Energizing Winter Activities in Gaithersburg
Winter is a magical time in the Gaithersburg area. Whether you’re planning a solo day wandering through a Montgomery County farmers market or hunting for family activities in and around Washington DC, the region has plenty to keep you happily and healthily occupied from when the first leaves fall until the final snowflakes melt. Here are some ideas for how to make the most of a Gaithersburg winter.
Take to the Ice
Ice skating is a classic wintertime activity. People of all ages and skill levels can don skates, take to the ice, and have some fun. Whether you’re carving out figure-eights and perfecting your double axle or carefully guiding yourself along at the outer edge of the rink, ice skating is a great way to enjoy winter at your own pace. Gaithersburg doesn’t have an outdoor rink of its own, but there are two of them nearby. At 7,200 square feet, the Rockville Town Square ice rink is the largest outdoor skating rink between Baltimore and DC. Meanwhile, the Silver Spring Ice Skating Rink is in close proximity to shops, restaurants and abundant parking. Both are reasonably priced, open seven days a week, and welcoming to everyone from beginners to experts. Reservations are required and tickets can be purchased in advance.
A Day at the Market
Owing to the rich agricultural tradition of the region, Montgomery County is home to a number of year-round farmers markets. There are few better ways to enjoy a crisp winter day than with a stroll through a market, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of fresh produce, artisan goods and handcrafted food and gifts. In Gaithersburg, visit Main Street Farmers and Artists Market on Saturdays, or the Casey Farmers Market every Thursday. And that’s just a starting point. You could easily spend all winter journeying to Montgomery County’s farmers markets, from the expansive Bethesda Central Farm Market to the more intimate markets in locales such as Rockville and Takoma Park. No matter what’s fresh from week to week, eating local is always in season.
Ski the Scenery
Not only is cross-country skiing an excellent way to engage in physical activity, but it’s also a means by which to explore and truly experience the great outdoors. Some of Maryland’s premiere cross-country trails are less than an hour away from your front door at Sawyer Flats. Kids and beginners love Lakeland’s 2.4 mile long Lake Artemesia Natural Trail with its birdwatching and river views, and the even shorter but just as scenic Watkins Regional Park Trail in Upper Marlboro. More advanced cross-country skiers can opt for section #3 of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath Trail near Hagerstown, which covers so many miles you might never run out of fresh scenery, while those who fall at the expert end of the spectrum will enjoy Catoctin Mountain‘s Blue Ridge range challenges and vistas.
When you’d like to explore outside the many amenities of Sawyer Flats—two “tot lot” playgrounds, outdoor fitness stations, a newly outfitted outdoor social lounge—Gaithersburg and surrounding Montgomery County offer myriad possibilities for recreation, shopping local, searching out scenery, and more. The region surrounding Sawyer Flats is rich with wintertime activities and entertainment, and your new favorite cold-weather pastime awaits!