Explore these local favorites for our recommendations on how to spend your free time in the city! Whether it is a sporting event, festival, dining experience, date idea or day off activity - you are sure to find something fun to do.
Things to Do
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The Baltimore Orioles call Camden Yards Ballpark their home, just blocks from the Medical Center. A nurse can finish a day shift and be in his or her seat by the bottom of the second inning. Tickets are relatively inexpensive and during a home stand, there are normally games five days of the week. Tickets to Friday night home games are offered at a discounted rate for students and some home games are followed by a fireworks display.
The Baltimore Ravens have made an incredible impact since their start in 1996. Playing just blocks from the Medical Center at M&T Bank Stadium, the football team has brought new life to Baltimore residents and fans. Bragging players such as Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith and Terrell Suggs - the Ravens have two Super Bowl Championships under their belt in 2000 and 2013, having made nine playoff appearances since their first win. Be sure to join in the excitement by wearing purple on Purple Fridays, visiting local bars and restaurants in time for kick-off or make your way to the stadium for an awesome tailgating and game watching experience!
Baltimore is home to the perennial favorite team in the Men's Indoor Soccer League, the Baltimore Blast. The team practices at Du Burns Arena in Canton and plays its home games at First Mariner Arena which is only five blocks from UMMC. Tickets are inexpensive, costing $15-30 which makes this an affordable outing for sports fans.
Why be confined to a restaurant or your brown bag lunch to score a good mid-day meal. Baltimore Food Trucks offer unique and delicious meals on wheels from burgers to Turkish cuisine to cupcakes! Be sure to get tickets for "The Gathering" - the most unique food experience in one place complete with live music, drinks and a duel among Baltimore's best food trucks. Then be sure to keep an eye out during the summer months for the real Battle of the Beltway, which occurs when the infamous food trucks of Baltimore and DC go head to head in "A Taste of Two Cities: Baltimore vs DC Food Trucks"
Baltimore offers Farmer's Markets in numerous locations in both the city and county. From fresh fruits and vegetables to baked goods and farm bottled milk - help support local business and get the freshest foods you can find at a good price! Peruse other handmade goods at some markets which also feature a bazaar.
Urban Pirates offers Baltimore's only adult B.Y.O.G. (Bring Your Own Grog) boat cruise. Enjoy views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor while gulping down your favorite adult beverages on an hour long adventure. Don't be afraid to release your inner pirate and dress the part - if you forget, they have some garb on board. Grab your friends and enjoy this fun night out with modern songs, dancing, games, water cannons and of course, grog!
Mustang Alley's of Fells Point is a bowling complex which provides a unique concept to Baltimore City. It offers 12 lanes of bowling, a delightful bistro, and a full service bar. So bowl a round, watch a game and enjoy some great food and drinks!
The Maryland Salsa Jam, an organization created in 2008, provides individual and group dancing lesson for novices or individuals that are interested in refining their dancing skills. Each session is focused on strengthening every core aspect of salsa dancing. Areas of emphasis include technique, styling, timing, rhythm and musicality. New sessions begins every month. Student and training teams are available for anyone seeking a challenge. Location: 3500 Boston Street, Baltimore MD, 21224.
Red Maple offers a modern lounge vibe complete with exotic cocktails, delicious small plates and mod-lounge sounds echoing off a unique retro-modern architecture. Located in Mt. Vernon, Red Maple offers a Salsa Fuego on Tuesday nights when DJ Gustavo plays Latin/Salsa/Bachata/Merengue music with a free beginner salsa lesson from 9-9:30pm.
Talara, located in Harbor East, serves an eclectic blend of traditional Latin American recipes and modern ingredients infused with international influences. The kitchen’s main attraction is the ceviche bar which features 15 fresh sushi-quality seafood selections that may be ordered in 7 different preparations. Monday nights at Talara are Salsa Night with free lessons from 9-9:30pm and open dancing 9:30pm-midnight.
Free Outdoor Movies are played in Federal Hill, Fells Point, Little Italy, Hampden and Charles Village during the summer months of July to August. Be sure to check out schedules at the beginning of the season for each neighborhood. Bring along a blanket and some snacks to create the ultimate outdoor movie experience!
Paint Your Own Pottery
Amazing Glaze is a "Paint your own Pottery" store where you can practice your creativity! Everything you need is provided from the paints and supplies to stencils and stamps. Choose a piece of pottery from a selection of 400 pieces. After painting your pottery, it will be heated in a kiln and ready for pick-up just five days later. Amazing Glaze offers daily specials such as Ladies' Night, in addition to group events.
The Maryland Zoo, located in the Druid Hill Park neighborhood of Baltimore City, is considered to be the third oldest zoo in the United States. The park's exhibits include African Journey, Maryland Wildnerness, Polar Bear Watch and Base Camp Discovery. Be sure to visit the feeding station in African Journey where guests can interact with the giraffes or stop by and see young "Samson" the first elephant to be born at the Maryland zoo. If you expect to visit the zoo more than once in a year, consider getting a membership - you will get 12 months of unlimited entry for less than the price of two regular admissions! Also keep in mind that winter admission in January and February is discounted.
Located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium is home to many interesting aquatic creatures. Recognized as one of the best aquariums in the United States by the Travel Channel, the aquarium features several exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, an open ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes. The aquarium also has a 4D Immersion Theater as well as a Marine Mammal Pavilion with eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Between September and March enjoy $12 admission when "Prices take a Dive" on Fridays after 5pm.
Wineries & Breweries
Maryland is quickly becoming on of the hottest craft brew markets in the country. With over 35 craft breweries in the state and 16 different festivals Maryland is the place to be if you enjoy wheat, barely, hops, and water. For a listing of breweries and festivals visit: www.marylandbeer.org.
Also explore Maryland wine country with hundreds of wines to choose from! Maryland's wineries not only offer great tasting wine but also unique experiences and beautiful landscapes. Whether you are looking for a romantic setting, a country landscape, fun with friends or an adventure - there is something for everyone! Enjoy wine tasting, explore winery and vineyard tours, enjoy a picnic or coordinate a special event. Maryland hosts a Wine Festival each fall in Carroll County which may be a fun introduction to the state's finest wines. Be sure to consider visiting Virginia Wineries as well!
Visit the Maryland Renaissance Festival where the sixteenth century meets the twenty-first. Enjoy free events such as jousting matches and shows in the theatre every hour. Children are encouraged to go up on stage and participate during shows. Enjoy troupes performing Shakespeare parodies, delicious food, drinks, crafts and traveling players. Prepare thyself for merriment!
If you like to gamble - or just want to experience a night out at the casino, the area currently has two open casinos with two more opening by 2016.
For a comprehensive list of restaurants and menus for Baltimore's best take-out and delivery, check out OrderUp Bmore! Whether you are craving Chinese food, pizza or even sushi -- OrderUp can help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Fun on a Budget
Subscribe to Groupon and Living Social. If you have a smartphone, both of these have apps which makes for ease of access. Check both websites daily for local specials.
They offer cheap dining specials at local restaurants ($15 for $30 worth of food/drink) as well as deals on fun activities. It is a great way to explore different areas of the city while getting a discount.
At the end of January and at the end of July every year, Baltimore has its bi-annual Restaurant Week. During these weeks, over 100 restaurants in the Baltimore area offer fixed menu meals and a substantial discount (up to 75%).
This is a perfect time to explore areas that haven’t been visited, eat at restaurants that are normally out of price range or something that has never been experienced.