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Local Attractions of the  Mount—skiing

While there is a lot going on at the Mount campus, there may be times you want to explore the surrounding area. Check out this page to see just how much there is to do right in our backyard:

General Tourism
Outdoor Activities
Shopping/Entertainment
Tours and Sightseeing

You'll find these attractions and more near Mount St. Mary's University!

General Tourism

Being just a short drive from several cities means you have unlimited opportunities to expand your social and cultural horizons as well as experience American history right at your fingertips!

Gettysburg, PA
Only 10 minutes north of the Mount, Gettysburg’s rich history is readily accessible.  Visit the area battlefields, watch historical reenactments, and enjoy museums, shopping, and movies in town.  Be sure to check out special events during this bicentennial year of President Lincoln’s birth!

Frederick, MD
Just 25 minutes from Mount St. Mary’s, Frederick features historic Civil War sites, parks, and shopping and dining in its downtown “Golden Mile” district.

Harpers Ferry, WV 
Enjoy hiking, white water rafting, and information about John Brown’s historic raid near this scenic riverside spot about one hour from the Mount.

Baltimore, MD
Approximately an hour’s drive from the Mount, Baltimore offers plenty of entertainment and history with its Inner Harbor, museums, the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, and Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadiums, home to the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens!

Washington, D.C.
Our nation's capital city is only one hour away from the Mount campus!  Check out the National Mall, monuments and memorials, the White House, and more.  You'll also be able to dine out at Ben's Chili Bowl, Hard Rock Cafe, Old Ebbitt Grill, and many other restaurants.  D.C. is also home to the Washington Nationals.

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Outdoor Activities

Do you love the great outdoors? Here are some ways you can experience Mother Nature just a short distance from campus.

Caledonia State Park
Hiking trails, fishing, swimming, golf, and more, located just 15 minutes from the Mount in Fayetteville, Pa. There are many other state parks located nearby as well; visit Maryland State Parks (select from sites in Western or Central Maryland) or Pennsylvania State Parks (select from Pennsylvania Dutch Country) for more information.

Cunningham Falls State Park
A favorite spot for Mount students, you can discover a 78-foot waterfall, swim at the lakefront beaches, or share a picnic with friends!

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
A privately-owned, family-oriented zoo located in Thurmont, Md. (about 15 minutes south of Emmitsburg), featuring over 350 animals, safari, petting zoo and more.

The Links at Gettysburg
Play 18 holes on a scenic green with a view of the historic Gettysburg battlefields, just 20 minutes from the Mount's campus. For other local golf courses please visit the following web sites: Golf in Maryland and Golf in Pennsylvania.

Liberty Mountain Resort
Enjoy skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing, just a 10 minute drive from campus! Other local resorts include Ski Roundtop andWhitetail Mountain, both located about 45 minutes away.

River and Trail Outfitters
Interested in some whitewater action, or just a lazy float down the river? Get your H20 fix with rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, and more! Located 45 minutes from the Mount.

The Maze at Crumland Farms
Eight acres of twisty-turny joy in the middle of a real working cornfield, this seasonal maze, which is located just 15 minutes from campus, is a favorite among Mount students.

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Shopping and Entertainment

Whether you need a new dress or suit for interviewing or just want to window shop, the choices are endless.

The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg
Over 70 retailers, plus a food court and 10 screen movie theater just 15 minutes away from campus.

Francis Scott Key Mall
Located in Frederick, just 25 minutes from Mount St. Mary's, FSK Mall features four department stores and many specialty shops and restaurants. The mall is also surrounded by additional shopping and dining areas.

Historic Downtown Frederick
More than 200 specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants can be found in bustling Downtown Frederick, one of the region's premiere arts and entertainment districts.

Power Plant Live
Baltimore's ultimate dining, entertainment and retail destination, Power Plant Live is located about an hour from campus at the heart of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It features plenty of restaurants, dance clubs and live music venues for students to enjoy.

The Maryland Ensemble Theater
Located 15 minutes south of the Mount in Frederick, the MET features live, professional performances of contemporary and original works ranging from comedy to drama to musicals virtually every weekend.

Adventure Park USA
A wild west-themed family entertainment center located just 30 minutes from campus in New Market, MD. Featuring go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, paint ball, laser tag, arcade games, kiddie-rides, and more. Open year-round.

Hagerstown Premium Outlets
Just 45 minutes from campus, this outlet center includes over 100 stores!  You can also get a bite to eat here at local restaurants.

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Tours and Sightseeing

See the local sites from a double-decker bus tours or walk around Historic Gettysburg with a guide dressed in period attire, here are a few local options.

Battlefield Tours
Experience the history of the Civil War up close as you explore the battlefields.

Gettysburg National Military Park - National Park Service and Visitors Center
Visit the sights of the the most famous Civil War battle through the National Park Service Museum and Visitors Center.  Schedule a tour with a personal tour guide, bus with friends, or sightsee the fields by horseback.

Ghosts of Gettysburg Tours
Choose from four guided candlelit tours through historic neighborhoods in town.

National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Attend Mass at the basilica, visit Mother Seton's tomb, and walk through museum exhibits about the first American-born Saint and founder of the Sisters of Charity, who spent several years of her life in Emmitsburg.

Historic Church Walking Tours
Get an inside look at eight of the area's oldest churches and learn about their roles in the Civil War. Tours are approximately 90 minutes.

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