Gaithersburg, Maryland, is located in Montgomery County's technology corridor, which includes major employers such as the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), Sodexo, MedImmune, and parent company AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals as well as many others in the pharma, biotech, and life sciences industries. These businesses make Gaithersburg venues popular for corresponding business events and meetings.
Gaithersburg is known most notably for its Washingtonian Waterfront along Lake Rio. A collection of restaurants, retail and specialty shops, bars, and hotels line the waterfront, along with a soon-to-open Dave and Busters and an AMC Theatre. There is also a path encircling the lake; guests attending meetings at one of the many waterfront hotels (mostly Marriott-owned) can be seen jogging around the lake or enjoying a business lunch on the "boardwalk" when weather permits. Pedal boats are available for rent during the summer season and mostly on weekends. Friday-night concerts on the boardwalk entertain visitors and locals alike during the warmer months.
Many neighborhoods on the west side of Gaithersburg were designed to be "new urbanist," a design technique that promotes walkable communities. The neighborhoods include the Kentlands and Lakewood communities, with Crown Farm, Watkins Mill, and the massive "Science City" still under construction. With this construction will also come a state railway, Corridor Cities Transitway, which will originate at the Shady Grove Metro stop and link eight high-density Gaithersburg neighborhoods. With the Shady Grove Metro stop being the last and northernmost stop on the Red Line, this transitway will greatly increase the accessibility of the area.
Gaithersburg has many great options for places to stay in Montgomery County, Maryland. The fourth-largest city in the state of Maryland, Gaithersburg has made the leap and transitioned from an agrarian community to a modernized tech hub. Its close proximity to the nation's capital affords visitors a taste of the city life as well as the natural beauty of Maryland.
Neighboring Gaithersburg is Germantown, one of Montgomery County's fastest-growing communities with an extensive number of new homes, community centers, and shopping areas. It offers visitors a touch of rustic flair with tons of modern fun. If you are looking for a place to stay in Montgomery or around the Washington area, Gaithersburg and Germantown are the perfect options for you and your family.
For a unique pick-your-own experience from May to December, visit Butler's Orchard in Germantown. Known for its abundant strawberries, it also has a variety of fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, and even Christmas trees available seasonally. The orchard's farm market sells fresh milk and homemade goods throughout the year. The Lancaster County Dutch Market, also in Germantown, features a collection of vendors selling homemade foods, candies, groceries, and furniture.
Be sure to make a stop at BlackRock Center for the Arts and Gaithersburg Concert Pavilion for outdoor summer concerts and family-friendly performances. For plays, local art exhibits, and other performances throughout the year, visit The Arts Barn.
Take to the outdoors at the South Germantown Recreational Park. With indoor and outdoor sporting options ranging from the SoccerPlex to an indoor pool, it's sure to fill up your day with adventure and fun. Or head to Black Hill Regional Park and spend the day hiking and kayaking. Family-friendly Bohrer Park contains a miniature golf course and a water park, and you can watch D.C. Radio-Control Club members fly model airplanes at nearby Walt Good Field.
Take a laid-back stroll through the shops and restaurants at RIO Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. Follow the paved lakeside walking path and take a ride on the old-fashioned carousel. For an added adventure, try paddleboating for an up-close view of the fountains located throughout the lake.