50 Ways to Fall for Frederick

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Fall in Frederick County, MD is packed with heritage celebrations, street festivals, and spirited fun, and bounty harvests.  - See more at: http://www.visitfrederick.org/what-to-see-and-do/farm-fun-fall-festivals-and-spirited-adventures-in-frederick-county-for-2012#sthash.YY0ymXZz.dpuf

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50 Ways to Fall for Frederick in 2013 - Looking for fun this fall? Autumn in Frederick County is packed with scenic views, heritage celebrations, street festivals, spirited fun, and bounty harvests. Here are 50 ways to "Fall for Frederick" this autumn.

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  1. Watch the sunrise over a crisp, fall Frederick morning from the Frederick Overlook at Gambrill State Park
  2. Browse the exhibits, watch a film, and enjoy an introduction to all things Frederick at the Visitor Center.
  3. Enjoy the fall foliage with arts and crafts at Catoctin Colorfest in Thurmont.
  4. Ride the rails and jam to music in Brunswick during Railroad Days
  5. Cycle one of five heritage bicycle tours that explore Frederick County’s diverse history.
  6. Honor firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty at the annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend or plan a future visit to the grounds of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park.
  7. Get a taste of Frederick's traditional German heritage at Schifferstadt’s Oktoberfest.
  8. Walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers through Frederick’s historic downtown during a guided walking tour.
  9. Taste the best wines Maryland has to offer while taking in the beautiful views on the Frederick Wine Trail or sit back, relax, and enjoy a guided tour of the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail.
  10. The fall foliage is perfect to highlight Frederick County’s majestic and historic covered bridges.
  11. Have a farm adventure at one of Frederick County's ongoing farm festivals this fall.
  12. Hike or bike the C&O Canal towpath along the Potomac River on a cool autumn afternoon.
  13. Hear the rushing water at Cunningham Falls; see the cascade mix with the sight of falling leaves.
  14. Meet the “Spirits of the Furnace” during a guided night hike to the Catoctin Furnace near Thurmont.
  15. All Aboard! Hop on the Walkersville Southern Railroad for a weekend excursion through Maryland farm country.
  16. Sip and savor seasonal microbrews at a local brewery or visit one of Maryland's first farmhouse breweries, Milkhouse Brewery.
  17. Find one of the area's many family-friendly hikes along the banks of the Monocacy River or in the mountains.
  18. Take in the breathtaking views along Maryland’s section of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground.
  19. Search for great antiques throughout Frederick County.
  20. Savor the best that the celebrated Frederick restaurant scene has to offer.
  21. Investigate the mysteries and secrets of Downtown Frederick and Mt. Olivet Cemetery on a candlelit tour.
  22. Experience all things pumpkin during the Maryland Pumpkin Festival.
  23. Work your way to the top of Catoctin Mountain Park and enjoy the marvelous view from numerous vistas.
  24. Learn about the medical struggles in the Civil War at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
  25. Enter into the Great Pumpkin Patch with moonbounces, hayrides, and a trick-or-treat trail.
  26. At the top of a South Mountain peak, climb to the top of Washington Monument and enjoy a towering view of neighboring Washington County. 
  27. Celebrate harvest time in Downtown Frederick on First Saturday
  28. Head out with Park Rangers for a day full of battlefield exploration at Monocacy National Battlefield.
  29. Attend the Mt. Airy Fall Festival on the carnival grounds with live entertainment and activities for everyone. 
  30. The autumn chills getting to you? Grab a warming cup of coffee in Downtown Frederick.
  31. Shop 'til you drop in the hundreds of shops and stores that can be found throughout Frederick.
  32. Watch as regional filmmakers strive to create an entire film in under 72 hours at the Weinberg Center.
  33. Experience Baker Park like never before during the 5th Annual Halloween in Baker Park with some unexpected guests. 
  34. Enjoy spooky fun for the family during "A Night at the Brunswick Heritage Museum".
  35. Show your purple pride by getting lost in a Ravens-themed corn maze at Summers Farm Adventure. 
  36. Go for a free carriage ride at Everedy Square as the lights come on for the holiday season.
  37. Tour the stained glass windows at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and learn how the glass is made.
  38. Spend a cool fall day hanging with the animals at the Green Meadows Farm.
  39. Pick up some local harvest bounty at an area orchard or farmer's market
  40. Visit historic Middletown and explore its history dating back to the 1700s.
  41. What better way than to spend a day on the Monocacy River and ending at a brewery. Take a Boat & Brew Tour.
  42. Rose Hill Manor's fall festival includes home-style food , music, and other activities.
  43. Walk on down to the Museum of Frederick County History for a crash course in Frederick’s historic past.
  44. Admire the architecture and art that abounds along Carroll Creek Park and the Community Bridge.
  45. Dive deeper into Civil War history with a trip to South Mountain State Battlefield in its fall colors.
  46. A trip to historic Burkittsville's South Mountain Heritage Society provides plenty of history and charm.
  47. Indulge in a Taste of Frederick with a guided food and cultural tour of Downtown Frederick.
  48. Take the family out for Boo in the Zoo at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve with a safari themed hayride.
  49. Watch Frederick get invaded by horse-drawn carriages when the Rose Hill Carriage Society holds its annual carriage drive.
  50. Tired after a long day out and about? Relax and take in a fiery sunset as the day ends below the Catoctin and South Mountain ranges.