Looking for a way to get out of the house without freezing your toes off? Crank up the heat in your car and head to Frederick! Whether you are looking for a way to exhaust your kids, an excuse for a date night, or just some scenery that doesn’t include your TV, there are lots of great options here.

1. See a Show

Take in a production at one of Frederick’s own theaters! The Weinberg Center for the Arts brings a wide range of talent from all over the world to perform on this 92-year-old stage. The 2019 winter season will bring journalist Ronan Farrow, vocalist Rene Marie, and a showing of the classic film The Princess Bride. If more intimate productions are more your style, check out the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. Entering this Downtown basement, you will like you’ve stumbled upon a little known secret. Live, professional performances of contemporary and original works range from comedy to drama to musicals virtually every weekend. Does dinner and a show sound like the perfect date? The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre is one of the area’s premiere entertainment venues combining dining with live theatre performances.

2. Play Laser Tag

What burns a ton of energy and is great exercise but doesn’t involve a treadmill? Laser tag of course! The whole family can get in on this friendly competition. Adventure Park USA offers a variety of other activities as well including go-karts, an arcade, and kiddie-rides.

3. Learn about the Civil War

A winter trip to Frederick can be fun and educational! The area holds a wealth of Civil War history, much of which can be enjoyed in a heated building. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is dedicated to telling a story of care and healing, courage and devotion amidst death and destruction, while laying the foundation for modern medical care. While Monocacy National Battlefield may be known for its outdoor trails, it is also home to an excellent visitor center. The exhibits interpret the July 9, 1864 battle that saved Washington, D.C. from Jubal Early's advancing Confederates.

4. Sip Unique Beverages

From farmhouse breweries and countryside tasting rooms to downtown warehouse style distilleries, it’s no secret that Frederick wineries, breweries, and distilleries are on the map. Home to one of Maryland’s largest craft breweries, Flying Dog, Frederick now boasts over 25 unique tasting rooms. New on the scene is Idiom Brewery, an independent brewery and taproom located along Carroll Creek Park.

5. Eat Until You Can’t Eat Anymore

New and unique dining options are coming to Frederick every day and the culinary scene just keeps getting better! Frederick Restaurant Week is a particularly great time to check out a new restaurant or return to your favorite spot. More than 15 participating restaurants offer diners multi-course meals at mouth-watering prices.