Oh, Baltimore. A city many call home, and an amazing spot to spend the day together exploring as a family! Offering attractions and destinations that family members of all ages and with a variety of interests will love, Baltimore City is the perfect day trip, weekend getaway, or week-long exploration.
Need help figuring out kid-friendly activities in Baltimore? Take a peek at our list of 30 Fun Things to Do in Baltimore with Kids…starting with yours truly!
Note: Due to COVID-19, city rules and regulations are frequently changing. We encourage you to verify hours and safety protocol with each establishment you plan to visit.
At the top of our list is our personal favorite, Port Discovery Children’s Museum! Featuring three floors of interactive exhibits and a four-story SkyClimber soaring high in the Museum, Port Discovery has fun interactive exhibits and activities designed for children ages birth to ten. Enjoy exclusive performances and activities, festive family-friendly events, and more!
Ogle at fish, birds, dolphins, sharks…all kinds of aquatic friends when you visit the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor! Explore and learn about fishy friends, puffins, sloths, and more through hands-on experiences with educational staff.
Science rules! Have a STEM lover in the family? Explore the Maryland Science Center in the Inner Harbor, which has three floors of science-focused exhibits, activities, and brain puzzles.
Tip: don’t forget to stop in the Kids Room for science fun designed for even the youngest family members!
Lions, elephants, giraffes, otters…and oh, so much more! Plan a visit to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and enjoy a day of observing some of your favorite animals.
Walk the decks and learn the ropes! Experience what 19th-century life was like at sea when you climb aboard any of the Historic Ships in Baltimore. A great outing for all ages!
Sail the Inner Harbor and learn about all-things pirate life when you join Urban Pirates for an afternoon of fun! Scallywags of all ages will treasure this lively and entertaining venture.
Music lovers will cherish the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra! Sway along to unique performances from Baltimore’s famous, Grammy Award-winning orchestra.
If you have a thespian in your family, catch a show at Center Stage, a well-known theater in Baltimore. From festivals to new and age-old shows alike, Center Stage has fun events for all ages!
Enjoy all things art and creative performances at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance! Musical concerts, theater performances, and more all take place at the Creative Alliance.
Calling all art lovers! Plan a visit to the American Visionary Art Museum and stroll through colorful exhibits that the entire family will enjoy.
Explore the Baltimore Museum of Art and enjoy an afternoon browsing works of art from all over the world!
Learn about African American history and culture when you visit the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Admission is free for children six and under and for teachers!
Explore Baltimore’s history when you visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry! Learn about the history of the city, workers, and companies that helped shape Baltimore.
Train aficionados big and small will love the B&O Railroad Museum! Explore exhibits designed just for kids and learn about the history of the railroad.
Can’t get enough of trains? Visit the Baltimore Street Car Museum, where you will learn all about the history of the railway system in Baltimore and see historic cars and buses.
Marvel at over 36,000 artifacts from around the world when you and your family visit the Walters Art Museum!
Did you know Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore? Visit the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum to learn more about the Great Bambino through educational exhibits. Perfect for baseball fans, big and small!
Visit The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum to learn about some of the most important and influential African Americans throughout history!
In this house, Mary Pickersgill sewed the American Flag that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner! Take a self-guided tour to learn more about the history of Mary Pickersgill and the flag.
Visit the historical landmark where Francis Scott Key penned The Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry! Featuring virtual and self-guided tours, walking paths, and more, Fort McHenry is a perfect outdoor outing for the entire family.
Wonder at plants and flowers from all over the world at the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens! Several greenhouses offer the opportunity to learn about vastly different climates and the plants that grow within them.
Visit the Lake Roland Nature Center and enjoy year-round education and events programming! This outdoor outing is perfect for families looking to spend some time in nature.
Promenade through trees, gardens, wooded trails, and more when you visit the Cylburn Arboretum! Your family will love the colorful grounds, trails, and gardens any time of the year.
Head over to Patterson Park and enjoy an afternoon picnic, the playgrounds, a walk, or even a bike ride. Take advantage of all the amenities, including basketball courts, picnic pavilions, ice skating, and a boat lake!
Enjoy a picnic or a family photo op session at one of the best spots overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor – Federal Hill Park!
Explore the neighborhood of Baltimore’s Little Italy, located next to the Inner Harbor! Make plans to visit the Madonnari Arts Festival, which showcases elaborate street chalk illustrations by international artists each fall.
Love Little Italy? Check out another one of Baltimore’s unique neighborhoods—Hampden. Make a stop at Cafe Hon, go shopping at locally-owned stores, or eat at one of the many restaurants!
Tip: visiting during the holiday season? Don’t forget to stop by the Miracle on 34th Street!
Who can say no to ice cream?! Make plans for a pit stop at The Charmery, a Baltimore-favorite and local ice cream spot featuring all kinds of homemade treats!
Looking for something indoors? Take your whole family to a movie at the Senator Theatre! This historic and award-winning theatre has been screening movies for over 80 years.
After your movie, stop for a bite to eat at Belvedere Square. Another historic location, Belvedere Square, houses restaurants and food stands. From handmade bagels to a cake bar, you’re sure to find something the whole family will enjoy!
Phew! You made it through this list. We hope that you learned some new and exciting things to do in Baltimore with kids!