Frederick is a fusion of new and old with a plethora of things to see and do; it has everything from historic battlefields to award-winning restaurants.
We think Frederick is the perfect place to have a weekend getaway because there are so many fun things to do. To help you plan your visit, we’ve put together this list of our top recommendations.
151 S East St, Frederick, MD 21701
A visit to Frederick, Maryland should start off at their Visitor Center. Inside you’ll find exhibits, murals, and artifacts that recount the history of Frederick and the surrounding area. There’s also a small theater where you can watch a short film that gives guests a preview of all the fun activities that Frederick offers.
Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick, MD 21701
A short walk from the Visitor Center is Carroll Creek Park. This park was created as part of a flood-control project that was started back in the 1980s. It’s a mile long and has a lot of public art, gardens and walkways, and a really cool bridge that was livened up by local artist William Cochran. The park is a great place to take a stroll or to sit and people watch.
19 E Church St, Frederick, MD 21701
Downtown Frederick’s 50-block historic district has a perfect blend of restaurants, antique shops, specialty stores, and museums. The historic architecture alone will have you in awe! Did you know Frederick is listed as one of the “Prettiest Painted Places” in the country because of its murals and public art? We really recommend taking a self-guided walking tour of Frederick; it’s a great way to really get to know the downtown area. There is a free app you can download called Frederick Walking Tour or you can pick up an official visitor guidebook at the Visitor Center. Inside the guidebook you will find the self-guided tour.
5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704
Civil War history buffs should stop by this national park that commemorates The Battle That Saved Washington DC. Visitors can take a self-guided auto tour (about six miles round trip) that points out key locations of where the Battle of Monocacy took place. A brochure for the tour can be picked up inside the park’s visitor center. There are also trails and placards that help you to comprehend just how important this battle was. You see, in 1864, Confederate soldiers planned to head north and capture Washington DC. They met resistance at Monocacy, where Federal soldiers (outnumbered three to one) where able to stop them long enough for Union soldiers to arrive in and reinforce Washington DC.
48 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21705
Another really cool stop for Civil War history buffs is the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Inside you’ll find artifacts and manuscripts that tell the medical story of the Civil War and how many important medical advances were developed during this tumultuous time. There are a couple of photos and scenes that may be a little hard for children to see (i.e. amputations) but overall we thought it was a really fascinating museum.
200 N East St, Frederick, MD 21701
This is another fun thing to see in Frederick! It has one of the largest miniature world model train displays in the country and has everything from moving trains, trolleys, cars, and trucks to a working volcano! There are also all kinds of different scenes, many of which are interactive. Keep on the lookout for buttons that activate more sound and movement. There was also a display made up entirely of Legos (you remember how much we love Legos right?). And to top off our experience, we were given special access to go behind the glass and Buddy got to pretend to be Godzilla lol!
1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick, MD 21701
Architecture enthusiasts and those wanting to learn more of Frederick’s German heritage will love visiting Schifferstadt. This home-turned-museum is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Frederick and one of the best preserved examples of early Colonial German Architecture in the country. We took a tour given by an actual descendant of the family that originally owned the land and built the home, and were captivated by so many features that were still in great condition (including a stove that is probably the oldest in the country still in it’s original location).
The stone house was built in 1758 and stayed within the family until the mid-1800s. After a few more families owned it, it was eventually abandoned. This actually helped to preserve the home, since upgrades and remodels would have damaged the integrity of the house. We especially recommend a visit to Schifferstadt during Oktoberfest! Not only did we tour the house, but we also enjoyed live polka music, beer tents, and other tasty German treats.
8305 Bolivar Rd, Middletown, MD 21769
A short drive away from Downtown Frederick is this awesome dairy farm. Here, you can eat some freshly made ice cream and then go feed baby calves! It’s such a cool experience that we wrote a whole post about South Mountain Creamery.
Without a doubt, Frederick is a foodie’s paradise. There are so many places to eat and drink, it’s ridiculous! From sophisticated restaurants to quirky soda shops, Frederick has something for everyone. We were able to stop in to a few places during our visit, so make sure to check out our Frederick food guide for more information.
There you have it, our recommendations for things to see and do in Frederick. Have we made you want to pack your bags yet? 😉
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**A big thank you to Visit Frederick for providing us with such a fun itinerary! As always, all opinions are our own.**