Best places for 8 popular indoor activities in Baltimore

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March 5, 2024
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Best places for 8 popular indoor activities in Baltimore

When the sun is shining and temperatures are warm, it's not too difficult to get out of the house and find something to do, whether it's a simple walk around the block or a day trip to the beach. But when temperatures are lower or rain is trickling down your windows, you're probably more likely to stay inside—and that's true no matter your age.

A 2020 survey of about 1,000 people from the National Recreation and Park Association showed that 58% of U.S. adults are less active in the winter. Similarly, a 2016 study out of the University of Cambridge found that average activity levels among children dropped to their lowest levels in February at about 48 minutes per day compared to 65 minutes per day in April, the peak month for activity.

The good news is there are an increasing number of ways to get out and be active, no matter the season and no matter what level of activity you're looking for. There are the longtime staples to visit year-round, from an awe-inspiring and educational visit to an aquarium or planetarium to a culturally stimulating night at the theater to a trip down memory lane at the bowling alley. For the gamers among you—or for those nostalgic for the 1970s, '80s, and '90s—there's always laser tag or an afternoon at the arcade.

Those looking to exercise their minds a bit more than their muscles could try the more recent sensation: escape rooms, which started captivating Americans of all ages in the mid-2010s. Meanwhile, people who want to sweat it out a bit can try to get into the skyrocketing success of indoor rock climbing, the bouncing business of trampoline parks, and the more adult activity that is ax throwing.

To motivate you to try a new activity this weekend, weather notwithstanding, Stacker compiled a list of the best places for popular indoor activities in Baltimore using data from Yelp. Data is as of Feb. 21, 2024. Businesses were selected using Yelp's ranking system, which calculates an adjusted rating value that takes into account the number of ratings as well as the rating score itself.

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Arcade: re:gen

- Rating: 4.6/5 (8 reviews)
- Price level: $$
- Address: 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. Ste 1415 Baltimore, Maryland
- Categories: Videos & Video Game Rental, Arcades
- Read more on Yelp

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Bowling: Mustang Alley's

- Rating: 3.8/5 (125 reviews)
- Price level: $$
- Address: 1300 Bank St. Floor 2 Baltimore, Maryland
- Categories: American, Bowling, Burgers
- Read more on Yelp

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Laser tag: Ultrazone the Ultimate Laser Adventure

- Rating: 3.2/5 (10 reviews)
- Address: 7835 Eastpoint Mall Baltimore, Maryland
- Categories: Arcades, Laser Tag
- Read more on Yelp

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Aquarium: National Aquarium

- Rating: 3.9/5 (1284 reviews)
- Address: 501 East Pratt St. Baltimore, Maryland
- Categories: Aquariums
- Read more on Yelp

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Planetarium: Maryland Science Center

- Rating: 3.7/5 (156 reviews)
- Address: 601 Light St. Baltimore, Maryland
- Categories: Museums, Planetarium
- Read more on Yelp

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Ax throwing: Urban Axes - Baltimore

- Rating: 4.9/5 (174 reviews)
- Address: 1 North Haven St. Baltimore, Maryland
- Categories: Ax Throwing, Team Building Activities
- Read more on Yelp

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Escape games: Charm City Clue Room

- Rating: 4.2/5 (45 reviews)
- Address: 6 Market Place Baltimore, Maryland
- Categories: Escape Games
- Read more on Yelp

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Theater: Illusions Bar & Theater

- Rating: 4.7/5 (415 reviews)
- Price level: $$
- Address: 1025 South Charles St. Baltimore, Maryland
- Categories: Bars, Performing Arts, Magicians
- Read more on Yelp

This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Jaimie Etkin, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 251 metros.

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