Frederick, Maryland is a fantastic place for families, offering a wide range of kid-friendly fun. Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, there are plenty of exciting adventures waiting for you and your little ones. Let’s dive into 10 of the best activities to keep your kids entertained while making lasting memories in Frederick.
Table of Contents
- 1. Spend a Day at Baker Park
- 2. Adventure Parks: The Ultimate in Kid-friendly Fun
- 3. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
- 4. Cunningham Falls State Park
- 5. Gambrill State Park
- 6. Greenbriar State Park
- 7. Catoctin Mountain National Park
- 8. Ice Skating at the Skate Frederick Ice Sports
- 9. Rose Hill Manor Park & Children’s Museum
- 10. Fall is For Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
1. Spend a Day at Baker Park
Baker Park is a gem in the heart of Frederick. This picturesque 58-acre city park offers a wide array of attractions and activities to enjoy, making it an ideal destination for a fun-filled day outdoors. The park is dog-friendly and there is a city dog park across the street on Carroll Parkway.
The Beautiful Culler Lake
One of the key highlights of Baker Park is its serene and beautiful lake. The lake, surrounded by lush greenery and well-maintained gardens, provides a peaceful atmosphere for visitors of all ages. You can take a leisurely stroll around the lake or simply sit by its shores, enjoying the tranquility and watching ducks and geese as they glide gracefully on the water. If your family enjoys walking or biking the park provides a network of trails.
For the little ones, Baker Park has an impressive playground. The Bandshell Playground, on the east end of the park is a hub of laughter and excitement, equipped with swings, slides, climbing structures, and more. It’s the perfect spot for children to burn off some energy while parents relax and watch them play. A second smaller playground is located next to the picnic pavilions near Edward P Thomas Memorial Pool. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Tennis Courts and Baseball Fields
If you like tennis, the park is equipped with several tennis courts. There are four baseball fields throughout the park as well. You’ll often see a pickup game of frisbee, softball, or kites soaring in the open field next to the Joseph Dill Baker Memorial Carillon tower. You can hear weekly recitals on Sundays at noon.
Events and Festivals in Baker Park
From music festivals to art shows, there’s always something happening at Baker Park. The Summer Concert Series on Sunday evenings at the bandshell is a favorite, with music from practically every genre. Independence Day with live music and fireworks at dusk draws 10’s of thousands. Keep an eye on the park’s event calendar to catch a special event during your visit.
2. Adventure Parks: The Ultimate in Kid-friendly Fun
Adventure Park USA
For some adrenaline-packed kid-friendly fun, head to Adventure Park USA, located at 11113 W Baldwin Road in Monrovia. This amusement park offers a variety of rides, go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, and an arcade. It’s a great place to let the kids burn off energy and have a blast. They have special events throughout the year, like the Fall Festival, and the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Check the website for specials and events.
Urban Air Adventure Park
Located in Ballenger Creek, This indoor recreation facility is loaded with adrenaline-rush activities. A DropZone, bumper cars, laser tag, and virtual reality games are just a few of the fun activities. If you’re looking for a human “habitrail” they have it. Check the website for tickets, membership, birthday parties and events.
Harpers Ferry Adventure Park
Although not in Frederick County, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center is only about 45 minutes away. If you’re looking for the ultimate in outdoor kid-friendly fun, Harpers Ferry is a wonderful choice to spend a day, or a couple of days. For years it has been a great place for tubing and rafting. The adventure center has expanded over the years to include a zipline, a ropes course, and camping and cabins. Check out their website for prices, packages and dates.
3. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
Get up close and personal with animals from around the world at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. It is located on the south end of Thurmont off of Route 15. The zoo offers a unique opportunity for kids to learn about exotic animals while having fun. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, with safari rides available on the weekend.
4. Cunningham Falls State Park
Also located near Thurmont, if you’re looking for outdoor adventures, Cunningham Falls State Park is a great place to be. Hike the scenic trails that bring you to the waterfall, the largest in Maryland. Swim, fish and canoe at Hunter Lake, the 43-acre man-made lake and beach.
Explore the historic iron furnace. Attend the annual Maple Syrup Festival and watch first-hand as cauldrons of maple sap are cooked into syrup. There are also campsites and cabins available. Reservation information, hours and events are available on the Maryland.gov website. One thing to note, during the summer months the park closes when it reaches capacity.
5. Gambrill State Park
For a family picnic and some nature exploration, visit Gambrill State Park. The park features 16 miles of trails for hiking or mountain biking. The park is well known for the breathtaking views of the Frederick and Middletown Valleys and on to the Shenandoah Mountains. There are picnic areas, and a family-style campground. You can make reservations at the Tea Room, a rustic lodge, or at the picnic shelters. There is also a small pond for fishing, where a yearly youth fishing rodeo is held in April. Be sure to check the Gambrill State Park website for hours, prices and events.
6. Greenbriar State Park
Greenbriar State Park is located on South Mountain, west of Frederick. There are campgrounds and hiking trails, with a connector trail to the Appalachian Trail. Greenbriar Lake is a man-made 42-acre lake with a beach where visitors can swim, canoe and fish. Picnic tables and playgrounds are available, with lakefront gazebos for rent.
7. Catoctin Mountain National Park
Frederick County has a fair share of beautiful parks with loads of kid-friendly fun. Hiking, biking, picnics and camping and lodging can all be fun at Catoctin Park. The Junior Ranger program and Discovery Room are some of the fun activities for children at the park.
8. Ice Skating at the Skate Frederick Ice Sports
For some indoor fun, Skate Frederick Ice Sports is perfect for kids who want to try ice skating. They offer lessons, public skating sessions, and fun events. With two NHL regulation rinks, a snack bar and pro shop, they offer a wide range of competitive programs. Skating is a great way to build confidence and coordination.
9. Rose Hill Manor Park & Children’s Museum
This 18th Century historic site turned children’s museum offers an interactive experience with hands-on exhibits and activities that are both entertaining and educational. There are special events throughout the year, including History Trick-or-Treat and Museums by Candlelight Open House. Visit the Frederick County Parks website for information.
10. Fall is For Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes
Fall is a beautiful time in central Maryland. There are many fun Fall events in Frederick. During the season you’ll find several fun family activities including pumpkin patches at several Fall festivals in and around Frederick. Petting zoos, corn mazes and face-painting, it’s the ultimate in kid-friendly fun in the fall.
- Farmer ChuckBone’s Pumpkin Patch, Frederick
- Summers Farm, Middletown
- Glade Valley Farms and Corn Maze, Frederick
- Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch, Middletown
- Mayne’s Tree Farm, Buckeystown
- Gaver Farm, Mt. Airy
- Brookfield Pumpkin Patch, Thurmont
- Grumpy Goose Farm Frederick
- Magnolia Meadow Farm, Thurmont
With these exciting activities in Frederick, Maryland, your family is sure to have a memorable time. From outdoor adventures to indoor fun, Frederick has something for every kid to enjoy. So, gather your family, get out there, and create wonderful memories in this charming city.
To explore more fun activities in Frederick Md all year, check out our other articles: Fun things to do in Frederick this summer.
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