Zoo Safari at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
Zoo Safari at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
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10 Can't-Miss Things to Do Around Frederick

Hip and historic, the city of Frederick charms visitors with award-winning restaurants, cool art galleries and cultural happenings, and craft beers loved by locals. No wonder the National Trust of Historic Preservation recognized Frederick as one of “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.” Here are 10 must-do things in and around the fantastic city of Frederick.

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man walking past shops and restaurants in Frederick Image Credit: Visit Frederick

1 Explore Downtown Frederick

Small enough to walk but big enough to need a long weekend—or more—to explore, this 50-block historic district, named one of the “Prettiest Painted-Places in America,” is home to a Public Art Trail, world-class brew pubs, restaurants, boutiques, and impressive museums. When it comes to big-city amenities, Frederick punches way above its weight without sacrificing its small town charm.
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Hikers in Catoctin Mountain Park are rewarded with spectacular views on rocky outcrops.

2 Lose Yourself in the Catoctin Mountains

A place of unparalleled beauty, the Catoctin range once marked the Western Frontier. Now this slice of wilderness paradise is home to Camp David, the idyllic Presidential retreat. Luxuriate in the azure pools scattered about the 78-foot Cunningham Falls, go fishing, or hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride through miles of wilderness trails in one of Frederick County’s four national and state parks in the Catoctins. 


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Type:
Outdoor Recreation


Location:
6602 Foxville Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
301-663-9388


Tour the Flying Dog Brewery for top craft beer

3 Take a Brewery Tour

If you prefer your libations sudsy, check out Frederick County’s thriving microbrew (and even nanobrew) scene. Visit Flying Dog Brewery, home of uniquely Maryland beers like Deadrise, a light, Old Bay-infused brew perfect for seafood, that has won gold medals around the world. Or check out the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm whose small-batch farmhouse ales are truly sublime. 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
4607 Wedgewood Blvd
Frederick, MD 21703
301-694-7899


Dining at Frederick's award-winning Volt Restaurant Image Credit: Volt Restaurant

4 Dine at Volt

Indulge yourself with a culinary adventure at chef Bryan Voltaggio’s Volt. Top Chef star Voltaggio provides more than culinary star power at this crown jewel of Frederick’s thriving culinary constellation. A 2009 recipient of a prestigious James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant, Volt has only gotten better and now ranks as one of the premier farm-to-table destinations on the East Coast. 


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Type:
American


Location:
228 N. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301-696-8658


Zoo safari at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo in Thurmont Image Credit: Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

5 Go on Safari at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Mount up for a family adventure in this one-of-a-kind guided safari at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. Kids will be thrilled as they go bounding by wild animals—and even get a chance to feed some from the back of the park’s vintage surplus army truck. After the safari, catch a live feeding at Alligator Bayou. Cameras won’t be the only things snapping! 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd
Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-3180


Everedy Square Shab Row Farmers Market - Frederick

6 Pick Your Produce from Farm-Fresh Frederick

Go right to the source for your produce for a pick-your-own adventure at one of the dozens of area farms and orchards. Head out for a hayride or harvest festival or hit one of the local farmer’s markets for a taste of local food, music and more.

baseball players

7 Catch the Baby Birds at a Frederick Keys Game

Take yourself out for a Keys game at Harry Grove Stadium, a jewel of a park that puts you right up on the action. Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters and Manny Machado are just a few of the stars who came through Frederick, so come on out to the farm club and see the next crop of major league stars. 


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Type:
Sports


Location:
21 Stadium Dr
Frederick, MD 21703
301-662-0013


Catoctin Breeze Image Credit: Kelly Smith, Catoctin Breeze

8 Follow the Frederick Wine Trail

Close enough to do it all in a day (but you’ll wish you had a lifetime), this tour follows the county’s rolling hills while crisscrossing Civil War battlefields and historic sites—but the true stars are the wines. Springfield Manor Winery, Linganore, Loew, Elk Run, Hidden Hills and Catoctin Breeze vineyards craft epic wines for the distinguished palate in perfect balance with the unique growing conditions of the Maryland Piedmont.
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Known for "The Battle that Saved Washington," Monocacy Battlefield saw Civil War action in July of 1864 when Confederate General Jubal A. Early invaded the North for the final time. Image Credit: Visit Frederick

9 Witness Our Civil War Heritage

See the home of the patriot Barbara Fritchie who inspired the nation by bravely flying her American flag as Robert E. Lee’s armies marched past her home. Wander the battlegrounds of Monocacy and South Mountain, and tour the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, a former army hospital to witness a little-known aspect of the great and terrible war.  


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
5201 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
301-662-3515


The Weinberg Center Image Credit: Weinberg Center

10 See a show at the Weinberg

Downtown Frederick's historic 1926 movie palace is home to year-round entertainment. In addition to concert and theatrical performances, the Weinberg Center for the Arts also hosts film festivals, screenings, comedy shows and lectures and is a great venue for meetings, conventions, weddings and commercial location shoots.


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
20 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-2828


Frederick Photos & Videos

Dog Days of Summer in Downtown Frederick
Frederick goes to the dogs every year with this event featuring a doggy costume contest.
Image Credit: DowntownFrederick.org
Fishing in Catoctin Mountain Park
Located in Thurmont near Frederick, this park's streams are great for trout fishing.
Image Credit: Visit Frederick - John Kinnaird
Monocacy Battlefield along the Civil War scenic byway is the site of the Civil War battle that "saved Washington,"
Monocacy Battlefield along the Civil War Scenic Byway is the site of the Civil War "battle that saved Washington,
Image Credit: Visit Frederick
Loy's Station Covered Bridge in Winter
Historic sites like this covered bridge are snap-worthy even in the chill of winter.
Image Credit: Visit Frederick
Drink Maryland Beer Glass at a Festival
Drink Maryland Beer Glass at a Festival
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Carroll Creek
Carroll Creek
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