Question of the Day: What are Some Fun, Free Things to Do in Baltimore and D.C.?

free things in baltimoreThere are so many activities to do in Baltimore and D.C. and we want to hear about them, especially if you’re on a budget. Share your favorite, free thing to do in today’s Hopkins Happenings Question of the Week.

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Linda June 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm

I took my two grandchildren ages 8 & 9 to Patapsco State Park , we had a great afternoon, eating outdoors, exploring and witnessing a beautiful waterfall. They built sand castles by the lakes edge and we even discussed returning so my 9 year old grandson could go fishing. It cost $3.00 per adult to enter the park. Great Day!!


JoAnn June 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I would take my son on the light rail from Hunt Valley to BWI and watch the planes from the observation deck. You can bring a light snack. Great fun and inexpensive.


Shanita Andrews June 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

Artscape! Also, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walter's Art Museum.
I love art, obviously.


Wendi Henry June 15, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Crowmwell Bridge park is free you can hike and bring the dog there are picnic spots excellent walking trails.


Jackie June 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm

FREE - Wind Down Thursdays at the Capital Centre Blvd June 5th-thru August 14th. FREE Located off of the 495 Capital Beltway via exit 15, 16 or 17. Local Jazz artist performs outdoors for FREE, near the food court. Bring your own lawn chairs and enjoy a great evening of music along with some dancing, if you so choose. Great for the entire Family. A few eateries as well as Stone Cold ice-cream available for purchase. Did I mention the concerts are FREE!!!


Karen Tong June 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

The Patterson Park pagoda is free to enter/climb. I believe it's open most Sundays in the spring, summer and fall.


Lina June 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Eastern market on the weekends - great flea market and dining places. Also, Great Falls National Park - beautiful and perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the city!


Beatrice Logan June 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Druid Hill Park is wonderful also. Free tennis and basketball courts. Biking, hiking trails. Playgrounds for the kids. Walk or jog around the reservoir. Swim for a very low fee.


Beatrice Logan June 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Visit Fort McHenry, if you're into history- you can get to it on the free City shuttle.


Brenda June 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

The DC Duck ride&tour is fun!! Took my granddaughters and they really enjoyed it too!


Kate June 13, 2014 at 8:48 am

Baltimore City and County have such amazing parks that everyone seems to forget about! I enjoy roller skating as my work out, so I visit Honeygo Run Regional Park, that has plenty of trails and even a roller hockey rink to get my skate on. Even if you don't skate, there's baseball fields, trails for running and other courts. If you have a ball in your yard, you can have a lot of fun for free.


Mercer Ellis June 13, 2014 at 8:37 am

Druid Hill Market 1st Wednesday Concert


Karen Vleck June 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

Hunt Valley mall has a free concert series from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Friday, all summer long. Enjoy the outdoor concerts, have a snack, grab a lemonade and pull up a chair courtesy of Greetings & Readings.
On Sunday from 7am until noon the Farmer's Market at the foot of the Jones Falls has a fantastic selection of food as well as awesome artisans with hand-made crafts. This is a fun way to spend a Sunday morning.


Maggie Lora June 13, 2014 at 8:13 am

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC has a free Jazz in the Garden Series outdoors every Friday in their Sculpture Gardens from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. You can purchase food and beverages in their Cafe and enjoy a wonderful evening on the lawn! See the link for the line-up.


Krystal Thomas June 13, 2014 at 8:05 am

The Book Thing of Baltimore- all the free books you can carry!


Krystal Thomas June 13, 2014 at 8:05 am
teresa June 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

Belverdere Square has free concerts on friday's, bring your chairs/blankets and enjoy. I think it starts at 5 or 6 pm weekly.
have a good weekend all!!!!!


Margie Wild June 13, 2014 at 7:57 am

Bike or walk the NCR Trail.


Anna Norrell June 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

Having lived in DC many years ago. Doing many tour with out of state family and friends. The best and most interesting is the Washington Cathedral run by the Episcopal Church. The States Capitol is very interesting as well.


Cy Governs June 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

In D.C., all things Smithsonian! The folk life festival is coming up and is always wonderful.



Raag Airan June 13, 2014 at 12:19 am

Any of the Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo

All free and easy to get to with MARC!


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