I'm wondering if I've been spending too much time on BuzzFeed lately, because all of my blog ideas are lists... but in my defense, I loved making lists before BuzzFeed was even a thing. So, I compiled a list of eight absolutely free things to do in Baltimore. Check them out below, and if you have any suggestions on other fun and free things to do in the city, post them in the comments!
1. Use your random knowledge at a game of Charm City Trivia
Charm City Trivia hosts trivia Sunday - Thursday at bars and restaurants throughout Baltimore. Each game consists of six rounds of questions, with “toss-ups” between each round (questions where you basically just guess because no one actually knows the answer). It’s really fun and it gets pretty competitive—personally, I have a grudge against the team HT is Lame, but I won’t get into that here. The top three teams usually get a gift card to the restaurant, so if you win it is actually better than free.
2. See what's new at The Baltimore Museum of Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art has over 90,000 works of art. The majority of the museum’s collection is made up of 19th century, modern and contemporary art pieces. I find the diversity of their collection really impressive, there are dozens of classic works by famous artists like Matisse, photojournalism collections, abstract art, political pieces—there’s something for everyone’s taste. And the best part is that general admission is free every day of the week! The museum is currently undergoing renovations, so some areas are closed off, but it's free, so I'm not complaining!
3. Visit Edgar Allan Poe’s Grave
Personally, I think this is something every Baltimorean should do at least once in their life. Edgar Allan Poe has shaped much of Baltimore’s culture, so you should stop by and pay your respects. The grave is outside of Westminster Hall, located at the intersection of Fayette and Greene Streets. Entrance is free, and there are several interesting plaques around the graveyard with interesting information on Poe and other influential Baltimoreans. For a few dollars more ($5 - adults, $3 - children), you can tour The Catacombs and Westminster Hall.
4. Tour the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower studios
Every Saturday, the artists in the Bromo Seltzer Arts tower open their studios for visitors. You can also take a tour of the famous Bromo Seltzer Tower clock room for $5. I've never personally done this, but I've been wanting to for awhile, so look out for a post on this in the next few months.
5. Browse the free books at The Book Thing
The Book Thing is home to thousands of free books, but unlike a library you don’t have to bring them back. The Book Thing of Baltimore is located at 3001 Vineyard Lane Baltimore, MD 21218 and is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, read my detailed post here.
6. Pack a picnic for Federal Hill park
I guess this one’s not totally free, since you would have to buy food for the picnic... but the views are 100 percent free, and arguably the best in Baltimore. If you’ve never taken the time to walk to the top of Federal Hill and look out at Baltimore, you’re missing out. It’s the ideal spot for a spring picnic and a walk in the park. After you take in the views up top, take a few minutes to walk through the Sculpture Garden at the American Visionary Arts museum, which is also free!
7. Check out the incredible works of art at The Walters Art Museum
General admission to the Walters Art Museum is… you guessed it… FREE! Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., this museum features art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. The museum is located in the heart of Mount Vernon and features artworks from around the world. I'm not an art expert, but I found the art here to be “classic” as opposed to the more contemporary pieces at the BMA. So don’t feel like you have to choose one museum or the other, they’re very different.
8. Free Beer Sampling at Union Craft Brewing
Did someone say free beer? Yes, yes they did. Every Saturday from 1 – 4 p.m., Union Craft Brewing offers free beer samples and tours. I can’t promise that you won’t fall in love with the beer and want to buy some to take home, but in theory it’s free. Also, tip the bartenders—they’re so nice!