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.
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.
As capital of Maryland, Annapolis is a busy city and its city dock is always buzzing with activity. Known for it's sailing activities and sea based culture, the city dock shows off the best of Annapolis. Awarded for its eco-friendliness, its easy to see that the people of Annapolis love their heritage and aim to preserve it always. The city dock is one of the most noted tourist spots, where visitors like to stroll by the waterfront, enjoy a meal or watch as the boats pass by.
Comprising of woodlands, meadows and wetlands, its landscape is a natural habitat for wildlife and birds. Explore its trails to get a peek into its beauty. A secluded paradise for birders and nature lovers, this park also features a playground, equestrian rings, tennis courts, a cricket field and baseball fields.
A scenic park with public sports amenities, the Western Regional Park of Woodbine has much to offer. Featuring multi-purpose fields, tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds, there is something for all age groups and preferences here. If not in the mood for a game, take a walk around the park or enjoy a small picnic here. You can also rent the park pavilions for private events. Visit their website for more information and updates.
Nestled on the confluence of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay, this regional park is centered around a 19th-century fort that was active till 1927. Fort Smallwood Park was founded in 1928 and is a scenic place to spend the day. Beachcombing, fishing, picnicking, boating and swimming are some of the popular activities in this park. There are also other recreational facilities to enjoy such as horseshoe pits and volleyball courts. Check out the historic barracks and arsenal.
Get set for a nautical adventure as you step into the Clipper City Ship and depend on the winds to set your destination for the day. The capacity of the ship is 140, so it makes for a great venue to host events. Private and corporate sails usually last from three to four hours. The journey begins from the Baltimore Inner Harbor through the Chesapeake Bay and further. Clipper City departs from Baltimore from April through October. Annapolis, St. Michaels and Havre de Grace are also starting points at various times during the year. Daily sails start at Harbor Place and last for around two hours. Don't worry about food and beverages, as that is taken care of on board. Check the site for weekly events and rates.
This large piece of wilderness (over 450 acres) offers miles of trails for hiking and jogging. One of the main trails circumscribes Lake Roland, which was once one of the city's main reservoirs. Other trails reach back into densely forested areas, some taking you over scenic footbridges and others through small tunnels. The only caveat is that the park is a popular destination for dog walkers, and the less rugged trails are often crowded. Otherwise, it's a great urban escape.
Opened in 1996, Rockburn Branch Park is a regional park of the Howard County. This 450-acre (182.11 hectares) wooded parkland is a popular haunt among nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. Comprising of two distinct areas - the East and West, this scenic park is a great place to be out with family or friends. It has an extensive trail-way making it a favorable spot for hikers and walkers. Its winding landscape of marshes, streams and woodlands is a haven for birds and fish. There are several athletic fields, tennis courts and a playground in this park. Picnic areas are also available.
Enclosing the Troy Hill Manor, Troy Park at Elkridge is a new regional park that is still going through development. It is the eight county park of the Howard County. It features artificial multipurpose ground, bleachers, pavilions, benches and pavilions. There is also a playground for kids.