By Troy Petenbrink

Be it Mother’s Day, a birthday, or just because you feel the need, if you are trying to plan some quality mom and son time there is no better place than Baltimore. It is full of great options ranging from world-class museums and beloved sports teams to outstanding restaurants and historic landmarks. Here are five recommendations for creating some special bonding moments.

Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21209
(410) 367-2217

Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Baltimore is the lush Cylburn Arboretum. The former estate of wealthy Baltimore businessman Jesse Tyson, its 200 acre are part of Baltimore City Recreation & Parks and completely free to visit all year round. Mom and son can have a wonderful time here exploring the multiple gardens that are home to hundreds of specimen trees and plantings. Picnicking is allowed and the nearby Village Square Cafe offers a tasty selection of sandwiches and salads.

Baltimore Orioles
333 W. Camden St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(888) 848-BIRD

What could be better than mom and son enjoying America’s pastime together? An Orioles baseball team has been part of the Baltimore fabric since the late-1800s and catching a game at Camden Yards has become a near-requirement for residents. In addition to watching a game, there are many food options at the ballpark that go way beyond the traditional peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks. There are now many local items such as the the legendary corned beef sandwich from Attman’s Deli and Polish sausages from Polock Johnny’s. For moms attending a game with sons age 9 and younger, the children’s tickets are free with the purchased with and adult ticket as part of the Orioles’ Kids Cheer Free initiative.

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1900

Named one of the top museums around the world to visit before you die by Buzzfeed, the American Visionary Art Museum offers a great cultural experience for mom and son visits. This funky museum in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood is dedicated to showcasing art produced by self-taught individuals, usually with little or no formal training. In addition to seeing the thousands of permanent and visiting works of art, the museum also has an onsite restaurant, Encantada. It has an international-inspired menu using seasonal, local ingredients.

Related: Best Ways To Support Baltimore’s Local Art Scene

Minnow Restaurant
2 E. Wells St., Suite 116
Baltimore, MD 21230
(443) 759-6537

Mom and son sharing a tasty meal is great way to enjoy each others company. And for fans of eating seafood Minnow Restaurant has quickly established itself as one of the city’s best spots. Shortly after opening last year in South Baltimore, Baltimore Magazine wrote that the food is “high-quality, well-priced, and fuss-free.” In addition to its outstanding regional seafood selections, it has a well curated beverage program that focuses on locally produced beers and Mediterranean wines. The restaurant is open for dinner every night and on Saturdays and Sundays it also offers a bottomless brunch. A great add-on experience before dinner or after brunch is to include a visit to historic Fort McHenry, which is just a short 5 minute drive from Minnow Restaurant.

Sagamore Spirit Distillery
301 E. Cromwell St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 624-7488

If mom happens to be among the growing number of female whiskey drinkers and son is also a fan of firewater then a visit to Sagamore Spirit Distillery is a must. Located at the Port Covington development in South Baltimore, this independent craft distillery specializes in the production of rye whiskey. It offers daily tours that include an overview of how whiskey is made, a look at the distillery’s 40-foot mirrored-finished copper column still, and a tasting of three of its award-winning whiskies. The tour takes approximately one hour and there is a nominal fee.

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