Wheaton Regional Park
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The 536-acre park offers many recreational and educational opportunities. The Brookside Nature Center provides hands-on discovery with live reptiles, amphibians, and insects while self-guided trails lead you along interpretive boardwalks.
Wheaton Regional Park’s 50-acre Brookside Gardens displays horticulture in aquatic, rose, azalea, and Japanese-style gardens. Inside the Nature Center, kids enjoy a minizoo of Maryland fauna, while the half-mile self-guided trail behind the Nature Center has 10 stations that lead you through a creek, a rotting log, a meadow, and a re-created pioneer cabin.
To the west of the Garden, the Shorefield Area has a dazzling playground, including an adventure structure with endless climbing fun and giant slides, and a sand castle. Families can hike, bike, and ride horseback through the 11 miles of paved trails or visit the beach on Pine Lake for fishing, picnicking, or relaxing. There are also six tennis courts and an indoor ice skating arena.
Brookside Nature Center
The Brookside Nature Center provides quality programs for all ages, interests, and abilities. Live reptiles and amphibians enchant children while self-guided trails beckon adults.
A pond, meadow, and re-created pioneer cabin beckon birders. The garden’s ornamental plantings and wooded areas are good for migrant warblers, vireos, orioles, and grosbeaks.
Within the gardens, visitors will find an Azalea and Rhododendron Garden, Rose Garden, Children’s Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden, and a Woodland Walk.
Kids will love the Adventure Playground where they can climb up and slide down small, medium, and large slides again and again. The train and carousel also make this park a kid’s favorite. Large paved parking lots are available at the Shorefield Road access and additional parking near the dog park at Orebaugh Avenue. A great place to also visit is Sugarloaf Mountain.
When you’re looking for family-friendly fun, head over to Shorefield Area at Wheaton Regional Park. This section of the park consists of 536 acres and has a lot to offer, including family-friendly activities and outdoor spots.
Hike or ride a bike around 11 miles of paved and natural surface trails in this gorgeous park. Take in the scenery as you walk or ride through forest areas or along Pine Lake, a perfect spot for fishing and relaxing.
Kids will love the Adventure Playground, a unique playground where they can climb structures, slide down small and giant slides, swing, and even build a sand castle! They can also hop aboard the 1863 CP Huntington replica train and take a ride on the historic 1915 carousel.
Wheaton Regional Park offers a great variety of things to do, from fishing to horseback riding to ice skating. The Shorefield Area has picnic areas, as well as places to bike, hike or run, and Pine Lake is a beautiful place for families to relax.
The Adventure Playground here is one of our favorites in the area, and it’s a great place to indulge your kid’s imagination. The climbing structures are designed to look like castles, and kids will love pretending they’re royalty as they scale the walls of the turrets or slide down dragon slides.
There’s also a separate toddler/young kid play area that’s large enough to keep your young kids busy while you watch their older siblings play in the big kid playground and plenty of shade and age-appropriate swings.
If you’re in the mood for fishing, you’ll find a good number of trout in Pine Lake each spring. However, the lake can be overgrown with aquatic vegetation, especially in summer.
If your family loves to picnic, the Shorefield area has eight picnic shelters available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All are within close proximity to the playground, Miniature Train, and trails.
Other unique recreational amenities include the 1915 Wheaton Park Carousel and an Adventure Playground with specialized equipment for disabled individuals. Plus, the park features quality programs for all ages. Bring the whole family – pets are welcome at this Montgomery County Park System park as well. Click here for the next blog post.
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