Fun, interesting, challenging and active: Baltimore's things to do with kids

The Baltimore area has memorable, unique places for kids of all ages and interests. Our city's attractions aren't generic, either; rather, the history, waterways and characters of the region infuse our places of interest. Whether your kids love learning about the past, the arts, marine life, watching sports, playing sports and even country life, Baltimore shines. Much of the area has been lovingly preserved to retain colonial and Civil War era buildings.

If you only have one day in town, the Inner Harbor has several venues within easy and safe walking distance, including the National Aquarium, Ripley's Believe It or Not, the Maryland Science Center, Geppi's Entertainment Museum and Orioles Park at Camden Yards. There are lots of places to rest and eat between them.

A few minutes' car drive, one water taxi trip or free Circulator bus trip away will take you to Ft. McHenry – site of the flag that inspired the authorship of our national anthem – as well as the American Visionary Art Museum and the Walters Art Gallery.

Our suburbs are wonderful places for kids to really run around and be, well, kids. Ripken Baseball is arguably the world's finest destination for kids' baseball, including camps and tournaments. Milburn Orchards in Elkton has corn mazes, a petting zoo and famous apple cider donuts.


National Aquarium
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The National Aquarium in Baltimore is quite the popular tourist attraction; as such, strollers are not allowed inside the aquarium due to the crowds.If you do bring a stroller, Aquarium staff will store it for you and provide a back or front...  Read More

Geppi's Entertainment Museum


This museum is located within Camden Yards, so make a full day of it with the kids before attending an Orioles game! Pop culture, comics, animated characters . . . they've evolved over the period of our country's history. The owner, Steve Geppi,...  Read More

American Visionary Art Museum
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The Banner Route of the Circulator – whose route was just saved from the budget guillotine by neighborhood activists – can take you to the AVAM for free. It's next door to historic Federal Hill and its park for the best photo opportunities...  Read More

Plumpton Park Zoo
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At most busy municipal zoos, with the buses and lines, you sort of feel you're the animal on display. With the cacophony and crowds, they're simply not conducive to sharing a special time with your child or grandchild. And yet, learning about...  Read More

Ripley's Believe It or Not Baltimore
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You're going to go to the Inner Harbor, of course. Before the eat-a-thon or if it starts to downpour or broil, do something fun that invites conversation! Those with a quirky personality, love of trivia and history will be amazed at the weird...  Read More

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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You can tour this magnificent facility, considered one of the best in the country. The traditional design speaks to the nostalgia of America's Game.

The Junior Orioles Dugout Club is the official Kids Club of the Baltimore Orioles. Kids ages...  Read More



Maryland Science Center is part of the Inner Harbor complex of attractions and has an IMAX theater.

Davis Planetarium, part of the center, has exhibits to appeal to kids of all ages. A current show incorporates Big Bird. During special...  Read More

Milburn Orchards
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Get out there and enjoy the fruits of life! Elkton's Milburn Orchards is a top venue in the region for families. They call the area for kids the Big BackYard and it's perfect for city kids who are lacking just that.

There's plenty of room to...  Read More

Ripken Baseball
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How fitting that the man considered the Pride of Harford County – the Orioles' own Ironman – Cal Ripken, built a beautiful facility for kids in his hometown of Aberdeen.

This is a world-class venue for kids' tournaments, baseball and...  Read More

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
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Don't let the 3 seconds your history teacher spent on the War of 1812 color your decision about Ft. McHenry. The continued war against England was complicated and doesn't lend itself to an easy narrative. US Park Service rangers at Ft. McHenry...  Read More