United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. 15 Best Things to Do in Frederick, Maryland Written by Rachel Cooper Facebook Twitter Linkedin Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Rachel Cooper Updated 05/16/19 Share Pin Email Frederick, Maryland 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 D.C. and Baltimore, the historic town is an easy and fun place to explore. 01 of 15 Tour Monacacy National Battlefield Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc. View Map Address 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-662-3515 Web Visit website 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, D.C., 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. 02 of 15 Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc. View Map Address 48 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-695-1864 Web Visit website Located in downtown Frederick, the museum contains five galleries and more than 1,200 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. 03 of 15 Attend a Performance at the Weinberg Center for the Arts Weinberg Center for the Arts View Map Address 20 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-600-2828 Web Visit website 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, and business meetings. 04 of 15 Attend Events 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, like Restaurant Week, when participating restaurants will offer fixed-price lunch and dinner options to entice diners to try something new, or the Bell and History Day Tours, participating museums and historic sites offer free admission along with special events, tours, music, living history programs, and various bell-themed activities. Continue to 5 of 15 below. 05 of 15 Shop for Antiques Downtown Tourism Council of Frederick County Downtown Frederick boasts more than 200 antique shops, many within an 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. 06 of 15 Attend a Frederick Keys Baseball Game J. Leggett View Map Address 21 Stadium Dr, Frederick, MD 21703-6553, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-662-0088 Web Visit website The Frederick Keys are a minor league baseball team that 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. 07 of 15 Take a Bike Ride Through Historic Frederick 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. 08 of 15 Enjoy Fine Dining in Downtown Frederick Andrew Murdock View Map 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. You can also check out Frederick's Restaurant Week in March when many fine establishments offer prix-fixe menus at a discount. Continue to 9 of 15 below. 09 of 15 Explore Baker Park Jennifer Boyer/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 View Map Address Baker Park, Frederick, MD 21701, USA Get directions Web Visit website 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. 10 of 15 Explore Cunningham Falls State Park Rachel Cooper View Map Address 14039 Catoctin Hollow Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-271-7574 Web Visit website Located just north of Frederick, Cunningham Falls State 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. 11 of 15 Tour a Local 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. 12 of 15 Take a Brewery Tour at Flying Dog Brewery Maryland GovPics/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 View Map Address 4607 Wedgewood Blvd, Frederick, MD 21703-7120, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-694-7899 Web Visit website 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. Continue to 13 of 15 below. 13 of 15 Take the Kids to Rose Hill Manor Park and Children's Museum Frederick Visitors Bureau View Map Address 1611 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-600-1650 Web Visit website 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. 14 of 15 Ride on a Vintage Train on the Walkersville Southern Railroad Alexander Spatari / Getty Images View Map Address 34 W Pennsylvania Ave, Walkersville, MD 21793, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-898-0899 Web Visit website 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. 15 of 15 Visit Schifferstadt Architectural Museum Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc. View Map Address 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick, MD 21701-4127, USA Get directions Phone +1 301-663-3885 Web Visit website 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. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit 8 Best Events in the Washington D.C. Area in February 12 Museums for Kids in the Washington, DC Area 15 Great Places to Visit in Western Maryland Best Places to Visit Near Washington, D.C. Best Places to See Fall Colors in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC 20 Great Small Towns Near Washington, D.C. Top 10 Things to Do in Baltimore Gettysburg Photos: Images of Gettysburg, PA 15 Best Attractions in Southern Maryland Explore Washington, D.C. 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