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Five Adventures to Have in Frederick Maryland

Karen Highland's picture
Frederick Md Living

Frederick Maryland has become a destination location for residents and visitors from all over the Central Maryland region. For two decades city planners have been hard at work creating a beautiful downtown linear park, Carroll Creek Park. The results are an award-winning downtown that has the perfect environment for businesses, restaurants, museums and celebrations of all kinds. From the center of the Historic District to the outlying parks, Frederick Maryland has much adventure to offer.

Frederick Maryland: Historic Charm and Friendly Bustling City

Frederick Maryland is located roughly 50 miles from Baltimore and 50 miles from Washington DC, like the third point of a triangle. Surrounded on the North and West by the foothills of the Appalachian chain of mountains, and by rolling hills and farmland on the South and East, Frederick is a beautiful location. It is ideally located for commuters to either large City, and visitors from all around the region. Here are just a few of the many features that answer your question, What to do in Frederick Maryland:

Adventures for Foodies abound in Frederick. Our little city has many fabulous and unique restaurants to boast about, including Volt, of “Top Chef” fame. The downtown Historic District has has delighted Bar-b-que lovers at The Black Hog, wine-lovers at The Tasting Room and the Wine Kitchen (my favorite), and a myriad of Regional food-lovers, from Indian cuisine, Italian, American, Cuban, Spanish (my other favorite) and Contemporary Fusion fans. We have three local brew-pubs, four locally owned Irish Pubs, and plenty of places for organic and vegetarian cuisine. Trust me, when you visit Frederick, there is no excuse to leave hungry. Check out my Google Map of Frederick Restaurants. Our work is cut out for us fellow foodies!

Adventure in Shopping, a popular reason to visit Frederick. The Historic District has been carefully preserved to create one of the largest (50 square blocks) and most quaint shopping districts on the East Coast. Locally owned shops outpace chain stores 9 to 1. If you’re looking for something unique to buy for that person who has it all, you’ll find it in Frederick. First Saturday's are the perfect time to shop and explore, with live music and merchant specials, as well as children's activities, trolley rides and gallery openings. And you’ll enjoy your stroll through the district filled with restored Federal and Victorian architecture.

Adventures in the Arts including theater, music and art galleries. There is a growing theater district in the downtown area which includes the historic Weinberg Center for the Arts, the Maryland Ensemble Theater, and the Maryland Shakespeare Festival. Way Off Broadway Dinner Theater is a lot of fun for children. There are several Art Galleries and Museum Shops in Frederick. On the first Saturday of every month there is a lovely Gallery Walk in downtown Frederick, which includes exhibit openings, guest artists and live entertainment. The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center offers exhibits and classes, as well as local artists’ work for sale. Several studios have space available in downtown Frederick. During the month of June, art competitions and the Frederick Festival of the Arts will draw hundreds of artists from around the country.

Adventures of Historical Proportions are waiting for the history buff. Frederick Maryland is located in the center of the Civil War Trail. The Civil War Medical Museum is located in downtown Frederick. The churches of Frederick were used as hospitals for wounded soldiers during several Civil War Battles. Surrounding Frederick, are Monocacy Battlefield National Park, Antietam Battlefield National Park and Gettysburg Battlefield National Park. There are several architectural museums in Frederick, including the Beatty-Cramer Architectural Museum, Rose Hill Manor Museum, and the Shifferstadt Architectural Museum. You can even visit the home of Barbar Fritchie, of John Greenleaf Whittier's famous poem. Frederick is a must-see stop on the Civil War Discovery Trail.

Adventures in the Great Outdoors are plentiful to residents and visitors alike. Surrounded by the beautiful views of the Catoctin and South Mountains, there are several state parks to enjoy: Catoctin Mountain and Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont to the north, and Gambrill State Park, with its 42-acre man-made lake and beach, Gathland, and Greenbriar Parks on the west. It’s great fun to bike the C & O Canal Trail along the tow-path by the Potomac River, as well as enjoy fishing and boating on the Potomac, which runs southeast of Frederick county. Frederick has many local parks where sports leagues of all kinds play. And if you’re like me, and prefer watching, come out to enjoy our minor league baseball team, the Keys, at Harry Grove Stadium.

There truly is something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re the active adventurer, or the thoughtful historian, or the art and music lover. But be careful, if you visit for very long, you might be tempted to stay, because Frederick is a great place to live, work and play.

Contact the Highland Group at Turning Point Real Estate to find your home in our beautiful, historic and charming city of Frederick Md.

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