Want to build some memories, no matter the season? Looking for the best picnic locations around? Then check out our top five picnic spots. You’ll find incredible areas, whether you’re looking to picnic with family, friends, or both. From gorgeous flower gardens and breathtaking spots along the waterfront, to historical and cultural locations, Baltimore has it all.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230-5393
(410) 962-4290

If you’re lucky to be living around Baltimore, you can go for a picnic in the star-shaped fort where our nation’s history was written in the War of 1812. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine brings history and nature all together, making for a great atmosphere, whether you go there with family or friends. Pets are also welcomed to the fort grounds, just not inside the historic area. Before you go to the birthplace of our National Anthem, make sure to check their website for hours of operations and upcoming events.

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Sherwood Gardens

4100 Greenway
Baltimore, MD 21218-1132
(410) 785-0444

In the north side of Baltimore, in the area called Guilford, there’s a gorgeous park with the perfect middle ground between trees, grass and colorful tulips. Developed in the 1920s by local petroleum pioneer and conservationist, John W. Sherwood, the Sherwood Gardens is the most famous tulip garden in North America. Here, approximately 80,000 tulip bulbs are planted annually along other spring flowers. The garden is at its best between the end of April and beginning of May, while rare trees, dogwoods, colored azaleas and magnolias bloom. Let your eyes and senses be enchanted by this magical, tulips’ heaven.

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Patterson Park

27 South Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 276-3676

An oasis in the middle of the city, the multi-cultural Patterson Park is one of the oldest parks in Baltimore, with three hundred years of history in the Charm City life. Its historical importance in the War of 1812 and gorgeous view of the harbor, transformed the area into a favorite picnic location for Baltimoreans since the early 1800s. While here, you can bird-watch over one hundred species, such as the Black-Crowned Night Heron and the Peregrine Falcon, or go for a walk along more than 50 species of trees, from fiery maples, golden oaks and gorgeous magnolias in springtime. Make sure to check the website for many sports related events and volunteering activities.

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Sandy Point State Park

1100 East College Parkway
Annapolis MD 21409
(410) 974-2149

Need a break from the city life? Check out the open year-round Sandy Point State Park. Located along the Northwestern shore of the majestic Chesapeake Bay, the park’s beaches and picnic areas are famous for their breathtaking, scenic views of Maryland’s true treasure, the Chesapeake Bay. Sandy Point’s activities and services include picnicking, fishing, hiking, boating, camping and summertime swimming. The park’s grassy areas and playgrounds are close to the beach, and picnic tables and grills are also available. While enjoying nature’s beauties, remember to leave no trace.

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Mount Vernon

Mt Vernon Place Historic District
Baltimore, MD 21202

Want to go picnic in the best part of Baltimore? Then Mount Vernon, known as the “heart of Baltimore,” is the place to go. Just ten blocks north of the Inner Harbor, Mount Vernon Place Historic District is bounded by Mount Royal Ave., Guilford, Mulberry and Howard Streets. Here, historical and architectural interests mingle, from the Peabody Conservatory, to the Walters Art Gallery and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Go ahead, take your friends to a picnic on the grass by the first-large scale monument of George Washington, and let yourselves be fascinated by the beauty and culture of Mount Vernon.