We’ve come up with a list of our favorite and fun things to do in Frederick, Maryland. After living there for over ten years the list came pretty easily but I’m curious what may have changed or appeared since I left!
Alive @ Five – Happy hour outside along the creek with live music? Heck yeah! Thursdays in May – September, you can experience just that! Admission is only $5.00. If you want to go for free, volunteer for an event.
Baker Park – Some would say that Baker Park is the crown jewel of the whole city. It’s a gorgeous space to go for a walk or a run, see a concert, play soccer or just read a book.
Barbara Fritchie House – What used to be a museum is now an Air BnB. Who would have thought?!
Carroll Creek Park – What started out as a flood control project has turned into a meeting place for locals and tourists alike. There are places to eat along the creek as well as public art and benches to relax. It’s a gorgeous place to spend an afternoon. If you like running, link this up with Baker Park as part of your mileage.
Check out an art gallery – Looking to buy art or just in the mood to browse? There are a ton of places in downtown Frederick to get your fill. I like the Potter’s Guild, the Delaplaine and the NOMA Gallery!
Curious Iguana – Actual bookstores are not dead! This gem of a bookstore in Frederick, Maryland is one of our favorites. They have author talks, book discussions and a great selection of books. In addition they donate a portion of the store’s monthly sales to international non-profits.
Dog Park – This park is fairly small but it’s in close proximity to Baker Park (it’s just off Bentz Street) and is a great place to get your dog some exercise and social time.
Find the Street Art – One of our favorite things to do in a new city is to find awesome street art. Frederick as several cool spots. Be sure to check the bridge along Carroll Creek as well as some of the ones on Patrick Street and the mosaic on Lord Nicken Street.
First Saturday – The first Saturday of every month is a great time to explore Frederick. In the spring the city celebrates the unique architecture and spaces in downtown. In the summer there’s an emphasis on music and visual arts. Fall means food and drinks and handcrafted goods and winter is of course a celebration of lights. If you haven’t been, get to one. It’s easily one of the best things to do in Frederick.
Flying Dog Brewery – Really delicious craft beer. Tours are free Thursdays through Sundays but you need a reservation. Their outdoor summer concert series is a lot of fun, too.
Frederick Keys Baseball – If you love baseball but don’t want to pay major league prices, go catch a Keys game. They’re fun, you can get up pretty close to the field and they actually serve pretty good beer there.
Ghost Tour – Maryland’s oldest operating ghost tour is right here in Frederick! Get spooked by the paranormal if you dare lol. The content is rated PG-13 and is not recommended for kids under 8. Tours last about 90 minutes and guests walk about a mile.
I Made This! Pottery Studio – Choose a piece of pottery, get creative, paint it and then pick it up about a week later. (Every Thursday evening ladies get a special 20% off of pottery.)
Maryland Ensemble Theater – This small, local theater group is always got something up it’s sleeve. Grab a ticket and go have a little fun!
McClintock Distillery Tour – Maryland’s award-winning organic distillery is open for tours and tastings Thursday through Sunday. Tours are free and a tasting is $5.00. Your money is refunded if you end up purchasing a bottle. Bonus: It’s dog friendly.
Monocacy Battlefield – Get a little bit of history with your trip to Frederick, Maryland. You can take a self-guided auto tour or even walk on one of six trails.
Mount Olivet Cemetery – Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote the Star Spangled Banner, is buried here. Photographers, walkers and even those just curious about entering a cemetery (“tombstone tourists” are welcome but respectful behavior is required.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine – There are over 5,000 artifacts in the collection. The wax figures are a little creepy but if you have an interest in medicine and some of the procedures they used during the war (some of which are still practiced today), this is the place for you.
Ride bikes – Group rides depart from Wheel Base, my favorite bike shop in Frederick, on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the year. Be sure to bring your own helmet. Check their website for departure times.
Rose Hill Manor Park and Museum – Maryland’s first Governor, Thomas Johnson, lived here. The property is now a museum. There’s a manor house, icehouse, log cabin, blacksmith shop, carriage collection, and two barns for you to explore. The grounds are beautifully maintained and a great place to spend an afternoon.
Shop til ya drop – There’s a ton of cute little boutique shops up and down Market Street.
Skate Frederick – An ice rink in Frederick? Yup. You can drop in for a public skate, take lesson, go to camp or even rent the whole rink.
Summer’s Farm – What would a list about Frederick be without a farm on it? If you like corn mazes and picking your own pumpkins, chances are you’ll like it here. This year they open September 22 and run through the end of October.
Visit Earthly Elements – This is one of the coolest shops in downtown Frederick. They have a ton of gems, minerals and fossils for you to purchase. Some of the more rare stones are behind display cases but most of them are available for you to touch and hold.
Weinberg Center for the Arts – Right in the heart of downtown you’ll find this sweet venue. It’s a little on the small side but they have a bunch of great events that range from silent films to speakers to live music, etc. Had a great time in there on many occasions.
Fun Things to Do in Frederick, Maryland
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