45 Things to Do in Baltimore with Kids: Where to Eat, Play and Stay in Charm City

Best Things To Do in Baltimore MD with Kids

Baltimore is an incredibly kid-friendly city. With a very walkable and water-focused Inner Harbor downtown area and lots of kid-oriented museums, there's tons of stuff to do. And if you have a transportation lover, this city is heaven. There are a plethora of rail museums and boats galore.

But the transportation awesomeness is not just in the form of museums, from water taxis to light rail, Baltimore is easy to get around without a car. If you arrive by Amtrak right into the city center, the whole weekend could be a car-free trip.

Here's our list of things to do with kids in Baltimore from attractions to festivals, family-friendly restaurants and even a few suggestions on where to sleep when you're ready to crash. And check out our other city guides for more family fun. 

  1. Go wild for art at the 3 day free Artscape street festival every July
  2. See art at its most kooky and kinetic at the American Visionary Art Museum
  3. Ride the first mile of rail laid in America at the B&O Railroad Museum
  4. Ogle sports memorabilia at the Sports Legend Museum
  5. Visit a real submarine, frigate, lightship, cutter and a 7 foot lighthouse at the Baltimore Maritime Museum
  6. Enjoy Free Family Sundays programs at the Baltimore Museum of Art
  7. Relive the Industrial Revolution at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
  8. Catch a flick at Bengies Drive-In
  9. Catch a show with Black Cherry Puppet Theater
  10. Crack crabs with a mallet at Bo Brooks Restaurant
  11. Ride miniature steam trains at the CALS Steam Preservation Society
  12. Bug out at the Insect Zoo
  13. Tour the Inner Harbor on a sea monster shaped "Chessie" pedal boat
  14. Indulge at the free annual Chocolate Festival (October)
  15. Stay and enjoy the chocolate fountain Saturday afternoons at the Pier 5 Hotel
  16. Ride in several antique trolleys at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum
  17. Family concerts at Baltmore Symphony Orchestra
  18. Stroll the neighborhood that puts the charm in Charm City, Fell's Point
  19. Join the mobs at the Fells Point Fun Festival (October)
  20. Visit the birthplace of the American National Anthem, Fort McHenry
  21. Explore the huge comic book and pop culture collection at Geppi's Entertainment Museum
  22. Get spooked at the artsy Great Halloween Lantern Parade in Patterson Park
  23. Celebrate the Season of Lights with the Lighted Boat Parade in the Inner Harbor (First Saturday of December)
  24. Have Lunch with the Elephants (Spring)
  25. Go nuts for science at the Maryland Science Center
  26. Monkey around at the Maryland Zoo and Children's Zoo.
  27. Grab a slice at Baltimore's best, Matthew's Pizza
  28. Savor the crab cakes at McCormick & Schmick's
  29. Tour the Holiday Lights of Baltimore's Miracle on 34th St (December)
  30. Ya'll come back for a Southern-style brunch at Miss Shirley's
  31. Swim with the sharks and stare at the giant octopus at the National Aquarium
  32. Catch a game or take a tour at Oriole Park
  33. LIttle hands explore at Port Discovery children's museum
  34. Puppets, face painting, music and more at the Sowebo Arts Festival (Memorial Day Weekend)
  35. Stay and swim at the Hyatt Regency
  36. Relive the story at the Star Spangled Banner Flag House
  37. Become a "Powder Monkey" on the USS Constellation
  38. Melt for the cannolis at Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop
  39. Family Festivals are a fun way to enjoy art at the FREE Walters Art Museum
  40. Take a water taxi to your next stop
  41. Let the kids play games and Leapster while you munch the famous tater tots and pub fare at Alexander's Tavern
  42. Feel like a regular at Amicci's in Little Italy
  43. Visit the birthplace of Babe Ruth
  44. Get a gift at aMuse Toys
  45. Enjoy a month of free cultural programming with Free Fall Baltimore