If you’re looking for your next great family adventure, or someplace different to take the kids, we have you covered. Spending a day out with the kids is a great way to recapture your own childlike curiosity and love of play, so we’ve included plenty of options that will make the adults as happy as the kids. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most beloved things to do with your kids in Baltimore.
Urban Pirates’ Fearless
Travel back in time and to a fantastical world that will have you and your kids feeling like you’ve stepped into Pirates of the Caribbean. Urban Pirates of Baltimore offer hour and a half long Family Adventure Cruises on a replica pirate ship called Fearless. You’ll don pirate costumes and learn to dance, sing, and talk like a real pirate. Kids will especially love shooting the water cannons and keeping other pirates from stealing your treasure. It is a truly unique and utterly fantastic way to spend the afternoon with your kids.
Weber’s Cider Mill Farm
Just North of Baltimore is this wonderful farm. The Farm Market is famous for its fresh-pressed apple cider as well as many other locally grown and baked treats. In between indulging in the sweets/snacks, you and the kids can also enjoy mazes, tractor rides, duck races, and making friends with all the farm animals. Weber’s Cider Mill Farm provides classic barnyard fun and is especially great in the Fall when you can pick a pumpkin to carve for Halloween.
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Three floors of amazing, interactive exhibits designed specifically for children. Each of the exhibits offers different types of experiences. Your kids can captain a cargo ship, explore the seas, and learn about items from around the world in “The Port”. Or they can embrace their musical side at “PD Presents” with workshops, interactive plays, and dance. Port Discovery even has a Toddler Play Area for the youngest ones.
Chessie Dragon Paddle Boats
These pedal-powered boats have been a popular Baltimore staple since 1975. The boats are shaped like colorful dragons. They might remind you of the Loch Ness Monster aka “Nessie”, but in the Chesapeake Bay they are known as “Chessie”. The boats hold up to 4 people and are great for a day on the water with the kids. You’ll get wonderful views of the harbor as you pedal around and will probably run into several other Chessie Dragons on the water.
B&O Railroad Museum
Perfect for any and all kids who love trains (and for the adults too). The museum has a large collection of locomotives, historic buildings, and other small objects dating back to the beginning of American railroading. The museum has several special programs for kids, including storytime, a designated kid’s zone with train-inspired toys/activities, and two outdoor rides just for kids! Take the fun even further by hopping the train itself, the Mile One Express.
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