Top Things to Do in Baltimore: Outdoor Activities

Baltimore may be a city in every sense of the word, but it also offers many opportunities to get out and about. Plenty of trails, parks, gardens and even lakes entice visitors of all fitness levels and interests to join Baltimoreans seeking alfresco rejuvenation.

History buffs have options, too, from walking tours through Colonial-era enclaves to historic battle sites and even a Civil War-era tall ship. Art lover? Take a picnic and claim a spot in the Baltimore Museum of Art’s sculpture garden for an afternoon of quiet contemplation. And don’t forget the harbor, with its wide range of on-the-water activities from kid-friendly paddleboats to floating taxis.

Baltimore Water Taxi

Sleek fleet of Hoopers Island draketails crisscrossing the harbor with stops at Canton, Fells Point, Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and Fort McHenry. One way $9; All-day $5-$21. Buy with cash or credit card onboard, online or at visitor center (401 Light St.).

Cylburn Arboretum

Businessman Jesse Tyson’s 1863 mansion, now with a 207-acre park, 20 themed gardens, wooded trails. Hours vary by season. Check website for updated information. Self-guided or cell tours. Free.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Home of Baltimore’s MLB franchise, the Orioles, built in 1992, offering behind-the-scenes tours with a peek at the dugout, scoreboard control room and press box. Learn about the transformation of a railroad yard into a world-class ballpark. Tickets for tours at north end box office near Gate H.

Patterson Park

One of the city’s oldest parks began as a six-acre donation in 1827 and now spans 137 acres with a lake, an ice rink in winter, ball fields, a pool and tennis courts. Victorian Pagoda opens mid-April (noon-6 pm).

Baltimore National Heritage Area

Comprising historic sites, cultural institutions, arts venues, parks. Offers guided walking tours of city neighborhoods. $10, children under 13 years free.

Little Italy

Just 12 blocks long at the harbor’s southeast corner. Known for its bocce courts, colorful citizens and Old World food at many trattorias.

Fort McHenry

A strategic installation protecting the city during the Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War. War of 1812 battle here inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words of The Star-Spangled Banner. Visitors center has films and exhibits. Daily flag raising at 10 am, lowering at 4 pm.

U.S.S. Constellation

All-sail warship of 1854, the last Civil War-era vessel built by the U.S. Navy. The 1,400-ton, 179-foot ship returned to the Inner Harbor in 1999 after years of restoration. See Historic Ships listing.

Baltimore Museum of Art

Housing 95,000 objects, from ancient mosaics to contemporary art, including the world's largest holding of works by Henri Matisse.

Inner Harbor

An urban revitalization success story, now the city’s popular maritime zone thanks to National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, historic ships, cruises and waterfront paths for strolling.

Druid Hill Park

On the National Register of Historic Places, the city’s first large, municipal park. Druid Hill Lake on grounds as well as the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory, the country’s second-oldest Victorian structure of its kind. Walking trails and athletic courts.