The summers in Baltimore are long and hot, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring! There is plenty to do in the area to keep yourself entertained, but sometimes you just don't have the cash to spend.
Below are five free things in Baltimore that you can do this summer or at any time of the year.
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The building itself is a work of art, but within its many halls are even more exquisite works to behold.[/caption]
If you're an art nerd or a history buff, this massive museum will not disappoint. In the 1800s an immensely wealthy father and son began this this massive art collection. The collection was opened to the public in 1939. Now housed in a luxurious stone palazzo just steps from the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon/Belvedere, the Walters collection is undeniably impressive. You can browse all or some of its six floors entirely for free.
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Aerial photograph of a First Thursday Concert. Photo by Will Cocks Photography.[/caption]
WTMD is Towson University's Public broadcast radio with a strong presence and great reputation in the Baltimore music scene. The radio station showcases local music and provides affordable events year round, but the station's First Thursdays concert series is without a doubt the most popular event they sponsor. The first Thursday of every month, beginning in May, the station takes over Canton Waterfront Park
and hosts a concert that is free to all. Featuring two stages, the concert showcases local Baltimore bands and other popular groups from the region. In a city so small, you're bound to run into friend or even meet a local celebrity. The event is rain or shine.
Visit The Baltimore Museum of Art
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The regal exterior of the BMA[/caption]
This gigantic museum was founded in 1914 and for over 100 years has engaged its visitors through dynamic exhibitions. Some notable parts in the permanent collection include exhibits of African American and Ancient American art, as well as classical Antioch Mosaics and the work of contemporary artists. The museum is known for its innovative educational and community outreach programs, as well as for the unique and culturally relevant exhibitions that rotate in and out of its gallery spaces. Some of the featured exhibits currently there for the summer include Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art
, and Oliver Herring: Areas for Action
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Photo courtesy of WYPR[/caption]
This amazing free party is great for those looking for something imaginative and the active to do. The party happens the last Friday of every month and is a great way to meet new friends and explore the beautiful neighborhoods and parks of Baltimore city. If you enjoy alcohol, this a massive gathering of hundreds of bicyclists literally takes the party to the streets. The rides are around 10 miles long, but also include a halfway point for much needed rest. At the end of the ride is a huge block party with a live DJ, food trucks, and local draft beer.
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The iconic Patterson Park Pagoda[/caption]
Even though the city can be loud and crowded, there are still beautiful and spacious parks to be explored. Patterson Park, nicknamed "Baltimore's Best Backyard," is accessible by many of the most popular neighborhoods in the city. A boat lake where you can fish, a stunning Pagoda with an an interesting history
, and a large marble fountain are all within the park's 135 acres.
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Rawling Conservatory, located in Druid Hill Park.[/caption]
Druid Hill Park is Baltimore's largest urban park. It has a rich history and is one of the oldest landscaped urban parks in the country. Within the park are beautiful walking trails, manicured gardens, and a gorgeous conservatory
full of lush plants year round. At the center of the park is the Baltimore Zoo, which is not free, but is worth a visit if you have the cash.
Which activity will you be participating in? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!