Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center

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When you’re looking for things to do in Frederick Md, your very first place to go needs to be the Frederick Visitor Center!

Terri and I have been blogging at Housewives of Frederick County since 2012.

Obviously, we really enjoy sharing our recipes, tips, crafts, reviews, and most of all, our beautiful town.

So, we were so excited to see that Frederick Md made MSN’s list of The Most Underrated City in Every State!

It truly is a great place to be!

Things to Do in Frederick Md

Frederick Visitor Center Location

Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center

One place that we have been meaning to visit for some time now is the Frederick Visitor Center.

I mean, what better place to find things to do in Frederick Md than the Visitor Center?

So it made sense for us to finally check it out.

It is housed in what used to be a warehouse for the Monocacy Valley Canning Company.

This company started back around the year 1900.

Before it was a cannery warehouse, it was a spoke factory in the late 1800’s for carriage and wagon wheels.

After the cannery warehouse was vacated, this building was left vacant for a while and was almost torn down.

Thank goodness it wasn’t, because now it’s a beautifully restored visitor center, containing a wealth of information on Frederick.

Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center

The Visitor Center Has Endless Ideas For Things To Do in Frederick Md

The Visitor Center’s state-of-the-art theater is gorgeous with plenty of seats to sit, relax and learn more about Frederick.

After speaking with the friendly and helpful Visitor Center Hosts, we learned that the film playing in the theater, “A Turn of the Wheel”, is an award winning, 14 minute film all about Frederick.

We’re confident that even if you’ve lived in Frederick all of your life, you will learn at least one thing after viewing this film.

Interpretive Exhibits

Frederick Walking Tour

As you walk through the Visitor Center, everywhere you turn there are interpretive exhibits featuring different aspects of Frederick County’s past, present, and future.

Civil War Information

This 2,200 square feet of exhibits includes the Civil War, Covered Bridges, Frederick’s Notables, Frederick’s Hallowed Ground, and the Historic National Road.

Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center

Journey Through Hallowed Ground

They also include the Monocacy River, Frederick’s Museums, pamphlets with maps, guides and information on things to do in Frederick Md, and the Weinberg Center.

In addition, the Visitor Center has a small souvenir shop where you can buy something to commemorate your visit, including a Downtown Frederick Gift Card.

Historic National Road

Monocacy River Water Trail

Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center

Frederick Souvenirs

Visitor Center Location & Parking

Short term parking at the Visitor Center is located in the back of the building with a back entrance.

In addition, out of county visitors can get 3 hours of free parking in the nearby parking garage.

The front of the building, with a beautiful courtyard, faces South East Street.

Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center

Frederick County History Bell

This courtyard displays The Frederick County History Bell, which was donated to Frederick in 2006.

Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center

All 4 sides of the bell have plaques describing the bell’s significance.

Also, in the courtyard are plaques describing the Old Cannery Warehouse as well as Carroll Creek.

Old Cannery Warehouse

Carroll Creek Frederick Md

The Frederick Visitor Center is a great place for:

    • New visitors to Frederick Md.
    • Residents of Frederick Md who would like to impress their out-of-town guests.
    • Native Fredericktonians who want to learn more about Frederick’s rich history.
    • Anybody who needs ideas for things to do in Frederick Md.

Places to stay and host events in Frederick Md

The Visitor Center offers a fun children’s scavenger hunt that young kids love.

They also serve as the starting point for several themed walking tours.

Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center

Finally, when you do visit, tell them that the Housewives of Frederick County sent ya!

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Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center

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6 thoughts on “Things to Do in Frederick Md: Start Your Tour at Frederick Visitor Center”

    • You’re very welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad we went in and checked it out. It’s gorgeous and has so much information about Frederick.

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  1. Who knew!!!!???? Very cool–why didn’t you invite me when you took the tour??? Where is it near that I might know in Frederick?

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    • We went last Friday. The same day we went to Sushi Densha. You must go with us next time. The visitor center is in downtown Frederick right off of Rt. 70.

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