If your wallet is a little squeezed — and whose isn’t these days? — it’s another reason to check out Frederick, Maryland where a penny saved is just around the corner. And, remember, you’re not cheap. You’re prudent. Check out these great ways to have fun on a budget:
If you are visiting historic Frederick Maryland and want to make the most of your day, the Historic District in Downtown Frederick will make a great destination with lots of interesting things to do.
Over 200 specialty shops, art galleries, and restaurants call Downtown Frederick home. Experience our quaint small-town charm and picturesque scenes everywhere you look – check out what’s available here.
Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Frederick, Baker Park is a 58-acre space complete with jogging and bike paths, multiple playgrounds, a picturesque lake, and more. Over 75 years old, this pet friendly park continues to serve as a popular venue for sporting events, concerts, festivals, and all kinds of recreational activities.
As one of the fastest-growing regional craft breweries in the mid-Atlantic, Flying Dog has been brewing world-class beer that pushes the confines of traditional styles for 30 years. Flying Dog attracts everyone from craft beer connoisseurs to those just catching the wave with up to 20 styles available at any given time.
On the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains, Gambrill State Park is family friendly with a campground, a pond, overlooks, and a stone lodge called the Tea Room. It includes 16 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Looking for a great trail in Gambrill State Park, Maryland? There are 6 moderate trails in Gambrill State Park ranging from 1 to 6.7 miles and from 1,341 to 1,709 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you’ll be out on the trail in no time!
Located adjacent to Carroll Creek Park in historic Downtown Frederick, this award-winning art center offers more than 250 classes and workshops and 50 exhibits each year. Exhibits by local, regional, and national artists and groups in 7 galleries change monthly.
Public programs are offered monthly and special events are held throughout the year. The Gift Gallery at the Delaplaine features artworks by local artists and artisans. Open daily. Free gallery admission. Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm & Sun, 11am-5pm
South Mountain Creamery is Maryland’s first on-the-farm dairy processing plant that home delivers farm fresh and all-natural products to over 9,000 customers in DC, MD, VA, PA, & WV! Since 2001, South Mountain Creamery is family owned and operated and is located in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage area.
Visit 365 days a year and participate in several free daily activities: watch the cows being milked from 1:30-4:30pm, bottle feed the calves at 4:00pm, play on the playset or rock pile, and get a scoop of super-premium ice cream from the farm store!
Baugher’s is a 600 Acre orchard & farm in beautiful Carroll County, MD, growing strawberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, sweetcorn, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelons, apples, pumpkins, and other crops.
They have two markets; one at the orchard, where you can pick-your-own fruits, and a shop where you can check out their fresh fruit market. They also make homemade pies and pastries in their Orchard Bakery, operate an apple cider mill in the autumn throughout the winter, and operate their country-style restaurant year-round.
The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo allows each guest to get as close to the animals as safety permits. To feel the silky soft fur of the chinchilla or see the muscles in a jaguar’s legs as he prowls within his naturalistic habitat are just a few of the experiences that will bring you closer to the animal world.
They are home to over 300 species including amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Among them are bears to boas, leopards to lemurs, meerkats to monkeys, parrots to pythons, you’ll meet over 450 exotic animals on your zoo adventure.
The museum has one of the world’s largest model railroads with miniature villages, mountains, trains, and automobiles. Included is a circus, fair, roller coaster, zoo, erupting volcano and much more. It is a 3D work of art with sound and movement. Open Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm, and Monday 10am-5pm
Pinball, vintage video games, beer… what more could you want? Spinners is $10 per person or $30 for family – with unlimited play! Hours of Operation: Monday – closed Tues, Wed, Thurs – 1-9PM Fri & Sat – 1PM to Midnight Sun – 1-8PM
Come enjoy a day on the farm with fun for all ages! Admission includes over 20 activities: Maryland’s largest corn maze with 4 separate Corn Mazes, BeeLine Ziplines, Mountain Slides, Farm Animals, Pedal Kart Track, Moo Choo Train, Lil’ Farmer Playland & much more! A hayride to the U-pick Pumpkin patch and apple cannons.
Reserve a private campfire for your group to enjoy roasting marshmallows over the fire. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the farm!
If that’s not enough affordable fun, check out our recent blog post for the perfect weekend of activities planned in Frederick, Maryland!