Ten Things To Do In The Historic District Downtown Frederick Md

Dated: 01/04/2018

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Do you want to make the most of your day in the Historic District in Downtown Frederick? It's a great destination location 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 on the creek level next to the Delaplaine Art Center with a Key  to the many murals painted on the bridge. 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 photo 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 many of the special event days. On the first Saturday of every month, 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 many 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.
Frederick Arts Festival
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 Art painters painting throughout the city and around the county. You won't want to miss the Barnstorming Tour that takes place in June thoughout the county.


4.   A serious shopper's paradise

You could spend days shopping in the Historic District of Frederick. There are over 80 specialty, gift, clothing and toy stores. Book stores, 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, Meditterranian, Indian, Persian, Italian, Cuban, Organic, Fusion, and American...bakeries, fudge and chocolate...you name it. All of the restaraunts in downtown are one-of-a-kind and top knotch. 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. 

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Chris & Karen Highland      301-301-5119

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