Adulting means that your birthday isn’t all that easy anymore. Remember when pretty much every birthday party you went to was at Chuck E. Cheese, Discovery Zone or McDonalds? Well, those days are over. Adults can’t have their birthday party at McDonalds anymore; McDonalds is now a place of regret and shame.
With this in mind, I thought you might find a list of potential birthday activities around Baltimore quite useful. These ideas aim to go beyond the house party pregame and night out in [insert Yuppie Baltimore neighborhood here], they add a little something different.
Let’s get the party started:
Knock your birthday out of the park
If you’re a true Baltimorean you’ve probably been to more Oriole’s games than you can count, so spending your birthday at the ballpark might not be at the top of your list. But you can elevate the experience by renting one of those awesome suites that overlooks Camden Yards at the Baltimore Hilton. The Hilton has more than 20 suites that overlook the stadium. They even offer special baseball catering and drink packages for the best baseball viewing party around. Be sure to book this pretty far in advance, the rooms fill up fast on game days.
Take to the sea
You may have seen the cute little pirate ship sailing around the Inner Harbor before, but apparently the parties on board the ship are rarely described as “cute,” reckless may be a better term, but fun seems to be the general sentiment. The pirate ship sets sail every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for “Bring Your Own Grog” cruises. From what I’ve seen, people really get into character. There are songs, dancing, water cannons and lots of grog. Plus, the views can’t be beat. Click here for more info on Urban Pirate cruises.
Get ready to roll, this birthday’s right up your alley (ALL THE PUNS)
Mustang Alley’s is an awesome bar, bistro and, you guessed it, bowling alley! You can rent out a few lanes for a night of competition and celebrations. The bowling alley is for ages 21 and over after 7 p.m., so you don’t have to worry about little kids running around like at some of the alleys in the suburbs. Check it out here.
Adulting is hard, which is why it’s good to act like a kid every once in awhile. SkyZone provides the perfect atmosphere to act like an 8-year-old, and it’s all perfectly acceptable because they have special adult hours so you don’t knock out any kids. If you’re not familiar with SkyZone, it’s a giant bounce park with pretty much every bouncy surface imaginable. There are two locations outside of the city, in Columbia and Towson. The company offers birthday packages, or you can book slots individually in advance. Visit their site for hours and pricing.
Bar Crawl by Bike
Did you know that you can elevate the concept of a birthday bar crawl by making it a bike crawl? Charm City Pedal Mill makes it all possible with their 16-person bike. What better bonding experience than pedaling around Fells Point and drinking together? The company hosts a crawl of eight Fells bars, including Ale Mary's, Alexander's Tavern, DogWatch Tavern, The Admiral's Cup, The Point in Fells and Todd Conner's. I can’t say I’ve ever been on one, but every time I pass the bike people appear to be having a great time. So, if you do end up doing this for your birthday, feel free to invite me. Interested in booking a crawl or more information? Click here.
Have any other great birthday party ideas? Post them below and save us all from another year of adult birthdays.