Silver Spring and the surrounding area offer many points of interest, attractions, and things to do. Acorn Park is the site of the Silver Spring for which the city is named. Discovered by Francis Preston Blair while out riding with his daughter, the exact spot of the spring is marked with a commemorative plaque. The home of Violet Blair, Francis Blair?s daughter, is located at Jesup Blair Park. The National Capital Trolley Museum displays old trains and trolleys. Visitors can take a mule-drawn canal boat ride at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historic Park and learn about canal history at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. The Strathmore Hall Arts Center, housed in a beautiful 1900-era mansion, holds concerts throughout the year and is available for special events. The home of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, can be seen at the Clara Barton National Historic Site. The Agricultural History Farm Park showcases past, present, and future farming in Montgomery County.
The Brookside Gardens and Nature Center is the place for gardeners and nature lovers to get information and ideas. The Gardens are a beautiful place to hold a special event. The Gardens at Glenview Mansion are an exceptional example of Italianate Renaissance gardens. The Brighton Azalea Gardens are famous for their azaleas. Azaleas are also on display at the McCrillis Gardens and Gallery.
Regional parks in the area, including Black Hills Regional Park, Rock Creek Regional Park, Cabin John Regional Park, and Wheaton Regional Park, offer hiking and biking trails, fishing, canoeing, and horseback riding. Nearby Chesapeake Bay offers fishing, crabbing, shopping, eating, water sports, and people watching.
Washington, D.C., a short seven miles away, offers a first hand look at our government in action. Monuments, historic buildings, libraries, and museums abound. The Smithsonian and the National Zoo are not to be missed.
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