Tours

If you would like one of our tour companies to personalize a tour for you, click here.

Meander your way through Frederick County on a guided or self-guided tour. Tours can be enjoyed individually or with a group and range from adventure outingsto winery tours appealing to a wide variety of interests. Because of their popularity, guided tours should be reserved in advance.

Click here for Group Tour itinerary suggestions

GUIDED DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS

Museum of Frederick County History: A variety of historical walking tours on topics including the American Civil War, African-American Heritage and a dog friendly tour. Guided tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays, April-October. Tours begin at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 E. Church St., Frederick.

Each tour ticket includes a visit to either the Roger Brooke Taney House or the Museum of Frederick County History. Tours are also available as a group walking tour or step-on guided tour. Private group and individual tours are offered by reservation. For tour reservations, contact the Museum of Frederick County History, 301-663-1188, www.frederickhistory.org

Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick: A nighttime excursion through “Maryland’s Most Haunted City!” Woven through historical accounts and true documented stories of the paranormal, master storytellers dressed in period attire from Frederick’s past lead visitors through the city’s dark streets and alleyways in search of the infamous, the unknown and the unexplained. Uncover politically savvy and defiant citizens, patriots from the Revolutionary War, beckoning soldiers from the Civil War, and so much more. Tours start in front of Brewer’s Alley Restaurant, 124 N. Market Street, Frederick. 301-668-8922, www.marylandghosttours.com

Cemetery Tours of Historic Frederick: Discover Frederick’s past as we navigate through the labyrinth of Graves, Crypts and Monuments of Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery – one of Maryland’s largest and most beautiful cemeteries. Master storytellers lead visitors on a 90-minute excursion through Mount Olivet’s hallowed grounds to pay respect to some of Maryland’s most famous and noteworthy figures. Final resting place of Francis Scott Key; Maryland's first governor; Civil War heroine, Barbara Fritchie; and 700 Confederate soldiers. Tours start in front of the main gate of Mount Olivet Cemetery, 515 S. Market Street, Frederick, 301-668-8922, www.marylandghosttours.com

Pearls of Frederick Walking Tours: Discover, taste and explore the hidden treasures of downtown Frederick.  Along the way count on some surprises! Stroll the streets at a relaxed pace, experiencing the best Frederick has to offer. March-December, Saturdays 11:00am-12:30pm. Tours begin at the Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East Street, Frederick. For reservations call 240-772-0182 or www.pearlsoffrederickwalkingtour.blogspot.com.

Taste Frederick Food Tours: Embark on a 3-hour guided walking tour and culinary adventure through historic downtown Frederick. You’ll enjoy food and drink tastings at seven unique local restaurants and specialty food shops while getting a taste of the city’s history, culture and architecture. Wednesdays-Sundays from March through November. For reservations call (800) 979-3370 or book online at www.tastefrederickfoodtours.com

 

TOUR THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Guided tours with professional outfitters. Rafting, tubing, kayaking, cross country skiing, hiking, rock climbing, wilderness skills, orienteering, family adventures, corporate development, bike rentals for C&O Canal trips and guided tours with historians are all available. 

River & Trail Outfitters: 301-695-5177, www.rivertrail.com

Harpers Ferry Adventure Center:  877-723-8284, www.hfadventurecenter.com

Guided Nature Programs:

 

FREDERICK COUNTY HERITAGE BICYCLE TOURS
There are hundreds of miles of paved roads in Frederick County, many excellent for bicycling. The Heritage Bicycle Tours brochure and the Frederick History Bicycle Loop brochure offer cyclists a way to discover the area's rich history and scenic landscapes.

Click here for more information on Heritage Bicycle Tour Routes and the Frederick History Bicycle Loop, including brochures for download.

 

There are hundreds of miles of paved roads in Frederick County, many excellent for bicycling. The Heritage Bicycle Tours brochure and the Frederick History Bicycle Loop brochure offer cyclists a way to discover the area's rich history and scenic landscapes. - See more at: http://www.visitfrederick.org/what-to-see-and-do/frederick-county-heritage-bicycle-tours#sthash.InlhpaDx.dpuf

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

Brochures for these self-guided tours are available at the Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East Street, Frederick.

Destination Frederick Walking Tour:  Take our self-guided walking tour located in our Destination Frederick Visitor Guide.

Covered Bridges Driving Tour: A self-guided driving tour of Frederick County’s three covered bridges will take you through some of the most scenic rolling countryside you’ve seen. Plan to stop at a local orchard or country market along on the way. www.visitfrederick.org

African American Heritage Sites Walking Tour: A self-guided walking tour of African American sites, including Asbury United Methodist Church, the William O. Lee Unity Bridge and Laboring Sons Memorial Ground. The brochure also includes information on African American sites further afield in Frederick County. www.visitfrederick.org  

 

A TASTE OF FREDERICK COUNTY

Take in the tastes of Frederick County on a tour of our local wineries and breweries or visit the first cidery in Maryland.

Frederick Wine Trail: Travel historic roads leading to vintage destinations on the Frederick Wine Trail. Enjoy year-round events, tastings and tours. See Wineries & Breweries or the Frederick Wine Trail for more information and directions.

For Winery tours and packages:

Flying Dog Brewery: Tours offered Thursdays and Fridays at 4 and 6:30pm and Saturdays 12 and 2:30pm, 4607 Wedgewood Blvd, Frederick, 301-694-7899, www.flyingdogales.com

Monocacy Brewing Company: Tours offered the third Saturday of every month and begin at 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm and 3:15pm 1781 N. Market St., Frederick, 240-457-4232, www.monocacybrewing.com

Distillery Lane Ciderworks: Self-guided tours are available, 5533 Gapland Road, Jefferson, MD, 301- 834-8920, www.distillerylaneciderworks.com

 

APPS FOR EXPLORING

Frederick Walking Tour Smartphone Application: Offers directions to 46 locations around the city, the app operates from Android and Apple phones or tablets using the user's GPS coordinates. These seven mini tours are based on various segments of local history, includes the evolution of the American main street, the Civil War and Frederick's rebirth.  The app is FREE via this link  http://itourfrederick.com/education

MARYLAND CIVIL WAR TRAIL This new FREE app is the ultimate travel guide and planning tool for Maryland's Civil War Trails.