HIP & HISTORIC
Less than an hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, PA is hip and historic Frederick County, Maryland. Downtown Frederick is home to a 50-block historic district lined with unique boutique and specialty shops and restaurants serving up cutting edge cuisine in Civil War-era buildings. A lively Arts & Entertainment district is capped off by the Weinberg Center for the Arts, a fully restored 1926 theater featuring nationally known musical acts. Stroll along Carroll Creek Park, which runs right through the heart of Downtown and is lined with beautiful water lilies and pedestrian paths.
Downtown Frederick is surrounded by stunning mountains for those ready to explore the outdoors. Hike the Appalachian Trail, bike along mountain ridges and kayak among meandering waterways. Pack a picnic for the Covered Bridges Driving Tour for views of three historic covered bridges.
At the heart of America’s Civil War, Frederick was in the path of Union and Confederate soldiers. At Monocacy National Battlefield, learn about the one day “Battle that Saved Washington”, where General Lew Wallace fought off Confederate forces just long enough to save the nation’s capital. At the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, hear about care and healing, courage and devotion amidst the destruction of the Civil War.
Sip and savor wine, beer and spirits at distinct tasting rooms in Downtown Frederick and drink in the view among the scenic countryside. Home to
Flying Dog Brewery, Maryland’s largest craft brewery, and dozens of wineries, breweries and distilleries, Frederick County is on the leading edge of craft beverages.
Fun for the whole family, Frederick is home to the Frederick Keys, a single A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Settle in for scrumptious ballpark food paired with local craft brews on tap, themed game nights, giveaways and fireworks throughout the season. The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo sits among over 50 naturally wooded acres with hundreds of exotic animals. Go back in time with a Jesse James heist on Walkersville Southern Railroad. Themed train rides and dinner trains take guests on a leisurely ride through the area. The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, tells the story of the first American-born saint. Nearby, the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes is the oldest replica of the Grotto of Lourdes in the western hemisphere.
Events take place every month of the year. In October, Catoctin Colorfest, one of the largest outdoor craft festivals on the east coast, hosted by the Town of Thurmont. In February, Downtown Frederick lights up with Fire in Ice. Dozens of ice sculptures line the streets and fire dancers twirl their flames for the crowds. In June, artists line Carroll Creek Park in Downtown Frederick for the Frederick Festival of the Arts.
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