UPDATED OCT 4, 2019
One of Baltimore’s best-kept secrets? The great parks and hidden green spaces in just about every main neighborhood in the city. When concrete sidewalks, fluorescent lighting, and the monotony of a treadmill have you in the dumps, venture outdoors to take in all the green space Baltimore can offer.
Connecting Baltimore and Annapolis in a 13 mile stretch, the B&A bike trail will take you through greens galore — so much more than the the average urban views. Bike, run, or simply stroll through this path to bench chill and get that breath of air you’ve been craving. You’ll start south of the city in Glen Burnie and take a straight shot down to Arnold.
Looking for a new outdoor experience around the city? Have out-of-towners visiting? Time to check out the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden for a mind-blowing 100 years of sculpture art. Three acres, two terraced gardens, and 34 masterpieces of modern and contemporary art. Trust us — this will wow you and give your friends that artsy Baltimore experience.
So even us city-lovers want a temporary escape to the sticks every once in a while. To get your fix, head on up to Stony Run Trail near Hampden and you’ll forget what a billboard looks like. These three miles are right within the city and hidden by woods. A relatively flat and mostly always chill path, it’s the ideal Sunday afternoon trek with your crew to walk off the brunch you just crushed (and maybe that 2am box of &Pizza from Saturday).
For a stroll through the wildflowers near your city spot, head just North to Parkville’s Double Rock Park Trail. A mile and half around, this easy, breezy loop is open year-round and dog-friendly. Witness the wooded path has stones and views of the creek at every turn; though, you should probably expect all the stones and boulders given the name of the park.
What makes up the ultimate Baltimore park view? Canton Waterfront Park of course. Take in the sparkling harbor with sailboats galore and get a cool breeze while getting your workout in. The wide-open park lawn is the ideal spot for your yoga flow, or stretch your legs and take a jog on the red brick path that runs through it.
Patterson’s got the works — a running path, fields on fields for the Volo City social sports leagues (or just to toss the pigskin), even a dog park. And as one of the most social parks in city, Patterson Park is the place to escape, stretch out on the grass, and surely bump into a few buds along the way as they head to their flag football game. So bring along your furry friend for a run or Frisbee toss to check it out.
Federal Hill Park is not only a city landmark, it also acts as a kickass viewpoint over the city. Trek on up the hill to find a wide path to run, benches to chill, and basketball courts to shoot some hoops. Fitt Tip: this hilltop is a great photo op for those of you looking for the quintessential Bmore Insta photo.
Locust Point is the hot, new place to be in the city these days. So, you’ll be pumped to know that Patterson’s Park little bro, Latrobe Park, is there with social sports, tennis and basketball courts, and a rec center. Sign up for some slow-pitch softball (with Volo City) and meet more of neighbors, or head there just to get your workout in with the fresh air.
Year-round, Gunpowder Falls is the go-to escape to the great outdoors, drawing visitors from all around the Baltimore area to hike along its 120 miles worth of trails, or float along the river with tube rentals. Perfect for a group — latch your tubes together, and chat the afternoon away while you catch a tan.
Leinenkugel’s is the best kind of a garden — an open-air beer garden, of course. This new Fed Hill hot spot features over 30 rotating draft beers from local, regional, and national breweries. Go after a long walk on a nice day, and they’ll have all the garage doors rolled up. And if you’re lucky, you might be able to snag one of the adirondack chairs.
Shady lawns and beautiful gardens with hills on hills, Druid Hill Park’s six-mile trail is a signature of West Baltimore. Druid’s one of the bigger urban parks in Bmore, rising up next to the Zoo and conveniently near our favorite brunch spot, Woodberry Kitchen. Fitt Tip: Visit the park in the fall when the leaves change and catch those autumn leaves looking legen—wait for it—dary glistening in the sunset.
Once a lookout point for the War of 1812, Leone Riverside Park is a historic and little-known park situated between Fed Hill and Locust Point. The Park stretches over 17 acres, complete with a large public swimming pool, several running paths, and a pavilion that will cool you off with some shade, or better — live music.