Cabin John Regional Park


Editorial Review

This 528-acre park is mainly used for recreation, but also contains some highlights for the naturalist -- all sorts of wildlife and a variety of trees. In the spring and early summer, wildflowers are abundant. Midsummer, evening musical concerts are held free of charge; and recreational activities year-round -- from tennis to ice skating -- keep visitors busy. During the spring and summer, the Bethesda Big Train baseball tame takes on opponents in the newly formed Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League in 7:30 p.m. games on Shirley Povich Field.

Adventure playground: The draws here are two huge play structures, one for older kids and one for younger, both filled with challenges like rope-walks, tube-slides, tire-climbs and much more. It's a great place for two or more families to take their kids for a group play-plus-picnic. Remarkably, just across the path the county still maintains vintage climbables from the '50s and '60s: Cinderella's pumpkin coach, the Old Lady's shoe and a couple of Sputnik-age space vehicles, among others. These older structures are not as wisely designed as the newer ones, so take special care with preschoolers.

Ice rink
Indoor/outdoor tennis courts (nine courts)
Lighted athletic fields
Shirley Povic Field located at 10600 Westlake Dr. in Behtesda
Locust Grove Nature Center located at 7777 Democracy Blvd. in Bethesda.
Miniature train
Picnic area
The campground is at 7701 Tuckerman Lane. Call 301-495-2525 for permits.