Frederick is the county seat, largest city, and commercial and geographic center of Frederick County.
In colonial times, Frederick was on an important north–south Indian trail.
The town was founded around 1742 and was likely named after Frederick Calvert, the 6th and last Baron Baltimore.
From Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, take Interstate 270 north. Traffic is heavily congested southbound during morning rush hour and northbound during evening rush hour.
From Baltimore and points east, take Interstate 70 west.
From Hagerstown and points west, take Interstate 70 east.
From Gettysburg and points north, take U.S. Route 15 south.
MARC provides commuter rail service to Frederick Monday through Friday on the Brunswick Line, which originates at Union Station in Washington DC. 1 Frederick station is located at 100 S East St. Also, from the MARC train station in Point of Rocks, there is a bus service to/from Frederick.
- 2 Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK IATA) (2 miles east of downtown Frederick). A small, general aviation airport that serves only private planes
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI IATA), Washington National Airport (DCA IATA), or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD IATA) are the nearest large commercial airports. They are all within around an hour driving time of Frederick.
A car is the easiest way to get around Frederick. There are public parking garages and street parking in the historic downtown area.
TransIT operates bus services within Frederick. Buses operate between 6AM and 9PM and cost $1.50.
Uber is a popular method of transport in Frederick for those without a car.
- 1 Barbara Fritchie House, 154 West Patrick St, ☏ . Call ahead for hours during which you can visit the interior (which is preserved in the period style when she lived there), as they are not regular. A Civil War-era Union patriot and close friend of Francis Scott Key, Barbara Fritchie is perhaps best known for flying the Union flag outside her house as General Stonewall Jackson marched by on the Maryland Campaign. In memory of this event, John Greenleaf Whittier wrote his poem Barbara Frietchie, lines of which Winston Churchill recited by memory during his visit to the city.
- 2 National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E Patrick St, ☏ . M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Also has locations in Sharpsburg and Washington, D.C.. The exhibits demonstrate how medicine was practiced during the Civil War (which was a lesson in patient endurance), as well as track advances in medicine during those times. Adult $9.50, student $7.
- 3 Rose Hill Manor, 1611 N Market St, ☏ . A hands-on children's museum with folks in period costume and "rural activities"
- 4 Monocacy National Battlefield, 4801 Urbana Pike (take I-70 south of Frederick and exit Urbana Pike to the park), ☏ . Daily 8:30AM-5PM. Site of a summer 1864 Civil War battle between General Jubal Early of the Confederacy and General Lew Wallace of the Union. Free.
- 5 [formerly dead link] Francis Scott Key Memorial, 515 S Market St, Mount Olivet Cemetery, inside its main entrance, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. The grave of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.
- 6 Roger Brooke Taney House, 121 S Bentz St, ☏ . Sa 10AM-4PM; Su 1-4PM from April through mid-December. Adult $6.
- 7 Beatty-Cramer Architectural Museum, 9010 Liberty Rd, ☏ . One of the 6 most important historical houses in Maryland, dating back to 1732.
- 8 Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave, ☏ . April through early December: Sa Su 1-4PM. In a colonial German stone house built in 1758. Suggested donation of $5.
- 9 The Artists' Gallery, 4 E Church St, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Art exhibits.
- 10 Hessian Barracks, 101 Clarke Pl, ☏ . Dating from 1780. Closed to the public pending a restoration.
- 11 Brunswick Heritage Railroad Museum, 40 West Potomac St. Th F 10AM-2PM, Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 1-4PM. Museum in downtown Frederick featuring history of Brunswick and the C&O Canal with exhibits and a model train. Free.
- 1 Baker Park, 121 N Bentz St. 7:30AM-10PM. Downtown Frederick's 44-acre park features a carillon, band shell, tennis courts, softball and baseball field, Culler Lake, Thomas pool, and numerous playgrounds for children. Park features concerts and children's theater in the summer and numerous outdoor events throughout the year including a Fourth of July celebration.
- Frederick Keys Minor League Baseball (Harry Grove Stadium), 21 Stadium Dr (exit 54 on I-70---then head for the towering lights), ☏ . Class A-advanced-level minor league baseball team, affiliated with Baltimore Orioles. $5-11.
- 3 Frederick Sportsplex, 1845 Brookfield Ct, ☏ .
Frederick is known for a high concentration of antique stores. The majority are in the historic parts of the city along Patrick St, East St, and along Carroll Creek. There are also a variety of small shops along Market St.
- 1 Creme de la Creme, 207 N Market St, ☏ . F Sa 10AM - 8PM, Su 11AM - 6PM, M-Th 11AM - 7PM. Home goods shop with fun items and great gifts.
- 2 The Record Exchange, 151 N Market St, ☏ . W-Su noon-6PM, closed M Tu. Classic record store, selling vinyl records, casette tapes, compact discs, and t-shirts.
- 3 Retro-Metro, 213 N Market St, ☏ . F Sa 11AM - 8PM, Su-Th 11AM - 6PM. Fun housewares and great gifts.
- 1 Frederick Coffee Company and Cafe, 100 N East St (Corner of E Church St), ☏ . Daily 6AM - 6PM. Strong coffee in a comfortable setting.
- 2 Pretzel and Pizza Creations, 210 N Market St (Near E 2nd St), ☏ . F Sa 11AM - 9PM, Su-Th 11AM - 8PM. Pizza with a pretzel crust. Just as amazing as it sounds. If you can't find a seat, take the pizza a block away to the Healing Garden at Bonita Maas Park for a lovely meal in the park.
- 3 South Market Sandwich Company, 105 S Market St (Corner of W All Saints St), ☏ . M-Sa 8AM - 4PM, closed Su. Sandwich shop with creative combinations of quality ingredients. Located near Carroll Creek, where you can eat a sandwich on a park bench watching the flow of the creek.
Fast food and national chain restaurants are located to the west along Route 40, known as "the golden mile", and south along Route 85 and South Market Street. Smaller, local restaurants are located mainly along Market street in the center of the historic part of town.
- 4 Airways Inn of Frederick, 310 Aviation Way (Located on Aviation Way at The Frederick Municipal Airport), ☏ . Famous for fresh seafood and delicious Maryland crab soup.
- 5 a.k.a. Friscos Restaurant, 4632 Wedgewood Blvd, ☏ . Great sandwiches and potatoes. The specialty is the 'exploded potatoes.' $5-10.
- 6 Brewer's Alley, 124 N Market St, ☏ . Local brewery with a nice range of beers. The Nut Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout are very good. Cask aged beers are often available. Pizzas and baked dishes from the brick oven are really good. Try the sweet potato fries! $7-20.
- 7 The Orchard, 45 N Market St, ☏ . Mostly natural and organic foods. Good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. $12-20.
- 8 Viet Gourmet, 1812 Rosemont Ave, ☏ . 10:30AM-9:30PM. Serving over 100 Vietnamese dishes and 20 noodle soups for dine-in or carryout customers. Daily lunch specials as well as a wine and beer menu.
- 9 The Tasting Room, 101 N Market St (Intersection of Church & Market St), ☏ . European-style fine dining with an extensive wine list. Dinner mains: $28-45; Glass of wine: $8-16.
- 10 VOLT Restaurant, 228 N Market St, ☏ . "Top Chef" finalist Bryan Voltaggio's restaurant. Modern, local, seasonal, very high end food. Reservations are needed, well in advance for the Chef's tasting menu and Table 21 (A 21 course, 3 hour, food event or a lifetime). Lunch tasting menu is highly recommended. $25-121.
- 1 Tenth Ward Distilling Company, 55 E Patrick St (Near Maxwell St), ☏ . W-F 2-10PM, Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-6PM. Distillery selling gin, whiskey, rye, absinthe, and other spirits. Mixed drinks served as well. Can also have burgers delivered from the burger shop next door.
- 2 Bushwaller's, 209 N Market St, ☏ . Irish pub.
- 3 [dead link] Guido's Speakeasy, 543 N Market St (Rt 15, exit 14, east on Rosemont Ave. Rosemont Ave becomes Dill Ave. Left on N Market St. Go two blocks. Corner of N. Market St. and E. 6th St.), ☏ . 3PM - 1:45AM. Dive bar.
- 4 Mirage Lounge, 243 N Market St, ☏ . Hookah bar with wide selection of sheesha. Serves Middle Eastern food. 50-cent beers on Thursdays. Frequented on the evenings by students from Hood College.
- 5 Monocacy Brewing Company, 1781 N Market St, ☏ . W 4PM-8PM, Th F 4-9PM, Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-6PM, M Tu closed. Brewery with indoor and outdoor seating area. Sometimes has live music and a food truck.
- Gambrill State Park Camping, 8002 Gambrill Park Rd. Camping facilities.
- Comfort Inn – Frederick, 7300 Executive Way, ☏ .
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Frederick, 5220 Westview Dr, ☏ .
- Hampton Inn Frederick, 5311 Buckeystown Pike, ☏ .
- MainStay Suites – Frederick, 7310 Executive Way, ☏ .
- Holiday Inn Frederick-Conf Ctr at FSK Mall, 5400 Holiday Drive, ☏ .
- Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Frederick, MD, 5579 Spectrum Dr, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com.
- Courtyard Frederick, 5225 Westview Dr, ☏ .
- Best Western Historic Frederick, 420 Prospect Blvd, ☏ .
- Motel 6 Frederick MD - Fort Detrick, 999 West Patrick St, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
- Econo Lodge, 6021 Francis Scott Key Dr, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- Sharpsburg is the site of the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest one day battle in American history
- Harpers Ferry
|Routes through Frederick|
|Washington, PA ← Hagerstown ←||W E||→ Ellicott City → Baltimore|
|END ←||N S||→ Germantown → Washington, D.C.|
|Gettysburg ← Thurmont ←||N S||→ Leesburg → Jct W E|
|Cumberland ← Hagerstown ←||W E||→ Ellicott City → Baltimore|
|END ←||N E||→ Dickenson → Merges into Brunswick Line|