Frederick, the center of Frederick County, Maryland, is a charming city of about 65,000, dating back to the mid-eighteenth century. It is a major antique center with many shops, eateries, galleries and antique dealers.
From Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, take Interstate 270 north. Southbound traffic is heavily congested during morning rush hour and Northbound in the evening.
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.
Once in Frederick, there are public parking garages and street parking in the historic downtown area.
MARC provides commuter rail service to Frederick Monday through Friday with the Brunswick Line starting at Washington. For trains serving only the Point of Rocks station, there is a bus service for getting into Frederick.
Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI), Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA), or Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD) are the nearest large commercial airports. They are all within 55 minutes driving time of Frederick.
The commuter bus line 991 serves Frederick by stopping at the Monocacy station. Also, buses by Greyhound offer services to Frederick starting at Baltimore or Washington. Megabus offers service from Washington and Pittsburgh.
TransIT provides bus services inside Frederick. The fare is $1.25 and transfers are free.
The following companies provide rent-a-car services:
- AVIS, 5400 Holiday Drive, 301-695-4057
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 5716 Buckeystown Pike, 301-695-8822
- 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.
- National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E Patrick St. As it is the national museum, it's big, encompassing several locations, as well as a big presence at Antietam National Battlefield. The exhibits demonstrate how medicine was practiced during the Civil War (which was a lesson in patient endurance), as well as track the leaps in the development of medicine during those times.
- Rose Hill Manor, 1611 N Market St, ☎ . A hands-on children's museum with folks in period costume and "rural activities"
- 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.
- Francis Scott Key Monument, Mount Olivet Cemetery, inside its main entrance.
- Roger Brooke Taney House (Located on the right side of the street at 121 South Bentz Street).
- Beatty-Cramer Architectural Museum, ☎ .
- Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Avenue, ☎ .
- The Artists' Gallery, 4 East Church St., ☎ .
- Hessian Barracks, 242 South Market St., ☎ .
- Baker Park, 121 N. Bentz St. Frederick, MD 21701. 7:30 am-10:00. 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 that you would be a fool to miss.
- Frederick Keys (Harry Grove Stadium), 21 Stadium drive (exit 54 on I-70---then head for the towering lights), ☎ . "A-level minor league baseball team, affiliated with Baltimore Orioles." $5-$11.
- Frederick Sportsplex, 1845 Brookfield Ct, Frederick, MD 21701, ☎ .
- Thomas Pool, Fleming Avenue/Baker Park (Directions starting at Route 15: Take Rosemont Ave. exit to W. 2nd St. Pass stop sign. At light, turn right onto College Avenue. Take first right onto Fleming Avenue. Pool is on the left.).
Frederick is known for a high concentration of antique stores. The majority are located in the historic parts of the city along Patrick St, East St, and along Carrol Creek. There are also a variety of small shops located along Market Street.
- Francis Scott Key Mall, 5500 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21703.
- Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701.
- Wonder Book and Video, 1306 West Patrick St, ☎ . Open Mon-Sun 10am-10pm. Delightful browsing in this unique collection of used books, sheet music, comics, etc. This store location is one of a few retail locations of Wonder Book which also sells many books online.
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.
- AKA Friscos, 4632 Wedgewood Blvd Frederick, MD 21703, ☎ . Great sandwiches and potatoes. The specialty is the 'exploded potatoes.' $5-$10.
- Brewer's Alley, 124 N. Market St, ☎ . Typical high quality brewery food. They have a brick oven so pizzas and baked dishes are really good. It's not on the menu, but you can substitute sweet potato fries for regular fries. $7-$20.
- The Orchard, 45 Market St. N, ☎ . Mostly natural and organic foods. Good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. $12-$20.
- That Cuban Place (TCP Cafe). Very friendly service and great Cuban food. As the ever changing menu board says, "Everything is good!" $7.50-$15.
- Airways Inn of Frederick, 310 Aviation Way (Located on Aviation Way at The Frederick Municipal. Airport), ☎ . 7 days a week. Famous for their fresh seafood and delicious Maryland Crab Soup
- Viet Gourmet, 1812 Rosemont Ave, ☎ . 10:30AM-9:30PM. Authentic and great Vietnamese restaurant. Serving over 100 Vietnamese dishes and 20 noodle soups for dine-in or carryout customers. They also feature daily lunch specials as well as a wine and beer menu.
- VOLT Restaurant, 228 N Market St
Frederick, MD 21701, ☎ . "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.
- Brewer's Alley, 124 North 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.
- Bushwaller's, 209 North Market St, ☎ . Irish pub.
- Mirage Cafe and Grill, 243 North 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.
- Comfort Inn – Frederick, 7300 Executive Way, ☎ .
- Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 5220 Westview Dr, ☎ .
- Hampton Inn Frederick, 5311 Buckeystown Pike, ☎ .
- MainStay Suites – Frederick, 7310 Executive Way, ☎ .
- Holiday Inn Frederick, 5400 Holiday Drive, ☎ .
- Holiday Inn Express Frederick, 5579 Spectrum Drive, ☎ .
- Courtyard Frederick, 5225 Westview Drive, ☎ .
- Best Western Historic Frederick, 420 Prospect Boulevard, ☎ .
- Quality Inn, 999 West Patrick St, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM.
- Econo Lodge, 6021 Francis Scott Key Drive, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
|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|