Federal Hill Park
About the Park: This flat, grassy hilltop on the south side of the Inner Harbor has a lot of history: it's where 4,000 patriots celebrated Maryland's ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788. Sit on the North-facing side for a breathtaking view of the city skyline.
Pack Your Basket: Cross Street Market is a 10-minute walk away and has plenty of carryout options, including everything from seafood to sausages.
Druid Hill Park
This 745-acre public park is Baltimore's largest and oldest green space. Inaugurated in 1860, the park ranks with Central Park (1858) in New York and Fairmount Park (1812) in Philadelphia as the oldest landscaped public parks in the United States. Pick a spot to eat outside the Victorian-era Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, and then explore the gardens after you eat.
Pack Your Basket: The Druid Hill Farmers Market takes place Wednesdays between 3:30-7:30 p.m., when you can pick up fresh produce or get grab-and-go food from a vendor.
Nicknamed the “Best Back Yard in Baltimore,” this sprawling green space of 155 acres has plenty of charm. Spread a blanket between the 19th-century marble fountain and the iconic Oriental-style pagoda so you can take it all in.
Pack Your Basket: Up for a pizza in the park? Get a to-go Neapolitan-style pie from Verde Pizza.
Wyman Park Dell
Set in a dell directly in front of the Baltimore Museum of Art, this 16-acre park has no formal courts or fields for sports, though residents and students from nearby Johns Hopkins University can often be found playing frisbee, kickball, or football. Set up on the sloping hill if you like to people watch; any bench or tree will do.
Pack Your Basket: Just a few blocks away is Eddie’s Market, where you can buy groceries or get salads, sandwiches and more to go.
Mount Vernon Place
Four small, picturesque parks center around the Washington Monument, the first formal monument built in the U.S. to honor George Washington. There are plenty of places where you can find a nice bench near one of the many statues and fountains in the area.
Pack Your Basket: Dooby’s has everything from fruity pebble marshmallow cookies and avocado toast to Korean pork buns and spicy noodle bowls.