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Baltimore activities and attractions we're excited to see...

During Opening Day on April 8, fans will be allowed into Camden Yards for the first time in over a year. The stadium is reopening for the early part of the season at 25% capacity, meaning that approximately 11,000 people will be permitted to attend each game. Face masks will be required except when fans are eating and drinking at their seats. There will be “pod seating,” with groups of two, four or six fans seated together at least 6 feet apart from other fans.
(Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore activities and attractions we're excited to see return after long COVID winter

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As the number of coronavirus cases in Maryland continues to recede from a mid-January peak, more people become vaccinated, and a long, snowy winter melts away, more and more restaurants, events and attractions are returning to the Baltimore area. Looking to enjoy some “new” activities that still make it easy to wear masks and be socially distanced? Here are some things to look forward to.
(McKenna Oxenden)
The Orioles
During Opening Day on April 8, fans will be allowed into Camden Yards for the first time in over a year. The stadium is reopening for the early part of the season at 25% capacity, meaning that approximately 11,000 people will be permitted to attend each game. Face masks will be required except when fans are eating and drinking at their seats. There will be “pod seating,” with groups of two, four or six fans seated together at least 6 feet apart from other fans.
During Opening Day on April 8, fans will be allowed into Camden Yards for the first time in over a year. The stadium is reopening for the early part of the season at 25% capacity, meaning that approximately 11,000 people will be permitted to attend each game. Face masks will be required except when fans are eating and drinking at their seats. There will be “pod seating,” with groups of two, four or six fans seated together at least 6 feet apart from other fans. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Some restaurants coming back
Some restaurants that have either been entirely or partially closed throughout the pandemic are starting to return. For example, the Five & Dime Ale House, on Hampden’s Avenue, and the Pratt Street Ale House, near the Inner Harbor, are set to reopen in early spring after being shut down for nearly a year due to coronavirus. “We are happy to be back. We hope to be better than we were and to keep growing,” said Greg Keating, managing partner of 206 Restaurant Group, which owns both restaurants and the buildings where they operate.
Some restaurants that have either been entirely or partially closed throughout the pandemic are starting to return. For example, the Five & Dime Ale House, on Hampden’s Avenue, and the Pratt Street Ale House, near the Inner Harbor, are set to reopen in early spring after being shut down for nearly a year due to coronavirus. “We are happy to be back. We hope to be better than we were and to keep growing,” said Greg Keating, managing partner of 206 Restaurant Group, which owns both restaurants and the buildings where they operate. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)
Crab season
As April quickly approaches, so does the start of crab season. No day is better spent outside than picking crabs and washing them it down with a Natty Boh.
As April quickly approaches, so does the start of crab season. No day is better spent outside than picking crabs and washing them it down with a Natty Boh. (Ulysses Muñoz, Baltimore Sun)
The Baltimore Museum of Art
The museum is set to reopen to the public March 28 for the first time since closing its doors because of the pandemic last year. Visitors will have a timed-entry ticket and will be able to enjoy several brand new exhibits, including “She Knew Where She Was Going: Gee’s Bend Quilts and Civil Rights.”
The museum is set to reopen to the public March 28 for the first time since closing its doors because of the pandemic last year. Visitors will have a timed-entry ticket and will be able to enjoy several brand new exhibits, including “She Knew Where She Was Going: Gee’s Bend Quilts and Civil Rights.” (ERIC BARADAT/Getty Images North America/TNS)
Days spent outdoors at the park
Enjoy the sunshine and get your steps in by visiting parks across the region such as Druid Hill Park or Patterson Park in Baltimore City or Centennial Park in Howard County. They’re perfect spots to safely gather with friends and be socially distanced.
Enjoy the sunshine and get your steps in by visiting parks across the region such as Druid Hill Park or Patterson Park in Baltimore City or Centennial Park in Howard County. They’re perfect spots to safely gather with friends and be socially distanced. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)
Fourth of July celebrations
Get those sparklers ready. Annapolis officials are in “very preliminary” discussions about holding July Fourth festivities as a COVID-19 reopening celebration. There’s talk of neighborhood events, a parade, fireworks and music.
Get those sparklers ready. Annapolis officials are in “very preliminary” discussions about holding July Fourth festivities as a COVID-19 reopening celebration. There’s talk of neighborhood events, a parade, fireworks and music. (Joshua McKerrow, Capital Gazette)
The Recher
After being closed for eight years as a concert venue in downtown Towson, The Recher is set to reopen Friday for limited-capacity shows. The Kelly Bell Band will perform at the grand reopening of the venue previously known as The Recher Theatre. Shows are for people 21 and over until the theater is back to full capacity.
After being closed for eight years as a concert venue in downtown Towson, The Recher is set to reopen Friday for limited-capacity shows. The Kelly Bell Band will perform at the grand reopening of the venue previously known as The Recher Theatre. Shows are for people 21 and over until the theater is back to full capacity. (File photo)
March Madness
Brackets and basketball are back. A year after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus, the 68 selected teams, including Maryland, will gather in Indiana for all 67 games beginning Thursday and ending April 5. Women’s teams will play their tournament in San Antonio starting Sunday and ending April 4.
Brackets and basketball are back. A year after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus, the 68 selected teams, including Maryland, will gather in Indiana for all 67 games beginning Thursday and ending April 5. Women’s teams will play their tournament in San Antonio starting Sunday and ending April 4. (Michael Conroy)
Hiking
There is no shortage of trails across Maryland to help you take advantage of the outdoor weather. Visit Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, the Jones Falls Trail in Baltimore City or Patapsco Valley State Park in Baltimore and Howard counties.
There is no shortage of trails across Maryland to help you take advantage of the outdoor weather. Visit Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, the Jones Falls Trail in Baltimore City or Patapsco Valley State Park in Baltimore and Howard counties. (Jerry Jackson)
Rooftop dining
Enjoy drinks and snacks at 16 on the Park, atop the Residence Inn by Marriott near Johns Hopkins Hospital, or the LB Skybar, atop the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Both offer sweeping views of the skyline that make it perfect to soak up the warm temperatures and do something different.20 W. Baltimore St., 19th floor of Lord Baltimore Hotel, downtown, 855-539-1928, <a href="http://www.lordbaltimorehotel.com" target="_blank">lordbaltimorehotel.com</a>
Enjoy drinks and snacks at 16 on the Park, atop the Residence Inn by Marriott near Johns Hopkins Hospital, or the LB Skybar, atop the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Both offer sweeping views of the skyline that make it perfect to soak up the warm temperatures and do something different.20 W. Baltimore St., 19th floor of Lord Baltimore Hotel, downtown, 855-539-1928, lordbaltimorehotel.com (Caitlin Faw / Baltimore Sun)
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