Baltimore with Teens: A Perfect Family Day
Mount Washington is the perfect place to start your family vacation in Baltimore with teens. This is an area filled with vegetarian restaurants and cool boutiques. If your teen is a late sleeper, grab some brunch at the Blue Moon Cafe for good, old-fashioned service. We had a bit of a wait when we visited, but we were so busy enjoying the cozy atmosphere and the friendly staff that we hardly noticed. Try one of their scrumptious dishes, like Captain Crunch french toast or a country breakfast of sausage, biscuits and gravy, and a side of hash browns. The cafe is usually open every day for breakfast and lunch, but it might be worth calling to check.
Blue Moon Cafe, 1621 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21231, (410) 522-3940
After your fill of Blue Moon's treats, continue your family vacation in Baltimore at Druid Hill Park, one of the city's best attractions. Here you will find a variety of things to do perfect for a family vacation with teens. Join in a game of sand volleyball and wade through the pool. Don't miss the Maryland Zoo, Rawlings Conservatory, the basketball and tennis courts, the baseball and softball fields, the community garden, and the playground. If there were not so many other things to do in Baltimore, your teens might want to spend the entire day here at Druid Hill Park!
Druid Hill Park, 3100 Swann Drive (Rawlings Conservatory), Baltimore, MD 21217, (410) 396-7900
Grab a late lunch at Isabella's Brick Oven. A quaint little lunch stop, the place is tucked away in the Little Italy section of Baltimore. Whether you are making a quick stop or dining in, you and your teens will be pleased with the menu selections. Not only does the eatery serve a wide array of pizzas, but it also has a deli counter with delicious sandwich choices. I recommend the Porchetta sandwich or the cheese and steak Italiano with basil and tomato mozzarella salad. Isabella's is sure to be a teen-pleaser!
Isabella's Brick Oven Pizza and Panini, 221 South High Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, (410) 962-8888. Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-9PM, Sun 11AM-5PM
The next stop on the best family vacation in Baltimore should be the Mimi Dipietro Family Skating Center. Kids of all ages love a good skate. And if you or your teen is not a pro, the center offers skating lessons, too.
Skate rentals are $2 and the general admission fee is $4. Season passes (10 sessions) are $30. The hours vary, so be sure to check out the website to plan your trip.
Mimi DiPietro Family Skating Center, 200 South Linwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224, (410) 396-9392
After an afternoon of skating fun, take in some Baltimore culture at the Inner Harbor, between Pratt and Light Streets. Thriving with street performances, cruises, and shopping boutiques, the Inner Harbor is the epicenter of all that is good about Baltimore. Enjoy watching entertaining shows, and then rent a paddle boat and experience spectacular views of the skyline and the ocean.
Don't miss out on all the other family vacation ideas the Inner Harbor has to offer, including the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium, rides in Ed Kane's Water Taxi, and the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Whether your teen has just stumbled into adolescence or is about to stumble out the other side into adulthood, the Inner Harbor is sure to have something your teen will love.
Your fun-filled family vacation day in Baltimore with teens isn't complete without an unforgettable dinner. I recommend Ruth's Chris Steak House, where you will immediately appreciate the décor, not to mention the friendly staff. You will find scrumptious choices on their menu like the ribeye steak, onion soup au gratin, and the steak salad. Add on the sweet potato casserole as a side, and it can't be beaten! Top off your delicious dinner with a slice of sinfully sweet chocolate cake.
Ruth's Chris is a little pricier than most Baltimore restaurants, with most meals running around $50, but the food is well worth the cost.
Ruth's Chris Steak House, 600 Water Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, (410) 783-0033
There is no better way to end the best family vacation in Baltimore than to relax with a good book. Head over to the Red Canoe Bookstore Café to pick up one of your favorite titles and enjoy a cup of tea while you read. Take your books and tea out to the back patio, where the cozy and friendly atmosphere is sure to keep you there for hours. The Red Canoe captures you right from the second you walk in and is the perfect ending to a perfect day in Baltimore with teens.
The Red Canoe, 4337 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214, (410) 444-4440. Hours: Tue 7AM-7:30PM, Wed-Sat 7AM-5PM, Sun 9AM-3PM