Bethesda Row Guide: Things to do in Bethesda Row

Although the Bethesda Row neighborhood is close to Washington D.C., sometimes the trek into the nation’s capital can be a long and stressful one, especially since traffic is typically problematic when entering or exiting the inner Beltway. The beauty of living in Bethesda is having access to plenty of attractions and activities, many of which are centrally located near Bethesda Row.

From spa treatments, to cooking classes, and strolls in and along nearby trails and parks, there are plenty of things to do in Bethesda Row.

Bethesda Row Trails & Parks

Capital Crescent Trail & Caroline Freeland Urban Park

The Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) is located just one block south of Bethesda Row and you can enter directly from Bethesda Avenue (near the Woodmont Avenue intersection). The CCT is a paved, pedestrian-only scenic trail that runs between Georgetown, D.C., Silver Spring, MD and runs directly through the heart of Bethesda.

Used by walkers, joggers, and bikers, the CCT is a great place to enjoy a pleasant stroll by foot or by bike. If you need to take a breather, the trail contains several rest areas with water fountains and benches as well.

There are also several points of interest along the trail, including historical sites and scenic views. You can find a list of all the attractions on the trail on the CCT’s website.

The Caroline Freeland Urban Park is only one block north of Bethesda Row and is located at the intersection of Elm Street and Arlington Road.  Although only one acre, this urban escape offers several attractions for all ages.

The park includes a covered wooden pavilion, an open-air wooden trellis, public art, lawn area, benches, and picnic tables, as well as a fenced-in playground. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing post-dinner stroll, or you want to take the grandkids to the playground after lunchtime, the Caroline Freeland Urban Park is a convenient attraction when you’re visiting Bethesda Row.

Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark Theater

You can’t beat going to the movies.  When temperatures get warmer it’s nice to have a place to go to escape the heat, especially during hot summer days. The newly renovated Landmark Theater on Bethesda Row makes experiencing the movies even better. With luxurious seating, digital projection, RealD 3D, reserved seating, satellite feed for live events, print-at-home and mobile ticketing options, and even full alcoholic beverage service and an expanded food menu, the Bethesda Row Cinema has just about everything you need.  

Top-off date night with a visit to the movies, or take the whole family out for a fun Saturday afternoon flick! To discover the latest showtimes, check-out the Landmark Theater at Bethesda Row’s website for more details.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Bluemercury in Bethesda Row

Sometimes you need to take a mental break and treat yourself to some spa time.  Look no further than Bluemercury located within Bethesda Row. Aside from being a skincare, makeup, and haircare shop in Bethesda Row, Bluemercury also offers unique spa treatments of all types.  Whether you’re looking for a facial, massage, waxing, or professional makeup, there’s something for everyone at Bluemercury’s spa. If you’re looking to really treat yourself, the spa also offers packages, including combinations of facials, body massages, and makeup lessons.

Booking an appointment with Bluemercury is simple and you can call them at (301) 986-0070 to speak to a spa professional if you’re unsure of which type of spa treatment to book.

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