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Top 10 Things to Do in Frederick, Maryland


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. Here is a guide to the "must sees" of the region.

1. Tour Monacacy National Battlefield

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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.

2. Shop for Antiques

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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.

3. Attend a Performance at the Weinberg Center for the Arts

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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.

4. Attend a Frederick Keys Baseball Game

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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.

5. Explore Cunningham Falls State Park

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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.

6. Tour a Local Winery

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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.

7. Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

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Located in Downtown Frederick, Maryland, 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.

8. Explore Baker Park

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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.

9. Take the Kids to Rose Hill Manor Park & Children’s Museum

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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.

10. Ride on a Vintage Train on the Walkersville Southern Railroad

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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.

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