Our Baltimore by Bike tours are done for the year but stay tuned for a full season of bike tours returning in 2013 including repeats of a few of our favorites.

Defender’s Day Ride

 Registration is closed for this event
Go beyond the ramparts of Fort McHenry and join us on a bike ride past landmarks across the city that tell the story of how the city lived and fought through the Battle of Baltimore and the War of 1812.


Fort McHenry Bombardment​When Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry as a captive aboard a British ship, he was one of thousands of Baltimoreans who waited anxiously through the night uncertain if the city would fall before the British attack. On our second annual Baltimore by Bike Defender's Day Ride, we'll explore the people and places of Baltimore in 1814. Enslaved men worked on the massive fortifications that still stand in today's Patterson Park. Recently-arrived German immigrants heard the warning bells ring out from Old Otterbein Church on the news of the British approach. An enterprising seamstress on Pratt Street sewed the famous flag that became our nation’s Star-Spangled Banner.

Best of all, we’ll discover these stories riding on on two wheels down quiet streets and mixed-used paths from South Baltimore to Patterson Park and back again led by local scholar and cyclist Dr. Kate Drabinksi. Like all our Baltimore by Bike tours, our Defender’s Day Ride will be comfortable for regular or occasional cyclists with a route around 10 miles including regular stops.

September 8th, 2013 9:00 AM   through   11:30 AM
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
United States
Ticket for Baltimore Heritage member $10.00
Ticket for Baltimore Heritage non-member $15.00

Past Baltimore by Bike Tours

Ride along with Olmsted, Hon! at Tour dem Parks

Sunday, June 9, 2013, 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM
Meet at Carroll Park
1500 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230
Buy tickets from Tour dem Parks, Hon! then sign-up to join our rideTickets for Tour dem Parks are $45 for adults, $30 for young riders under 15, and free for children in seats, trailers or trail-a-bikes.

Baltimore Heritage and the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes are teaming up for a relaxing tour through Baltimore parks at Tour dem Parks, Hon! on Sunday, June 9. We’re inviting you to join us as we roll along a 25-mile ride and share stories along the way from the history of Carroll Park, Druid Hill Park, and Patterson Park (as well as a few of the landmarks we’ll pass as we pedal across the city).

Spending a day in our city’s unique historic parks offers a renewed appreciation for the contributions of Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. His work on the 1904 “Report Upon the Development of Public Grounds for Greater Baltimore” with the influential Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm provided an enduring vision for Baltimore’s green spaces that has thrived thanks to the tireless work of park advocates across the past century — advocates that we can continue to support today just by going for a ride. Tour dem Parks, Hon online registration deadline is this Friday, May 31 so buy your tickets now and don’t miss out on this great ride!

Baltimore meets Florence! Enjoy Italian-inspired Desserts and Architecture by Bike

Saturday, June 15, 2013, 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM
Meet at the Francis Scott Key Monument
Eutaw Place and West Lanvale Street, Baltimore, MD 21217 United States
Sign-up today! Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members

Have you ever seen a handsome building in Baltimore and swear that you had seen it before? Maybe some afternoon on vacation while sipping cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe in Florence, Italy? Join Dr. Ralph Brown for our fun bike tour around Baltimore and you’ll swear you are back in Florence — even if only for just a few hours. Florence has Michelangelo’s David, the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Medici, the Arno River spanned by the Ponte Vecchio and great gelato. Baltimore has the Bromo Seltzer Tower, the Jones Falls and, of course, our own tasty gelatos in Little Italy.