June might be for celebrations – graduations, weddings, end of the school year fun. But July sparkles with action! Splashing in the pool, picnics by the river, catching fireflies, fireworks at nightfall, outdoor concerts under the stars - all these spell July in Maryland.
If you don’t have a pool, the city has several wonderful pools (like the tremendous Patterson Park pool) which you can join for $30 for the entire summer season! You don’t need to be a Baltimore City resident but a valid ID is required. Or the Beaver Dam Swim Club offers a full individual pass for $270.
Then there are the rivers – the Gunpowder dam lets out cold, cold, cold water all the time and tubing in the Gunpowder can be as close as you’ll ever come to suffering from hypothermia in the middle of a July heat wave. Just sitting on the banks of the Gunpowder drops the temperature by 50 degrees. Be sure to pack a good picnic and a nice cold watermelon for one of summer’s great pleasures – eating al fresco! If you aren’t brave enough to bear the cold, you can play games, riverside, and just enjoy the cool breezes wafting off the water.
For outdoor concerts, it seems there’s one going on every night of the week all over the area- there’s Oregon Ridge, Strathmore (they’re free!), Ladew Gardens, Annapolis Town Center, Pier Six, Belvedere Square (also free), Power Plant Live, just to name a few. Pack a picnic, enjoy the music and dine under a starry sky.
So, don’t miss out on what Maryland has to offer this summer because you don’t know where to go or what to do. Make plans for a glorious summer full of fun! And have a Happy 4th of July!