Welcome to College Park, Maryland!
Situated just minutes from the Nation’s Capital, the City of College Park is home to the State of Maryland’s flagship university and a wide variety of shops, restaurants, attractions, and recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy a concert at the University of Maryland Campus or explore one of the City’s 130+ locally-owned and independent businesses, which are clearly marked on the website with the green “Independent” label.
At the heart of the city is Downtown College Park, which is just footsteps from the University campus and home to staple restaurants like Bagel Place, Cornerstone Grill & Loft, The Original Ledo Restaurant, Marathon Deli, Plato’s Diner, RJ Bentley’s, and many others. Downtown is the center of nightlife in College Park with live music at several establishments.
Traveling up Route 1/Baltimore Avenue, the main street in College Park, visitors will find further dining options such as Bobby’s Burger Palace, Hanami Japanese Restaurant, and Looney’s Pub in the Lower Midtown area. The Upper Midtown area of Route 1 is a transitioning area featuring restaurants (Azteca Cantina and Mamma Lucia’s), big box stores (Best Buy, Home Deport, and Shopper’s Food Warehouse), and a variety of services (Framer Studio, multiple hair salons, and Wood’s Flowers and Gifts). The northernmost neighborhood, Uptown, is easily accessible from the Capital Beltway and home to businesses including Einstein Bros. Bagels, Ikea, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
Beyond Route 1, commercial districts exist in Berwyn and Hollywood. Berwyn Road is a quaint street in the center of the City featuring a small strip of locally-owned businesses included Smile Herb Shop, open for over 35 years, and Fishnet, a highly reviewed seafood restaurant. Hollywood’s shopping district is centered on Rhode Island Avenue and is anchored by MOM’s Organic Market and REI, along with local businesses Gaile’s Violin Shop and New York Deli.
Exploring beyond the commercial areas, visitors will find some of the best recreational opportunities in the region. College Park is home to bike trails, Herbert Wells Ice Rink, Junior Tennis Champions Center, Lake Artemesia, the University of Maryland Golf Course, and much more.
The Shop College Park website is a collaborative project between the City of College Park’s Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development and local merchants to market all that College Park has to offer.