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Staying Warm and Having Fun This Winter in Baltimore

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Just because it’s cold outside that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy yourself this winter! There are plenty of fun indoor and outdoor activities for you to do in Baltimore and the surrounding areas. Don’t let the cold weather keep you in the house this season!

Outdoor Activities

Skiing
Check out some of Maryland’s most beautiful mountains this snow season! Most of the popular ski locations are about an hour and a half away, but definitely worth the trip. Liberty Mountain Resort, Ski Roundtop, and Ski White Tail are all roughly the same distance from Zenith and have so much to offer, whether you want to spend a night or just take a day trip. Each resort has ski options for all skill levels, as well as non-skiing activities to suit all interests.
 
Zoo
When you think of winter, the zoo is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, it is a great way to spend a nice winter day! The Maryland Zoo is open Friday-Monday this winter and offers discounted tickets for the winter season of January and February, with tickets for just $12 a piece. Exhibits including feeding giraffes, grooming goats, and more! Check out everything the zoo has to offer.
 

Indoor Activities

Movies
Going to see a movie is one of the best ways to relax this winter. Landmark Theatres in Harbor East shows all of the hottest movies, and also has a full service bar for you to enjoy drinks at. You can get your dinner and show all in one at Cinébistro! Cinébistro offers a unique movie experience where you can enjoy dinner service while in the theatre. IMAX is known for its incredible productions, and is located right in the Maryland Science Center.
 
Bowling
An oldie but a goodie, bowling has always been a fun indoor activities to keep warm in the winter! Mustang Alleys is the perfect place for dinner and fun, as it is a restaurant with a bowling alley inside. With a wide variety of specialty cocktails and the option between regular and duckpin bowling, you know you can count on Mustang Alleys for a good time! Patterson Bowling Center is known for its rich history of duckpin bowling, which began in Baltimore around 1895. You can stop by Johnny Rad’s across the street before your game and bring your food in with you!
 
Ice Skating
Ice skating is a winter staple that you should definitely try to do this season. The Mimi DiPietro Skating Center has a full-sized rink, as well as a warm-up room, fireplace, concession stand, and skate shop, so be sure to check it out!
 
Aquarium
The National Aquarium is less than ten minutes away from Zenith and is a great way to spend a chilly winter day indoors! It may be cold outside, but you can still get a sense of warm weather by visiting exhibits such as the Tropical Rainforest and Shark Alley. See what other animals and exhibits you can check out here.
 
Art Museums
Spend as little or as much of a day as you would like exploring an art museum! The Walters has free admission and exhibits for both lovers of traditional and modern art. The Baltimore Museum of Art has a wide range of exhibits, and is known for their Art After Hours events, taking place this month on January 31. The American Visionary Art Museum is known for its unique art, and has plenty of innovative exhibitions for everyone to enjoy!
 
Escape Room
The Charm City Clue Room is the perfect way to have some fun and enjoy some friendly competition. Gather a group of friends and work against the clock to solve puzzles and escape from one of their Baltimore themed rooms. Will you be able to get out in time?
 

Classes

Cooking
Unleash your inner chef with a cooking class this winter! Baltimore Chef Shop teaches techniques for all skill levels and is located in Hampden, the top spot for food lovers in Baltimore. Schola hosts different themed classes, so no matter what your taste is you can learn to make something that you love!
 
Glass Blowing
For something a little different, try a glass blowing class! Take a class at Corradetti Glass Blowing Studio, where you can turn glass into art. Workshops are offered for all skill levels, and are a fun, unique way to spend a day this winter.
 
Working with Tools
Learn basic tool skills at Station North Tool Library. With classes for all abilities, you can learn knife making, woodworking, and more. You never know when the skills you learn here will come in handy!
 
Miscellaneous Classes
Not sure what kind of class you want to take? Try a bit of everything with the adult classes at Open Works Baltimore. The four class types are safety, skill, project, and foundation, and these cover a wide variety of interests providing something for everyone to enjoy! Check out the class options here.
 

Hot Cocoa

The Bun Shop
The Bun Shop is a local favorite and is serving some of the best hot chocolate in town this winter! The late-night coffee shop, open until 3:00am, has an extensive menu with food and drink from around the world, and has both classic hot chocolate and Mexican hot chocolate to warm you up.
 
Miss Shirley’s Café
Warm up at Miss Shirley’s Café with a hot chocolate topped with their homemade whipped cream. The café also serves up plenty of seasonal specials including their eggnog pancakes and their gingerbread-cookie cheesecake-stuffed French toast.
 
Dooby’s
Dooby’s is a nearby Mount Vernon staple and a great place to warm up with a hot chocolate! The cafe is known for their delicious hot chocolate, which goes great with a sweet treat, such as one of their signature cookies or pop-tarts.
 
Winter at the Zenith
We hope you enjoy winter at The Zenith and are able to explore everything Baltimore has to offer. Spring and baseball season will be here before you know it!