If you are visiting Frederick 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. Make sure you have your camera! Even if you’re a local, you might find something new on my list. Here are 10 things to do in the Historic District in downtown Frederick Md:
1. Spend some time at the Community Bridge. This bridge mural was painted by artist William Cochran and a crew of local artists and residents. There is a sign with a Key to the many murals painted on the bridge on the creek level, next to the Delaplaine Art Center. The images were sent in from residents as well as former residents who lived elsewhere. They are reflections of what it means to live in Frederick County.
There are several other murals in downtown Frederick painted under the direction of William Cochran. The series is called “Angels in the Architecture”. Frederick has been named one of America’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places”, selected from nearly 200 nominees.
Enjoy these slides of some of the downtown Frederick murals:
2. Take a carriage ride, or a trolley ride. You can see the Historic District from the comfort of an open-air horse-drawn carriage during special event days in the winter. On the first Saturday of the month during warm weather, the trolley is usually running and it makes a great scenic trip through the Historic District. One of our local historians is on board to share some historic tidbits.
3. Visit one or several of the many Art Galleries. Just a few: The Delaplaine Art Center, New Vision Gallery, Gallery – 322, Tag/the Artists Gallery, Gallery Wear, McGuire Fine Arts, Griffin Art Center, Tomandy Art Center, Gallery 505 North, Douglas Zaruba, and The Museum Shop, and more. The downtown shopping district has may eclectic and one-of-a-kind galleries and stores. Over the last decade, Frederick has become an artist enclave.
During the first weekend in June, the Frederick Art Festival draws more than 100 artists and craftspeople from all over the region. The entire month of June is devoted to the arts, with Plein Air painters painting throughout the city and around the county.
You won’t want to miss the Barnstorming Tour that takes place in June throughout the county. The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation organizes the tour of several barns every year. Docents are available at each barn to offer historic details. Artists are set up at each barn, painting scenes from the barns during the tour. The finished artwork and more can be purchased. It’s a beautiful way to combine Frederick County history, the arts and the lovely countryside of our county.
4. A serious shopper’s paradise. You could spend days shopping in the Historic District of Frederick. There are over 80 specialties, gift, clothing and toy stores. Bookstores, tea shops, florists, specialty foods…you name it, you’ll find something that’s just right for everyone on your gift list.
Visit the downtown Frederick Farmer’s Markets on Thursday afternoons, or Saturday mornings between May and October. Find a Frederick County farmers market near you.
5. Eat Your Heart Out. Seriously, the Historic District has some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. You can find great food for any budget, with a nod to every part of the globe…Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, Persian, Italian, Cuban, Organic, Fusion, and American…bakeries, fudge, and chocolate…you name it. All of the restaurants in downtown are one-of-a-kind and top notch. The only chain you’ll find is Starbucks, and who can go anywhere and not see a Starbucks?! Check out Downtown Frederick Partnership’s website for an exhaustive list of our fabulous restaurants.
If you just can’t decide, then you can sign up for a tour with Taste Frederick Food Tour. Get a bit of the taste of Frederick along with a bit of our history. And speaking of tours, there are historic walking tours, ghost tours, and several group tours:
6. You can take a self-guided walking tour of the Historic District. Visit the Frederick Historical Society at 24 East Church Street for information, or the Visitor Center at 151 East Street. (301) 600-4047. You can also download the iTour Frederick App. It’s in the Google play store, Apple store and on Amazon for free.
7. Get a Spa Treatment or a great haircut. Verbena Day Spa, The Temple – Paul Mitchell Salon School, Studio She, Structures Salon, Sam Wong Salon, Natural Fusion Hair Studio, Daisy’s Salon and Body Boutique, Six East Hair Salon & Spa, Neutre Aveda Salon & Spa, 101 S Market St, Belleza Hair & Nail Studio, and for the youngest diva’s…Princess Day Spa and Boutique.
8. See a show in our growing Theatre District: See a variety of plays, shows or movies at the Weinberg. The Weinberg is a historic theater where you can see old-time movies, musical performances and plays. The Weinberg’s recent renovation has returned the historic theater to it’s former glory. See a play at the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Way off Broadway Theater, or the Maryland Ensemble Theater.
9. Shop for Antiques. There are dozens of antique shops and Malls in Frederick, including Emporium Antiques, Cannon Hill Place, Carroll Creek Classics, Country Shabby Chic, Fabulous Finds, Great Stuff by Paul, Map Man, Vintage Revival, Tuscany Designs, Repurposed & Refined, and more.
10. Visit one of our historic treasures, like the Civil War Medicine Museum. Frederick was a key location during the Civil War when most of the Frederick churches became hospitals for wounded soldiers. Visit the Museum of Frederick County History at 24 E. Church Street.
There are many seasonal events to see the sights in Frederick: Museums by Candlelight and the Tour of Historic Churches are fun during December. Bell and History Day takes place the first weekend in April. There are a number of Oktoberfest activities as well.
There are several historic places in Frederick County, some highlights: The Shifferstadt, the oldest dwelling in Frederick, the Museum of Frederick County, Rose Hill Manor, Barbara Fritchie House, Bjorlee Museum, Hessian Barracks, and more. Visit these websites to see more Frederick history:
- Visit Frederick.org
- Museums in Frederick County Md
- National Register of Historic Places in Frederick County
- Frederick County Landmarks
If you’re moving to Frederick Maryland, give us a call, we’re glad to show you around! Chris & Karen Highland 301-401-5119