Come enjoy the views, air, and fun opportunities at all of the parks located in Silver Spring, Maryland! In this day and age, we can all use some outdoor time; take advantage of living in a place that boasts park recreation, hiking, biking and more!
- The YMCA is a short distance away, as is the Long Branch Community Recreation Center; each has swimming pools and work-out facilities. There are numerous other gyms and facilities within the Silver Spring area.
- Rock Creek Park is close by with grounds for picnics, hiking trails and more.
- Acorn Park is in the heart of downtown Silver Spring. It is said to be the site of the original “silver spring” that earned the town its name back in 1840. Francis Preston Blair, publisher and advisor to Presidents Jackson and Lincoln, came across the spring in 1840. He loved it so much, he bought the surrounding land and built his 20-room mansion; he named it the “Silver Spring.”
- Jessup Blair Park, named for Blair’s nephew, is well-known for its sports! This newly renovated park has a soccer field, basketball and tennis courts, and picnicking areas.
- Northwest Branch Park is one of the largest parks. It extends farther than Silver Spring, and is located near the NW part of the Anacostia River. Here you can enjoy wonderful hiking and biking trails!
- Brookside Gardens is a must-see as it holds over 50 acres of botanical gardens. All of the gardens at Brookside Garden are extraordinary, but you must see the the Butterfly Garden and the Aquatic Gardens! Definitely make sure to play in the Children’s Garden, take a moment to smell the roses in the Rose Garden, ride the Children’s Railroad, snap pictures of the Japanese-Style Garden, or go for a stroll on Woodland Walk.
Keep updated on all their events, such as gardening classes. The best part of visiting the Silver Spring Brookside Gardens: the admission is free!