20 Things to Do in Baltimore for $20 or Less
It's easy to have fun in Baltimore without breaking the bank. Here are twenty things you can do in Charm City that won't cost you more than a Jackson.
It’s not hard to get your money’s worth in Baltimore. The city offers a multitude of inexpensive experiences for visitors of all ages. You can get access to everything from award-winning museums to historical sites for less than $20. Want it even cheaper? Learn about our favorite free things to do. Read on to uncover some of Baltimore’s best-kept secrets that are easy on the wallet.
Discover Surprises Inside Baltimore's Museums
Port Discovery Children's Museum
The perfect place for learners of all ages, Port Discovery is one of the nation’s top children’s museums offering 80,000 square feet and three floors of interactive stations. Enjoy multiple role-playing exhibits, an indoor sports court, water activity room and so much more!
Every Friday after 5 p.m. you can enjoy everything the National Aquarium, located in the heart of the Inner Harbor, has to offer at a very discounted price. Yup, that includes the award-winning Blacktip Reef and the colorful Jellies Invasions!
Admission (on Fridays after 5 p.m.): $14.95 for children; $19.95 for adults
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Explore the history and culture of African American Marylanders at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Celebrate the incredible accomplishments and learn about the struggles of several famous Marylanders, including Frederick Douglass. Past exhibitions have included works by Jacob Lawrence, an installation on Black superheroes and a presentation on the depiction of African American women.
Admission: $9 for children (free for children under 6); $12 for adults
Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum
Visit Baltimore's Historic Buildings and Landmarks
Historic President Street Station
At the Historic President Street Station you can learn about Baltimore’s 19th century railroads and enslaved people’s journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad. You can even walk the secret passage President Lincoln once followed to avoid an assassination attempt.
Admission: FREE for children 12 and under, $2 for ages 13-18, $3 for adults
Fort McHenry National Monument
Step back in time and explore Fort McHenry, the birthplace of our National Anthem. The 42-acre park grounds are free to explore at your leisure, but the ticketed museum includes numerous war artifact exhibitions and historical information about the War of 1812.
Admission: FREE for children; $15 for ages 16 and up
Enoch Pratt Free Library
One of the oldest free public library systems in the world, Enoch Pratt strives to provide equal access to informative materials and educational opportunities to all individuals. In addition to books and audio materials, the library offers a plethora of free services like legal counsel, tech support and one-on-one research sessions with expert librarians. Check their event calendar for free fun activities, like 3D printing, treat making and, of course, readings.
Travel back in time and climb aboard one of the Historic Ships in Baltimore. Walk the decks, tour the rooms below and learn about naval history and life at sea.
Admission: FREE for children under 5; $7 for children; $15 for adults
The Washington Monument
Located in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, the Washington Monument and its surrounding park is a must-see in any season! Tour the free gallery to learn about George Washington and if you’re feeling up to it, grab your athletic shoes and climb the 227 stairs to the top of the monument. Trust us, the views can’t be beat!
Admission: $4 for children; $6 for adults
Savor the Flavors of Baltimore
Guinness Open Gate Brewery
Traveling abroad doesn’t have to break the bank. Get a taste of Ireland at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, the only Guinness brewery in the United States. As the sister location to this Dublin-based beer company, Open Gate combines classic Irish and Baltimorean flavors to create one-of-a-kind brews, like the Over-the-Moon Milk Stout. Take a free tour of the facility to learn how these original beers are made, or pay a small fee for a flight or bite to eat at the on-site pub. Guinness also regularly hosts free events like holiday movie nights and summer concerts, making it a fun and affordable destination for the whole family.
Tours: FREE; see menu for food and beverage prices
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Support Baltimore's Small Businesses
Lumière Candle Studio
Let your creativity run wild at Lumière Candle Studio as you blend fragrances, pour wax and label your own creation. The studio will provide everything you need to craft your own candle, from the jar to the wick and fragrances. BONUS: the studio is BYOB!
Classes: Starting at $20
Participate in Beloved Baltimore Traditions
Believe it or not, you can enjoy a Major League Baseball game in Baltimore for as little as fifteen bucks! At the beautiful Oriole Park in Camden Yards you can indulge in one of many ballpark food favorites and prepare to take part in fun traditions such as declaring your allegiance to ketchup, mustard or relish in the great hot dog race.
Tickets: Starting at $15
Patterson Bowling Center
Built in 1927, Patterson Bowling Center is the oldest duckpin bowling facility in the entire country, some would even say in the world. With convenient open bowling hours and kids specials, Patterson provides the perfect family outing.
Tickets: Starting at $10
Baltimore Water Taxi
The oldest transportation system of its kind in the country, The Baltimore Water Taxi is the best way to travel to more than 30 attractions and neighborhoods during the warmer months. Enjoy hour-long sunset and twilight cruises around the harbor on select dates.
Tickets: $10 single use regular tickets; $16 Sunset & Twilight Cruises
Baltimore Heritage Tours
Baltimore Heritage is a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving and promoting Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Follow knowledgeable tour guides while riding bikes, climbing scaffolding and walking up and down hilly streets all across the city, all while learning about the rich heritage of our more than 200 neighborhoods.
Inner Harbor Paddle Boats
Spend a warm summer day on the water by climbing aboard a Chessie dragon paddle boat, named for the Chesapeake Bay on which they cruise. Located at Pier 1 on the Inner Harbor, these paddle boats are operated by Living Classrooms Foundation, which uses the enterprise to support its job training programs for local youth.
Tickets (Wednesday through Friday): $20