A Community Overview

Things to do in Bethesda

Entertainment and Dining in Bethesda

Restaurants and More

For much of the 19th Century, Bethesda was nothing more than a country crossroads named after a local church, but it grew steadily after the installation of a streetcar between the more prosperous towns of Georgetown and Rockville. After World War II, the National Naval Hospital and the National Institutes of Health were built in the area, and Bethesda flooded with federal workers, military personnel, and contractors. Today it’s grown into a vibrant community in its own right with several corporate headquarters and a high-density downtown.

Hotels in and around Bethesda

 Bethesda Means Business

Take a peek at some of the “main employers” in the Bethesda area.  

  • The National Institutes of Health
  • Naval Support Activity Bethesda (Walter Reed)
  • Marriott International
  • American Society of Health System-Pharmacists
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
  • Total Wine
  • Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital
  • Henry M. Johnson Foundation
  • Clark Construction Group
  • Howard Hughes Medical Center
  • Coventry Healthcare
  • Hospitality Partners
  • Diamondrock Hospitality
  • Host Hotels & Resorts
  • Comcast Sportsnet
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Schools in Bethesda

Montgomery School District

Bethesda is part of the Montgomery School District.  To say this district is HUGE is an understatement.  For this reason, the very best way to confirm where your child will be attending school is to click HERE for the school assignment tool.  There are:

  • 135 Elementary Schools
  • 40 Middle Scholls
  • 25 High Schools
  • 5 Special Schools
  • 1 Alternative Program
  • 2 Early Learning Childhood Centers

Elementary Schools

  • Ashburton Elementary School
  • Bannockburn Elementary School
  • Bethesda Elementary School
  • Bradley Hills Elementary School
  • Burning Tree Elementary School
  • Carderock Springs Elementary School
  • Seven Locks Elementary School
  • Westbrook Elementary School
  • Wood Acres Elementary School
  • Wyngate Elementary School

Middle Schools

  • North Bethesda Middle School
  • Thomas W. Pyle Middle School
  • Westland Middle School

High Schools

  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
  • Walt Whitman High School
  • Walter Johnson High School (North Bethesda)

Education is always a key factor in any home-buying decision, and you can rest easy knowing that the educational system in the area is top-notch! Served by the Montgomery County Public School District which ranked the second-largest school district in Maryland, the MCPS serves over 160,000 students. The MCPS is overseen by superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith who was appointed in September of 2015. The district operates 135 elementary schools, 40 middle schools, and 25 high schools.

Residents take advantage of the numerous arts options like galleries and theater and love eating out at a bevy of restaurants.
This area is also a very health-conscious community, and there are many businesses that cater to fitness and a healthy lifestyle. There is ample green space such as the Capital Crescent trail linking to Georgetown and Silver Spring as a popular route for runners and bikers.


Idyllic residential living with downtown options.

The wide side streets and large houses feel far away from the stress of Washington, while its downtown core has options for those who want a higher energy lifestyle.

The whole town has a very efficient public transportation system with Metro and bus service, but traffic is still an issue along Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road. From parking to shopping to an abundance of medical care and professional services, Bethesda combines the conveniences of the suburbs with the urbanity of a small city.


A pulsing nightlife or the diverse dining options of the city.

Despite some international flair, Bethesda doesn’t have the diversity that DC offers for places to eat. It also doesn’t have the nightlife, with few bars open late during the week or weekend. Still, there is always evening activity at the restaurants and pubs along Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues.


Condominiums near downtown.

Bethesda is full of older homes that have been refurbished or replaced with larger, modern housing. More modern, luxury condominiums have joined some of the older stock of apartments built downtown.


Not needing to drive into the city to enjoy city life.

If you love eating out, you’ll be at home here with a variety of outposts of DC restaurants as well as new places unique to Bethesda to try. You can be downtown boutique shopping one minute, and then back home enjoying the comforts of home the next. Here, you move at your own pace and enjoy the best that life has to offer.

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