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Best Places To Entertain Grandparents On A Budget In Baltimore

March 1, 2013 8:00 AM

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With numerous fun, inexpensive activities and restaurants in Baltimore that are senior citizen friendly, there’s no reason not to treat grandparents to a day around town. Take the opportunity to learn more about where you come from while enjoying some of the best highlights Baltimore has to offer. Whether they live in the area or are coming for a visit, the older generation will love these activities.

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Oriole Park At Camden Yards
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(888) 848-2473
www.baltimore.orioles.mlb.com

Click here for tickets.

Enjoy “America’s Pastime” with your grandparents who lived through one of the most popular eras of baseball in the early 20th century. At Oriole Park this year, every Tuesday is a bargain day with all Upper Reserve, LF Upper Box and LF Upper Reserve seats costing only $8 to $10. Senior citizen rates are also offered on tickets, but will vary depending on seat location, and grandparents can rest assured that accessible seats are available in practically all ticket categories throughout the park. A wheelchair service is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Fan Assistance Centers and the Concierge Desk on the Club Level, but must be returned after transporting fans to their seats. Disabled parking areas are located in Lots A and B, or less mobile fans can take advantage of designated drop-off areas.

Maryland Zoo

The Maryland Zoo In Baltimore
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, Md. 21217
(410) 396-7102
www.marylandzoo.org

No matter your age, watching and feeding the animals is a fun treat for everyone and can bring back some fond memories for grandparents. If comfortable mobility is a concern, The Maryland Zoo has non-motorized wheelchairs that can be requested upon entering the Zoo at the Wild Things gift shop. Another fun activity is the Jones Falls Zepyr Train Ride, which journeys from the Zoo’s Farmyard along a one-mile track to the Jones Falls Watershed. This ride is only $2 per member rider or $3 for non-members and is wheelchair accessible. Check the zoo’s calendar online before visiting to learn more about any special events or additional discounts for your trip.

Baltimore Museum Of Industry
1415 Key Highway
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 727-4808
www.thebmi.org

Take a step back to the past for a day and learn about Maryland’s industries and understand the people who created and worked for them – like your grandparents. The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) has preserved the technological and industrial heritage of the region through exhibits that feature the hard-working small business owners and others who built history. Listen to grandpa or grandma say, “I remember that!” over and over again, sharing their own memories of the times when they were young. Visiting BMI is a great way to learn more about your ancestry as well as the history and culture of Baltimore.

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suburban houseSuburban House
1700 Reisterstown Road, Suite 105
Pikesville, Md. 21208
(410) 484-7775
www.suburbanhousedeli.com

For grandparents with a deli nostalgia, be sure to stop for a meal at the Suburban House, which has tasty food in a Jewish style deli (not kosher). Whether picking up a lunch to go or dining in, there’s plenty of straightforward, classic dishes to choose from, including homemade soups like chicken noodle and split pea, Italian cold or hot cut, grilled cheese, Reuben and tuna melt sandwiches and even hot dogs with sauerkraut. Plus both young and old will find an interesting meal conversation piece to be their placemats, which features a dictionary of basic Yiddish. Visit the deli’s website in advance to print out coupons that include specials like a free matzoh ball soup with a $30 check.
credit:pepmill.com

credit:pepmill.com

The Peppermill
Heaver Plaza
1301 York Road
Lutherville, Md. 21093
(410) 583-1107
www.pepmill.com

Established in 1982, The Peppermill not only has a nice ambiance and great food, but it is also very accommodating to those on walkers. Prices are also very reasonable, especially when considering the seafood variety available with dishes like cream of crab soup, Bluepoint oysters, broiled scallops, tilapia rainbow trout, jumbo shrimp and more. Grandparents will further appreciate topping off a delicious meal with some good old fashioned desserts like homemade bread pudding and lemon meringue pie. Monday through Wednesday, the restaurant offers a 50 percent discount on bottled wine – ask for a recommendation to compliment any meal.

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Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her online at Examiner.com

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