Per Montgomery Parks: Family and friends in town for the holiday? Get outdoors and enjoy nature together in the parks! Check out these suggested activities for Thanksgiving weekend.
Ice Skating: Everyone loves ice skating! Our indoor ice centers—Cabin John Ice Rink(opens in a new tab) and Wheaton Ice Arena(opens in a new tab)—have public skating sessions this Friday, November 25, to Sunday, November 27. Visit our website for skating schedules.
Museum: Looking for other indoor activities? Head to Josiah Henson Museum(opens in a new tab) and introduce your out-of-town guests to local history, as well as the inspirational life of Reverend Josiah Henson. The abolitionist, author, and pastor was once enslaved on a plantation at the site that’s the museum today. He escaped with his family to Canada to live a free life. Josiah Henson Museum is open Friday, November 25, and Saturday, November 26, from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, November 27, from 12 to 4 pm.
Open Parkways: Go running, biking, walking, skating, or scootering on our car-free streets, part of Montgomery Parks’ Open Parkways(opens in a new tab) program. Sections of Beach Drive and Sligo Creek Parkway open on Wednesday, November 23, at 9 am, and close Monday, November 28, at 7 am. Two lanes of Little Falls Parkway are open from sunrise to sunset as part of a linear park pilot project.
Trails: Share some of your favorite views around the parks from our trails. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. Trek your favorite trail or find a new one on our Trails Directory(opens in a new tab).
Winter Lights: Take in Garden of Lights(opens in a new tab) together at Brookside Gardens. Saunter and enjoy the winter light show featuring hand-shaped light forms and more than one million lights. Garden of Lights is open 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm nightly from Friday, November 25, to Sunday, November 27. All visitors five and older must have advance tickets.
Programs: Keep the children busy with programs at Brookside Nature Center. Learn about wild turkeys at Wild Neighbors Campfire(opens in a new tab) on Saturday, November 26, at 10:30 am. Adults with kids three to seven will enjoy Nature Story Time(opens in a new tab) on Sunday, November 27, at 3:30 pm. Registration required.
Finally….Our parks, botanical gardens, playgrounds, and other amenities are open this holiday weekend. However, facilities and offices may be closed or have reduced operating hours. Before leaving home, visit our website(opens in a new tab) for information.