Are you going to be spending most of your time in Baltimore this summer? Lucky you! There are so many fun things to do in this bustling city. The only hard part will be deciding what to do first.
If you’re on a budget, you’re in luck, because many of these exciting summer activities are free. Here’s how you can fight off summer boredom, explore charm city and still come home with money in your pocket:
Learn to Salsa
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to salsa dance, just head over to the Talara Restaurant in Harbor East. Every Monday night, this eatery offers free salsa lessons beginning at 9 p.m. When you need a break from dancing, relax by sipping on a colorful mojito or snacking on any of their Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
Take a Dip in the Walter Sondheim Fountain
Don’t have a pool to beat the summer heat? You don’t need one. The Walter Sondheim Fountain located at the Inner Harbor allows you to step foot in the fountain to cool off. Feel free to watch in awe as the 53 interactive water jets dance around the fountain.
Visit Belvedere Square
Stroll through Belvedere Square, which is located only seven miles north of Downtown Baltimore. There is a never-ending list of things to do here, and it’s a great place to spend the day, whether you’re with friends, family or a significant other. Hit the shops; then relax at one of the many delicious restaurants in the square, like Ryan’s Daughter, an Irish pub and restaurant. My favorite part about Belvedere Square, however, is the free music. Every Friday night, you’ll find different local bands playing.
Spend the Afternoon at Camden Yards
Camden Yards is the home of the Baltimore Orioles. Even if you’re not a big baseball fan, it’s fun to take in the environment at the ballpark. Don’t leave without a souvenir! The park is located west of the Inner Harbor and is only two blocks from the birthplace of baseball legend Babe Ruth.
If you just moved to Baltimore and are looking for knickknacks and accessories to fill your apartment, head over to the Second Sunday Antique Market. You can find anything from beautiful vintage jewelry and old books to one-of-a-kind art and furniture. This flea market takes place every Sunday morning in the Fells Point neighborhood, so don’t forget to mark your calendar.
Be Entertained at the Harborplace Amphitheater
Search for summer activities no more. You never know what you’re going to find at the Harborplace Amphitheater. There are always free musical performances going on during the weekend that span a variety of genres, like Motown, country and R&B. During the day, you can watch a magician or be amazed by street performers.
Lose Yourself at the Cylburn Arboretum
There’s nothing more serene and relaxing than being surrounded by the beauty of nature. This 207-acre arboretum features colorful gardens, spacious green lawns and rare trees like Japanese maples. This is a great place to come if you would like to sit and read or simply go for a hike with a friend.
Enjoy the Cuisine
You can’t spend a summer in Baltimore without immersing yourself in the delicious seafood. Make reservations at Canton Dockside, where you and your date can enjoy the view of the sunset over the water while picking through your choice of steamed blue crabs. I can’t decide what I like more about this place—the food or the view. See for yourself!
Watch a Movie Outside
When the weather is so beautiful outside, you don’t want to spend your evening inside of a dark movie theater. Instead, watch the latest must-see film on the Pier in Fell’s Point. On Wednesday nights at 8:45, this location screens free movies. On Thursdays, pay a visit to Federal Hill to watch a film.
Because the event is sponsored by American Visionary Art Museum, you get free admission into the museum on the day of the movie. You’ve got yourself the perfect date right there: stroll through the museum and finish off the night with an outdoor movie.