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Best Outdoor Activities in Baltimore

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Leone Riverside Park

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.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Carroll Park

This 117 acre (47 hectare) park is located on the Southwest area of Baltimore. The park is home to various sporting fields, nine hole golf course, playground, outdoor skating facility, basketball courts, hiking trails and much more. Aside from all of the facilities this park is also known for hosting the German festival once a year.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Patterson Park

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.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Druid Hill Park

Baltimore's first municipal park, Druid Hill Park, spans across 745 acres (300 hectares) and is featured on the National Register of Historic Places. The famed park is apt for evening strolls, picnics, ball games, riding, or simply lazing under the shady trees. Fringed by Jones Falls Expressway, the verdant park has plenty of water features like springs and lakes. Moreover, it is home to the Conservatory and Palm House.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Gwynns Falls Trail

Following the Gwnns Falls stream, this 15 mile urban nature path provides a beautiful and scenic retreat in the city of Baltimore. Popular among hikers and cyclists, the trail runs through one of the largest wilderness parks in the United States and makes its way through 30 various neighborhoods. Perfect for a leisurely stroll or afternoon picnic, Gwynns Falls Trail will having you enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Herring Run Park

With over 300 acres (121 hectares) of lush greenery, this park runs through the Belair Edison neighborhood and straddles the Herring Run stream. With open fields, mature trees, tinkling stream nearby, and winding paved paths, this park is the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The denizens of Baltimore can be found hiking, biking, dog walking or taking leisurely strolls. Two important sites within the park include monuments honoring Christopher Columbus and war veterans.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Cylburn Arboretum

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.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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UMBC Fieldhouse

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) houses the UMBC Fieldhouse in the RAC Arena of the campus. This place has hosted many athletic events as well as concerts by famous artists like Staind, Good Charlotte to name a few. There is also a gymnasium, locker room and other basic facilities available at the venue. The university field house is also used for many intercollegiate events and other social functions.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Park

This 13-mile (20 kilometers) paved trail stretches from suburban Glen Burnie to Annapolis, affording bicyclists, skaters and walkers a respite from the hustle and bustle of Baltimore's encroaching suburbs. Baltimore & Annapolis Trail Park attracts about 1.5 million people annually and is one of the most popular bicycling-hiking trails in the region. The linear park is 66-foot (20 meters) wide from beginning to end. Parking is available at Route 450 (Ritchie Highway) and Boulter's Way in Annapolis, and at the northern Earleigh Heights Road in Severna Park. The park opens daily at 7a.

Severna Park, MD, United States
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Oregon Ridge Park

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.

Cockeysville, MD, United States
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