What to do and see in Taneytown, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 18, 2017 Enedina Augsburger

Taneytown ( /ˈtɔːnitaʊn/ TAW-nee-town) is a town in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. The population was 6,728 at the 2010 census. Taneytown was founded in 1754. Of the town, George Washington once wrote, "Tan-nee town is but a small place with only the Street through wch.(sic) the road passes, built on. The buildings are principally of wood." Taneytown has a history museum that displays the history of the town for visitors and citizens to see. The Bullfrog Road Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Restaurants in Taneytown

1. Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides

Gettysburg, PA +1 717-337-1709
Excellent
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5 based on 764 reviews

Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides

Reviewed By karenveebanks - Danbury, Connecticut

You really need to have a private tour to appreciate the intense battles that took place on these hallowed grounds. Howard Wallace was our guide and he was wonderful. He gave so much detail about the sections of the battlefield that we visited. We never would have known some of the stories had we toured on our own.
We plan to return for another visit and another guided tour.

2. Detour Winery

7933 Forest and Stream Club Rd, Detour, Keymar, MD 21757-8751 +1 410-775-0220
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Detour Winery

Reviewed By Cakes77 - Central Pennsylvania

Found out about these guys on Groupon, and I am glad that we did. Nesteled in real farm country, thankfully not on the edge of creeping suburbia, we enjoyed the drive to this vineyard. The vines are about 5 years old now and the wine shop has been open about only two years. These guys are busy bees, off site events, music evets at the vineyard, wow they are quickly establishing this business.
How about the wine list? Impressive and interesting.
My recomendations: Do not miss the Alpine Frost (we took a bottle home).
They have a wonderful ice wine called "Ice Cubed".
Their fruit wines are 100% fruit, not too sweet, and not overdone. I recommend the Pear Wine.
Finnaly, do not overlook the "Chambourcin"- (We had to take a bottle of this home!)
Dann was our guide and although that poor guy was so busy, he was ever so patient with us, carefully taking time to explain the makeup and the history of each wine we tasted, all 15 of them! If I like this place so much, whhy didn't I give them 5 stars? We will wait two years and revisit this site- and i'll bet you that this young winery will earn it' s5th star then.

3. Mason Dixon Welcome Center

17300 Catoctin Mountain Hwy, US 15 South, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9254 +1 301-447-3719
Excellent
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5 based on 170 reviews

Mason Dixon Welcome Center

Our goal is to promote the state's vibrant culture by shining a light on all the wonderful places to see and things to do in Maryland. Come enjoy our beautiful and informative exhibits about the area and let us help you plan your next trip to the Old Line State. Located on US 15 Catoctin Mountain Highway South. Amenities include: playground, pet area, truck/RV parking, picnic tables,and restrooms.

Reviewed By Mary Ellen A - Reading, United States

Walked in the welcome center, immediately heard, "Welcome to Maryland." We had a pleasant conversation, and picked up a few informational items. Best thing was we scored a recommendation for the "crab bomb" at Jerry's Seafood in Bowie MD. That was excellent, if you are headed that way. (I mentioned to our waitress at Jerry's that they got a shout out at the rest stop. She was appreciative.) So, to wrap up: a nice place to stop, stretch your legs, enjoy the view, talk to some pleasant people, and pick up a few items to enjoy your stay in Maryland.

4. Gettysburg National Military Park

1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7034 +1 717-334-1124
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5 based on 6 reviews

Gettysburg National Military Park

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address".

Reviewed By Lisa H - Brisbane, Australia

You really appreciate the care and maintenance that goes into this special place.

It has monuments that memorialise sacrifices made by soldiers from the North & the South- it doesn’t matter what rank they were.

Our tour guide asked us to be respectful of the monuments & the location - which we understood & respected.

Sadly there were families with kids running around, sitting on rock monuments, taking photos, & talking loudly (yelling and playing).

The information signs were very helpful. Thank you to everyone involved in looking after this site, it’s obviously a labour of love.

5. National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes

16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7700 +1 301-447-5318
Excellent
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4.5 based on 126 reviews

National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes

The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic shrine devoted to Our Blessed Mother Mary, is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation. This beautiful mountain shrine features one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes shrine in France, built about two decades after the apparition of Mary at Lourdes in 1858, and attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year from all over the world. It offers the occasion for a deepening conversion, a step forward in the journey to God, with Mary as the model for that journey.

Reviewed By pds209 - Vancouver

I was greatly moved by my walk through the shrine. There are mosaics, statues, and memorials throughout the grounds. One can linger over these on the way to the chapel and grotto, or simply absorb the peaceful atmosphere and extraordinary view. As this was my first visit, I found the visitor centre staff most helpful in directing me. All in all, this is a must-see if you’re in the area.

6. Baugher's

1015 Baugher Rd, Westminster, MD 21158-3601 +1 410-857-0111
Excellent
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4 based on 61 reviews

Baugher's

Reviewed By _belyinvon - Westminster, Maryland

We love Baughers. From breakfast, lunch, and dinner or just dessert . Great variety of food that is pleasing to many appetites. One of our favorites is the hot roast Turkey and gravy sandwich or hot roast beef. Love the pies for dessert.

7. National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

339 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-9226 +1 301-447-6606
Excellent
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Historic site that's the home of the first American-born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Reviewed By SirPenLadyGwen - Savage, Minnesota

The church & Shrine are self guided. Try not to go during mass on Sunday. The room for the statues of the Blessed Virgin are from all over the world & very beautiful. There is a little gift shop with lots of informational items, pictures, prayer cards et al. There is a free tour of the grounds that takes about 1 hour. Try to go on a less humid & hot day. Plenty of free parking.

8. Little Round Top

Gettysburg, PA +1 717-334-2436
Excellent
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5 based on 338 reviews

Little Round Top

Reviewed By DiscountKing - Seneca, Pennsylvania, United States

Little Round Top provides visitors with a spectacular view for miles around. The Union soldiers; even though smaller in number, had advanced warning as the Confederate soldiers approached. I was able to visualize the fighting on the hillside.

You can drive or take the tour bus to the top of the hill and walk the paths and even climb up the tower.

Free Parking. Free for self-guided tour.

9. National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

16825 S Seton Ave, P.O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727-8920 +1 301-447-1365
Excellent
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5 based on 71 reviews

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Monument honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

Reviewed By Harold P - Chesapeake, Virginia, Usa

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is sacred ground for me. My entire adult life has revolved around the fire service, first as a volunteer and later as a career choice. The first time I visited was part of the Honor Guard during the National Memorial Service. All around you are reminders that firefighter's have paid the ultimate sacrifice. From the larger than life 9-1-1 raising of our flag, to the memorial walk of bricks, the most sacred ring of names. The site is peaceful for the families and survivors, which allows a time to heal. If you attend during the memorial service weekend then be prepared to have your attitude changed. Lastly go the Ring of Honor and read the names of our fallen brother's and sister's. Be sure to bring some Kleenex because you will get teary eyed.

10. Emmitsburg Antique Mall

1 Chesapeake Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 +1 301-447-6471
Excellent
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4 based on 42 reviews

Emmitsburg Antique Mall

Reviewed By tuftedtraveler - Indiana

Antique stops are plentiful in this region..and if a large mall with a multitude of vendors is your style this place is for you. Al most every vendor had a sale (15-40% off) on the day I visited so there some bargains to be had. This is a huge space and you can get sidetracked with the myriad of aisles, partial aisles and rooms that jut off from various places--so be sure to keep track of where you are, and more importantly, where you've been so that you don't miss any booths.
They do a good job of keeping vendors 'on track' and are not studded with those booths of toothpaste and discontinued Target store items better suited for a flea market .There are a couple of booths that are clearly stocked with inexpensively made reproductions, but hopefully most shoppers will see that. Most booths are well stocked and hold relevant merchandise for an antique mall. Plan to spend a few hours though--this former shoe factory from the 40's has plenty of merchandise to see!

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