Welcome to Rockville
A suburban neighborhood with plenty to do outdoors
Rockville, Maryland, is one of the state’s oldest and safest cities. With buildings dating back centuries, Rockville provides historic charm residents love. The city is close to the Ronald Reagan airport and commutable to DC. It’s an outdoorsy community of more than 67,000 residents who love to take advantage of the local trails and eateries. Quick trips to neighboring towns like North Bethesda provide Rockville locals with access to an even wider range of event venues, concerts, and galleries.
What to Love
Rockville combines suburban living with an urban feel creating a town that has it all. Though it’s on the smaller side, Rockville provides residents with great schools and a strong job market. Named for Rock Creek, one of three creeks that run through the city, Rockville is a great city for families or young professionals looking to settle down in a small town outside of D.C. while still having access to all the amenities of a bigger city.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
A fun, social dining experience in Rockville is found at the Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant that is fun for the whole family. Fogo de Chao is an excellent Brazilian steakhouse in the city. When you’re in the mood for seafood, the Grilled Oyster Company is the place to go.
When it comes to entertainment, AMP by Strathmore is a great place to take in live music. They support musicians who specialize in styles from jazz to blues to country. It also serves as an event venue for business meetings, weddings, and parties and is just over 15 minutes from downtown Rockville. The Mansion at Strathmore is another stunning venue, with sculpture gardens and art galleries as well as symphony concerts in the Music Room.
For gourmet groceries, the marketplace at Vignola Gourmet is one of the best around. It has dozens of Italian ingredients for you to get creative with. If you’re not shopping for the family, put together a gift basket of goodies for your friends or purchase a pre-made meal that you can heat up at home. Other shopping options are found at the Rockville Town Square on Maryland Ave. It is the main mall in the city with an outdoor ice rink in the winter and fabulous eateries to explore year-round.
Things to Do
There’s plenty to do in Rockville, especially for those who love to spend their free time outdoors. Rock Creek Regional Park is a great place to start, as it has miles of trails, wildlife lookouts, and playgrounds for the kids. If you take a trip to Lake Needwood, you will see a reservoir fed by Rock Creek that spans over 70-acres. Visitors can hike or rollerblade along the lakeside trails extending more than seven miles along the water. Water fountains and restrooms are available by the picnic areas, and both Lake Needwood and Rock Creek Regional Park are open from sunrise to sunset.
Additionally, Meadowside Nature Center hosts summer camps, scout programs, and birthday parties for kids who love all things nature. They also provide access to several paths and trails in addition to picnic areas and the Raptor Deck, where many species of birds are rehabilitated. Currently closed for renovations, the Center expects to reopen to the public in 2022. For something a little bit different, Glenview Mansion is a fantastic event venue in Rockville, set in a 1920’s Neoclassical home on more than 25-acres of manicured property. Guests can book a wedding or special event on the grounds or stop by to see the free art gallery onsite.