Thanksgiving 2015 Visitor’s Guide To Baltimore

November 14, 2015 8:00 AM

Thanksgiving is a time for family, but it is also a time for travel. It is also a surprisingly busy time in the Baltimore area. If you are headed into Baltimore from out of town, or even if you are a Baltimore resident looking for some alternative to sitting around, eating and watching football on the television this Thanksgiving, why not give one or more of these awesome local activities a try while you happen to have some time (and calories) to burn?
Baltimore County Tourism And Promotion
400 Washington Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 887-2849

Like any good city (or county) the tourism office offers ideas, brochures and, possibly best of all, deals on local activities. Before heading off to one of the recommended activities below, call or stop by to see if they can give advice on parking, tourism or give you some kind of offer or discount on the local dining and activities. Now go out and try some of this Thanksgiving fun!

Imagining Home
Baltimore Museum Of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 573-1700

What could be more like Thanksgiving than the subject of home? During its Imagining Home event, the Baltimore Museum of Art will be showcasing sculptures, paintings, textiles and interactive displays — including whole rooms — which explore the theme of hearth and home. These displays come from around the world, showing visitors what it means to be at home in America, Europe, Asia, Africa and more. There is no place like home for the holidays, and there is no place like the Museum of Art in Baltimore this Thanksgiving to give you that homey feeling. So while you are in Baltimore, come on in and make yourself at home!

Baltimore Farmer’s Market And Bazaar
Holliday St. at E. Saratoga St.
(410) 752-8632

During the Thanksgiving season, Maryland’s largest producer’s-only market is peaking with the harvest fruits of the farms soon to close down their stands for the winter season. Drop in to enjoy your pick of the crop for the best fruit, corn and squash. But the pickin’s don’t stop at produce. You can also enjoy seasonal meats, such as poultry (including eggs), beef, pork and even seafood!

Of course, there will also be farm-fresh baked goods, and with Thanksgiving on the scene, you’ll be able to enjoy all your seasonal favorites, like various pumpkin and apple dishes. And don’t forget the milk products, such as cheese, yogurt and home-made ice cream! There are far more delights to be found at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market and Bazaar, just stop on in and browse!

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Festival Of Trees
2200 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Of course, even though Christmas Day is a month away, it’s expected that there will be a good deal of Christmas starting to churn up in the air as Thanksgiving hits and Black Friday follows. But whether or not you are a fan of early decorations, Kennedy Krieger’s Festival of Trees is an event you don’t want to miss. Running from November 27 through 29 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, this is a spectacle of lights and entertainment which includes an epic and expansive miniature train display, a fantasy forest, a gingerbread town and nightly entertainment for the entire family. Stop by for crafts, gifts, baked goods and candy. This is a perfect place to entertain and get your Christmas shopping done early. And don’t feel guilty celebrating a little early: all proceeds go to help Kennedy Krieger and their work.

The B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21223
(410) 752-2490

The Holiday Season is train-ride season at the B&O Railroad Museum! Stop in Wednesday through Friday at 11:30 a.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for your discount train-ride. Join B&O on November 21st and 22nd for Santa’s LEGO Block Party, where they will help to construct a fully functional LEGO train set and village along with special guest: Santa! And speaking of Santa and trains, November 27 through 29, enjoy its Polar Express Train Ride, and get your kids to believe again. B&O Railroad Museum always has something entertaining in the works, so stop by anytime this holiday season, and enjoy the show!

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.