As the weather warms up in Baltimore, we want to make sure you know that Camden Yards isn’t the only park in town. Baltimore is home to 262 public parks. So whether you’re looking for a stroll with your family, a spot for a company picnic, a nature hike, or basically any other outdoor activity, Baltimore has you covered. While this is a list of the best parks in Baltimore, it’s really a small collection of our favorites. There are so many to explore!

Baltimore’s Best Parks

  • Canton Waterfront Park
  • Druid Hill Park
  • Federal Hill Park
  • Patterson Park
  • Roosevelt Park

Canton Waterfront Park

3001 Boston St, Baltimore MD 21224
Neighborhoods: Canton, Brewers Hill

Canton Waterfront Park offers stunning views of the harbor and Fort McHenry, especially during sunrise and sunset. It’s a great place for jogging, picnics, and fishing. Plus, there’s a boat ramp if you’re looking for access to the harbor and the bay. Canton Waterfront Park is home to Mayland’s Korean War Memorial as well. And of course, we are very excited about the return of the WTMD First Thursday Concert Series this summer. Mark your calendars for amazing free concerts on June 6, July 11, August 1, and September 5.

First Thursday concert series at Canton Waterfront Park in Baltimore

Druid Hill Park

900 Druid Park Lake Dr,  Baltimore 21217
Neighborhoods: Hampden, Woodberry, Remington, Park Circle, Penn North, Mondowman

Druid Hill Park is one of the oldest landscaped public parks in the United States, as it was named a city park in 1860. Coming in at a massive 745 acres, it’s serene and can feel secluded even in the center of the city.  The park hosts the Maryland Zoo (complete with Penguin Coast!), disc golf courses, and the stunning Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens. We may be biased, but this is isn’t just one of the best parks in Baltimore: it’s the best “central park” in America. Not to mention all the great restaurant options just on the park’s border like Woodberry Kitchen.

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks map of Druid Hill Park

Federal Hill Park

300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
Neighborhoods: Federal Hill

Offering maybe the best view of Downtown Baltimore, Federal Hill Park is steeped in history and greenery. Since colonial times, this land has been an outdoor gathering space for public gatherings. It’s a favorite for both tourists and locals, providing a panoramic view of the city skyline — a perfect lunch-break getaway for nearby office workers. The park also has great basketball courts and an excellent playground. Plus, it’s steps away from the Maryland Science Center, so Federal Hill Park is naturally a staple in a day visiting Baltimore with the whole family.

View of downtown Baltimore from Federal Hill Park

Patterson Park

2601 E Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21224
Neighborhoods: Upper Fells Point, Patterson Place, Highlandtown, Canton

Patterson Park is known as the Best Backyard in Baltimore, and it earns that nickname every day. In fact, it’s been earning it since 1827, when William Patterson donated six acres of land to the city. The park has now grown into its own, with over 137 acres of green space.  It features the famous Baltimore pagoda, a swimming pool, boat lake, an NHL regulation ice skating rink, playgrounds, walking trails, audubon center, and more. We think it would be impossible to experience everything this park has to offer in one day, but we’d love to hear how it goes if you try. The incredible nature, activities, and facilities in this park are in part made possible by the Friends of Patterson Park, an incredible neighborhood non-profit who works in partnership with the City Department of Recreation & Parks. We recommend taking a look at all the great work they do.

The pagoda at Baltimore's Patterson Park

Roosevelt Park

1221 West 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
Neighborhoods: Hampden, Woodberry

“Hampden’s Jewel Along the Jones Falls” is as charming as it is central to the daily lives of Hampden and Woodberry residents. The Rec (Roosevelt Recreation Center) was one of the first rec centers in Baltimore. Today, it is a beloved institution that hosts everything from children’s sports leagues to community meetings. Roosevelt also offers incredible new amenities such as an 11,000 square foot skate park and recently renovated community pool. And of course, this park is made extra special because it’s part of Hampden, where the Hampden Village Merchants Association highlights the vast array of incredible restaurants, bars, and cafes.

The pool at Roosevelt Park in Hampden, Baltimore

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