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May 26, 2024


Leisure is the section where we highlight the intriguing, exciting and all-around fun events and activities happening in Baltimore over the weekend.

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Federal Hill is just one of many great places to people watch in Baltimore.

My favorite places to people watch in Baltimore

Despite the fact that temperatures are once again approaching the mid-80s, fall has come to Baltimore, date-wise. That means your Instagram feed will soon be totally flooded with photos of acquaintances enjoying the weather in warm color palettes.

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Federal Hill is just one of many great places to people watch in Baltimore.

Add The Maryland Zoo to your Hopkins bucket list

I’ve walked and driven by The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore plenty of times. Each time I reminded myself I should really check it out sometime soon, especially since it’s only a 10-minute drive from campus.

The Arboretum is located on the lands of the Civil War era Cylburn Mansion in Baltimore.

The Arboretum provides a green escape from city life

I grew up in Central New York, where the nearest state park is usually no more than a 10-minute drive away. The number of parks plus the fact that there really isn’t much to do in Syracuse meant that spending time outside became one of the most important parts of my life.

One of Birroteca’s locations is on Clipper Rd. by the Jones Fall Expressway.

Birroteca restaurant provides solid Italian fare

It was already a bit dark by the time we pulled in to the nearly full, gravel parking lot of Birroteca, an Italian restaurant — I think it might technically go by “pizzeria,” but I’ve forgotten — resting in the luxuriant shade of I-83 as it goes over Jones Falls.

Avocado toast and a cup of tea at Dooby’s makes a great study snack.

Off campus study spots bring new experiences

Lately it feels as though the entire student body has moved into Brody. We’ve all been there: the sad moment when they announce the service desk is closing for the night and the even sadder moment when it opens again the next morning.

The Baltimore Bike Party is a great way to explore new parts of the city and meet some locals.

Beer, bikes, bluegrass: my Balti weekends

This semester has truly been a sprint to the finish. At the end of it, I graduate and leave Baltimore at least for the summer, if not longer. This comes with a lot of nostalgia. However, I haven’t gotten a chance to deal with it: I’ve been trying to enjoy my Hopkins “lasts” like my last Spring Fair, my last Outdoor Pursuits trips and events and of course the looming deadlines of my last set of final projects.

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Pete’s bar-only seating arrangement affords a great opportunity to feel close to the Waverly community.

Pete’s Grill offers good food, better company

I have had a standing weekly coffee date with a friend of mine for a few months now. She is a senior, and as the semester nears its end and her graduation date quickly approaches, we have tried to see each other more often to squeeze in as many fun memories as possible.

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The movie-set quality of Little Italy’s artful sidewalks make it an ideal getaway from Hopkins stress.

Little Italy provides fun in every season

Especially for those of us who stayed on campus during spring break, this time of year tends to feel a little monotonous; You can only look out the windows of Brody for so long before you go a little stir crazy.

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