With flowers blooming and the weather warming up, see all there is to do in Charm City in the spring. If you’re from the DMV, you know that the weather here is completely bonkers. There are weeks where your outfits could include shorts and a puffy jacket to stay warm.
Spring in Baltimore is amazing because the weather then is perfect; it’s warm but breezy, the sun will be out, but it won’t be humid – perfect! Here are some things you can do to make the most of the gorgeous weather.
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Have a picnic amongst the tulips
Sherwood Gardens is a beautiful garden in Baltimore and while it started as a private place, it was soon open to the public because thousands of visitors would go there each spring to take in the stunning views. Their annual spring tulip display usually runs from April to May, though the prime viewing period is usually the last week of April. Take some pictures, have a picnic, and enjoy the great weather.
Take the kids to the park
While Sherwood Gardens is an excellent choice for a stroll or a picnic, if you’re out and about with young ones, you might prefer a park with a play area to keep them entertained. Some of my favorite playgrounds in Baltimore are:
- Federal Hill Park
- Pierce’s Park
- Meadowood Regional Park
- Rogers Forge Tot Lot
- Oregon Ridge Park Playground
Visit the Maryland Zoo
Visit over 1,500 animals at the Maryland Zoo. And while you can do this any time of the year, spring is the best time to do so because of the pleasant weather since you’ll be spending most of the time outdoors. It’s fun for all ages and you’ll get some exercise outdoors while also having an educational, interactive experience.
Take advantage of outdoor seating at many of Baltimore restaurants
Baltimore has some wonderful restaurants, many of which have won awards for their chefs, team, food, or customer service. When the weather turns nice, everyone wants to spend as much time outdoors as possible – including restaurant-goers! Have a meal at one of the many restaurants in BMore with a patio or deck. Some of my favorites are:
- Locust Point Steamers (rooftop deck with panoramic views of the harbor)
- Nick’s Fish House (live performances during the weekend)
- Bo Brooks Restaurant (has an outdoor tiki bar!)
- Barcocina (there’s brunch every day of the week)
- Loch Bar (over 350 different whiskeys available)
Watch a baseball game at Camden Yards
Home to the Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards is a beautiful place to visit in the spring. It’s right when baseball season starts (end of March/ beginning of April) when the weather is perfect, and the atmosphere is vibrant. If you can time it right, visit during Opening Day for the Orioles – the family-friendly celebrations are fantastic.
Go for a hike at Loch Raven Reservoir
Loch Raven Reservoir Park is one of my favorite places to spend a sunny and cheerful spring day. There are trails for all skill levels, the views are beautiful, and you can spend hours exploring the outdoors. If hiking is not your thing, you can also go biking, boating, fishing, or bird watching there.
Spend time in the outdoor sculpture garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art
There are two reasons for the Baltimore Museum of Art to stand out from the many other museums in Baltimore. One, admission is free, and free is always good. Two, they have an outdoor sculpture garden! You can stroll through the winding path to come across thirty-three sculptures across three acres. The sculptures are modern and stunning and are perfect to take in while feasting on lunch from Gertrude’s (located within the museum).
Check out an annual Baltimore spring event
Baltimore hosts tons of events every year and we have some great ones during the spring. Celebrating everything from bluegrass music to the nationally-renowned Preakness Stakes, here are a couple of Charm City’s most anticipated events.
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Attracting crowds for over 60 years, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Baltimore brings thousands of people together. Join the march, celebrate Irish culture, and spend the day enjoying the music, song, and dance. And of course, you can’t celebrate St. Patty’s Day without a drink or two!
Charm City Bluegrass Festival
Usually held on the last weekend in April, the Charm City Bluegrass Festival is an unforgettable event for bluegrass music lovers. It’s extremely family-friendly and kids twelve and under can attend for free. The two-day event is hosted live on Druid Hill Park, and both two-day and one-day tickets are available. Some of the artists scheduled for the 2022 Charm City Bluegrass Festival are The Lil Smokies, Hackensaw Boys, Jake Blount, and Wicked Sycamore.
Maryland Film Festival
Taking place in Baltimore each May, the Maryland Film Festival is a beloved five-day international film festival. The annual event has attracted movie aficionados from all over the world since it launched in 1999. You can purchase tickets to the entire event, certain days, or particular movies.
Organized by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, Flower Mart is one of the oldest free public festivals in Baltimore. It is usually hosted during the last weekend in April and is filled with vendors selling local foods, arts and crafts, and plants and flowers of course.
The HonFest in Hampden is one of the most popular annual events in Baltimore. The street festival takes over five blocks of the neighborhood and has stages for live music performances, fashion shows, and contests. There are also tons of food, craft, corporate, and non-profit vendors with stalls set up throughout the festival.
The Preakness Stakes is held at the Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore on the third Saturday in May of each year. The American thoroughbred horse race is part of an event-filled weekend that could include private luxury suites, VIP dining, and one of the biggest multi-entertainment festivals (InfieldFest).