Whether you're coming for a day or the week, Frederick County is the perfect destination for your group. From family-owned wineries and historic barns and bridges to group-friendly museums, towns, restaurants, and theaters, Frederick has something for history lovers, shoppers, and everyone in between.
Experience Frederick County during your visit
Immerse Yourself in History
Country roads lead to three historic covered bridges in Frederick County. Learn about the life and legacy of the first American-born Saint at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Experience one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes shrine in France at the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes. Come face-to-face with history at the Museum of the Ironworker in the historic village of Catoctin Furnace. Uncover the truth about the difficult lives led by the enslaved and free laborers who toiled to construct the nation in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Heart of the Civil War
History enthusiasts will find abundant Civil War history across the region. Discover the story of the Battle That Saved Washington in July 1864 at Monocacy National Battlefield. Explore the fascinating medical history of the Civil War at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Downtown Frederick. Experience the thunder of artillery at South Mountain State Battlefield.
In Frederick County, you’ll find history that will help better understand the sites you’ll experience at nearby battlefields in Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam.
Drink in the View
Taste the local flavors at dozens of tasting rooms in Downtown Frederick and in the scenic Maryland countryside. Home to Maryland’s first meadery, organic distillery, and farm brewery, Frederick County is an innovative craft beverage destination.
With more than 200 specialty shops, dozens of restaurants, and world class museums and art galleries, this is an ideal destination for a group no matter the interests. Spend time browsing everything from handmade jewelry, rare vinyl records, trendy clothing, and artisanal chocolate. Sip a cocktail made in a speakeasy-like bar, grab dinner along Carroll Creek, and indulge in a decadent desert all within the 50-block historic district.
Take in a Show and Browse the Galleries
Downtown Frederick is also an arts destination. Explore the Arts & Entertainment District to find three theaters, including the Weinberg Center for the Arts, a historic 1920s performance venue. Dozens of art galleries display works of local and nationally known artists throughout downtown.
Stay in one of Frederick County’s group-friendly lodging properties while exploring thriving Maryland Main Streets lined with attractions, restaurants, and unique boutiques.