How to Be Well in Baltimore: Fitness, Spas & Beyond
Stay on track with your fitness regimen or treat yourself to a restorative service while in town.
Yoga at the Zoo
From downward dog to cow, lizard, cat and more, this ancient practice has deep ties to the natural world. Connect with nature in a 60-minute Vinyasa style yoga class at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, designed for both beginner and intermediate yoga lovers, with views of the penguins at Penguin Coast. After class, cool down with a leisurely stroll through Druid Hill Park where the Zoo is located.
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and Medifast Inc. team up every May through September for the Waterfront Wellness series featuring free fitness classes, four days a week along the beautiful Inner Harbor. Head to West Shore Park next to the Visitor Center for yoga, boot camp or dance classes.
Yoga in Mount Vernon
Grab your mat and head to the West Square of Mount Vernon Place park for free yoga with City Fit every Saturday at 9 a.m. in the summer. Surround yourself with centuries of history as you stretch and pose in the shadow of the Washington Monument. City Fit also hosts free bodyweight bootcamps on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. after yoga.
Spas, Salon & Wellness Centers
Four Seasons Spa
While the Four Seasons is known for its luxurious accommodations, the hotel’s spa is an attraction of its own. Choose from a menu of signature treatments like facials and massages, plus specialty services like energy healing and ashiatsu (a therapist stands on your body for muscle relief). Spa guests also get access to the hotel’s outdoor pool on a terrace overlooking the harbor.
Art of Balance Wellness Spa
Run by two doctors, Art of Balance aims to help you achieve full-body wellness. The spa offers massages, facials and aroma therapy, as well as health and wellness treatments, therapies and coaching. Plus, choose from an array of non-surgical cosmetic procedures for aesthetic wellness.
The Escape by K
Me-time, on your time—that’s what The Escape by K provides by bringing luxury wellness and beauty services to your home or hotel room. Whether you’re looking to get glam for a special event, want to unwind with a Swedish or hot stone massage, or need a routine brow tint or lash extension, The Escape’s vetted providers will have you looking and feeling your best.
What started as a barber shop has expanded into a full service destination featuring a classic clothing store, cigar lounge, speakeasy, restaurant and, yes, a spa. The QG spa offers the usual suite of facials and massages, but if you’d like something extra, try the HydraFacial, a cutting-edge technique that promises results in just thirty minutes. On the fourth floor is Four One Oh Salon, a spot designed to serve The QG’s female clientele with hair cutting and styling services.
Neal’s The Hair Studio & Day Spa
Prepping for an event? Or just want to look and feel your best? Knock it all out at Neal’s The Hair Studio & Day Spa. Indulge in a facial, Swedish massage, hair cut and color, manicure and professional makeup application.
The Loft Bodywork Collective
Healing on the Bay
Located in the heart of Charles Village near Johns Hopkins University, Healing on the Bay offers a number of services such as mindfulness, meditation, life coaching, stress management, and massage therapy.
Fitness Studios & Recreational Activities
Mobtown Ballroom offers private and public classes teaching lessons in lindy hop, East Coast swing and the circus arts (including lyra, fabrics, cyr wheel, hula hoop and trapeze). All instructors are world-class dancers, competitors and performers. Come by on Monday or Friday nights to make it a social event with drop-in lessons, late night dancing and a bar.
Upton Boxing Center
People of all ages come to study the art of boxing at Upton Boxing Center in the historic Pennsylvania Avenue district. Classes range from basic to advanced levels and are taught by top-notch instructors. The facility offers local amateur boxers all of the equipment necessary to master the craft. There are punching bags, heavy bags, full weight rooms and a boxing ring. The Upton Boxing Center is affiliated with USA Boxing, the Junior Olympics and the Silver & Golden Gloves Competitions.
Jake's Skate Park
Jake’s Skate Park, named after Jake Owen, a five-year-old South Baltimore boy who was killed by a cell phone distracted driver in 2011, features a bowl, mini ramps, rails, ledges and transfers. Located in the newly reopened Rash Field in the Inner Harbor, the skatepark was designed by Grindline, one of the top concrete skatepark and design companies in the country.