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Suggestions for local activities

Staying in the Gaithersburg area for a family wedding in June. Looking for something to do on a Friday morning--several couples in their 20's and 50's. Will have cars, so travel up to 60 minutes is OK. Would like suggestions for lunch, also. Sightseeing, history, moderate activity, etc. None of us is familiar with the area, so we are willing to entertain all suggestions.

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1. Re: Suggestions for local activities

I noticed you posted in the Frederick forum (about 1/2 hour from Gaithersburg), but you also mention that travel up to 60 minutes is ok. Is there a specific reason you're thinking about Frederick?

Harpers Ferry, WV is a great combination of sightseeing, history and nature about 45 minutes away. What time can you get started and what time do you need to be back in Gaithersburg?


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2. Re: Suggestions for local activities

Agreed with Tubman. Harper's Ferry is a good choice, although I was there 2 weeks ago and much of the town is hidden by scaffolding (urgh! this happens to me when I am in Europe, too!), so just be warned that it might not be as scenic as it usually is.

As for Frederick, there isn't much to see and do here, but it would be worth a half day to walk around the downtown area for shopping, eating and drinks. There is a minor league baseball team for the Orioles in town called the Keys and much of their games have fireworks afterward....it might be something to consider.

I also recommend Gettysburg, PA, Washington, DC, Annapolis, MD and Baltimore, MD. All should be within an hour (depending on traffic) from the Gaithersburg, MD area.

If everyone would be up for it, I would recommend tubing on the Potomac River. There is an outfitter called Butt's Tubes located just outside Harpers Ferry that will put you on the river in a tube. You can also bring a cooler stocked with your favorite beverages (alcoholic or not) while you float down the river. It's a blast.

Edited: 10:18 am, May 18, 2010
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Maryland capital Annapolis would be fun, Washington DC is always good. Can you really narrow down likes and time frame. I can easily think of hundreds of things.

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4. Re: Suggestions for local activities

Growlers Brew Pub in Gaithersburg is a great place for lunch. www.growlersofgaithersburg.com

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5. Re: Suggestions for local activities

The URL for the National Park Service site for Harper's Ferry is www.nps.gov/hafe

ALSO ...

You have two other sites around Gaithersburg in the NPS ...



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6. Re: Suggestions for local activities

I assume that you mean you will be in Gaithersburg for a June 2011 wedding and need something to do on a Friday.

Yes, Growler's is a good place to eat. I used to work in that same building when it was a flower and garden shop.

Across the street from Growler's is the Gaithersburg Community Museum and Train Park. Providing the budget holds up a little less than a year from now ... they are open Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 2 pm.

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