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“Very successful retail/entertainment center”

Washingtonian Center
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Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
214 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Very successful retail/entertainment center”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Ever since Washingtonian Center (Rio) opened, it's been a large attraction for area residents and out of town guests. The Rio Cinemas (18) are always crowded as are the restaurants, bars, big box retail and specialty shops. While there's been some turnover in retail and food tenants, for the most part, Rio has been very successful. The lake that accompanies the property has pedal boats and ducks during the summer as well as outdoor concerts and places for outdoor dining. This would have gotten 5 stars but it's so crowded and parking, even with two multi-level decks, can be tough on weekends.
We'll see how Rio stands up to the new mixed use development under construction now called Crown.

Visited June 2013
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Montgomery Village, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Rio”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Nice lake to walk around. Great play ground. Swan boats to rent on the lake. Numerous good restaurants, hotels, movie theater complex. Nice stores

Visited July 2013
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Food and a Movie / Some Shopping”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

There is a good variety of restaurants in this Mall area, and a decent movie theater multiplex. Add to this a number of retail stores, and this is a pretty nice location to visit. I would not visit this mall for a major shopping excursion (unless you know the stores you want are here), there a number of nearby malls that would be better (Montgomery Mall comes to mind). Also keep in mind that the restaurants can get quite busy on the weekends (particularly if the weather is nice), so be prepared to wait if you hit one of the popular restaurants (like Uncle Julios or Copper Canyon).

A note on parking, the parking garage near the center (between the lake bridge and the movie theater) can be a little bit a nightmare for parking (everything seems to be a little smaller in this garage). I would use the parking garage to the right of the movie theater, or the garages by the walking Mall (left of the lake).

Visited July 2013
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Exciting Shopping/Eating Destination”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Rio us a fyb place. Lots of basic stores like Target, Kohls, etc but also a goof variety of eating and snack type places including Italian, Mexican, Frozen Yogurt, etc. Also movie theaters. Small town atmosphere with a nice ittle lake and walkways.

Visited July 2013
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Great place for family, couple or friend outing.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Looking for a way to spend a sunny afternoon with friends and family, or a Saturday night out? Try Washingtonian. Restaurants (mostly chains), movie theatre, small shops and large national chains -- it's all here. There's also a playground, paddle boats and outdoor concerts. My favorite spots are Barnes & Noble and a great wine shop with free tastings every Saturday.

Visited July 2013
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