Things To Do With Kids In Baltimore

Published on April 04, 2019 - Updated on November 12, 2020

If you’ve never thought of Maryland as a spring break destination, you should. There are a wide variety of things to do with kids in Baltimore, from delicious eats, to beautiful beaches, to stunning art museums. We’ve compiled a list of our ten favorite kid friendly activities that will fit whatever mood you (and your little ones) are in! The best part about these things to do with kids in Baltimore? Most of them are free!

The Playground with the Best Views in the Baltimore: Federal Hill Park

The kids will love playing on the faux pirate equipment and you’ll love taking in the stunning views of the inner harbor below. Wear your walking shoes and pack some snacks, because you’re going to want to explore the neighborhood while you’re there!

Family Biking Trip: NCR Trail

If you’re bringing the bikes along on your trip, the NCR trail is a must do. 20 miles of stone dust path make it the perfect spot to take even the youngest riders. The views of the Gunpowder River and the blooming trees also make for a scenic ride.

Get Up Close and Personal with Wildlife: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is sure to please all the animal lovers in your clan. You can check out the penguins in their newly renovated exhibit, ride the train to the ape house, and get up close and personal with the goats in the barnyard.

The Maryland Beach Experience: Hammerman Area at Gunpowder Falls

If you’re itching to get to the beach, the Hammerman Area is a great choice. While the river will probably be too cold for an extended swim, kids will love playing in the sand and dipping their toes in the water.

Leisurely Lunch: R.House

When you’re ready for a break, R.House is a must. The kid friendly, food court style restaurant boasts ten different eateries, a full bar, and a play area for the kids. You won’t regret spending an afternoon enjoying the good eats that Baltimore has to offer.

An Aquatic Adventure: National Aquarium

You can’t have a list of the top ten things to do with kids in Baltimore without the National Aquarium. It’s one of the more renowned aquariums in the country and visitors won’t be disappointed. Check out the sharks, touch some (non-stinging) jellyfish, or take in an IMAX movie. The youngest marine biologists in your crew will be smiling the whole time.

Hiking Fun: Orange Grove Area at Patapsco

The Orange Grove Area at Patapsco State Park will satisfy even the most energetic hikers. With miles of trails to choose from, visitors can see waterfalls, historic ruins and cross a swinging bridge. You can easily spend a full day (or two) there and still not see everything that Patapsco has to offer.

A Lesson in Science: The Maryland Science Center
Your budding scientist will be delighted to participate in all of the hands on activities that The Maryland Science Center has to offer. With sections on physics, dinosaurs, and Maryland ecosystems, you’re guaranteed to come away with some new knowledge.

Hands on Learning Port Discovery

Port Discovery is a definite must see if you're visiting the city with kids. The amazing children's museum features three floors of hands on learning including an adventure in ancient Egypt, a trip to the farm, and the biggest slide you've ever seen!

Artsy Afternoon: The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum is one of the most family friendly art museums around. With cool collections of ancient Egyptian mummies, bugs from around the world, and a family art center, the kids won’t ever want to leave! Plus, the museum is always free!

Whether you’re traveling from afar or staying close to home, Maryland is a great place to spend a family friendly spring break. With all of these fun things to do with kids in Baltimore, you won’t be disappointed!

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Katie Raspa
Our work in Baltimore is truly a family affair. Husband and wife, Matt and Katie, work together to head up our ambassador team in Charm City. Katie is a Maryland native and has lived in the state her whole life. She moved to Baltimore in 2007 after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She has been working in the field of early childhood education as a teacher and family coach for the past 12 years. Katie also holds a Masters of Education in Literacy from Loyola University. She is passionate about giving kids and families the knowledge and tools that they need to thrive. Matt grew up in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. As a city native, Matt is a great resource on all that the city has to offer. After months of helping Katie explore the city for her role at a Happy Active Family, he decided to put his love of writing to use and officially come on board as an ambassador. Matt and Katie have two girls, ages 5 and 7. They spend their weekends camping, hiking, or exploring other hidden gems in their area. Tap into their insider knowledge by downloading the app today!
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