Sports and Recreation

One of the best-known attractions in the port city of Baltimore is the Inner Harbor. A unique way to experience these waters is by spending the day out on a sailboat. At the Downtown Sailing Center, individuals can enjoy the experience of a 17-year old, award-winning sailing school without paying for the expensive membership fee expected at most sailing clubs. The aim of the center is to showcase the joy of sailing through a high-quality education and life-enriching experience that promotes teamwork and self-esteem. The Sailing Center offers learn to sail classes, adult sailing lessons, recreational sailing, racing and junior sailing camps.

At the Baltimore Recreation and Parks Department, the motto is to help individuals get active and stay healthy. The city offers a wide array of athletic options for individuals of all ages and abilities including soccer, football, track and field, basketball and softball. Sport leagues are offered year-round and the aim of the teams is to promote healthy competition through good sportsmanship.

Across the city of Baltimore, there are six large public pools, three indoor pools, 20 wading pools and 13 walk-to pools. With such a wide variety, there is a pool open nearly every day, year-round. All of the large public pools offer swimming lessons but some pools offer more extensive class options like the Patterson Park Pool, which has water ballet and water aerobics.

Scattered across Baltimore are 55 recreational centers that offer a variety of programs for adults and children. These activities include cooking classes, theater productions and a variety of gym activities including soccer, boxing, weight training and volleyball. Several recreational centers offer unique classes such as the Coldstream Recreational Center's seniors dance club or the Gardenville Recreational Center's roller skating.

Across Baltimore there are more than 6,000 acres of preserved parkland. At Druid Hill Park, which was the first municipal park in Baltimore, there are three trails that add up to six miles in length. These trails cross natural springs, run past lakes and traverse streams and situated at the far end of the park is the Baltimore Zoo. At Baltimore's largest park, Leakin Park, there is the Carrie Murray Nature Center. This center is focused on helping to educate individuals on gardening, recycling and conservation. Around the center there are several trails and inside is a rehabilitation program to assist with returning animals back to the wild.