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Bear Branch Nature Center

Bear Branch Nature Center is located in the rolling hills of northern Carroll County next to Hashawha Environmental Center. The Nature Center provides nature study and environmental education to all visitors, programs for school groups, youth groups, and for all ages focusing on native plant and animal life. The Nature Center features a Library Resource Room, Bird Observation Room, Discovery Room, Exhibit Hall with insect, deer, Native American, and conservation exhibits, a forty seat planitarium, reptiles and amphibians, raptors, recycling and conservation, and a nature gift shop. Outside the center you can enjoy the native plant landscaping, the "Bear Path"- a wheel chair accessible trail, and a large deck overlooking the country vista. Hashawha Environmental Center's trails surround Bear Branch Nature Center. Be sure to pick up a trail map upon arrival if you plan on hiking. We ask that you familiarize yourself with the rules of the trails to ensure a pleasurable experience for all.

Address
300 John Owings Road
Wesminster Maryland 21158

Website: http://ccgov.carr.org/hashawha/bearbrnc.htm
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Boordy Vineyards

Boordy Vineyards is Maryland's oldest family run winery. Established in 1945, Boordy is owned by the R.B. Deford family and is situated on their 230-acre farm in the Baltimore countryside.

Boordy is only fifteen minutes north of the Baltimore beltway, yet its setting in the gentle hills of the Long Green Valley seems a world apart. Rows of carefully tended vines, a cluster of charming 19th century farm buildings and shaded picnic grounds await the visitor.

The winery's massive fieldstone walls provide an ideal environment for the production and aging of award-winning wines. Offerings include oak-aged cabernets, crisp chardonnays & seyval blancs, methode champenoise sparkling wine, a Maryland port, and other specialties. Premium varietals are grown in the estate vineyards which Boordy farms in the Long Green Valley and in the Catoctin Mountain region.

Monday through Saturday
10 am to 5 pm
and Sunday 1pm to 5 pm

Address
12820 Long Green Pike
Hydes Maryland 21082

Phone: 410-592-5015
Website: http://www.boordy.com
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Broadway Pier

With its cobbled stone streets and its waterfront location, Historic Fells Point has long been a favorite attraction for young and old alike. An eclectic collection of stores and boutiques offering gifts, flowers, home and garden accessories, candles, antiques, clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, toys, souvenirs, and much more are scattered throughout.

Address
Thames & Broadway
Baltimore Maryland 21231

Website: http://www.fellspointdevelopment.org/
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Wheelchair Accessible

Brunn Studios

Bruun Studios produces paintings and drawings often as part of projects defying easy labels—hybrid undertakings thought of as everything from spirited art experiences to civic actions to humanistic events.

Led by Peter Bruun, an artist, educator, curator, and community activist, Bruun Studios’ philosophical approach is grounded in the belief art is a broad idea, essential to individual and cultural identity. As such, art is not marginal, but rather core to who we are.

Address
302 E. Federal Street
Baltimore Maryland 21202

Phone: 410-916-3752
Website: http://bruunstudios.com/
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Carrie Murray Nature Center

Explore nature and learn about the thousands of animals and insects native to the Baltimore area. This spectacular facility offers young people the opportunity to explore the great outdoors in a fun and educational environment.
The refurbished facility is wheelchair accessible and features the Insect Zoo with hundreds of indigenous and exotic species, a rehabilitation center for permanently injured birds of prey, a large classroom area, and a live display of reptiles and amphibians.
The Carrie Murray Nature Center was established in the late 1980's through a generous donation from former Orioles player and Baseball Hall of Famer, Eddie Murray. The center is named in honor of his mother.
Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturdays: 10 am - 4 pm

Address
1901 Ridgetop Road
Baltimore Maryland 21207

Website: http://www.carriemurraynaturecenter.org/
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Carroll County Farm Museum

Step back into Nineteenth Century culture. Take a stroll back over a hundred years. The Carroll County Farm Museum welcomes you into an era where self-sufficiency was the order of the day. The Nineteenth Century farm family worked their land to its fullest, produced their own food, churned butter, made soap, and spun wool into yarn. Our predecessors were also talented artisans, creative and skilled, and have left many examples of their ingenuity for us to enjoy. The Farm Museum offers a virtual treasure trove of period antiques, many of which are donated by Carroll County families. The Carroll County Farm Museum presents rural life as it was in the 19th Century. In addition to the main house, which was built in 1852, the 140-acre museum includes barns, a smokehouse, springhouse, blacksmith shop, craftsmen's workshops and exhibit areas that contain an abundance of early farm memorabilia. Farm animals add to the authenticity of the setting. Recreational facilities include picnic tables, pavilions, and horseshoe pits.

Address
500 South Center Street
Westminster Maryland 21157

Phone: 1-800-654-4645
Website: http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/farmmus/default.asp
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Carroll Mansion

Explore 200 years of history at the Carroll Mansion, winter home of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, last living and only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Follow the mansion’s evolution after Carroll’s death in 1832, into a saloon, immigrant tenement, vocational school, and recreation center.

Decades after Charles Carroll passed away, his last home was pointed out to passers - by as "the old Carroll Mansion," even as its 1820s grandeur disappeared into the derelict building it became by the 1920s. Beloved and restored in the 1930s, and again in the 1960s.

The Carroll Mansion is open to the public for guided tours Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm. Tours start on the hour and the last tour begins at 3 pm.

Phone: 410.605.2964

Address
800 E. Lombard Street
Baltimore Maryland 21202

Website: http://www.carrollmuseums.org/home.html
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Carroll Park

Carroll Park, Baltimore's third country landscape park (after Druid Hill and Patterson Parks), is significant for its association with the early development of the park system in Baltimore.

Located in southwest Baltimore, Carroll Park is 117 acres. Originally part of the Mount Clare estate of Charles Carroll, Barrister, the park includes one of the oldest of two Federal style mansions still standing in Baltimore City. (Homewood House on Johns Hopkins University Campus being the other.) In the 30 years prior to becoming a park, the area surrounding Mt. Clare was leased from the Carrolls and became Southwestern Schuetzen Park--a private recreation area used by German immigrants in Baltimore.

A pastoral setting with curvilinear carriageways and pedestrian walks was planted with trees, shrubs, and flower beds and included a picturesque Victorian conservatory. Today, Carroll Park boasts an assortment of athletic fields-- home to the Carroll Park Little League, a playground, a spectacular outdoor skating facility as well as a 9-hole golf course.

Address
1500 Washington Boulevard
Bayard Street, Washington Blvd. & S. Monroe Street
Baltimore Maryland 21230

Website: http://www.bmgcgolf.com/sites/courses/baltimore.asp?id=502&page=25867#description
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Central Branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library

Founded in 1882, the Enoch Pratt Free Library serves as a public library for Baltimore City and the State Library Resource Center for all Maryland citizens. Its collections include rare books, fine research materials for Maryland and African American history and current best sellers.

Address
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore Maryland 21201

Website: http://www.prattlibrary.org/
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City Hall

Construction of City Hall began in 1867. Its architecture reflected the latest style from Europe—Second Empire French made popular by Napoleon III. Built almost entirely by local craftsmen using materials from the area, it was completed eight years later in 1875. The building’s dome was designed by Baltimore engineer Wendell Bollman, who also designed the dome for the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Address
100 N. Holiday Street
Baltimore Maryland 21202

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Clifton Park

Another of Baltimore's great parks! On the southern edge of the Belair-Edison neighborhood is Clifton Park with an 18-hole golf course (host to the neighborhood's annual golf tournament) and tennis courts, along with the Mother's Garden and the Clifton Park Mansion (former summer home of Johns Hopkins).

Address
2701 St. Lo Drive
Baltimore Maryland 21213

Website: http://www.baltimorecity.gov/Government/AgenciesDepartments/RecreationandParks/Parks/CliftonPark.aspx
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Concord Point Lighthouse

Concord Point Light is a 36-foot tower that was built in 1827. It is the second oldest tower lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay and the oldest continuous lighthouse in Maryland. The tower is built at the point where the Susquehanna River meets the tidal flow of the Chesapeake Bay and navigation is very hazardous around this area. John Donohoo was the designated builder and also built the keeper's dwelling (also known as the O'Neill House) situated across the street. The lighthouse is constructed of Port Deposit granite. The walls are 31" thick at the base and narrow to 18" at the parapet. The O?Neill family has served as keepers at Concord Point from 1827 to the mid-1900s. The first O?Neill, John, defended the site of the lighthouse during the War of 1812. Local documents describe the lighthouse area as being "seriously blighted" by 1924, and apparently remained that way for many years. The Coast Guard decommissioned the lighthouse in 1975, soon after that the lens was stolen.

Address
Concord & Lafayette Streets
Havre de Grace Maryland 21078

Website: http://www.cheslights.org/heritage/concord.htm
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Creative Alliance

The Creative Alliance reopened The Patterson as a multi-purpose arts center on May 16, 2003. The facility includes two galleries for contemporary art, a 250 seat flexible theater, a classroom, media lab, offices and live/work studios for 10 artists making The Patterson their home. The Creative Alliance builds communities by bringing together artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds to experience spectacular arts programs and engage in the creative process. We provide support to area artists, promote Baltimore as a center for creative production, act as a positive force in our community, and advocate for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.

Address
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21224

Phone: 410-276-1651
Fax: 410-276-3206
Website: http://www.creativealliance.org
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Current Space

Current Space is an artist-run gallery, studio, and a headquarters for cultural production, nourishing an ongoing dialogue between artists, activists, performers, designers, curators, and thinkers. We are committed to showcasing, developing, and broadening the reach of artists locally and internationally.

Address
421 N. Howard Street
Baltimore Maryland 21201

Website: http://www.currentspace.com/
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Cylburn Arboretum

Cylburn Arboretum is a nature preserve and city park of about 207 acres, located in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. The Arboretum's center is Cylburn Mansion, Baltimore City's horticultural headquarters and home of the Cylburn Arboretum Association, part of whose mission it is to work with the city to preserve Cylburn's historic grounds and buildings by its horticultural and educational activities.

Address
4915 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21209

Website: http://www.cylburnassociation.org
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Druid Hill Park

Druid Hill Park

Baltimore's first large municipal park, Druid Hill, is commonly known for its shady lawns, rolling hills, picturesque waters, and majestic forest. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Druid Hill Park was purchased in 1860 and developed as part of a nationwide movement to provide large parks for urban dwellers (Central Park began development in 1858), following in the tradition of European parks developed in the picturesque garden style. Druid Hill Park was primarily used for strolling, driving, riding, and ball games. Its numerous water features included natural springs, streams, and lakes that also functioned as drinking water reservoirs for the citizens of Baltimore. Druid Hill lake began construction in 1863 and remains the largest earthen dammed lake in the country. The Baltimore Zoo was established in 1876 as a result of people donating various animals to the park. Other amenities at the site include the Baltimore Conservatory and the Palm House. Druid Hill Park is located in northern Baltimore and is bounded by the Jones Falls Expressway (1-83) to the east, Swann Drive and Reisterstown Road to the west, Druid Park, Lake Drive to the south, and Druid Park Drive to the north.

Address
Druid Park Lake Drive
Baltimore Maryland 21217

Phone: (410) 396-6106
Website: http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/government/recnparks/parks.htm
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