- The list below includes 500 free or cheap things to do in or near Bethesda, Maryland, including 121 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Bowling, Movie Theaters and Hiking Trails.
- From Cabin John Regional Park to Cabin John Dog Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Bethesda and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Washington, Arlington, Silver Spring and Reston.
Greenbrier State Park is home to a large man-made freshwater lake complete with a beach and a separate swim area, accompanied with a number of multi-purpose nature trails, campsites, picnic areas and more.
Catoctin Mountain Park, established in 1954, is a part of the Catoctin Mountain Ridge and offers scenic views of the nearby Monocacy Valley as well as a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, skiing and more.
Notable pieces on display at Boonsborough Museum of History include a chair used in the Lincoln White House and a collection of carved bullets from the Civil War. Open Sundays May through September (year round by special appointment).
In operation for 50 years, Berryville Roller Rink is a fitness facility that hosts open skate sessions on week nights. In addition to rollerskating, the rink offers instructional classes for gymnastics and other fitness activities.
Eyler Road Park is located on 32 acres of well-kept grounds and includes a beach volleyball court, soccer, lacrosse, and football fields. The Picnic Pavilion and Tot Playground round out this park to make it a family-friendly day trip.
Antietam National Battlefield is a designated area along the Antietam River which marks the location of the historic Battle of Antietam fought in 1862. The site consists of the battlefield, a military cemetery, a visitor center, and the famous Burnside's Bridge.
Grays Inn Creek Marina offers boat storage, maintenance, and docking services, as well as slip rentals with electric service. The Marina offers a prime fishing location and conditions, as well as access to scenic secluded inlets.