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7 free things to do in Baltimore

Kaleah Mcilwain

While many know Baltimore for its amazing crabs and nightlife scene, those things can be costly at times. What people may not know is that there are plenty of historical and cultural attractions for locals and visitors to do for free.

Here are seven free things to do around Baltimore:

  1. See a free outdoor movie
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Grab a blanket or a folding chair and some snacks as you catch an outdoor movie. Every Thursday in July and August at 9 p.m. you can catch a free outdoor movie on Federal Hill. If Thursday’s don’t work for you Broadway Pier in Fells Point plays movies Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. during the Summer.

2. Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art

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You can visit the lavish Sculpture Garden, featuring two terraced gardens, fountains and 33 sculptures for free at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Visitors can see the museum’s collections that rival that of larger cities with the largest holding of artwork by Henri Matisse.

3. Attend a free class at the Enoch Pratt Free Library

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The library has 22 neighborhood branches that feature free classes, musical performances, children’s story times, special guest speakers and more throughout the year all for free.

4. Tour a visiting ship

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Learn about the fascinating history aboard one of the ships that visit Baltimore’s Inner Harbor each year. The harbor provides port for 24 ships and navy vessels from all over the world including Baltimore’s Pride of Baltimore II. Visit Sail Baltimore for a schedule of what ships are docking and when.

5. Listen to live music on the waterfront

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From May to September, Towson University’s radio station, WTMD, hosts its first Thursdays concert series in Canton Waterfront Park for free. People can gather to enjoy live music and grab food from some of the best food trucks in town.

6. Go on a mural tour

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Baltimore has a huge art scene with its many theaters and museums. There are more than 250 murals painted around the city depicting different parts of Baltimore’s history and culture. First stop should be Graffiti Alley in the Station North Arts and Entertainment neighborhood where every inch is covered in murals and is very selfie worthy.

7. Take a hike up a trail

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(Gwynn Falls Trail)

If your legs feel up to it, hike the 15-mile Gwynn Falls Trail. It covers 30 Baltimore neighborhoods and 10 parks with varying levels of difficulty between its paved and gravel paths.

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