Baltimore Takes It Easy on Your Wallet

Baltimore is awesome in so many ways. It offers a wide scale of experiences and countless ways to make memories, have fun, learn something new, blow of some steam, or however else you want to while away your free time. There are certainly plenty of options to do this that will cost money. But, if you want your free time to actually be free, there are just as many ways to do the same thing while keeping your money in your pocket.

While the list provided here offers experience that are generally available year round–it can get a little chilly for the outdoor activities in the winter months–there are also all manner of free events and activities dotted throughout the city, throughout the year. Trust me. Keep an eye out for Sock Monkey Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum in December. Just picture a room full of 700 people making sock monkeys. And it’s free! Well, except for the socks.

You won’t have to burn much gas on getting from free thing to free thing, either. Baltimore is supremely walkable. If your home base is in the Inner Harbor, a short walk will get you to almost all of the places on the list. For places that are a bit further than you’d prefer to hoof it, the City offers the Charm City Circulator, an eco-friendly bus service that will get you need to go for free.



The Baltimore Museum of Art is one of Baltimore's premier cultural destinations is home to the Cone Collection, the largest Matisse collection in the world. In addition to the works within the walls that span centuries of prints and paintings,...  Read More



Conveniently located at the Inner Harbor, just steps away from more than a dozen Baltimore hotels and even more attractions, Harborplace & The Gallery offers visitors a one-stop shopping experience. This indoor mall is right in the center of...  Read More

Baltimore Basilica


The Baltimore Basilica is formerly named the The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States. Its construction lasted from 1806-1821 and is...  Read More

Gwynns Falls Trail


The Gwynns Falls Trail offers an opportunity to get outdoors and explore Baltimore's downtown and beyond. The trail begins at the I-70 Park & Ride trailhead and follows the Gwynns Falls stream to the Middle Branch and the Inner Harbor of the...  Read More

American Visionary Art Museum
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Located on Key Highway, just 3 minutes from the Inner Harbor, the American Visionary Museum displays works from "outsider artist," people that were inspired or bedeviled to create art. While the museum itself charges an admission fee, the...  Read More

Walters Art Museum
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Open to the public since 1934, the Walters Art Museum houses works from the third millennium BC to the present. Within the walls of this world-class art museum, visitors can view works in many mediums, including ceramics and sculpture, in...  Read More

Pierce's Park


Pierce's Park is located on Pier 5 in Baltimore's Inner Harbors, just across the street from the Pier 5 Hotel. The park has "Seussian" quality with a musical fence and whimsical sculptures, including . It's a wonderful spot to take a breather...  Read More

Power Plant Live


Located just blocks from Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor, Power Plant Live! is a collection of clubs, bars, and restaurants, including Leinenkugel's Beer Garden, the Baltimore Comedy Factory, Howl at the Moon, and PBR Baltimore (complete with...  Read More

Urban Pirates


Little landlubbers have a blast sailing Baltimore's Inner Harbor on the Urban Pirates family adventure cruise. Upon boarding, a crew of boisterous buccaneers transforms all sailors into swashbucklers with pirate gear, tattoos and face painting....  Read More

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
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Built on a peninsula, the star-shaped Fort McHenry has played role across American history. It served as a prison in the Civil War and a hospital during World War I. However, it is most notable for the crucial role it played in the Battle of...  Read More


Meet Tom Rowe

Tom is a real, live Baltimore native. He lives in Federal Hill (if you're a real estate agent. South Baltimore if you're being realistic) and works near the Inner Harbor. That affords him the...  More About Tom