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 outings to winery tours appealing to a wide variety of interests. Because of their popularity, guided tours should be reserved in advance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weinberg Center for the Arts Tours: Built in 1926 as a silent movie palace, this landmark theater reflects the evolution of both the film industry and Frederick County. Led by an experienced tour guide, you'll discover art deco architectural details, immerse yourself in local theatrical lore, and access backstage areas normally off-limits to the public. Free tours are available February - May 2017 the first Tuesday of every month at 2pm starting at the box office.
OTHER GUIDED DOWNTOWN TOURS
Evangelical Lutheran Church: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Historic Downtown Frederick offers 30-40 minute docent-led tours of the Church Sanctuary and Campus on the first Saturday of every month April through October from 1-4pm. 31 East Church Street., Frederick, MD. Private group tours can also be arranged.
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
- Harpers Ferry Adventure Center: 877-723-8284
- Frederick Family Float: 877-711-8834
Guided Nature Programs:
- Cunningham Falls State Park: 301-271-7574
- Catoctin Mountain Park (NPS): 301-663-9388
- Fountain Rock Nature Center: 301-600-4460
- Catoctin Creek Nature Center: 301-600-2051
Brochures for these self-guided tours are available at the Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East Street, Frederick.
Downtown 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.
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.
TASTING ROOM TOURS
Take in the tastes of Frederick County wineries, breweries and distilleries by visiting our distinctive tasting rooms. For a list of our winery, brewery and distillery tasting rooms, download our brochure.
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