Great Outdoors

Get out! Baltimoreans love their exercise and have options all over town. Working out with panoramic harbor views is just one of the ways to play in the city.

BIKE Local cycling events like “Tour Dem Parks, Hon!” prove Baltimore has a biking community. June 9, the tour ($35) takes riders around well-known city zones and some not-so-familiar with four different mileage options from the 12-mile family ride to the full-city 64-mile route. Kristopher Auer, owner of Twenty 20 Cycling Co. in Hampden, says he spent nearly six years finding the rides he calls “hidden Baltimore,” routes like an off-road trail linking Hampden and Mount Washington or the new bike path connecting downtown to Druid Hill Park.

Mountain bike and city cruiser rentals are available at Twenty 20 as well as other shops around town like Joe’s Bike Shop and Light Street Cycles. Light Street in Federal Hill offers two-wheel guided tours down Jones Falls Trail, which includes moderate climbs to breathtaking views, or through historic Southwest with storytelling about Babe Ruth and one-time resident E.A. Poe. (Customized city tours can be arranged with one week’s notice.)

LAUNCH Although watercraft rentals may seem hard to come by, visitors take off from Pier 1 on multi-colored tandem paddleboats. (Ones shaped like the area’s mythical sea monster seat four.) To take it up a notch, outfitters outside the city like Shallow Creek Kayaks in Fort Howard off er to deliver kayak rentals to the Inner Harbor. Locals bring stand-up paddleboards and loop around docked ships, while kayaking clubs take to the water too.

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Walkabouts through the city’s neighborhoods slow travelers down and allow impromptu detours. The Baltimore National Heritage Area (nps. gov/balt) aims to show “authentic Baltimore” with its ranger-led walking tours ($10, children 12 and under free) through four historic areas. The Heritage Walk takes on Inner Harbor, Little Italy and Jonestown, and the Pennsylvania Avenue trail reveals


Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light St., Inner Harbor, 877.225.8466, www.visitbaltimore.org

Kelsey Snell
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