This 173-acre (70 hectares) woodland park in the heart of Baltimore offers nature lovers a respite from the noise and congestion of the city. Formerly an estate, the home and grounds are open to visitors today and include a horticultural reference library, a bird and nature museum and a gift shop. The grounds include formal and woodland gardens and trails. Throughout the year, symposiums, workshops and exhibits on a variety of horticultural-related subjects are held.
This small park, just south of the Inner Harbor, offers a gigantic, well-kept public swimming pool, where neighborhood children swim for a dollar a day during July and August. There are plenty of benches, and a small gazebo offers a shady spot for a picnic lunch. Other sporting facilities include basketball courts, and two ballfields. In 2008 this park was named one of Baltimore's historical landmarks.
Patterson Park is located in the heart of Baltimore. This public park is a popular recreational spot among locals and tourists. Take a jog, enjoy a picnic on its verdant lawns or relax with some fishing at the boat lake. It features tennis courts, playgrounds and a swimming pool that are a good bet for sports enthusiasts. Punctuating the center of this landscape is a pagoda-style observation tower that provides stunning views of the city. The architectural highlight of this green space is the General Casimir Pulaski Monument.
Spread over a staggering 1,043 acres (422 hectares), the Oregon Ridge Park is a great place to spend a Sunday with the whole family. Surrounded by nature, it makes for a great getaway from the chaotic and clustered city life, and one of the best ways to take in all that is to go hiking, and the park has miles of trails specially for that purpose. Besides, hiking, the park also has facilities for swimming and for picnicking, thus making it an ideal place to take the whole family for a fun-filled day out. The Oregon Ridge Park also has something for the sports enthusiast as it has a golf course and sledding facilities.
Clifton Park was previously a farmland purchased by John Hopkins in 1853. The estate was later converted into a recreational space with activities open to the community. It's 18-hole golf course was the first of its kind in Baltimore. This landscape features the splendid Clifton Mansion, manicured lawns, flourishing woods, as well as clay tennis courts and swimming pools. Despite refurbishment over the years, it retains its original English style and charm. It is, however, the various events hosted here that attract visitors the most.
Randallstown Community Center is an ideal space to spend your leisure time. This place boasts a fitness center, basketball ground, indoor running track, swimming pool and computer training room. The center also rents out its space for private events and business meetings.