Baltimore contains numerous public parks that provide both residents and visitors alike with an escape from the busy city life. These parks provide plenty of opportunity for outdoor recreation activities and relaxation, whether people are looking to go hiking, enjoy a picnic, swim, play sports, explore historic buildings, or just relax.
1.Canton Waterfront Park
The Canton Waterfront Park sits between the Baltimore Harbor and Boston Street, providing eight acres of harbor views and an easily accessible recreation area. Visitors can experience both the past and present of maritime Baltimore, viewing Fort McHenry across the water and the giant docked United States Navy ships at the Clinton Street Marine Terminal. Facilities at the Canton Waterfront Park include a fishing pier and a boat ramp. The park is also a good starting point for exploring the Waterfront Promenade and is also home to the city’s Korean War Memorial, which contains names of the Marylanders who died during the war.
3001 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, Phone: 410-396-7931
Carroll Park in the city of Baltimore, Maryland boasts a variety of athletic fields, a great outdoor skating facility, a playgrounds, and a 9-hole executive golf course a little further west. The city park is the third oldest of its kind in Baltimore and was formerly a part of the expansive Mount Clare estate owned by a man by the name of Charles Carroll, who was a Barrister during the middle of the eighteenth century. Visitors can explore the Gwynns Falls Trail, which passes along the edge of the actual park and the golf course.
1500 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230, Phone: 410-685-8344
3.Chinquapin Run Park
The Chinquapin Run Park is situated in the northeast area of Baltimore and is a a city park and 76-acre stream corridor buffered by recreation areas and natural green space. The park itself follows along the meandering course of Chinquapin Run and features family-oriented recreational amenities near the park’s top section, such as a tennis court and a playground area. Below this area is an open, rolling park space filled with a basketball court, two grassy ballfields, and a soccer pitch.The south end is marked by the Morgan State University, Perring Parkway, and a rec center.
6000 Chinquapin Pkwy, Baltimore 21239
Clifton Park boasts clay tennis courts and an eighteen-hole golf course, but still possesses a rolling landscape, as well as its character of an English garden. The park was originally part of the Johns Hopkins estate that includes a sculpture and marble statuary collection, orangeries, rustic bridges, islands, and a lake. The original farmhouse was transformed into an Italian Villa featuring a tower offering panoramic views of the city and the Baltimore Harbor. The mansion house was converted into a pro golf shop and offices. Visitors can also see the 7-foot-4 “On the Trail” bronze sculpture of a Native American.
2801 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218, Phone: 410-243-3500
The Cylburn Arboretum spans across approximately two hundred acres and is an urban oasis in the middle of Baltimore City. The arboretum is a place for learning, relaxation, and natural beauty, boasting a historic mansion, wooded trails, stunning gardens, and hundreds of different specimens of plantings and trees. The Cylburn Arboretum is open to visitors throughout the year and admission is free of charge. Dogs are also welcome as long as they remain leashed. Cylburn is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday. The Mansion is open Tuesday through Friday, from 8:00am until 3:00pm.
4915 Greenspring Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209, Phone: 410-367-2217
6.Druid Hill Park
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The Druid Hill Park is one of America’s first large public parks and the first of the City of Baltimore’s large municipal parks. Druid Hill Park is also known as the country’s third oldest established park and is encompasses almost 750 acres. The most notable features of the park are the Maryland Zoo and the Druid Hill Reservoir, a man-made reservoir built between 1863 and 1871. Druid Hill Park also includes the Howard P Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, the second oldest Victorian glass conservatory in the United States. The Jones Falls trail meanders through the “back hills” of the park.
900 Druid Park Lake Dr, Baltimore, MD 21217, Phone: 410-396-7900
7.Farring Baybrook Park
The Farring Baybrook Park is an expansive green space in the city that connects the neighborhoods of Curtis Bay and Brooklyn, and is one of Baltimore’s largest green spaces, boasting more than one hundred acres of land. Farring Baybrook Park today hosts a variety of outdoor activities and events, and is a good place to see the city skyline of Baltimore. Among the amenities at the park are a rec center and an indoor sports pavilion. The rec center offers an array of wheelchair sports activities and special Olympics programs among several other activities for guests.
4501 Farring Ct, Brooklyn, MD 21225, Phone: 410-396-1550
The Federal Hill Park is a place that inspires awe in many visitors and history abounds, standing today as signature landmark of the city. Located a little south of the city’s downtown area and just a short walking distance from the Inner Harbor, the park provides one of the greatest harbor views in Baltimore. Federal Hill was established as a public park in 1880 and then included on the National Register of Historic Places as the “Federal Hill District, which includes the surrounding neighborhood, 90 years later. There are several monuments throughout the park and a large green hillside.
300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
9.Gwynns Falls Leakin Park
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The Gwynns Falls Leakin Park is made up of two adjoining parks in the city of Baltimore, Leaking Park and Gwynns Falls Park, offering a total of a little more than 1,200 acres as the most extensive city park. Located along the stream of Gwynns Falls, the park is situated on the west side of the city. The combined Gwynns Falls Leakin Park is a protected wilderness area, mostly left in the original natural state. The area is also known for parts of The Blair Witch Project horror film of 1999 being filmed here.
4921 Windsor Mill Rd, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
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10.Gwynns Falls Trail
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The Gwynns Falls Trail running through Baltimore, Maryland is approximately twenty-two miles in length and is a continuous corridor of bicycling and hiking trails inside of the city. The trail is named after Gwynns Falls, as it follows its course, and passes through the Gwynns Falls Leakin Park. The trail connects dozens of neighborhoods in southwest and west Baltimore with the business district, cultural and historical landmarks, and parks. The Gwynns Falls Trails can be accessed from a number of trailhead parking lots, including on Frederick Avenue, Leon Day Park, Windsor Mill Road, and Winans Meadow.
Baltimore, MD 21207, Phone: 410-396-0440
11.Herring Run Park
Herring Run Park in northeastern Baltimore is an oasis within an urban setting, offering visitors woodlands spanning 375 acres. The park itself is defined by Herring Run, a stream that winds through the park. There is a trail extending from Sinclair Lane to the Halls Spring Area that provides biking and walking opportunities along the bed of the stream. There is also a full loop and several side hiking trails in the park, as well as a basketball half-court, a playground, and picnic areas in the Halls Spring area. Several ball fields can be found at Father Hooper field.
3900 Bel Air Rd, Baltimore, MD 21213
12.Inner Harbor Parks
The Inner Harbor Parks of Baltimore consists of Rash Field and West Shore Park. Rash Field is a seven-acre park along the Inner Harbor and acts as a unique space at the intersection of water and land, connecting nature with recreation, commerce, and culture. It also offers one of the finest views of downtown Baltimore and features bleacher seating and an expansive grassy area. West Shore Park is situated in more of the “heart” of Inner Harbor, perched beside the edge of the water, and boasts a large grassy lawn for events, an interactive fountain, gardens, pavilions, and sitting areas.
201 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
13.Jones Falls Trail
The Jones Falls Trail is a biking and hiking trail around ten miles in length, running primarily along the Jones Falls, where it gets its name, and is a major corridor for transportation in Baltimore. The trail also includes the bike path around the Druid Hill Reservoir and provides access to the Druid Hill Park. The Jones Falls Trail is part of a segment of the greater East Coast Greenway, an ever growing multi-use trail network that spans across fifteen states, as well as the nation’s capital. Visitors along the trail can also take in views of Jones Falls and the Historic Mill Valley.
1900 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211
The Latrobe Park is a gem of the Locust Point neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Originally just encompassing a mere six acres, Latrobe Park today features a rather large gated playground and area for toddlers with rubberized flooring, a turf athletic field, illuminated tennis courts, basketball courts, a recreation center, and a dog park. Latrobe Park is just a short walk from anywhere within the neighborhood of Locust Point. The park is named after Mayor Ferdinand Latrobe, a member of the distinguished Latrobe family of Baltimore and was created for the working class families of Locust Point.
1529 Fort Avenue, Baltimore, Md 21230
15.Middle Branch Park
The Middle Branch Park is thought to be one of the most pleasant parks in Baltimore, located across the Hanover Street Bridge, south of the city’s Inner Harbor. The beautiful park gets its name from being located along the Patapsco River’s “middle branch.” Middle Branch Park is about 150 acres in size, established by the City of Baltimore in 1977. The park offers a variety of recreation activities as well, such as catch and release recreational fishing, kayaking, canoeing, walking, and bicycling. The park can also be reached by the Gwynns Falls Trail by walking or biking.
3301 Waterview Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230, Phone: 410-396-3838
16.Mount Vernon Place
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Mount Vernon is home to one of the East Coast’s most well-preserved and historically significant nineteenth-century architecture. The area surrounding the Washington Monument is the centerpiece of the Mount Vernon Place Historic District. This monument, constructed between the years of 1815 and 1829, was the first formal monument in the United States to be built to honor George Washington. Mount Vernon Place features four different smaller parks radiating out from the Washington Monument. These four parks are considered to be some of the best urban landscapes still in existence by Carrere & Hastings, a beaux-arts architectural firm.
699 Washington Pl, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: 410-962-5070
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Patterson Park is a public park often visited churches and schools in the neighborhood for the park’s athletic fields. It is also home to one of only two ice rinks open to the public in the city of Baltimore. One of the most significant features of architecture found within Patterson Park is the pagoda, which was built in 1891. The park is still the most intensively used of the large parks of Baltimore and is an excellent example of the park design used during the nineteenth century. Extensive row house neighborhoods surround Patterson Park, relying on the park for open space.
Baltimore, MD 21224
The Riverside Park is almost seventeen acres in size and is a public city park located within the city’s historic Riverside neighborhood. Over the years, several improvements have been made to the Riverside Park by the Public Park Commission, including the addition of gas lighting, iron railings, a nursery, a marble fountain located at the center of the park, sports courts and sports fields, playgrounds, and a swimming pool. Events and concerts are hosted throughout the year at the park’s gazebo, and have long been a popular attraction drawing local citizens to the park grounds since the late 1800’s.
301 E Randall St, Baltimore, MD 21230, Phone: 410-396-7931
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The Roosevelt Park is sometimes referred to as “Hampden’s Jewel Along the Jones Falls.” Nearly nineteen acres in size, this park has provided residents with prime recreation opportunities in the city for the neighborhoods along the area of Jones Falls for over one hundred years. The Roosevelt Recreation Center was one of Baltimore’s first established recreation centers and still anchors the park. The center offers a wide variety of events and programs for people of all ages. There is also the Community Garden in the park’s northwest corner, as well as an array of sports fields, like softball and baseball diamonds.
1221 West 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
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20.St. Mary’s Park
St. Mary’s Park in Baltimore, Maryland is situated in the Seton Hill Historic District, on land that was originally the site of the St. Mary’s Seminary, the country’s first Roman Catholic seminary. The park today consists of downtown Baltimore’s largest open green space. The 19th-century row houses, mature shade trees, and expansive grassy areas make St. Mary’s Park a beautiful setting for many different events, including the Baltimore Bike Party. The park is also home to the Mother Seton House, which is now a spiritual landmark that was once the home of the Catholic Church’s first United States-born canonized saint.
601 North Paca Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
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20 Best Baltimore Parks
- Canton Waterfront Park, Photo: jonbilous/stock.adobe.com
- Carroll Park, Photo: tadeas/stock.adobe.com
- Chinquapin Run Park, Photo: ablokhin/stock.adobe.com
- Clifton Park, Photo: squirlgirl/stock.adobe.com
- Cylburn Arboretum, Photo: jonbilous/stock.adobe.com
- Druid Hill Park, Photo: Christian Hinkle/stock.adobe.com
- Farring Baybrook Park, Photo: slonme/stock.adobe.com
- Federal Hill, Photo: jonbilous/stock.adobe.com
- Gwynns Falls Leakin Park, Photo: K Stocker/stock.adobe.com
- Gwynns Falls Trail, Photo: Michael Kachalov/stock.adobe.com
- Herring Run Park, Photo: Mexrix/stock.adobe.com
- Inner Harbor Parks, Photo: Tierney/stock.adobe.com
- Jones Falls Trail, Photo: ant/stock.adobe.com
- Latrobe Park, Photo: sarenac77/stock.adobe.com
- Middle Branch Park, Photo: corepics/stock.adobe.com
- Mount Vernon Place, Photo: Christian Hinkle/stock.adobe.com
- Patterson Park, Photo: Sergey Novikov/stock.adobe.com
- Riverside Park, Photo: jonbilous/stock.adobe.com
- Roosevelt Park, Photo: Bric/stock.adobe.com
- St. Mary’s Park, Photo: funkenzauber/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Ekasak/stock.adobe.com