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. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Canton Waterfront Park

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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

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2.Carroll Park

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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

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3.Chinquapin Run Park

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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

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4.Clifton Park

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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

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5.Cylburn Arboretum

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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

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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

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7.Farring Baybrook Park

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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

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8.Federal Hill

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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

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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

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11.Herring Run Park

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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

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12.Inner Harbor Parks

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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

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13.Jones Falls Trail

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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

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14.Latrobe Park

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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

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15.Middle Branch Park

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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

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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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17.Patterson Park

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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

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18.Riverside Park

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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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19.Roosevelt Park

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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

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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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Attraction Spotlight: Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum is funded, maintained, and interpreted by Poe Baltimore, a not-for-profit organization. The museum, open to visitors Thursdays through Sundays on a seasonal schedule, is the National Historic Landmark of the location where Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) lived with his aunt and two of his cousins from 1833 to 1835.

Poe is an American writer best known for his macabre short stories and poems. He is said to have invented the genres of science fiction and detective fiction and is perhaps the first well-known American writer to have made his living solely through writing. He supplemented his income from creative writing by working as an editor and literary critic. Although the home is unfurnished, the plasterwork and woodwork remains original to the time Poe lived there. It is said that Poe wrote at least 10 of the short stories and poems for which he is well known while living in the small room on the third floor of this house. In addition, approximately eight of his literary reviews were published during this time. His portable writing desk and chair are on display as well as artifacts from when he lived with the Allan family in Richmond, Virginia, foster parents who had taken in the orphaned Poe at the age of 2. These items include a telescope, china, and glassware.

History: The unassuming brick row home at 3 Amity Street (now 203) was built in 1830. Poe’s aunt, Maria Clemm, rented the home in 1832 and lived there with her mother and her daughter, Poe’s cousin (and future wife) Virginia Clemm. Then 23-year-old Poe moved in with the Clemm family in 1833 and lived there until 1835. He is said to have occupied the top floor room, a small space with a sharply pitched ceiling that reached just 6 feet high at its highest point. In the 1930s, the house was scheduled to be demolished, but was saved and donated to the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, which opened the home as a museum in 1949. The museum displayed a small number of artifacts, including a painted portrait Poe made of his wife after her death, a lock of Poe’s hair, and a small piece of his coffin. The museum was known for its well-attended events, including an annual Poe birthday party held at his gravesite each January and a third funeral for Poe held on the bicentennial of his death in 2009. The celebration was attended by over 1,200 guests. The museum closed in 2012 after the City of Baltimore reduced its funding in 2011. In 2013, Poe Baltimore, a new nonprofit organization, was formed and the house and museum reopened. Poe Baltimore is an affiliate of the American Writer’s Museum, in good company with the Louisa May Alcott Orchard house, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Pearl S. Buck birthplace and home, and the Truman Capote and Harper Lee Old Courthouse Museum, among others.

Ongoing Programs and Education: Tours of the museum are hosted by Visit Baltimore, Baltimore’s tourism organization. The tour takes visitors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Poe Room, which houses a collection of Poe’s work, to the house and museum, and also to the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, where Poe was laid to rest. Tours should be booked directly with Visit Baltimore. Special events at the house and museum are scheduled from time to time and include readings of Poe’s work or readings from authors and poets inspired by Poe. The Poe & Poets live poetry reading series takes place on the second Sunday of each month and offers a poetry reading as well as an open mic. The annual Pints for Poe event raises money each spring for the upkeep of the house and educational programming.

Past and Future Exhibits: Exhibits at the home and museum are temporary. Poe and Print featured reproductions of rare books and magazines from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection. The works showcased Poe’s savvy in the world of publishing in the 1830s and ‘40s as he diversified his contributions to periodicals and books to earn a living as a writer. The museum frequently hosts specially themed tours of the home. Tours have been led by historians or authors and in one case the museum hosted an actor who led special tours of the home as Edgar Allan Poe himself.

203 N. Amity Street, Baltimore, MD 21223, Phone: 410-462-1763

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Attraction Spotlight: Geppi's Entertainment Museum

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, MD offers a look at over 250 years of American pop culture memorabilia. The collection of over 6,000 artifacts includes games, toys, comic books, dolls, and more. The museum is housed in the historic Camden Station in Baltimore, Maryland. The permanent collection is exhibited in 7 different rooms and takes visitors through a timeline of American pop culture, from the earliest days of the United States to the present. The Story in Four Colors exhibit features comic books and their role in the development of pop culture’s most influential characters. The Extra! Extra! exhibit features the development of newspaper comics from 1776 to 1927, and the characters’ role in entertaining families and pitching products and ideas. The years 1928 through 1945 are represented in the exhibit When Heroes Unite, which introduces flying superheroes, from Mickey Mouse to Superman, who were inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s historic trans-Atlantic flight. America Tunes In chronicles the period from 1946 to 1960. With the introduction of television in the post-war era, superheroes entered American homes along with news of world events. Rock ‘n roll was also taking America by storm, and pop culture characters reflected this fascination. The Revolution exhibit reflects the period from 1961 to 1970, in which comic book characters espoused current events from rock ‘n roll culture to Cold War villains. The Expanding Universe exhibit shows visitors how new technologies allowed for an increased focus on home entertainment between 1971 and 1990, when video games rose to popularity. Going Global chronicles the rise of multimedia, pop culture on the internet, and the resurgence of old “vintage” favorites.

History: Stephen A. Geppi, the CEO of Diamond Comic Distributers, founded the Entertainment Museum in 2006. Mr. Geppi owned several comic book stores in Baltimore in the 1970s, and subsequently founded the largest comic book direct distribution service in 1982. Diamond Comic Distributers is still in operation today. Geppi’s privately owned museum consists of over 16,000 square feet of exhibition space. A passionate collector himself, Geppi has donated most of the artifacts from his own private collection. The permanent collection was organized by the museum’s founding curator, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, founder of Gemstone Publishing, a publisher of comic books and collector’s guides. The family-run museum is helmed by Geppi’s daughter, Melissa Geppi-Bowersox, who was promoted to the role of president in 2012. The museum is accompanied by Geppi’s Comic World, the museum store, which offers a variety of comic books and collectibles and is named in honor of Geppi’s original comic store chain.

Ongoing Programs and Education: School groups and others are welcome at the Entertainment Museum for group tours. Tours may be arranged to align with a particular theme or area of study. Educational talks are held occasionally on the museum’s 3rd floor. The museum is host to a number of public events and may be rented for private events. Zombie Gras is an annual Mardi Gras party in which guests meet at the museum, get outfitted as zombies, then zombie-walk the streets for meals at participating restaurants. The Pirates and Princess Party is an annual costume event for children. Kids participate in games and activities in the museum dressed as their favorite princess or pirate.

Past and Future Exhibits: Pioneer Spirit: Baltimore Heroes showcases the hometown heroes of Baltimore who have influenced the growth and character of the city since its founding in 1729. This special exhibit opened in 2011 and includes personal items belonging to the museum’s founder as well as donated items that reflect the cultural contributions of Baltimore, nicknamed “Charm City” in 1975. Visitors can nominate a Baltimore leader or entertainer to be included in the Pioneer Spirit exhibit. Voting takes place online three times per year. Other rotating exhibits have included Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond as well as a special exhibit on Star Wars. An exhibit on the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide explored the history of the annually published guide. Since 1970 it has been considered the foremost authority for collectors on standardized comic book pricing.

What’s Nearby: Also located in the historic Camden Station at Camden Yards is the Sports Legends Museum. This museum is on the first floor directly underneath Geppi’s Entertainment Museum and is a nonprofit museum managed by the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum.

301 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: 410-625-7060

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Attraction Spotlight: Baltimore Cylburn Arboretum

The Cylburn Arboretum of Baltimore is centered around the Clyburn mansion and offers 207 acres of gardens, woodlands, and trails. There are over 20 gardens, which are themed as memorials, traditional gardens, or specific habitats. Each garden features both annuals and perennials to offer a variety of colors and textures throughout the year.

The South Gardens in front of the mansion include several memorial gardens as well as an azalea garden. The West Gardens include a master gardener’s vegetable garden demonstration and composting site. The North Gardens behind the mansion offer examples of small city backyard gardens as well as a shady garden. There are also a dahlia garden, heritage rose garden and day lily garden. The East Gardens contain the Garden of the Senses as well as a formal garden and tree peony collection. The tree and shrub collections include some trees that were planted in the 1800s, when the mansion was first built. Among these originals is a grove of Japanese maple trees. There is a conifer collection and a collection of flowering trees including magnolias, weeping cherry trees, hollies, and flowering shrubs. Over 3.5 miles of trails and woodlands makes Clyburn one of the largest wooded areas in Baltimore, and therefore an important habitat for wildlife and wildflowers. The arboretum is home to the Baltimore Bird Club, and the trails are open for hiking and dog walking; bikes are allowed on paved paths only. The first floor of the Clyburn mansion is accessible by the public during limited hours. Many of the original architectural fixtures and details can be seen. A display case in the front hall holds period photos of the original building and grounds as well as photos of Jesse and Edyth Tyson, the home’s original owners.

History: The Clyburn mansion was built in 1868 by Jesse Tyson, President of Baltimore Chrome Works and son of Isaac Tyson. Isaac Tyson had amassed a fortune in chromium mining and both his sons followed in the family business. The second son, James, ran mining operations throughout Pennsylvania, Vermont, California, and Georgia, and built the Ruscombe mansion next door. The Clyburn mansion was built in the Victorian Renaissance Revival style and is noted for its use of local gneiss stone and its inlaid floors, leaded glass, and marble baths. The home, with its tall windows and wide porches, was used as a summer residence for the Tyson family. The architect, George A. Frederick, would go on to build Baltimore’s City Hall. The Clyburn mansion remained a home for Jesse Tyson and his wife Edyth through his death in 1906, and through her second marriage until her death in 1942. The home was then auctioned and briefly used as a residence for orphaned children. In 1954, the city founded the Cylburn Wildflower Preserve and Garden Center to make use of the home and grounds as a park, fulfilling a 1903 study completed by the famed landscape architects, the Olmstead Brothers. The formal gardens were restored and the mansion was used as office space for the park. In 1982, the park was renamed as an arboretum to reflect its history of stewardship of the gardens, lawns, natural wooded areas, and planted trees. Today’s arboretum reflects the history of the site by offering education, events, and continued care of the land and home. Two new buildings were constructed between 2008 and 2010, a visitor center and education center, to further serve the arboretum’s mission.

Ongoing Programs and Education: Visitors to the trails may participate in documenting the wildlife at the arboretum by sending photos via email and including the day, time, and place the animal was spotted. The trail system is popular with birders, who can spot a variety of species, which come to enjoy the wildflowers and trees. Visitors may also download scavenger hunt lists prior to their visit. Other programs include yoga, gardening workshops, and educational talks. Summer Nature Camps for children aged 5-11 teach kids about science, nature, and the environment. The Food Systems Lab is a teaching farm operating on the grounds of the arboretum, which offers a weekly open house where visitors can learn about sustainable food growing practices. The lab, which is operated in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, teaches about sustainable practices in food production, including aquaponics, the process of growing plants in water using fish to process waste and re-circulate nutrients.

Past and Future Exhibits: The Vollmer Visitor center is host to a variety of exhibits. Currently, artist Kathleen Kotarba, an award-winning painter from Baltimore, has several paintings on display. Admission to the exhibits and grounds is free, and the arboretum is open all year round except on major holidays.

4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209, Phone: 410-367-2217

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