Things To Do

A Perfect Weekend in Frederick, Maryland

Two days. Forty-eight hours. That's 2,880 minutes if you don't have a calculator handy. It sure seems like plenty of time, but if you're visiting the Frederick area, it's a short stay with a lot of options. Here's a sample take on great things to do and see for the weekend.

Here’s how to plan an exciting two-day excursion with must-see highlights!

Two days. Forty-eight hours. That’s 2,880 minutes if you don’t have a calculator handy. It sure seems like plenty of time, but if you’re visiting the Frederick area, it’s a short stay with a lot of options.  Here’s a sample take on great things to do and see for the weekend:

Saturday 

Morning

Get a caffeinated start at Baltimore Coffee and Tea in Frederick where there’s a lot more than great coffee roasted in house daily. From something small and delectable like a flaky croissant to a breakfast sandwich that will fuel your day, they have it here.

Make time for a morning meditation. Wander through beautiful Baker Park. We all need it. Besides, research shows that those who get out in nature live longer. Every minute there is a minute you get to spend elsewhere! 

Then, with the rest of your late-morning time, spend it with some downtown shopping! Stretch your legs and stretch your dollars at the hundreds of boutique and specialty shops in one walkable area! Some of our favorites include Retro Metro, Brick and Mortar, Candy Kitchen, Curious Iguana!  

Lunch

A Frederick tradition since 1981, Buschwaller’s is a longtime Irish pub for classic grub with 18 drafts & 70+ brown spirits among wood & brick surroundings. Here, you’ll find that the food is excellent and filled with great flavor and quality! You can view their full menu here

Afternoon

Perhaps your interest in this region’s Civil War history first led you to make Frederick County your destination? In many ways, Frederick County was at the crossroads of America’s Civil War. Located on the Mason Dixon Line, Frederick County was the site of the Battle of South Mountain (1862) and the Battle of Monocacy (1864). 

Its towns were alternately occupied by troops from both sides in the days before the nearby battles of Antietam (1862) and Gettysburg (1863). Today you can follow in the soldiers’ footsteps along two Maryland Civil War Trail driving tours. In the days after these battles, Frederick became a major hospital center. Today the story of care and compassion in the wake of battle is told at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Since you’ll already be downtown, The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is a great place to check out with it being the premier center for the study and research of medical innovation during the American Civil War. Exhibits, programs lectures, and research facilities look at innovations in science, medical logistics, medical organization, nursing, civilian medical relief and much more.

Dinner

With so many choices, Frederick has become a foodie favorite. Here are just two options that we highly recommend checking out: 

New to the Frederick area, Distilled specializes in craft cocktails & casual eats – and they take it seriously. Along with signature drinks, they feature spirits from local distilleries. From Asian-inspired to soulful southern, their chef has created an eclectic offering of delicious dishes. You can view their full menu here.

If you’re looking for Frederick’s best seafood and crab house, Avery’s Maryland Grill is the answer! They serve up Maryland seafood, crabs, steaks, ribs, crab cakes, crab legs, chicken and more. You can check out their full menu here

Evening
Photos by ClueIQ

Oh, no, you’re not done yet. Time to check out one of the hottest places in town. Head over to Clue IQ on South Carroll Street. Clue IQ is an immersive, engaging, and unique Escape Room experience with 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles, break codes, and unravel the mystery! To take part in this thrilling experience, book a time slot on their website. 

Sunday

Morning

Cruise over to Café Nola for some delicious Sunday Brunch! Here, you can experience organic ingredients & vegetarian choices at this New American café. From the day they opened, Café Nola has made it their goal to consistently strive towards offering both quality and classic dishes with organic and local produce. Check out their brunch menu here

Afternoon
Photo to the right by I Made This!

You have two choices: 

Spend more nature time at Gambrill State Park, where you can take in the beautiful scenery and explore the various nature trails. Gambrill State Park is a public recreation area located on Catoctin Mountain near the city of Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland. This state park is known for the dramatic views of the surrounding area that can be seen from stone overlooks built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Plan ahead and choose which path you’d like to take here

Or spark your creative side at I Made This! and the Delaplaine Arts Center. I Made This! is a paint your own pottery studio where they provide a wide variety of pottery for customers of all ages and talents to paint. Enjoy a relaxing environment full of color and creative energy while painting your own pottery masterpiece!

Located along beautiful Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick, the Delaplaine Arts Center provides visual arts opportunities and experiences to all. They offer more than 50 exhibits each year in seven on-site exhibition areas as well as satellite galleries around Frederick County showcasing local, regional, and national artists. 

Dinner

Two choices, again:

Frederick County’s original brewpub, Brewer’s Alley invites you to enjoy the house beers at their distinctive bar as well as some of the Finest Culinary Creations in one of their beautiful dining rooms. In the heart of Historic Frederick, Maryland, Brewer’s Alley has become a favorite destination for local residents and worldwide travelers alike. You can view their full menu here

Situated in the heart of Frederick’s historic district, The Tasting Room captures the energy of Market St. with floor to ceiling windows and a 180˚ panoramic view. You can expect to indulge in a Contemporary bar & eatery featuring sophisticated New American fare and an extensive wine list. Check out their full menu here

Evening

New to the Frederick area, Warehouse Cinemas was built on the idea that every day deserves a little bit of “wow”. From the eco-modern decor in the lobby to the plush electric recliners in every auditorium, Warehouse Cinemas is serious about creating a clean, comfortable environment.  Leave your worries at the door, prop up your feet (and maybe switch on that seat warmer!), and enjoy some serious quality time alone or with your favorite movie fans. View available movie showings here

Looking for more to do? Explore our recent blog postings to dive into the area’s hidden gems. Then, start planning your weekend in Frederick, Maryland! 

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