Cheery blossoms near the Washington Monument during sunset

You may know about the cherry blossoms, monuments, and National Mall, but here are a few other things to check out near D.C.

Leisure World of Maryland is the state’s largest 55+ community. With over 5,600 homes spread across many different neighborhoods, the community is like a town to itself. Prospective residents will find a home style and size that fits their needs, while the vast amenities keep residents active.

But, just minutes from Leisure World’s gate, homeowners can enjoy the nature, music, culture, and history the Washington, D.C. region offers.

Inside Leisure World

Fountain and greenspace in Leisure World of Maryland

Leisure World of Maryland is the state's most popular community for a reason.

Leisure World’s homes offer something for everyone. Newer and older homes include condos, attached and single-family homes.

On the small and very affordable end, active adults can find one and two bedroom condos from just below $100K to the low $200s. Leisure World also offers larger condos with two and three bedrooms. The single-family and attached homes are usually larger, with patios and outdoor entertaining space. Three bedroom homes are listed in the upper $300s to upper $400s. All of the homes are maintenance-free, with landscaping, snow and trash removal attended to by the Leisure World.

The many amenities contribute to the feeling of community at Leisure World. Active adults can enjoy a range of activities on their own or with friends. The neighborhoods center around an 18-hole golf course, with scenic ponds, walking paths, and even a community garden.

Leisure World Boulevard, which completes a loop around the community, is perfect for a three-mile walk or jog. Active homeowners also enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, spa, tennis courts, driving range, and fitness center. Residents experience lifelong learning through the classes, lectures and organized events, and groups Leisure World offers.  

Within the gated community, residents can also find health care facilities, restaurants and dining options, a bank, and two places of worship. Leisure World Plaza, the shopping center located just outside the gate, includes a number of banks, restaurants, and a Giant grocery store.

Leisure World is technically located in the city of Silver Spring, but the community is surrounded by green space and suburban neighborhoods, with easy access to downtown Silver Spring and Washington, D.C.

Here are some great activities for residents to explore in the area.

Smithsonian Museums

Exterior of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The newest addition to the Smithsonian is the National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian may be the best asset of the entire D.C. metro region. The museums located on the National Mall that are a part of the Smithsonian Institution are always free of charge. These iconic collections include the National Museum of African American History and Culture, American History, Air and Space Museum, Hirshhorn Gallery, American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and American Indian Museum.  

Since Leisure World is just 10 minutes from the Glemont Metro station, residents can easily travel car-free to the National Mall to see a special exhibit or concert, or spend the whole day taking in the art, history, and culture that the Smithsonian offers.

Explore Downtown Silver Spring

Public art and landscaping in Downtown Silver Spring, MD

If you want culture, markets, and shopping, head to Downtown Silver Spring. (Image via Shutterstock.com)

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Downtown Silver Spring began experiencing a renaissance. The development of a large movie theater and cultural center with restaurants and shopping brought in people from all over the area.

The American Film Institute Silver Theater brings independent, small-release, and special event film screenings. On Saturdays year-round, the FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market provides growers and merchants from around the state a place to sell fresh and prepared foods, while the Fenton Street Market is a once-a-month marketplace of local arts and crafts vendors.

Listen to Music

Exterior of the Kennedy Performing Arts Center on the Potomac River in autumn

A concert at the renowned Kennedy Performing Arts Center is always an option.

Although Leisure World residents can attend concerts and performances in spaces within the community, the D.C. area is home to two world-class concert halls. Located in Bethesda, Strathmore welcomes solo performers and touring musicians from a variety of genres throughout the year. They also host performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and are home of the National Philharmonic.

The National Symphony Orchestra’s primary performance venue is the Kennedy Center, the very well-known concert hall overlooking the Potomac River in Georgetown.

Bike the Region

Dirt trail surrounded by green trees and plants in Rock Creek Park.

The D.C. area has several scenic biking baths, including the Rock Creek bike path

Montgomery County offers an abundance of places for quiet bike rides in the woods. Just minutes from Leisure World is the Matthew Henson Trail.

A relatively recent addition to the area’s parks, this 4.2-mile trail winds from Rock Creek Park to Alderton Road, on a paved pathway and boardwalk. The paved Rock Creek Park trail extends from Lake Needwood to the Washington, D.C. line.

On weekends, Beach Drive, which runs adjacent to the bike path is closed to vehicle traffic and another great spot to bike. The Rock Creek bike path also connects with the Capital Crescent Trail, which runs from Bethesda to Georgetown. The C&O Canal Path extends from Georgetown in the heart of D.C. and 184.5 miles to Cumberland, Maryland, with stops through scenic Western Maryland towns on the way.