Living and Learning in Frederick, MD

April 1, 2016  |  Local

One of our students’ favorite things about Hood College is our proximity to Downtown Frederick. With dozens of great restaurants, a 44-acre park, and more than 30 local businesses within walking distance, Hood’s location is undoubtedly one of its best features.

During the warmer months, students can venture just a few blocks to Baker Park for free concerts, impromptu frisbee games, or a swim in the community pool. When it gets cold outside, The Weinberg Center hosts speakers, concerts, and plays that provide great opportunities for field trips or just a night on the town.

Frederick’s “First Saturday” celebrations are also a great opportunity for Hood students to explore their new home. On the first Saturday of each month, Frederick’s locally-owned shops, restaurants, and galleries stay open late, and each month has a special theme – from September’s “Dog Days of Summer” (where Frederick residents bring their canine friends for dog-friendly costume contests, free treats, and more) to chilly February’s “Fire and Ice” event (complete with dozens of ice sculptures displayed throughout the streets of Frederick). In recent months, Hood’s Campus Activities Board has orchestrated group outings to the First Saturday events, allowing new and returning students alike to make some new friends on their walk downtown.

Downtown Frederick also provides a plethora of volunteer, job and internship opportunities for our students, as well as great destinations for class trips. Over the past few years, Hood students have secured employment at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Love and Company (a local marketing agency), among many others.

For more information about the City of Frederick and local events, please visit the Downtown Frederick Partnership website.