Do you enjoy being outdoors or staying active on your days off? There are plenty of ways to get some exercise while having fun and taking in the scenery around you! Whether you join a social sports league, go for a hike with friends or want to explore the city with a run or bike ride, this page offers you some options.
Ways to Stay Active
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Baltimore Bike Party
The Baltimore Bike Party is a social mass ride on the last Friday evening of every month. The ride brings together hundreds of local cyclists of all ages and abilities from Baltimore city and the surrounding counties for an easy, fun 10-13 mile ride through the city streets at a leisurely, parade-like pace. Each month’s event has a theme and ends with a giant party at varying locations. Volunteer guides and mechanics are stationed throughout the group to help any cyclist along the way. This is a FREE event, so come along for the ride! Check out the Facebook page for more info!
Baltimore Beach, located along the Inner Harbor near Federal Hill Park, boasts seven beach volleyball courts on 1,000 tons of sand. Courts are open to everyone - whether you're a local, a visitor, a beginner or an expert - you're welcome to join a team. Baltimore Beach Volleyball organizes men's, women's, coed, 2's, 4's and 6's leagues to play Sun-Fri evenings sponsored by SOBO Sports. "Drop in" play is also available most weekend days from early spring through the fall.
Downtown Sailing Center believes that "sailing is for everyone"! This community sailing group offers sailing instruction as well as access to sailboats for anyone who wants to be on the water without the cost of ownership or maintenance. Active with community outreach, fundraisers and fun on the Chesapeake the Downtown Sailing Center invites both experienced sailors and novice sailors to get involved. Many volunteer opportunities also exist at Downtown Sailing which include teaching sailing lessons to beginners as well as individuals with disabilities, working with young people during summer camps, boat maintenance and office support. Take advantage of Baltimore's proximity to the water with the DSC!
The Baltimore Area Triathalon Club aids the Baltimore community in preparing for Triathalon competition by focusing on running, cycling and swimming. The group encourages people to acheive their highest emotional and physical potential through healthy participation in athletics. This club provides information, support, coaching and networking for anyone interested. Join the group for a trail run, relax at a happy hour or meet new people who share your passion for fitness and competition.
Recreational Sports Leagues
Baltimore Sports & Social Club provides year-round opportunities for individuals to play a variety of team sports in a social atmosphere that continues into happy hours and lasts long after the games are over. The league hosts several fundraisers and sports tournaments; BSSC prides itself in being the only sports club in the Baltimore/Metropolitan area to offer an opportunity to meet 2,500 new people in one afternoon.
SOBO Sports offers the opportunity to participate on social Football, Volleyball and Sailing teams with other individuals in the Federal Hill and Locust Point area. Sponsored by local restaurants and bars, SOBO is a great way to stay active and meet new people while playing some of your favorite sports.
Baltimore Bicycling Club
The Baltimore Bicycling Club is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and sponsors cycling activities in Baltimore and the surrounding Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard. Scheduled rides with ride leaders are offered during the week, weekends and some major holidays; these rides include cue sheets that detail the ride routes. The BBC provides an outlet for Maryland cyclists to meet for bicycle education, exercise, training, competition, recreation and family fun.
Baltimore Rowing Club
Baltimore Rowing Club promotes the sport of rowing for fitness, competition and recreation for people of all ages and levels. It strives in creating a membership that reflects the diverse Baltimore community in which it resides. Visit the Facebook page for more details.
Earth Treks Climbing Center
Earth Treks provides state-of-the-art indoor climbing gyms and bouldering areas. The center welcomes all levels of climbers and provides lessons from introductory climbing to introductory movements. For beginners, it’s highly recommended to take an instructional program to get started; Earth Treks offers promotional specials on introductory packages. There are some safety skills that must be learned for those who want to climb at Earth Treks Climbing Center; safety instructions and basic skills can be learned by enrolling in the introductory package.
Locations: Timonium, Columbia and Rockville
Running in Baltimore
Downtown Baltimore can be a great place for runners if you know where to run and where not to run. The easiest way to access different running routes in the city is to visit www.mapmyrun.com. This site is perfect for accurately tracking your mileage and routes, as well as viewing other routes that other members have run and recorded. A local favorite run is along the Promenade that hugs the waterfront from Canton, through the Inner Harbor, all the way to Fort McHenry.
Baltimore Road Runners Club
BRRC promotes running for both the recreational and competitive runner. Members come from various backgrounds and ages. Programs and activities are offered to all levels of runners.
Baltimore Pacemakers is a running club led by Bob Hilson. The club is free and open to anyone. It consists of a diverse group of runners from various backgrounds. The group rotates Saturday morning long runs throughout the Baltimore City area. They also have weekly track workouts every Wednesday at 5:30am at Gilman track (Roland Park area).
Gwynns Falls Trail
The Gwynns Falls Trail begins at the I-70 Park & Ride trailhead and generally follows the Gwynns Falls stream to the Inner Harbor. All 15 miles of the Gwynns Falls trail system are open. The Gwynns Falls Trail is a unique urban hiking and biking trail providing access to a scenic and historic greenway stream valley in Baltimore City.
The North Central Railroad Trail
The Torrey C. Brown Trail, formerly known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends 20 miles, stretching from Ashland Road in Hunt Valley to the Pennsylvania state line. The trail is 10 feet wide with a stone dust surface. The most popular activities on the trail are hiking, jogging, bicycle riding and horseback riding. The trail also provides access for fishing. Trail users should note that the southern end of the trail receives heavy use on weekends. Parking areas from Monkton south are often filled. The trail is less congested and parking is more available at the northern end during peak times.
Federal Hill Runners
A runners club started by a Federal Hill resident in 2004, Federal Hill Runners is led by Ryan McGrath and James Dubose. The club is free and open to anyone. Weekly Monday night runs start at 6:30pm at Federal Hill Fitness on 39 E. Cross Street.
For runners that prefer to be able to track their pace as they are running, the BWI loop has an easily accessed, paved trail that runs the circumference of the airport and has markers every half-mile. The entire loop is gently rolling and is roughly 11 miles. The easiest way to access the loop is to drive to the Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area and park your car.
Baltimore Annapolis Trail
The B&A Trail Park stretches from Boulters Way in Annapolis to Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie, Maryland. The Earleigh Heights Ranger Station is located in Severna Park with parking available on the premises. A gazebo, horticultural gardens and park benches are found at the Hatton-Regester Green property in Severna Park. Eighty flowerbeds, all tended by volunteers, grace the park grounds.
The trail is paved and runs roughly 14 miles from Glen Burnie, MD to Annapolis, MD. The vast majority of the trail is shaded by trees and runs parallel to Route 2. Markers are provided every quarter mile.