Local Kid-Friendly Parks
With Spring time coming, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the top rated local parks! All of these parks are beautiful, clean and kid-friendly! The parks even received a great rating from its visitors! The list of parks include the address, the Google Star Rating, and some details about the park. Go ahead, jump on in!
Honeygo Run Park
Address: Honeygo Blvd., Perry Hall, MD 21128
4.8 Star Google Rating
The Honeygo Run Park has three ball diamonds (two lighted), three athletic fields (one lighted), a 13,000 square foot indoor recreation center, an ADA accessible playground, a roller hockey court, two picnic pavilions, and an extensive path and trail system traversing most of the park’s wooded areas.
The park provides a variety of outdoor and indoor recreation facilities to better serve the burgeoning Perry Hall-White Marsh Growth Area. The recent extension of Honeygo Boulevard provides convenient park access.
The park’s 149.7 acres serves the Northeast Area Recreation and Parks Councils.
Oregon Ridge Park
Address: 13401 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
4.8 Star Google Rating
Oregon Ridge Parks 1,043-acres features an accessible playground, a posted fitness area, a three-hole par-three golf course, horse shoe pits, seasonal swimming and sledding, miles of trails for nature walks and hikes (no bicycles are permitted on the trails), and a nature center, which houses an exhibit hall, a living classroom containing native animals, a non-lending nature library, an auditorium for school visitations and other audio-visual presentations, various nature observation areas, and a staff working area. The nature center, which is open Tue-Sun 9am-5pm, also offers year-round activities for the entire family.
Meadowood Regional Park
Address: 10650 Falls Road, Lutherville, Maryland 21093
4.7 Star Google Rating
Located on the southwest corner of Falls and Greenspring Valley Roads just north of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) and the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83), Meadowood Regional Park serves as a green gateway to scenic Greenspring Valley. The park provides a balanced mix of recreation and nature, featuring a variety of recreational facilities as well as areas specifically designated for environmental preservation.
Meadowood Regional Park provides a variety of outdoor recreational facilities:
- Six athletic fields (four lighted, one artificial turf)
- Three picnic pavilions
- .8 mile paved walking path, with upper and lower sections measuring .4 miles each
Contact Meadowood Regional Park at 410-887-3678 or the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation office at 410-887-7684 for information regarding upcoming events, pavilion reservations, recreation council programs, recreation council league schedules, weather cancellations and other information about the park.
Address: 27 S Patterson Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231
4.6 Star Google Rating
Many Baltimore residents refer to Patterson Park as the Best Background of Baltimore. Patterson Park’s season is year-round with a boat lake and an ice skating rink. Plenty of sporting teams come to Patterson Park to play at Utz Stadium and their multi-use playing fields. For those looking to join a sports club, kids can play on soccer teams, swim teams and participate in tennis clinics. With a fine view of the Harbor, Patterson Park will be a recurring trip in your family’s plans.
Cromwell Valley Park
Address: 2002 Cromwell Bridge Rd, Baltimore, MD 21234
4.4 Star Google Rating
The 426-acre park is a stream valley park comprised of pasture, cultivated gardens, open fields, woods, hedgerows, orchards and wooded piedmont hills. The diversity of this habitat makes it an excellent area for wildlife. There are many species of raptors such as the Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, and Great Horned Owl, which prey on a healthy population of small mammals such as rabbits, deer mice, and meadow voles. White-tailed deer and red fox are also plentiful. Songbird populations include Baltimore Oriole, Bobolink, Eastern Meadowlark, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Bluebird, and many others. Belted Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons are often seen around the Minebank Run.
Herring Run Park
Address: 3800 Belair Road, Baltimore. MD 21213
4.2 Star Google Rating
Herring Run Park is an urban oasis in Northeast Baltimore—375 acres of woodlands that extends 2.3 miles from Morgan State University to I-895. The land, while not suitable for other development, was seen as a destination for travelers seeking beautiful scenery and hikers seeking rugged terrain closer to the city. The park is defined by the Herring Run, a lovely stream which meanders through it.
The Halls Spring area is the most visited section of the park providing the opportunity for picnicking, enjoying a playground, a basketball half-court and views of the stream from a pedestrian bridge over Herring Run. Father Hooper field (located off Chesterfield Avenue near Harford Road) is the site of numerous ball fields and is often a busy place filled with soccer players and lively games.
Herring Run Park is a forested treasure in the middle of Baltimore City. Great blue heron and white egret often can be seen fishing in Herring Run. Fox are seen with some frequency and there is a growing population of deer. Herring Run Park provides a marvelous opportunity for city children and adults to experience the natural world.
I hope you found this list of parks helpful! Have you been to any of these parks? Do you know of other parks, or have a certain park that is your favorite? Let me know, and I will add it to the list!