Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Baltimore

May 30, 2013 6:00 AM


Enjoying what the night has to offer in Baltimore does not need to include bar-hopping or alcohol. Charm City is chock full of nightly delights for all ages and interests. Whether you want to spend an evening outside or try something new, opportunities abound. Experience the arts, music and culture that thrive when the sun sets and the stars come out.

Maryland Science Center
601 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 685-2370

Stargazing Fridays at the observatory of the Maryland Science Center are held 7 to 10:30 p.m. if the weather is suitable for observations. A historic Alvan Clark & Sons eight-inch refracting telescope that is now controlled by a computer is perfect for viewing the moon, stars and planets. To see if the observatory will be open on a particular Friday night, call ahead. Dress for the weather since the observatory dome is open to elements. Admission is free.

National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 576-3800

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, the National Aquarium is opening its doors for its annual Grade A Student Night, for Baltimore-area students who have earned three or more As during one marking period. Students who have earned the minimum number of As are considered to be Grade A Sea Stars. Registration, which began in May, is required. To be eligible, K-12 students must attend a public, parochial or private school in Baltimore or Howard counties. For admission, students must present a report card with three As from any single marking period for the 2012-2013 school year. All students must be accompanied by an adult, who will also be admitted free. Admission for up to eight family members, including the student, is $5 per person.

Westminster Hall Burying Ground & Catacombs
519 W. Fayette St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 706-2072

Evening and night tours of Westminster Hall and Westminster Burying Ground bring visitors to the graves of Edgar Allan Poe, General James McHenry, General Sam Smith and other former Baltimore-area residents. The cemetery was founded in 1792 but the church wasn’t built until 1852. What makes the church unique is that it was built on a series of brick piers over some of the tombs, which created its catacombs. While the cemetery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to dusk every day, visiting the catacombs and the church requires a tour guide. Every first and third Friday, from April through November, evening tours are offered at 6:30 p.m. The cost of a one hour tour is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under and adults age 60 or older. Private tours may be booked for any time between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Patterson Park
27 S. Patterson Park Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 276-3676

Patterson Park’s Concerts in the Park are held on Pagoda Hill from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning in June. On Sunday, June 19, the Bellevederes will perform classic funk and soul tunes. The Bumper Jacksons take to the stage on Tuesday, June 25. Performing a mix of jazz and pre-World War II country music, the Bumper Jacksons’ repertoire includes everything from the sound of New Orleans to the bluegrass of the Appalachian Mountains. The concerts continue through Sunday, Aug. 18, with the R&B sound of the All Mighty Senators. Check the website for rain dates.

Irvine Nature Center
11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, Md. 21117
(443) 738- 9200

For a taste of the nightlife that nature has to offer, camp overnight at the Irvine Nature Center in the Owings Mills area. The center was founded in 1975 and provides environmental education for both students and adults. Its programs include summer nature camps, school programs, field trips and a host of other activities. Overnight camping is available for $25 for one to five people for one night and requires a reservation. There are tent areas, fire pits, picnic tables and grills. The 116-acre site features wetlands, forested areas and meadows.

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