Frederick County’s rare blend of historical significance, bustling culture hub, and outdoor activities make it a well-rounded destination for families. 

No need to rush–make it a weekend getaway and stay at one of the many family-friendly hotels, campgrounds, cabins, or vacation rentals that call Frederick County home. 


Hike, Bike & Play Across Frederick Parks 

Family Hike Social

You can’t mention visiting Frederick County without acknowledging the sheer beauty of the landscape and the abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities for all ages.  

The Appalachian Mountains and Potomac River set the stage for experiences your family will never forget. Catoctin Mountain Park boasts 25 miles of trails, excellent trout fishing streams, camping, and horseback riding, allowing your family ample time to make memories at this national park.

Cunningham Falls State Park is another must-visit that offers hiking trails and walking paths to reach the breathtaking 78-foot tall falls. Hunting Creek Lake, which boasts a sandy beach with swimming, boating, and fishing options, is located here. 

Blend history with nature at C&O National Historical Park by enjoying the 15 miles that stretch through Frederick County, giving you direct access to the historic C&O Canal towpath. 

For families seeking a thrill, Tree Trekkers is sure to please. This aerial adventure park lets you climb, swing, and zipline through 30 acres of forest. It boasts 16 different trails, over 250 obstacles, and 40-plus ziplines.


Tree Trekkers - Photoshoot 2022


Indoor Fun Year-Round

Frederick County is a year-round destination with plenty of indoor attractions for the entire family. 

Test your family’s teamwork and puzzle-solving skills by visiting an escape room. Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience, known for its Hollywood-style sets, is located in Downtown Frederick. Clue IQ is one of numerous escape rooms that challenge visitors with exciting puzzles and special effects.

Can’t decide on one thing to do? Head to Fourth Dimension Fun Center. This action-packed fun center has an arcade, bowling alley, escape rooms, laser tag, and an XD Dark Ride, an interactive 3D attraction. It’s the perfect spot for families or large groups. 

For the younger kids, Me Land is the perfect attraction. This indoor playground is suitable for kids 12 and younger and contains a three-level jungle gym, ball pit, and climbing structures. 


Treat Yourselves to Something Sweet

A day out with the family can't be complete without satisfying everyone's sweet tooth. Frederick County has no shortage of dessert shops with delightful baked goods and ice cream. 

North Market Pop Shop in Frederick boasts over 400 varieties of soda pop in glass bottles, from classic favorites to wacky new flavors. Can't decide? No problem! Grab a single or mix-and-match a four or six-pack to create your own fizzy flight.  And their ice cream?  Super-premium and all-natural, perfect for scooping into a cone or crafting a crazy soda float creation.

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Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream is a Frederick County staple, dishing out over 20 flavors of premium dipped ice cream and over 15 flavors of house-made fudge. Enjoy your treat on their covered patio, and don't forget a treat for your dog!

If you want a unique dessert experience, visit South Mountain Creamery, Maryland's first on-site dairy processing plant. Spend time on the farm and enjoy premium ice cream at the farm store. They also have an ice cream shop in the heart of Downtown Frederick. 


Gather ‘Round the Table at These Restaurants

When you visit Frederick County, you certainly won't have to look hard for delicious food. With a diverse range of options, the area offers a delightful culinary journey for families. 

Brewer's Alley is Frederick's first brewpub, occupying the location of the town's first market house. Enjoy classic brewpub fare with house-brewed beers and an extensive kid's food and dessert menu sure to please even the most stubborn tastes. 

The rooftop bar at Brewer's Alley is a popular spot in hip and historic Downtown Frederick.

Frederick Social is a spacious self-pour taphouse and eatery that provides a fun experience for the whole family, including a designated kids' play area packed with games and sensory toys. Their contemporary menu features locally sourced products and many vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. 

A stop to Frederick can’t be complete without a family trip to Pretzel & Pizza Creations. They offer a comfortable, family-style atmosphere and dish out pizzas, bagels, calzones, and focaccia, all made from pretzel dough. Don’t forget to try a pretzel-wrapped Oreo or one of their famous milkshakes.


Learn & Play 

Frederick County’s educational and museum attractions present families with interactive learning opportunities. 

The Rose Hill Manor Park & Museum is a must. It gives visitors a look at early American life, transportation, and agriculture. They specialize in hosting children-friendly exhibits and programs to captivate young minds. 

Experience the wild at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve, home to over 450 exotic animals, from monkeys and leopards to lemurs, bears, parrots, pythons, and more. 


Feeding wildlife at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve in Thurmont


Catch a Show 

The thriving performing arts scene in Frederick County offers families a unique opportunity to catch world-class performances. 

Frederick's historic Weinberg Center for the Arts is the area's cultural hub and hosts professional music, dance, and theater performances for all ages. 

Looking for a fun and enriching family outing? Look no further than the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) in Frederick! MET goes beyond your typical movie night, offering live theater productions that spark imaginations and get everyone involved. 



Plan Your Family Vacation to Frederick, MD

Start planning your Frederick County trip today! For more ideas, check out our ultimate family itinerary and things to do for an unforgettable family getaway.