Away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, Hagerstown is a pleasant place to visit. This is a guide to the best things to do in Hagerstown MD for first-time visitors.
If you’re traveling to Hagerstown last minute, you want to ensure you have lodging ahead of time! Below are some of our top picks in town!
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We have included a mixture of attractions in Hagerstown from museums to parks and more! We have also included a popular restaurant and cafe.
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Best Things to Do in Hagerstown MD
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
For those that love art and are visiting Hagerstown, the city has quite a few museums to visit and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is one of those stops that you need to make.
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts contains many masterpieces that are displayed in exhibitions as permanent collections. There are artworks, sculptures, and more.
The museum was founded in 1929 by Mr. and Mrs. William Singer, Jr and located in a beautiful historical building near Park Circle.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts keeps locals entertained and coming back because there are often new artist works brought in that are travel and culture related as well as children’s art and photography.
Address: 401 Museum Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21740, United States
Working hours: 10AM–4PM daily. Closed on Mondays.
The Maryland Theatre
The Maryland Theatre was designed and constructed in 1915 by architect Thomas Lamb. Unfortunately, it was partly destroyed because of the fire in 1974 but reopened a mere 4 years later.
The theatre is the main hub in Hagerstown for art and entertainment seekers since it offers different plays year-round. Annually, there are over 100,000 music and art lovers visiting The Maryland Theatre.
With 1,293 seats, the facility shows performances that contain local and international artists from various comedies, musical shows, orchestras, and more.
Also, the theater is usually the base for the Hagerstown Community Concert Association, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, City Ballet School, and others.
Address: 21 S Potomac St, Hagerstown, MD 21740, United States
Working hours: 11AM–4:30PM. Closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
One of the best beer breweries in Hagerstown is called Antietam Brewery. It was is the first craft brewery in Western Maryland and it offers the locals a great (and tasty!) beer experience.
The beer at Antietam Brewery is consistently top-quality because the owners source only the best hops to put into their products.
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They also have a robust food menu that you can enjoy after exploring the town. Paired alongside your craft beer, you can try dishes like steamed shrimp, chicken nachos, buffalo chicken, Maryland crab, baby back ribs, and more!
Address: 140 Western Maryland Pkwy, Hagerstown, MD 21740, United States
Jonathan Hager House Museum
Jonathan Hager House Museum is the refurbished house of the founder of Hagerstown, Jonathan Hager, that was built in 1739 and is a place where the visitors can see original historic artifacts and furniture well preserved.
If you love old American history, then you have the opportunity to take a tour with a guide to observe homestead fortresses made of limestone, get closer to the traditional heritage of the area, and more.
The house is located in Hagerstown’s City Park and was constructed with uncut fieldstones by immigrants from Germany on the 2-acre territory where they based themselves in Western Maryland for better opportunities.
The German Colonial-style Hager House opened to the public in 1962 and has since been one of the most popular historical museums in Hagerstown and is one of the top places to visit in Maryland.
Address: 110 Key St, Hagerstown, MD 21740, United States
Closed on Mondays
Discovery Station, Inc.
One of the coolest places in Hagerstown that you can visit with your children is Discovery Station, Inc., a hands-on, interactive museum that provides kids with a lot of learning experiences.
The complex offers a creative environment that builds curiosity in kids and the willingness to explore and discover using exhibitions that have STEAM principles.
Discovery Station, Inc is located in the center of Hagerstown’s downtown and if you are considering to travel and discover the Maryland city, the center will entertain your children with dinosaurs, the Titanic ship, aviation models, space, and more.
Address: 101 W Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740, United States
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Located only 8 miles away from Hagerstown in Williamsport along the Potomac River, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is a 184.5-mile C&O Canal that stretches from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.
The fascinating canal began operations from 1828-1924 as a means to transport coal from Maryland’s west to Washington, D.C’s port town, Georgetown.
Nowadays, it’s possible to take a scenic boat tour and go back to the 1870s to see how the canal was a large part of American transportation history and check out the many bridges, aqueducts, lock houses, historical constructions, and many more.
Also, for avid hikers, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park offers wonderful hiking trails along the canal that pass through the Potomac River Valley.
The park is a designated historical park by the National Park Service and that helps raise money for the protection of the site and its nature.
Coffee lovers visiting Hagerstown can enjoy great quality coffee in one of the best coffee houses in the city, Cannon Coffee.
Cannon Coffee has created a wonderful environment for the customers where they can try top-notch, specialty coffee and interact with skilled baristas and friendly staff.
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The cozy, well-designed coffee shop in Hagerstown uses high-quality coffee beans sourced from several countries and offers a large variety of menu items for everyone including pourovers, lattes, macchiatos, cardamom lattes, espresso, and more.
Address: 2 S Potomac St, Hagerstown, MD 21740, United States
Blue Mountain Wine Crafters
Wine lovers have the opportunity to try their favorite beverage at the family-owned Blue Mountain Wine Crafters where you can feel at home and can try the best quality local wines.
Western Maryland’s premier boutique winery offers an impressive variety of hand-crafted wine at very affordable prices but also has a super knowledgeable staff that will explain more about making the wine and about the type of grapes used if you’d like to know more.
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The family-owned business has an impressive selection of wine including flavored wines, sweet whites, blush wines, meads, dry reds, fruit wines, and dry whites that you can enjoy indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. The establishment is dog-friendly.
Besides great wine, Blue Mountain Wine Crafters has a large selection of beers and delicious food.
Address: 117 E Baltimore St, Funkstown, MD 21734, United States
The Hagerstown Cultural Trail
One of the most essential things to do in Hagerstown is to learn more along The Hagerstown Cultural Trail. This is a trail that connects the Arts and Entertainment District downtown to the City Park (and also the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts).
Along the way, you’ll see art installations and murals. One of the most famous murals is one on an industrial building by Alex Brewer, also known as Hense.
You can also see many great contemporary artists’ works including Vicki Scuri Artistic Fence which showcases the industrial history of the area, the Fantastical Garden by Alison Sigethy, and several more!
Address: 160 Hood St, Hagerstown, MD 21740, United States
This is yet another great restaurant in Hagerstown that you need to visit if you want a taste of the city’s past. The German restaurant specializes in Bavarian food!
The menu offers traditional Bavarian food like the Schmankerl Wurst Teller, beef and pork Schmankerl Topf, Grillteller, and also a special menu for children. And, of course, they serve legendary Bavarian beer.
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Address: 58 S Potomac St, Hagerstown, MD 21740, United States
Where to Stay in Hagerstown
If you’re looking for options for where to stay in Hagerstown, here are some of the top-rated hotels that will show you an epic time in the city (and a great sleep!):
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Hagerstown
- Hampton Inn Hagerstown
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Hagerstown
We hope that this guide encouraged you to take a trip to Hagerstown! It is a historic and delightful place and you’ll find many things to do in Hagerstown to keep you occupied!
Let us know your tips for the Maryland city in the comments below! Thanks!
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17 thoughts on “10 Historical and Tasty Things to do in Hagerstown, MD”
I love the info on this sites! now I have to go visit some of these locations. Thanks alot!
You’re most welcome!
I grew up in Hagerstown and I really enjoyed the old 3 story library. Is. it still there??? If so it should be on the list. The other historical venues are all excellent
The library is still located in the same place, however, it received some major upgrades a few years ago. It no longer resembles the library you fondly remember.
Love the list, but I think you should add in Hartle’s subs as they have been here in hagerstown for many many years and they have the best cold cuts in town ! I have been eating here since I was a child.
Noted! I usually go through Hagerstown when driving and always make a long stop there – going to eat at Hartle’s for sure when I am back! Thanks!
What about Krumpies? What could be better than standing in a long line in the rain or cold in an alley to get the best donuts right out of the grease at 7pm?
Noooooo! I had no idea! And I can’t get back to the US now (stuck in Germany b/c of pandemic) to try this out! Definitely keeping that at the top of my list! Thanks!
I could be mistaken, but it seems as though the author of this article didn’t venture much beyond the downtown area of Hagerstown. If that’s the case they missed on much that the Hub City has to offer.
1. Rooster Moon Coffee is located in Long Meadow Shopping Center and has been a gathering place for locals for years in it’s present form and under its former name of Port City Java. Located in an old bank storefront, one of the meeting areas is actually in the old vault.
2. Krumpe’s Donuts – as someone else noted the shop is located behind the family home off of Maryland Avenue. Since they supply donuts to convenience stores and other locations in the early morning hours the shop is open to the public from 7:00 PM – 1:00(ish) AM. Hours may have changed slightly due to COVID.
3. Rik’s Café – located in the South End Shopping Center it’s home to some of the best fresh American cuisine in the area. No boxes, cans or frozen and microwaved food here with some of the best wait staff you’ll ever encounter.
4. Runways Inn – located at the Hagerstown Regional Airport this restaurant offers fly in service…literally. Pilots can pull up under the overhang, park their planes and enjoy a meal in a wonderful casual atmosphere. Also fresh American fare and a bar with a bank of windows overlooking the nearby runways.
This guide to Hagerstown, MD is incredibly helpful. You’ve really thought through everything you need to know before planning a trip. Thank you for this helpful resource. Saving this guide for later!
Thanks so much! Hagerstown is such an underrated place – hope you get to head there someday!
Hagerstown Speedway hosting the Monster Trucks July 15-18th
Noted! Thanks so much for sharing! Sounds like a blast!
Hello, the Historic City Farmers Market 😊, it’s indoors and has WiFi, The Historic City Farmers Market, located at 25 West Church Street, is a Hagerstown tradition. In operation since 1783, the Market is the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the state of Maryland. The indoor market is open every Saturday from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm, year round. Numerous vendors sell a variety of homegrown produce, handmade artisan crafts, and freshly baked goods. The Market also has three breakfast and lunch counters serving up delicious meals made on the spot. A morning at the Market is the perfect start to your weekend.
1.Fishing, swimming, canoeing picnicing @ Greenbriar State Park.
2. Fishing, picnicing @ Devil’d Backbone.
3. Hoffman & Holsinger’s Butchery, & Earl’s Marjrt.
4. Dutch Pantry Vendor’s
5. Ledo’s Pizza @ Foxshire Plaza
6. Krumpe’s Donuts
7. Fort Frederick (Big Pool)
8. Rebuild Store
9. Cafe Italia for a Colossal Pizza.
10. Washington County Regional Airport
11. American Legion’s
12. & Sonic Slushies
Hi my name is Shirley. When I ride through downtown. There is nothing there to capture your attention. No stores on Washington Street. It looks like a ghost town. It used to bustle. What happened?? So disappointing. Come on commissioners. Wake u if you want to draw more business..put some eateries and places to shop. Wake up. It’s terrible.
You ride through downtown. Im guessing thats in a car correct? Take a walk downtown. Its a way different perspective. Most of the buildings are condemned. Theres homeless drug addicts everywhere. Theres endless possibilities. But everyone wants to make an expensive shop to help themselves not the town. I love my town and I dont even want to live here anymore.