Priceless adventures for under $10


courtesy of Lily Weaver

Lily Weaver and Makayla Glock pose in front of the angel in Downtown Frederick.

by Madison Reeley, Reporter

High school students should all be able to create their best memories with their friends but, so much entertainment comes with a price tag. The movies for two at a Regal Theater is at least $12 per person. Dinner at a mid-priced restaurant like Family Meal, costs around $30 for two people to eat.

There are actually some fun activities and hangouts in Maryland that cost less than $10. Some of them are just hidden from us.

Downtown Frederick:  Window shopping and ice cream float = $6.50

Downtown Frederick is a great local place to go with your friends or on a date. Start at the Visitor Center located on S. East Street, where you can learn more about our area. There are plenty of cute stores to shop at, or even go window shopping. It doesn’t cost much and you can make a day of it.

Emily Dellone, Class of 2018, is a frequent visitor of Downtown Frederick, and is employed by Firestone’s Culinary Tavern on N. Market Street, so she has the opportunity to witness the downtown scene first-hand.

“You can buy really funny things there like knick-knacks and gifts for someone,” said Dellone.

“There’s a shop called The Pop Shop  on North Market Street which sells hundreds of types of sodas. Every time I go there, I pick a root beer that I like, and they make a root beer float for me,” said Dellone.

Owner Michelle Schaffer offers over 400 kinds of soda and 16 ice cream flavors to make your own unique float for $6.50. A can of soda, hot dog, and chips is $5.00.

Dellone even found her homecoming dress from Alicia’s in Downtown Frederick. She loves the character of the city and all the events that go on downtown.

During the Downtown Frederick events,  you can walk the streets and see displays that convey a theme. It’s fun, free, and it gives you an opportunity to explore the streets of Downtown Frederick as you follow the displays. Every first Saturday of the month there is on street entertainment along with late night shopping and dining.

Delaplaine Art Center, on South Carroll Street, is another great feature of Downtown Frederick. The admission is free and the Gallery even displays artwork made by FCPS students sometimes. Outside of the art gallery, also open to the public, there are beautiful sculptures, benches, and a view of Carroll Creek and the rest of downtown Frederick.

Also in Frederick, Baker Park is a place to go with friends or a date. The area has features like the covered bridge and gazebo which makes for a pretty picture-worthy view. The park has free entry and several possibilities for entertainment or relaxation.

Movies at Holiday Cinema = $4.50

Going to the movies is always fun, but it’s very costly. Lucky for us, there is a movie theater on The Golden Mile that lets you see movies for a fraction of the price. Holiday Cinema is owned and run by a locals Jack and Mark Loudin. The tickets cost $4.50 most nights, but the cinema runs specials so you can see the movies for even cheaper. Every Tuesday tickets are only $3.25 and every Saturday and  The movies that show are popular current movies, and they are available viewing shortly after they leave cinema chains.

Planetarium = $5.00

The ESSL Planetarium provides another opportunity to see movies cheap. Tickets are for sale online and at the door. The science related movies show on most Tuesdays and Thursdays and tickets cost only $5.00. The Planetarium will be showing Journey to Space March 21st, 23rd, 28th, and 30th from 6 pm. to 7 pm.

Bowling and Roller Skating = <$9.00

Bowling is a great way to have fun and let loose with your friends. Bowl America in Gaithersburg and Terrace Bowling Lanes in Frederick provide the cheapest local bowling options. You can play a few games with friends for under $10 per person including shoe rental.

Roller skating is a great throwback activity to do with friends or a date. A small local roller skating rink, Liberty Roller Skate on Route 26, near Eldersburg, has a great atmosphere and is a cheap way to have fun. You can rent shoes and pay to skate for only $9.00 total. Wednesday night is cheapskate night so you can skate for even less.

Ice skating is another fun activity you can participate in for only $6.00 including skate rental on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 pm. to 5:20. Skate Frederick is also located in Frederick and is already a popular activity among some of the students at Linganore.

Battlefields and the GREAT Outdoors = FREE

We live in a very historically important area. This gives us opportunities to explore history through by visiting historical grounds. Antietam is not far from us and has a lot of rich history. You can check out the visitor center to see movies about the battle.

Monocacy Battlefield is located just in Frederick and is free. The visitor center has an interactive museum where you can learn more about the the history of the battle field. You can also walk the battlefields and get a feel for what happened during the battle. It will make you feel like you’re a part of history.

Our area has plenty of trails and paths to hike or bike to reach beautiful views. Some of these trails include Sugarloaf Mountain, Great falls, Cunningham Falls, the Appalachian trail, and the C+O Canal. It is a great way to relax and have fun outdoors.

Tristen Reeley, member of class of 2017, is always on the trails.

“You can really clear your head when you’re out on the open trails, but make sure you pay attention to which trails you’re on,” he said “you’re girlfriend will get pretty mad if you take her on a long trail when there is a much shorter, easier trail around.”