Frederick County is the perfect destination for history lovers and nature enthusiasts -- whether you are searching for the right antique or the perfect water lily, enjoying our rich variety of performing and visual arts, or hiking, biking, camping, golfing and fishing. You might be setting out to tour our local wineries, to cross real covered bridges, to visit the zoo or to follow the Historic National Road. The rolling hills and abundant farmland of the Frederick County countryside, the well preserved 18th and 19th century architecture of our historic districts, discovering an amazing outdoor mural, or the friendliness of a shopkeeper or innkeeper you encounter all make you realize that this is someplace special!
Some highlights of Frederick include:
Civil War Attractions
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.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Dedicated to telling the medical story of the Civil War - a story of care and healing, courage and devotion amidst death and destruction, while laying the foundation for modern medical care.
Museums and Historic Sites
Historic structures also remind us of Frederick County’s role in American history. While some are open as museums, many others may be seen along the way as you travel through Frederick County.
Francis Scott Key Mall
Frederick County's premier shopping destination featuring Macy's, JCPenney, Sears and Value City Furniture, DSW Shoes. Enjoy more than 80 specialty stores including Barnes & Noble, Ethan Allen, Hollister Co., Yankee Candle, Charlotte Russe, and American Eagle.
Downtown Frederick Partnership
More than 200 specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants can be found in bustling Downtown Frederick. One of the region's premier arts and entertainment districts. Historic Downtown Frederick is A Great American Main Street and a wonderful place to shop, eat, work, play and live.
A complete list of things to do while in Frederick is available on the Visit Frederick Maryland website at www.visitfrederick.org.