The 15 Best Things to Do in Frederick, Maryland

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    What to Do in Frederick: Top Attractions, Recreation, Historic Sites & More

    Frederick, Maryland
    ••• Frederick, Maryland. Walter Bibikow/Getty Images

    Looking for things to do in Frederick, Maryland? The area has a variety of attractions, parks, recreational facilities, wineries, antique shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. As the gateway to western Maryland with its mountainous views and "clustered spires" skyline, Frederick is best known for its civil war history and its 40-block historic district. Located within an hour drive of Washington DC and Baltimore, the historic town is an easy and fun place to explore. Plan your visit with this guide to the "must see" attractions in Frederick.

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    Tour Monacacy National Battlefield

    Monocacy National Battlefield sign
    ••• Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc.

    The Civil War site is one of Frederick, Maryland's most notable historic attractions where the Battle of Monocacy Junction was fought on July 9, 1864. The battle was one of the last that the Confederates carried out in Union territory and saved Washington DC from being attacked. Take a walking tour and stop by the Visitor Center to see electronic maps, historical artifacts, and interpretive displays. Participate in a ranger-guided program or attend a special event. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/mono/index.htm.

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    Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

    Display in the National Museum of Civil War Medicine
    ••• Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc.

    Located in Downtown Frederick, the museum contains five galleries and more than 1200 artifacts that illustrate the medical story of the American Civil War. Visitors learn about the history of medical care and technology as it relates to the military and the wounded. There is also a gift shop and research facility. For more information, visit www.civilwarmed.org

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    Attend a Performance at the Weinberg Center for the Arts

    Weinberg Center for the Arts
    ••• Courtesy of Weinberg Center for the Arts

    Looking for something fun to do to entertain the whole family? The 1926 restored movie palace, located in Downtown Frederick, is a thriving state-of-the-art theater that features a variety of concert and theatrical performances. The facility seats 1,500 and is also available to rent for film festivals, studio screenings, conventions, weddings, business meetings, etc. For schedules and more information, visit www.weinbergcenter.org.

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    Attend Events

    Fredeick Fireworks
    ••• Celebrate Frederick, Inc.

     A wide range of family-friendly events is held in Frederick throughout the year. Enjoy some of the most popular festivals and events including:

    • Frederick Restaurant Week - March - Participating restaurants will offer fixed-price lunch and dinner options to entice diners to try something new.
    • Bell and History Day Tours - April - Across the county, participating museums and historic sites offer free admission along with special events, tours, music, living history programs, and various bell-themed activities.
    • Frederick Festival of the Arts - June - The juried art show takes over the historic downtown area with fine art, music, and food. 
    • Frederick’s Fourth of July Fireworks - July - The Independence Day event includes a full day of entertainment and fireworks.
    • Great Frederick Fair - September - The annual county fair features agricultural exhibits, contests, rides, and lots of family-friendly activities. 

    • Frederick Oktoberfest - September/October - The German festival includes beer, wine,...MORE dancing, music, children’s events, and much more.

    • Christmas Events in Frederick - December - The community celebrates the holiday season with a wide variety of festivities. 

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    Shop for Antiques in Downtown Frederick

    Shab Row
    ••• Tourism Council of Frederick County

    Downtown Frederick boasts over 200 antique shops, many within easy walking distance of each other. The historic area includes retail shops specializing in home furnishings, fashion, outdoor gear, toys, specialty foods, books, art and more.

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    Attend a Frederick Keys Baseball Game

    Baseball player swinging at a pitch
    ••• J. Leggett

    The Minor League Baseball Team is a Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Harry Grove Stadium seats 5,500 fans and is family friendly, offering a Fun Zone and postgame fireworks on the weekends. Read more about the Frederick Keys.

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    Take a Bike Ride through Historic Frederick

    View of the Hessian Barracks
    ••• Acroterion/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

    The Frederick History Bicycle Loop is a 10-mile loop through the City of Frederick with stops at 22 historic sites including Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, the Francis Scott Key Memorial, the Hessian Barracks, and Civil War sites.  Read more about the Frederick History Bicycle Loop.

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    Enjoy Fine Dining in Downtown Frederick

    Firestone's Culinary Tavern - Frederick
    ••• Firestone's Culinary Tavern - Frederick. Andrew Murdock

    Downtown Frederick offers a variety of great restaurants including some award-winning establishments like VOLT, the Dutch's Daughter, and Firestone. Enjoy a wide range of cuisine from Italian to Japanese to Seafood to Spanish Tapas. See more about restaurants in Frederick.

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    Explore Baker Park

    View of a pond and man-made waterfalls and a tower in Baker Park
    ••• Jennifer Boyer/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    The 44-acre park, located in Downtown Frederick features a carillon, a lake, a public swimming pool, tennis courts, athletic fields, and several playgrounds. The park serves as a venue for summer concerts, a children’s theater, and many other outdoor events.

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    Explore Cunningham Falls State Park

    People swimming at the park
    ••• Rachel Cooper

    Located just north of Frederick, the park features a beautiful 78-foot cascading waterfall, a 44-acre lake, 140 campsites, playgrounds, picnic areas and hiking trails. This is a local favorite destination for outdoor recreation with plenty of things to do for the whole family. Read more about Cunningham Falls State Park.

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    Tour a Local Winery

    Linganore Winery
    ••• Linganore Winery. Tourism Council of Frederick County

    The Frederick Wine Trail is made up of six wineries and their combined 120 acres of vineyards. Enjoy a ride through the Maryland countryside and discover some of Frederick County's best agricultural bounty with its beautiful vineyards and outstanding wines.

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    Take a Brewery Tour at Flying Dog Brewery

    Line of flying dog tap handles
    ••• Maryland GovPics/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    Visit Flying Dog Brewery, the largest beer producer in Maryland and home of beers like Deadrise, a light, Old Bay-infused brew perfect for seafood, that has won gold medals around the world. Tours are free and offered on Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, visit flyingdogbrewery.com.

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    Take the Kids to Rose Hill Manor Park and Children's Museum

    Rose Hill Manor Park and Museum
    ••• Frederick Visitors Bureau

    Rose Hill Manor provides visitors with a look at early American life, transportation history and the agricultural history of Frederick County. The property features a manor house, icehouse, log cabin, blacksmith shop, carriage collection, and two barns. Guided tours are offered daily. Special programs are available for children and groups.

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    Ride on a Vintage Train on the Walkersville Southern Railroad

    Walkersville Southern Railroad

    Located just northwest of Frederick in Walkersville, MD, the historic railroad offers a variety of excursion rides including mystery dinner trains, Jesse James Day, special events, and private charters. The Santa Train is especially popular during the holiday season. For more information, visit www.wsrr.org.

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    Visit Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

    Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
    ••• Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc.

    The Schifferstadt Architectural Museum is an 18th-century museum and gardens in Frederick, Maryland. It is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in the City of Frederick and among the best examples of early Colonial German Architecture in the country. Special events are held onsite throughout the year. Read more about the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum.