Baltimore by Bike

Baltimore by Bike

From Murals to H.L. Mencken and Highlandtown to Curtis Bay, our Baltimore by Bike tours are always original and engaging rides that explore the history of Baltimore landmarks and landscapes. These regularly scheduled group rides are between six and ten miles and comfortable for a wide range of cyclists.

Check out our digital exhibit on the history of bicycling in Baltimore! Check back soon for cue sheets sharing our past tours and recommended routes for self-guided tours. Learn more about our tour programs.

Past Baltimore by Bike Tours

2013 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 ride. Tickets 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.

2012 Tours

The Monuments of Baltimore

Sunday, May 27, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm RSVP today! $10 per person. Meet in front of the Lee-Jackson statute across the street from the main entrance to the Baltimore Museum of Art.  The tour will return before noon. What better way to get into the spirit of Memorial Day than by learning about Baltimore’s great historic monuments? Peddle between major and minor landmarks with a full dose of history along the way from Dr. Ralph Brown.

Explore West Baltimore Parks

Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm RSVP today! Free! Meet at the Francis Scott Key Monument – Eutaw Place and Lanvale Street. West Baltimore’s unique landscape of parks and gardens feature everything from a monument to Francis Scott Key to innovative bioswales for sustainable stormwater management. The best way to get to know these local treasures? Hop on your bike and join us for a free National Trails Day ride through West Baltimore parks!  Together with our partner Bikemore (a new citywide bike advocacy group), we’ll take an easy two-hour ride visiting over 10 small parks and gardens across west and southwest Baltimore.

East Baltimore Bakeries by Bike

Saturday, June 16, 9:00 am RSVP today! $10 per person. Meet at the Patterson Park Pagoda – South Patterson Park Avenue and East Lombard Street “You have to eat sweets, and you have to listen” says tour leader Dr. Ralph Brown, and you may even end up calorie-neutral by the end of the ride. Join us as we visit some East Baltimore ethnic bakeries and grocery stores as a way of learning a part of Baltimore’s immigration history.

Urban Renewal by Bike

Saturday, August 25, 9:30 am RSVP today! $10 per person. Meet at Mount Vernon Place in the west park between Charles and Cathedral Streets. Ride along for a tour of best brutalist buildings, modern apartment towers, and more as we explore the history of post-WWII urban renewal efforts from Mount Vernon Place to State Center. Of course, even in the 1960s preservationists fought to preserve historic buildings, so we’ll also get to take a look at once-threatened landmarks from the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion to the Shot Tower. Join us this fun two-hour bike tour presented in partnership with Bikemore!

War of 1812 by Bike

Saturday, September 8, 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm Rescheduled due to predicted thunderstorms! New date: Saturday, September 22, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm RSVP today! $10 per person. Meet at Riverside Park, Riverside Avenue and East Randall Street. Note – the starting location has been moved from Fort McHenry to Riverside Park. This year we are taking our Defender’s Day celebrations beyond Fort McHenry with an afternoon bike tour around the harbor exploring the lives and landmarks that witnessed how the War of 1812 came home to Baltimore 200 years ago. We’ll visit the site of fortifications in Riverside Park, the homes of privateer captains in Fells’ Point and learn how the history of the conflict has stayed alive through memorials like the Battle Monument. This 9-mile ride takes us from Fort McHenry to Patterson Park and back so it is recommended for more experienced riders. We’ve planned the tour to go just before the Defenders Day festivities begin at Ft. McHenry. This year the Fourt will commemorate the 195th anniversary of the successful defense of the city from British attack, and the celebration will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude with a 30-minute fireworks show starting at dusk. Come along for our bike tour and then plan on dinner out in South Baltimore or bring a picnic dinner and stick around for the show!

West Baltimore Murals by Bike

Sunday, September 16, 9:00 am RSVP today! $10 per person. Meet at the intersection of Frederick Avenue and the Gwynns Falls Bike Trail on the north side of Frederick Avenue – at 2800 Frederick Avenue. With over a dozen murals decorating walls and bridges, West Baltimore comes alive in this tour that explores a rich part of our city that many rarely visit. Please join us to learn about some seminal events of the 19th century that occurred in West Baltimore and changed the course of world history.

Baltimore by Bike: Jewish Landmarks in Northwest Baltimore

Sunday, October 14, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm New meeting location! Meet at Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens at 3100 Swann Drive, 21217. Free on-street parking is available around the Conservatory or throughout Druid Hill Park. RSVP Today! Free thanks to Free Fall Baltimore. In the decades after the Civil War, Baltimore’s economy boomed, countless immigrants arrived from around the world and many – including the city’s growing Jewish community – moved northwest into the rapidly expanding Baltimore suburbs around what is now Bolton Hill. Join Baltimore Heritage on a fun two-hour bike tour past historic synagogues and other Jewish landmarks from from Eutaw Place to Park Heights. As northwest Baltimore continued to grow and change, these landmarks remain well-preserved neighborhood landmarks thanks to African American churches and civic organizations that care for them through the present.

Mencken’s Baltimore by Bike

Sunday, November 11, 9:30am to 12:00pm Meet at Union Square Park, Hollins Street and South Stricker Street RSVP online today! $15 per person. Join us for a easy fall ride through H.L. Mencken’s Baltimore. The eldest son of August Mencken, a successful local cigar manufacturer, Mencken grew from roaming the alleys and vacant lots with gangs of West Baltimore boys to become one of the youngest reporters at the Baltimore Herald, launching a career in journalism and writing that endured for nearly 50 years.