Parents need a place to gather where they can share parenting experiences and common interests. It can also be a great way to get a break from the hectic life of a parent – whether it’s mom or dad. Baltimore has a range of possibilities, including museums, cafes and local parks. Here are five of the best places for parents to gather.

Bonaparte Breads
903 S. Ann St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 342-4000

Bonaparte Breads is a great place for parents or anyone else to gather. It is a cozy French-style café that serves sandwiches, quiche and, of course, baked bread and pastries. The café is a quiet place for parents to relax and talk together over a nice meal. During warmer months, Bonaparte offers outdoor seating with a great view of the Inner Harbor.

Café Q at The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231

Café Q is a great place for parents to gather, especially if the group shares an interest in historic art. Parents can stop by the café any day during regular museum hours. Take a tour of the museum or sign up for adult-oriented talks, classes, performances and other special events held often. Also check out the café on Constellation Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It offers $5 California wines and regional beers.

Lexington MarketLexington Market
400 W. Lexington St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201

The Lexington Market is the place where everything comes together, making you feel like part of the community. Parents can gather in the large seating area and enjoy a snack or lunch from one of many food vendors on hand. Do a little market shopping to discover the meats, produce and other food and non-food items. Don’t forget Baltimore’s great seafood. This active atmosphere, although noisy, can really stimulate a conversation.Related: The Best Places To Make Friends With New Parents In Baltimore

Fort McHenryFort McHenry
2400 E. Fort Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21230

Fort McHenry is a great place for parents to gather during warmer weather. However, if you are a runner or enjoy a brisk walk, it can be great during the winter months. The park has nice benches where you can watch the ships float in and out of the Inner Harbor. Of course, you can check out the fort and the new visitor center as well.

Irvine Nature Center
11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, Md. 21117

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday, the Irvine Nature Center has 116 acres of trails through meadows, wetlands and forests. It is the perfect gathering place for parents who enjoy nature. The center is best to visit during warmer weather, although in winter, visitors can check out the indoor exhibits. The center also offers classes, sales, seminars and other events. No pets allowed, please.

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Michael Townsend lives in Baltimore and has an Associate’s degree from Harford Community College. Working for as the Baltimore Family Entertainment Examiner, Townsend writes about family-oriented and budget-conscious activities. His interests include nature, history, mythology, crafts, photography and cooking.