The Charm of Charm City: Things to Do in Baltimore City

As we go through life, our interests evolve and adjust. We realize that spending time doing the things we love is more important than ever. Whether you are a creature of habit who enjoys dinner and a movie, or you want to expand your cultural horizons with a stroll through a museum—Baltimore is rich with options for residents of Roland Park Place!

Roland Park Place is situated just 30 minutes outside downtown Baltimore City, which means it will be easier than ever for you to explore the charming local culture, culinary delights, shopping, and entertainment venues with ease.

This on-demand lifestyle is shared equally with members of the surrounding community, which gives the residents of Roland Park Place the opportunity to become active members of this beautiful, historic town.

With all the wonderful services and amenities offered at Roland Park Place, residents will have nearly everything needed to live a lifestyle of ease and accessibility. But when the mood strikes and you find yourself wishing to step out for the day and explore, the variety of activities surrounding the city have plenty to offer.

Keep reading for insight into all the amazing activities you can do in Baltimore’s Charm City!

Shopping

The Village of Cross Keys: Some of the best shopping Maryland has to offer can be found at the Village of Cross Keys. This is the ideal place to visit when you want to grab a coffee and take your time finding the perfect gift for a loved one (or even for yourself)!

At The Village you will find local boutiques selling one of a kind items in addition to popular retailers like Talbots. After working up an appetite from all the shopping, stop into one of the many restaurants serving up some of the finest meals in town.

Hampden Village Shops: In addition to having an incredible collection of shops and specialty stores to visit, the town of Hampden is full of fun things to do when you want to break away from the norm of everyday life.

Throughout the year Hampden hosts events like First Fridays, HampdenFest, Halloween in Hampden, and Miracle on 34th Street—and many others! Whether you want to spend a day shopping or take in some of the fun and festive activities, Hampden does not disappoint!

Cultural Attractions

Center Stage: This award-winning theater, located in Baltimore’s historic Mt. Vernon Cultural District, is just the place you want to visit to be transported to another time and place as you sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Walters Art Museum: An architectural gem in the heart of Baltimore, the Walters Art Museum offers a robust collection of historical pieces with a revolving door of temporary installations in addition to their permanent collection.

The museum offers more than 300 programs a year including tours, performances, art-making, talks and lectures, and activities for people of all ages. It is an afternoon well spent when it’s spent at the Walters Art Museum.

Homewood House & Evergreen Museums: Both Homewood House Museum and Evergreen Museum and Library are perfectly situated on Johns Hopkins University’s Campus, adding to the intricate history of the campus itself.

The Homewood House Museum has a collection that consists of fine and decorative arts objects representative of the furnishings at Homewood during its occupancy in the 1800s.

The Evergreen Museum has an eclectic mix of temporary and permanent artwork and installations. From porcelain Asian art to European paintings, in addition to costume designs and drawings, Evergreen has something for everyone and offers several different types of guided tours and programs to meet visitors’ needs.

Parks & Recreation

Sherwood Gardens: Talk about waking up and smelling the roses! Sherwood Garden offers some of the most beautifully potted bulbs in all of Maryland. With 80,000 tulips planted annually and an incredible assortment of other beautiful seasonal blooms, Sherwood Gardens is the perfect place for a late afternoon stroll.

Clyburn Arboretum: A 200-acre urban oasis Cylburn is a place of natural beauty and learning with hundreds of specimen trees and plantings, gorgeous gardens, wooded trails, and a historic mansion. This picturesque place is free to the public, open year-round, and holds a variety of events and programs throughout each month. No matter the time of year, it is always the perfect time to visit Cylburn Arboretum.

Robert E. Lee Park & Lake Roland: Nature enthusiasts unite! This gorgeous 500-acre woodland includes rare plants, rocky plateaus and the surrounding waters of Lake Roland. It is the perfect slice of nature to give you a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take a walk on one of the many scenic trails or follow the boardwalk that crosses through the park. When you are ready for a break, find a bench to sit down, relax, and enjoy the sunset.

Attractions

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore: At just over 135 acres, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the country! When you visit, expect to be blown away by the beautiful animals, well-organized events, and delicious food. You will even have the opportunity to meet some of the animals up close and personal.

The National Aquarium: If you enjoy learning about the ocean and sea life, then you absolutely cannot miss a trip to the National Aquarium! This aquarium has over 20,000 animals from more than 800 species. While there, make sure to check out the dolphin discovery exhibit!

The Maryland Science Center: A world of discovery opens up when you visit the Maryland Science Center, Maryland’s oldest scientific institution. With a state-of-the-art IMAX 3D theater, a gallery for housing temporary exhibitions, and a permanent hall displaying dinosaurs and earth sciences, you will surely learn something new with every new visit.

Music & Entertainment

The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall: Serving as the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Meyerhoff hosts a variety of events, including symphonic music, contemporary artists and gospel performances—in addition to community events and comedy shows.

In any given month you can expect an array of performances to laugh along with, tap your foot to, and connect with on a musical level. Any night spent at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is sure to be delightful.

Shriver Hall Concert Series: No matter your taste in music, you can rest assured that Shriver Hall has your interests covered. With recent renovations made to the venue, it is now more beautiful than ever with comfortable seating and a perfect view of the stage (no matter where you choose to sit). Expect to hear everything from grand performances by world-renowned pianists to emerging artists making their professional debuts.

Sports

You will be hard-pressed to find a better excuse to get to know a great city than by attending one of its home baseball games. Grab yourself a hotdog at Oriole Park Stadium or join fellow Ravens fans at M&T Bank Stadium.

  • Baseball: The Baltimore Orioles-Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Football: The Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium
  • Lacrosse: Hopkins’ Blue Jays Lacrosse at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University

Begin Your Living Experience with Roland Park Place

No matter your unique or common interests, Baltimore City has something for everyone—and makes being a resident of this amazing city feel like you have finally come home. Let Baltimore City sprinkle its charm on you, and you will quickly find yourself wanting to come back time and time again. And of course, the city will be there waiting with open arms!

Take the next step toward a lifestyle filled with cultural amenities and call Roland Park Place at (410) 243-5700 to schedule a private tour. You may also visit us at rolandparkplace.org to learn more about Roland Park Place and its new vision for retirement living!