Baltimore, Maryland, has many wonderful family friendly activities. But you can also have fun without breaking out your wallet. Here are 10 free things to do in Baltimore on your next family vacation.
1. Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art (year round) – As a major cultural destination for the greater Baltimore region, The Baltimore Museum of Art organizes and presents a variety of exhibitions and innovative programs throughout the year and frequently hosts special events with cultural and educational partners. The BMA is free for everyone, every day, so that great art is accessible to all. Best for ages 7 and up.
2. Climb the Washington Monument (year round) – Climbing the 228 steps to the top of the first monument to George Washington provides an excellent view of the city from historic Mount Vernon where it is located. (A $1 donation is suggested, but not mandatory). Best for ages 7 and up.
3. Picnic in Federal Hill Park (year round) – A well-known lookout during the Civil War and the War of 1812, Federal Hill lies on the south side of the Inner Harbor. Now a historic park, it features fantastic views of the entire Baltimore Inner Harbor area. Plus, there is a playground for children. All ages.
4. Free Movies Federal Hill, Fells Point, Charles Village, and Little Italy (summer) – In locations all across Baltimore…grab a blanket or a folding chair and catch a free film after dusk. Best for ages 6 and up.
5. Take in an outdoor performance at the Harborplace Amphitheater (spring and summer) – Located between the Harborplace Pavilions, the Amphitheater hosts free performances from singers, dancers, magicians and more. Best for ages 5 and up.
6. Burn off your lunch exploring the Heritage Walk (spring, summer & fall) – Beginning in the Inner Harbor, this free, guided walking tour takes visitors off the beaten path and deep into Baltimore’s history. Walkers visit little known but fascinating sites in the nearby neighborhoods of Little Italy, Jonestown and downtown. The tour begins at the Visitor Center in the Inner Harbor. Best for ages 10 and up.
7. Sing at The Fudgery (year round) – Watch and listen as the staff of The Fudgery sing acapella while turning and making fudge. Famous former employees include Baltimore native and singer Sisquo and the rest of R&B group Dru Hill. Best for ages 5 and up.
8. Spend the weekend at the Baltimore Book Festival (September) – The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts offers well-known authors, local bookstores, publishers, children’s writers, storytellers, author signings, crafts, refreshments and entertainment. Best for ages 5 and up.
9. Explore the Walters Art Museum (year round) – Free general admission except for special exhibits. Exhibits aimed at kids include the displays of knights’ armor, the statues, the colorful paintings, the furniture and the many small and lovely trinkets, including Faberge eggs. The museum owns more than 25,000 pieces of art. Best for ages 7 and up.
10. Play Volleyball at Rash Field (spring & summer) – Check out “Baltimore Beach” and its seven volleyball courts made up of 1,000 tons of sand located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. A place where local and visitor, beginner to expert can meet and play organized games. Best for ages 8 and up.