What to Do at the Zoo in Baltimore, Maryland

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The Maryland Zoo is an amazing place to visit and have fun while on your stay in Baltimore. Zoo hours are 10am to 4pm, and admission prices are $15 for the winter, with children 2 and under free. If you’d like to become a member, prices begin at $69 for an individual membership, $99 for Companion 1 Adult & 1 Guest, $149 for Basic 2 Adults & 4 children, $169 for Plus 2 Adults & 4 children & 1 Guest, or $239 for Deluxe 2 Adults & 6 children & 2 Guests with 2 one-time use tickets for additional guests.

Two days a month, the Maryland Zoo has an event called Breakfast with the Animals and is sure to delight one and all. This event is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Children under 2 years old require a zoo ticket but are free to attend. Tickets for this event includes a free animal plushy, breakfast, and zoo admission. This breakfast event allows guests to get up close and personal with their favorite zoo animals and learn more about them from their keepers. Unlimited photo opportunities abound! If you are an animal lover, you don’t want to miss this! Log on to the Maryland Zoo website listed below for dates and times.

Do you love penguins? Then do not miss the chance to learn more about them as they’re fed breakfast and dinner before the guests. At 10:30-10:45am and again at 3:30pm-3:45pm, come and watch these endangered birds eat fish with gusto as a narrator teaches the crowd about their habitat and daily life. This event is proudly sponsored by the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai. The event is free to guests.

If you’d love to do more with penguins, come to the year-round Penguin Training experience daily at 3:15pm for 30-40 minutes of learning with a Zoo Educator as they take you on a guided tour of the penguin habitat. The Penguin Training experience is for parties of up to 2 people, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pricing is $29 for members, $29 for non-members. You can purchase tickets online through the link to the Maryland Zoo provided below.

Another great opportunity at the Maryland Zoo is the chance to walk a goat! The famed Goat Trek harnesses the zoos resident goats, and you get to join them on a trek through the farmyard. The Goat Trek is held Fridays and Saturdays year-round (excluding July and August) and is 15-20 minutes long. This experience is for a party of up to 6 people. Children under 5 years of age are NOT allowed on the Trek. The price for this experience is $15 for members, or $19 for non-members.

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to do while staying in Baltimore, come to the zoo and have a fantastic day!

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Five Best Airbnb’s in Baltimore, MD

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Whether you are looking for some time away from work, a romantic weekend with your significant other, or just some quality downtime with the family, you can’t go wrong with an Airbnb.

Through the booking and use of an Airbnb, you can choose the environment of your choice, along with the city and location as well.  Choosing an Airbnb can prove to be an economical choice when looking to spend some getaway time. 

With this in mind, we have gathered five of the top-rated Airbnb’s in the Baltimore, MD area.

Romantic Getaway Cozy and Chill

You and your significant other will have this entire cozy and chill apartment to yourselves. It is located in the heart of Baltimore, above the famous Canela’s Restaurant.  This space is both relaxing and chill and is located just two blocks from fells point and two blocks from the hospital.

Amenities include the romantic apartment, a serene yard, and of course, the convenience of a restaurant downstairs.  Please note, they only accept smiling people. 😊

No parties or smoking permitted.

Family Top Of Federal Hill Townhouse

Wonderful newly furnished full townhouse located in the heart of Federal Hill, Baltimore’s most sought after hip neighborhood.  Everything you could want in a vacation rental is right here!  Comfy beds, stellar location, open floor plan, and all the amenities you need to help you feel right at home.

The house itself sets on the tippy top of Federal Hill so the second story rooftop deck provides the best 360-degree views in town, showcasing beautiful sunsets and the city skyline.

No pets, parties, or smoking permitted.

Near a famous landmark Private Room

Bunny’s is located in a 2013 Heritage Award-winning 1840 alley house renovation that is a 15-minute walk to downtown Baltimore, three blocks from Little Italy, and located in Historic Fells Point.  There is an easy walking distance to your choice of over 100 bars and restaurants and only four blocks from the water.  This block of Dallas street is securely gated at one end. 

Parties and smoking are not permitted.

Luxury Four Floor House in Downtown

Brand new, fully-renovated row house in the charming Little Italy neighborhood of downtown Baltimore.  Four floors of living space plus a rooftop deck.  Steps from the Aquarium and Inner Harbor attractions, along with Harbor East shopping and fine dining and nightlife.

The space has four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms. It was recently renovated and decorated with local Italian-inspired art.  You will have access to the entire home-three floors, basement, and rooftop deck.

Pets, parties, and smoking are not permitted.

Budget Cozy Private Condo

This cozy private condo is located in the hip/historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood and within walking distance of numerous bars, breweries, and museums.  It is only 1 mile and a quick walk down to the Inner Harbor. The condo has a 12th-floor rooftop overlooking the city with amazing views.

The building is secure and has a 24-hour front desk.  This condo is a private, one-bedroom condo with a kitchen area.

Not suitable for children under 12, and no pets, parties, or smoking are permitted.

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Five Awesome Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s 2021 in Baltimore

Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in Baltimore!

Woodberry Kitchen

If you and your gals want something tried and true, a classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at Woodberry Kitchen, owned by Baltimore’s only James Beard award-winning chef, Spike Gjerde. Located in a renovated 1870s mill, and keeping up that rustic chic vibe, the restaurant serves up plant-based farm-to-table fare. Due to COVID-19, you can’t currently eat at the restaurant, but you can order online and then head next door to Druid Hill Park to dig into your meal. Afterward, walk off the calories with a lovely stroll around the 745-acre park to view the lake and the pavilions.

Café Gia

If you’re looking for a more mom and pop style place to eat, try the Café Gia, which is owned and run by a mother and daughter team. The colorful building is covered in string lights and colorful murals, transporting you to a bistro in Sicily! Nestled in the heart of Baltimore’s Little Italy, the café has indoor and outdoor dining as well as carryout. After your meal, go next door to their bar, Pane e Vino, for a nightcap.

Federal Hill Park

If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals! Just bring a waterproof tarp for under your picnic blanket, some cozy blankets to snuggle in, and a thermos of hot cocoa. The best local spot for your Galentine’s picnic is Federal Hill Park due to the lovely views of the harbor and Baltimore skyline. This historical spot is just a short walk from downtown.

The Rage Room

If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. And if enough of you in the group are single and sick of all the PDA you have to see around Valentine’s Day, you should head to the Rage Room and let all that angst and frustration out. Basically, you go and get to break stuff for an allotted time! They have lots of different packages here. Just tell everyone in your group to wear closed-toed shoes.

Illusions Bar & Theatre

Want to do something really unique with your gal pals? Book a custom virtual magic show at Illusions Bar and Theater to “keep your quarantine enchanted.” Owned by a husband-and-wife team, the Illusion Bar is bringing their exciting magic right to the comfort of your living room. So, set some mood lighting, open a bottle of wine, and fire up a laptop for an unforgettable Galentine’s Day!

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Noteworthy Places to View Christmas Lights in Baltimore

Despite the stress of 2020, the holidays are finally here along with hopes for holiday cheer. Although many holiday traditions are being altered or skipped this holiday season, there is still cheer to be found! In many cities, including Baltimore, a festive activity that is still socially-distant is viewing Christmas lights around the town.

Whatever you’re looking for this year, there are multiple options for a festive outing either walking outdoors or driving past in your car. Check out the list below for the top spots to get lost in the twinkle of Christmas lights!

34th Street in Hampden

The neighborhood of Hampden has a long-standing tradition for their 34th street Christmas lights this year being their 73rd anniversary. Perfect for the whole family, they have dazzling displays of lights. The event officially opened the first week of December, despite some debate around the timing for opening. It is free to view, but residents do ask that all visitors are cognizant of Covid-safe practices like masks and social distancing and do not linger, so that all can view without increased risk.

For more details, you can check out their website: HERE

Festival of Lights at Watkins Park

Another great option for those looking for a drive-through option is at The Festival of Lights at Watkins Park. The park created a spectacular light experience with over 2.5 million lights and a massive 54-foot LED tree. They ask all visitors to purchase tickets in advance and remain in their car for the exhibit.

For more information you can look at their website: HERE

Lighted Boat Parade at St. Michael’s Harbor

For an exciting water-front holiday experience, be sure to check out the Lighted Boat Parade at St. Michael’s Harbor! On Saturday, December 12th from 5 – 8 PM you can watch boats decorated in holiday lights sail through the harbor. Please practice appropriate social distancing.  

For additional details, check out the event web listing: HERE

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Best resources in Baltimore, MD to throw a fabulous virtual New Years’ Eve Party!

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, many party-goers are trying to plan out how they will ring in the new year and still keep the party safe and festive. 

With the ongoing pandemic, and many cities and states mandating that party-goers forego the usual gathering in groups to celebrate the festivities, an alternate method of celebrating the ball drop appears to be in order this year—virtual celebrations

With this mindset, we have sought out some of the best sources in Baltimore, MD for drinks and food that will make ringing in the New Year less of a chore, and more of a blast!

Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar

Located at 1601 Union Ave

443.948.5560

Offering a wide variety of cocktail kits, through no-contact delivery, including choices from their whiskey reserve list as well as their old-fashioned holiday variety pack.

Mt  Washington Tavern

Located at 5700 Newbury Street

410.367.6903

Fantastic food—award-winning spirits—stellar service—all delivered straight to your door.  How can you beat that?

Mr. Nice Guy’s Cocktails

Located at 800 S Kenwood Ave

Offering delivery on a list of catchy named cocktails such as HOT spiced hot cider, Scotty 2 hotty toddy, Fruit Looks, and Cinnamon pineapple express, one has to wonder how they can go wrong with this choice.

If you are looking more for options that offer delivery to those friends that are close and local, who you want to be able to join in on the festivities as well, we have two suggestions.

Canton Crossing Wine & Spirits

Located at 3831 Boston Street

410.563.9463

Constantly getting exciting new products, with local delivery—why not crack open a bottle to celebrate the season.

Harford Road Liquors

4627 Harford Road

410.426.0914

With a minimum order of $29.99 and a $2.99 delivery fee, you can have your favorite choice of libation delivered to your doorstep in a short 1-2 hours.

And, lest we forget those friends and family that are out of town.  For them, why not have a little libation delivered conveniently to their doorstep, whether they live across town or across the country.

Drizly

When you want a variety and you want it quickly, Drizly has up a large, alcohol marketplace to shop for beer, wine, and spirits. Drizly collaborates with retail stores in cities across North America to offer a huge selection and competitive pricing, delivered to your door in as little as an hour.

Most of us will find ourselves celebrating New Year’s at home this year.  However, that doesn’t mean that the party has to be put on hold.  With the age of the internet, why not take your party to the next level and have a virtual get-together. 

With a little creativity and the use of the internet, you can have your food and drinks delivered right to you, or those party guests from out of town.

The extra added advantage is that everyone can join in the fun as no designated drivers are needed, and once the party is over, hey, your already home.

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Noteworthy Places to View Christmas Lights in Baltimore

Despite the stress of 2020, the holidays are finally here along with hopes for holiday cheer. Although many holiday traditions are being altered or skipped this holiday season, there is still cheer to be found! In many cities, including Baltimore, a festive activity that is still socially-distant is viewing Christmas lights around the town.

Whatever you’re looking for this year, there are multiple options for a festive outing either walking outdoors or driving past in your car. Check out the list below for the top spots to get lost in the twinkle of Christmas lights!

  1. 34th Street in Hampden

The neighborhood of Hampden has a long-standing tradition for their 34th street Christmas lights this year being their 73rd anniversary. Perfect for the whole family, they have dazzling displays of lights. The event officially opened the first week of December, despite some debate around timing for opening. It is free to view, but residents do ask that all visitors are cognizant of Covid-safe practices like masks and social distancing and do not linger, so that all can view without increased risk.

For more details you can check out their website: HERE

  1. Festival of Lights at Watkins Park

Another great option for those looking for a drive-through option is at The Festival of Lights at Watkins Park. The park created a spectacular light experience with over 2.5 million lights and a massive 54-foot LED tree. They ask all visitors to purchase tickets in advance and remain in their car for the exhibit.

For more information you can look at their website: HERE

  1. Lighted Boat Parade at St. Michael’s Harbor

For an exciting water-front holiday experience, be sure to check out the Lighted Boat Parade at St. Michael’s Harbor! On Saturday, December 12th from 5 – 8PM you can watch boats decorated in holiday lights sail through the harbor. Please practice appropriate social distancing.  

For additional details, check out the event web listing: HERE

This blog post is brought to you by On Air Parking, a parking service offering affordable and convenient parking by major airports. On Air Parking is currently offering parking rates as low as $2.49/day for Baltimore Washington Airport. For more details visit OnAirParking’s website.

The San Francisco-based startup first launched its popular parking deals in 2016, with pilot locations in Denver, Atlanta, and Chicago. They now have locations across the country.

To purchase parking at your local airport, visit https://www.onairparking.com/

About On Air Parking

On Air Parking is an airport parking reservation company that aims to disrupt the airport parking vertical. Present in 35 markets, the San Francisco-based startup guarantees the cheapest rates at five-star parking facilities, with free cancellations and free shuttle services to get to and back from the airport. To purchase guaranteed off airport parking near your local airport, visit onairparking.com.

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Best Local Virtual Workouts in Baltimore to Get the New Year Started Right

Does recent holiday overindulgence have you starting to think about kick-starting your workout routine for the new year? Whether you’re regretting how all those extra slices of pie have your pants fitting a little more snugly or just want to get healthier, making a commitment to working out is always a great New Year’s Resolution. 

It can be especially hard to stay motivated to getting fit during a pandemic when many gyms are either closed or don’t feel as safe as they used to. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Baltimore-based gyms and trainers that are offering virtual workouts. Check them out so that you can be the best version of you in 2021! 

Best Free Virtual Workout

Free Baltimore Yoga

Times are hard right now, with the pandemic taking a major toll on the economy. If you’re being budget-conscious, the good news is there are great free virtual workouts in Baltimore! Get started at Free Baltimore Yoga, where you can chill out and center yourself during their free, Saturday-morning classes on Facebook live.

Best Paid Virtual Workout

City Fit

Of course, if you can afford to pay for workouts, you’ll be helping to stimulate the economy and supporting the livelihoods of fitness instructors and gym owners. City Fit Baltimore is a community gym committed to a holistic approach to fitness. They have a range of virtual training programs at different prices that you can try, including affordable challenge programs, full body, or even pairing you with a personal trainer.

Best Live Virtual Workout

Jason Williams

One of the things many people miss about in-person exercise classes is the feeling of community and accountability that they foster! You can get a similar benefit by booking a live session with local personal trainer Jason Williams. Jason is certified in Pilates and Barre instruction and especially loves working with pre- and post-natal clients.  

Best Recorded Virtual Workout

Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

One consistent throughout this pandemic has been that nothing is consistent. So, if you’re not sure you can commit to working out at specific days and times, you’ll want pre-recorded classes that you can do at any time. Get your fix in the Jewish Community Center’s online class archive, with months of previous classes in all different styles. And if you have a time slot that frees up, you can always sign-up in advance to do one of their classes live.

Best Unique Virtual Workout

Reed Sothoron

If you’re getting sick of crunches, push-ups, and jumping jacks, it’s probably time to switch up your workout routine. Mixing up your workout is really important to keep things fun and interesting, help you avoid burnout, and challenge your body in new ways. To try something fun and new, check out Baltimore-based personal trainer Reed Sothoron’s banded resistance training workout class. This 12-week program costs $89.99 and is designed to help you reach your full fitness potential from the comfort of your own home.

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Noteworthy Places to Buy Gifts When Traveling to Baltimore

The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!

If you’re traveling to Baltimore this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!

The National Aquarium

Located right on the harbor in Downtown Baltimore, The National Aquarium has an extensive gift shop with a range of lovely home goods for adults and fun gifts and toys for kids. You can also gift a membership, day passes, or make a donation in a loved one’s name. Your purchase at The National Aquarium will help support the institution’s important mission of inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures which they enact by combating climate change, saving wildlife and their habitats, and stopping plastic pollution.

The Dollhouse Boutique

Shopping for a fashionista? Then you’d better pay a visit to The Dollhouse Boutique. This Black woman-owned business offers “one-of-a-kind designs in couture and casual styles” so that women can keep playing dress up, no matter what their age. If you’re feeling a little intimidated by the offerings and don’t know what to pick, you can also gift a one-hour consultation with owner and designer Natalie Karyl. During the meeting, she’ll go through all sorts of tips from fashion and styling to business and networking, so that that special someone on your list can “upgrade [their] style & boss babe game!”

Natasha’s Just Brittle

Need some gifts that satisfy a powerful sweet tooth? Natasha’s Just Brittle, another woman and Black-owned business, has gourmet popcorn, cookies, toffee, chocolates, and -you guessed it- brittles. And for a more creative gift idea, the store has also offered classes through Eventbrite (these may not be offered currently due to COVID-19).

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Baltimore. Don’t worry, BWI Marshall Airport has you covered! This massive airport has a ton of options, but here are a few of the great shops you’ll find inside:

·        Woman-owned Fran’s Organic Bodycare is a perfect place to find products to pamper that health-conscious or environmentally-conscious person on your shopping list. Located in Terminal D.

·        America!, with locations in Terminals A and D, has an assortment of patriotic themed gift items.

·        Diva by Cindy, in Terminals A and D, offers hair care products and donates some of their proceeds to organizations supporting homeless women and victims of domestic violence.

·        For a fun stocking stuffer, check out Sock it to You in Terminal C. They have hundreds of types of fun socks with all different themes!

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Renting Ebikes in Baltimore, MD

Electric bikes are all the rage these days. Commonly known as ebikes, they are available to rent for a day of fantastic fun in Baltimore. These ebikes, although assisted by electricity while one is pedaling, are not subject to being licensed or ensured in Maryland. Because of this, one does not need a driver’s license to operate an ebike. State law does state, however, that ebikes can only be operated by someone 16 years or older. All ebike operators must wear a helmet at all times as per Maryland law.

Ebikes are not allowed on sidewalks, but they can be ridden on bike trails.

If you’re looking to rent an ebike during your stay in Baltimore, here are a couple of suggestions from area bike shops. All pertinent links will be posted below.

Race Pace Bicycles lets you rent your ebike for the day, for 3 days, or an entire week! Booking can be done over the phone or online. Fees per ebike for rent are as follows:

1 Day – $75

3 Days – $150

1 Week – $200

For a somewhat cheaper option, you can check out Hybrid Pedals Baltimore. They offer two differing ebike rental fees per day. Their fees are $49 or $69, depending on the ebike you choose to rent. These ebikes are available by reservation only, so book your rental today! All pertinent links will be posted below.

If you’d like to buy an ebike rather than rent, both Race Pace Bicycles and Hybrid Pedals Baltimore sell them as well. Ask them about pricing!

If you’re looking for bike paths in Baltimore that you can ride and take an ebike adventure, look no further than the Sugarloaf and Braddock Heights bike trails. These trails are 12 miles long for both trails, but they’re for no novice. Be prepared to go up and down hills on this winding trail, but that should be no problem on an electric bicycle!

Another bike trail around the Baltimore area would be the Frederick Gravel Route, which is exactly what it sounds like – a gravel trail through the beautiful wilds of Maryland. This trail is 46 miles long from start to finish and will have you feeling like a true mountain biker. Ride your ebike as it was meant to be ridden! But be forewarned, riding a gravel route is no walk in the park. However, assisting the rider is what an electric bicycle was made for. Let the ebike do all the work on this rough and rugged trail.

All in all, ebikes are gaining momentum in the mountain biking world. They are built to assist the rider in pedaling, so going up hills or riding on hard terrain will be a breeze, even for Grandma! Rent one today and have the ride of your life.

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Outdoor activities near Baltimore MD

Who doesn’t love spending time outdoors, right? There is something so refreshing and peaceful about being outside, and if you can take part in an activity that you love then the whole experience is even better In order to help you find some great places to spend time outside, we have put together a small list on outdoor activities near Baltimore MD, so if you are in the area, you can get u to speed about some of the best places you can go during your free time.

  1. AMERICAN SAILING TOURS

If you are a fan of being on the water, then this activity is most definitely for you, even if you are not sure, it could end up still being a great experience for you. The tour takes you to some of the top attractions along the bay, such as Inner Harbor or the Ritz-Carlton Bay, where you can learn about the history, soak up the views, and even end the day watching the sunset on the horizon.

2.THE MARYLAND ZOO

Let’s be honest, you don’t only have to be a kid or have a kid in order to go to the zoo. Seeing the sights and sounds of an array of exotic animals, learning about their features, and even partaking in their feeding is fun for anyone at any age. Maryland has an outstanding zoo of more than 1500 animals, so you can be sure to get your money’s worth here.

  1. IFLY BALTIMORE

I’m sure many of us have wanted to have the experience of skydiving but have been far too scared about actually jumping out of the plane. With iFLY Baltimore, you can have the feeling without a single place being involved. Flying indoors on top of a smooth blast of air that will make you feel like you are soaring through the sky. This is the perfect way to have a day to remember without the stress of dealing with heights.

  1. URBAN PIRATES

Technically, this is more aimed at kids or for a family day out, but there is nothing from stopping you going if you are an adult who happens to love pirates. Climb aboard this pirate ship and sail the inner harbor while dressed as a pirate, imitating sword fights, and getting involved in pirate activities.

  1. CHARM CITY PEDAL MILL

These pedal bikes, designed for up to sixteen people, are a fantastic and adventurous way to see the city. Be taken on a tour of the city, with a bar stocked with beer onboard, and pedal as well as you can to keep your tour moving. Whether you want to go alone or take 15 other friends, it is a great experience and the perfect opportunity to meet new people, as well as get in some fun exercise.

Baltimore and the surrounding area have a lot of offer by way of activities, and given its great history in the country, there is certainly a lot to learn on many of the activities, but we can assure you, that none of it will ever be boring!

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