The 10 Best Things to Do in Takoma Park, United States

January 1, 2018 Elouise Mccaul

Takoma Park is a city in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and part of the Washington metropolitan area. Founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1890, Takoma Park, informally called "Azalea City", is a Tree City USA and a nuclear-free zone. A planned commuter suburb, it is situated along the Metropolitan Branch of the historic Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, just northeast of Washington, D.C., and it shares a border and history with the adjacent neighborhood of Takoma, Washington, D.C. It is governed by an elected mayor and six elected councilmembers, who form the city council, and an appointed city manager, under a council-manager style of government. The city's population was 16,715 at the 2010 national census.
Restaurants in Takoma Park

1. Brookside Gardens

1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902-1369 +1 301-962-1400
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4.5 based on 248 reviews

Brookside Gardens

Reviewed By caleb h

I have been there multiple times. the butterfly gardens are gorgeous, and the gardens are immense. there's a stream on the property, but its not super pretty looking. but the pond is where is like to go, just to sit down and watch the ducks, it's so relaxing.

2. Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

9900 Stoneybrook Dr, Kensington, MD 20895-3149 +1 301-587-0144
Excellent
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5 based on 63 reviews

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

Reviewed By Maggie G - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Such a beautiful, peaceful place to visit. Lovely tour guides and beautiful views of the temple. Easy to get to. Parking is plentiful and free.

3. Takoma Park Farmers Market

Laurel and Carroll Aves, Takoma Park, MD
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Takoma Park Farmers Market

Reviewed By pete827 - washington, dc

Even in the winter there are plenty of vendors with choices for every menu. Farmers offer apples, root vegetables and some magnificent mushrooms! The Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Company sells Monocacy Ash, Monocacy Gold and Monocacy Chipotle (all named for a local river in Maryland); other stands sell local organic meat products, eggs and bakery goods (from Atwaters in Baltimore). One of the best things about this farmer's market is that there are plenty of places to have breakfast, brunch or lunch if shopping makes you hungry.

4. Wheaton Regional Park

2000 Shorefield Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20902-1820 +1 301-962-1400
Excellent
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Wheaton Regional Park

Reviewed By ACfromDC - Silver Spring, Maryland

If you like gardens, woods, nighttime light adventures, nature and butterflies, a visit to Brookside Gardens welcomes all ages of folks every season of the year. There is a pathway for walkers or wheelchairs, there's a children's garden, a most wonderful fregrence garden, a rose garden, a gazebo overlooking a pond, a pathway around a lake and through the woods and scheduled activities to numerous to list. This magical place is a part of Wheaton Regional Park. It's free and there's plenty of parking.

5. Lincoln Memorial

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (202) 426-6841
Excellent
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Lincoln Memorial

Reviewed By internationalmama - Wooster, Ohio

We took our friend from Zambia to DC, and she was so interested in seeing the Lincoln Memorial, as this President is known world-wide. I'd been there previously, but visiting again gave me a new appreciation for the simple beauty, something President Lincoln would have loved. It's a great place to bring families to talk about the price that was paid to keep this country unified.

6. Korean War Veterans Memorial

10 Daniel French Dr SW, Washington DC, DC 20002 +1 202-426-6841
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Korean War Veterans Memorial

This memorial to Korean War veterans consists of the Pool of Remembrance and the triangular Field of Service depicting 19 soldiers on the field of combat.

Reviewed By LizNnawlins - New Orleans, Louisiana

We saw this during a night tour and there was no lighting near the statues. I have pictures from my oldest daughter's night tour a few years back that showed subtle light cast on the statues at night. There was trash among the statues too. I hope this is just out of the ordinary and that this memorial gets as much attention as any other. Don't let my review discourage you from seeing it, even with neglect it is a powerful tribute.

7. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Plaza SW, Washington DC, DC 20024-2126 +1 202-488-0400
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tickets are only needed from March 1 to August 31 to visit the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, which tells the history of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Exhibitions Include: Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 or older. The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Persecution The Shared Studios Portal allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in another part of the world-as if you are standing in the same room. Through this installation, visitors will be able to converse in real time with displaced persons or refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany Remember the Children: Daniel's Story Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, "Daniel" narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 or older. Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust: How was it possible? The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. Less well understood is these perpetrators' dependence on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies. Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived.

Reviewed By jamusaba - Florida

Graphic description and historical account of the racial atrocities committed by the Nazi’s during WW II. Starts with the history of the rise of the Nazi Party and Hitler in Germany and their sweeping expansion throughout continental Europe and their inhuman treatment of the Jewish peoples in concentration camps. The graphics pull no punches and it is impossible to leave this memorial/ museum unmoved.

8. Vietnam Veterans Memorial

5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington DC, DC 20242 +1 202-426-6841
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Emotionally stirring memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in one of America's most controversial wars.

Reviewed By hisons - California

This was my second visit here, but the first with our 13 and 10 year olds. My oldest daughter couldn't believe how many names (and lives lost) are on the memorial. It makes for a good discussion about war, and why or why not such a thing happens. Paying respects is important, and this is so beautifully done...names etched forever.

9. National Air and Space Museum

6th and Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC, DC 20560 +1 202-633-2214
Excellent
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

National Air and Space Museum

The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.

Reviewed By Reasonable50 - Greenwich, Connecticut

This was a great choice for tired me. I was able to go to displays and then take 25 minutes for each IMAX or Planetarium show in between. I ended up seeing 4 very educational shows in all. Of course admission to the Museum is free.. the shows are not. They are worth it however and are discounted by $3 after the first. Great museum for adults and kids alike.

10. Silver Spring Library

900 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4390 +1 240-773-9420
Excellent
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4 based on 52 reviews

Silver Spring Library

Reviewed By Robert S - Lawrence, Kansas

This beautiful glass building provides library uses with bright airy spaces to go about their various activities. They do a great job on their displays and the staff is very helpful. This is a building that attracts patron and the library within takes care of their needs.

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