Activities & Resources
Wheaton Regional Park050in Silver Spring, MD 20902
about Wheaton Regional Park:
The Shorefield Road entrance leads to four miles of paved trails for walkers, strollers, and bicycles, plus seven miles of nature trails that can be used by hikers and horseback riders. There is a stocked lake for fishing. Picnic tables, picnic shelters, and grills are available on a first come, first served basis, although shelters can also be reserved in advance.
Children love this park because not only does it have an enormous (and well shaded) playground, but it also has a carousel, and a miniature train! The carousel is a restored, 1915 Hershel Spillman carousel, featuring a beautiful array of animals to ride. The train takes riders on a ten-minute tour of the park, through forest and meadow, over a trestle bridge, and past Pine Lake. Call 301.942.6703 for hours of operation, as they are both seasonal.
On Orebaugh Avenue is the F. Frank Rubini Athletic Complex, which includes four softball fields, two baseball fields, one outdoor basketball court, four handball courts, six outdoor tennis courts, and six indoor tennis courts. For more information and availability on the tennis courts, call Wheaton Indoor Tennis at 301.649.4049. The Wheaton Ice Arena, offering ice- and in-line skating, is also here.
If you enter from Glenallan Avenue, you'll find Brookside Gardens, the Brookside Nature Center, and horseback riding stables, which provide riding lessons for novice through advanced levels in an indoor riding arena or outdoor facilities. For schedules, fees, and more information, call the stables at 301.622.2424.