop on the Red Line towards Glenmont and ride until you reach the Wheaton station