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Rockville, MD

A comprehensive guide to this ideal, walkable neighborhood.

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Top Things You Need to Know About Rockville

In this guide, you’ll get a general feel for the neighborhood, get to know the community, and learn why people choose Rockville over other communities in the D.C. area.

We’ll highlight locals’ favorite things to do in the neighborhood from outdoor activities to dining and shopping to seasonal community events and more.

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The Neighborhood

Rockville at a Glance

With over 65,000 residents, Rockville is home to a host of dining, retail, and entertainment options. Residents enjoy the beautiful and abundant parks and wide array of restaurants and retail, all just a few Metro stops to the heart of Downtown D.C. and many of the area's top attractions. Consistently ranked a top place to live, Rockville is uniquely situated to feel like a larger city while still offering residential comforts. 

The city of Rockville is also the county seat of Montgomery County, MD, making it a hub for local government as well as a booming business district. Many people are drawn to the area for employment with over 370 companies and organizations in the scientific and technology fields such as NIH and MedImmune.

If you're looking for excitement, a wide range of professional job opportunities, and easy access to D.C. and beyond, Rockville may be right for you. Read on to find out more about what the neighborhood has to offer and why residents are proud to call Rockville home.

Getting Around

Rockville is a large, but walkable city that offers residents plenty of ways to get around or commute.

The easiest way to get around in Rockville is by metro. The D.C. Metro Red Line has several stops in the neighborhood, including Shady Grove, Rockville, and Twinbrook.

The Rockville Metro station also connects commuters to the MARC train, which runs between West Virginia, Northern Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and Amtrak, which runs through several states like Pennsylvania and Illinois for further travel. 

Residents in Rockville can also access alternate modes of transportation, such as Metrobuses and Capital Bikeshare, making Rockville a commuter-friendly town.

If You Love Brunch

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, brunch is the most important meal of the weekend.

Rockville is home to a wide variety of restaurants offering brunch deals on both the weekends and weekdays. Here are a few spots to check out:

  • Founding Farmers: Voted one of OpenTable’s 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America, Founding Farmers serves a mix of all-American classics alongside their own innovative creations. From biscuits & gravy to grain bowls & cold-pressed juices, their vast menu has something for everyone.
  • Mosaic Cuisine: is a Modern French Restaurant that offers a unique twist on brunch with its café-style atmosphere. Inspired by cuisines from around the world, their sweet and savory brunch menu is available until 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • First Watch: Fresh, friendly, and fast are the pillars of First Watch’s philosophy. Voted Top Family Dining Restaurant by Consumer Reports, they serve a variety of breakfast and lunch options from classic omelets and French toast to power bowls and sandwiches.

    For more brunch options, check out Botanero Restaurant, Stanford Grill, and Nantucket Reef.

If You Love Unique Restaurants

Change things up by trying some of these restaurants that think outside the box.

Looking for a change of pace? Experience something new at one of these popular spots. 

  • Urban Hot Pot: This all-you-can-eat personal hot pot experience gets rave reviews for its variety of options, add-ins brought to you on a conveyor belt, and overall food quality
  • Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge: Unique for its lodge-style decor, which creates a cozy ambiance. Its seasonal menu includes ever-changing, classic American dishes. 
  • Nantucket’s Reef: A casual spot for some of the freshest, New England style seafood in the area, including lobster rolls, crab cakes, and an extensive brunch menu. 
  • Mission BBQ: You'll find some of the best barbecue in the area at Mission BBQ. Make sure to sample their 7 signature sauces, or one of their 7 other special sauces that differ by region. 

If You Love Happy Hour Deals

Rockville is a hot spot for happy hour any day of the week.

Rockville is the perfect city to stop by a happy hour after work. Here are some you shouldn't miss. 

  • Botanero Restaurant: You'll find plenty of tapas or small plates for $5 or $7, $5 wine and sangria, and a variety of specialty cocktails. Happy hour is from 4-7pm at the bar daily.
  • Stanford Grill: Stop by happy hour from 3-7pm from Monday-Friday. You can grab some upscale American cuisine in a lively atmosphere, featuring live jazz music and deals on draft beer, cocktails, and wine.
  • World of Beer: A great spot for those looking for a casual atmosphere. It offers a large selection of beer (as the name implies) and food to snack on. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-7pm and late-night happy hour is Sunday-Thursday from 10pm-close. 

If You Love Shopping 

Rockville is filled with areas that offer a wide variety of shopping and dining options for residents. 


Rockville Town Square is at the center of the city of Rockville. There, you can explore over 25 dining options, including Peter Chang, Gordon Biersch, or La Tasca. You'll also find gyms, spas, Dawson’s Market, the Rockville Memorial Library, and more


The Rio Washingtonian Center, a lakefront shopping and entertainment center, is another popular spot in Rockville. You'll find over 40 different shopping and dining options like Nando’s Peri-Peri, Copper Canyon Grill, Uncle Julio's, Target, South Moon Under, and Pier 1 Imports. 


Take a stroll through Downtown Crown and explore various salons and spas and 13 different restaurants, including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, &pizza, and Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar. Or you can stop by the Fallsgrove Village Center for Bubbles Salon, Safeway, Chipotle, Mamma Lucia, Panera Bread, Starbucks, and more. 


Rockville shopping and dining options are seemingly endless—you can find everything you could ever need or want at one of the several popular shopping centers. 

If You Love Being Active

Rockville residents have plenty of opportunities to stay active—here are some of the best places to get outdoors.


Lake Needwood, part of Rock Creek Park, is a great place to stop by when the weather's nice for boating or water activities. You can rent kayaks, rowboats, canoes, or pedal boats, spend the afternoon fishing, or take a hike on the trails around the scenic 75-acre lake. 


If you love adventure, the nearby Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course offers ziplines, high-ropes obstacle courses, and swings for all ages. 


If you're looking for something more relaxing, head to one of the several public golf courses near Rockville. Needwood Golf Course and Falls Road Golf Course are all frequented by residents for their natural rolling landscapes and entertaining courses. 


While the city of Rockville is booming with businesses and urban offerings, residents are still surrounded by many green spaces, including 65 different parks. Rockville Civic Center ParkMattie JT Stepanek Park, Crabbs Branch Park, and the larger Rock Creek Park are some areas where residents can bike, take a stroll, or just spend time outdoors. Find a complete list of Rockville parks here


If You Love Entertainment for the Whole Family

Explore your adventurous side at one of these local attractions, perfect for all ages.


There's more at Rockville Town Square than just dining and shopping. You can skate at the ice rink in the winter, catch a movie at the Regal Rockville Theater, get creative at Color Me Mine, or listen to some music at "Friday Night Live." If you love art, the VisArts Center offers classes for both kids and adults as well as rotating exhibitions.  


Rio Washingtonian Center is a great place to take the family on the weekend. It houses family-friendly attractions like the AMC/Loews Cinema, a train that offers rides around the boardwalk, a carousel, and a playground. Stop by the Washingtonian Lake to take a paddle boat ride or feed the fish. 


Right across the road from Rio Washingtonian Center, iFly Indoor Skydiving brings the thrill of skydiving to Rockville for people of all ages. Held up mid-air by fans, skydivers get to experience the freefall sensation of skydiving out of a plane in iFly's indoor wind tunnel. 


If your young ones are curious about nature, check out the Meadowside Nature Center where kids can learn about natural and cultural history through trails, programs, and exhibits like the Curiosity Corner and Raptor Walkway. 


If you're looking for something fun to do on the weekends for the whole family, Rockville has no shortage of activities and attractions.  

If You Love Local Events

Being the lively urban area that it is, Rockville has a ton of seasonal local events and attractions to check out.


Art fans will love the Rockville Arts Festival, a two-day long festival held annually in early May. You'll find over 100 fine arts vendors in the festival's outdoor gallery in Rockville Town Square. Residents can shop for art, see artists at work, and enjoy local entertainment. 


Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the Hometown Holidays Music Festival in Rockville Town Center. The festival features over 30 free live performances, activities for kids, the Taste of Rockville, and ends with the Annual Memorial Day Parade. 


Rocktobierfest brings the Oktoberfest celebrations to Rockville Town Center. Over 5,000 residents attend the annual festival for music, food, and activities. Of course, keeping with the spirit of Oktoberfest, local breweries supply plenty of beer for the festival. 


Year round, Rockville has several farmers' markets to provide fresh produce, plants, and other goods to residents. Two notable markets are the Rockville Farmers' Market, which operates on Saturdays (9am-1pm) from May-November and the Shady Grove Farmers' Market, which is open on Wednesdays from May-September (11am-2pm). 


The residents of the Rockville community can always find reasons to come together at the many exciting local events and attractions each year. 

Consistently rated a Top 100 Place to live in the United States by Livability, Rockville’s ratings, reviews, and awards speak to its residents’ level of both overall happiness and quality of life.

The more than 3,000 residents who participate in Rockville’s biennial community survey consistently support the city’s outstanding reputation. In 2016, 92% rated Rockville’s overall quality of life as excellent or good and 86% gave similar ratings to its overall quality of services.

When it comes to employment, CareerBliss rated Rockville 9th on its 10 Happiest Cities to Work list for 2018. Based on a high concentration of positive reviews by actual employees, the ranking analyzed key factors that affect workplace happiness.

Here are a couple more ratings that speak to the city’s quality of life:

We hope you find this guide to be a helpful resource. Please note that this guide has been prepared for informational purposes only and nothing contained in this guide constitutes a representation or warranty by EYA LLC, EYA Marketing LLC, or any affiliate of EYA, LLC.
EYA LLC, through its various development affiliates, builds and sells homes in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In no event shall this guide be deemed part of any sales agreement entered into for the sale and purchase of a home.


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