Sign-ups and some try-outs are already under way as spring comes to South Baltimore. Here’s your guide to all the outdoor recreation options and sports on the peninsula. (Photos by Mary Braman) – Compiled by John Thomas
Baltimore Beach Volleyball
Baltimore Beach Volleyball at Rash Field on the Inner Harbor offers free drop-in games on the weekends (weather permitting) at its seven sand courts. Registration for the 2023 spring league season is open now through April 8; free drop-in play occurs weekends through the end of April.
For more info: baltimorebeach.com
Baltimore Community Rowing
Located across the Hanover Street bridge on Waterview Avenue, Baltimore Community Rowing hosts daily practices for all age groups. More than a dozen community groups and rowing teams from schools and universities call the boathouse home. If you don’t have competitive rowing experience but want to get involved, Baltimore Rowing offers adults a monthly “Learn to Row” program that starts March 26.
For more info: baltimorerowing.org
Baltimore Dragon Boat Club
The Baltimore Dragon Boat Club has three boats that launch from the Under Armour docks in Locust Point. The season runs from April through October. They welcome members of all ages and experience levels. Practices are held three times a week and are open to newcomers who just want to give the sport a try.
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Baltimore’s stand-up paddleboarding club, B’more SUP, offers a variety of paddleboard-based activities like paddleboard yoga, and even “doggy paddle” days where dogs can join in on the fun. If you don’t have paddleboarding experience, sign up for a lesson next to the Rusty Scupper. The Sparrows Point location is open now; the Inner Harbor location offers activities in the summer.
For more info: baltimoresup.com
Canton Kayak Club
Although founded in Canton, Canton Kayak Club has several locations in the area, including a South Baltimore launch point at the Under Armour headquarters pier in Locust Point. After paying a seasonal fee and passing orientation, you can access boats at any CKC location from May through October.
For more info: cantonkayakclub.com
Downtown Sailing Center
Located on Key Highway at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the Downtown Sailing Center has been offering sailing instruction and affordable access to sailing since 1994. Once you’ve demonstrated basic sailing competency by passing the sailing lessons, you can move into a membership, where you have unlimited access to boats.
For more info: downtownsailing.org
South Baltimore Little League
Kids aged 4 to 16 are getting ready for the upcoming season of the South Baltimore Little League in Locust Point with opening day scheduled for April 15. The coed league features five divisions: tee ball, machine pitch, coach pitch, minors, and majors. Younger divisions practice together to build camaraderie and focus on fundamentals.
For more info: sobolittleleague.org
Volooffers over 15 sport leagues in Baltimore City, including kickball, flag football, and softball. On the peninsula, teams play everywhere from Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School to West Covington Park. With an easy way to sign up via its app, Volo has streamlined the social sporting experience. You can register with your friends as a team or sign up as an individual to be placed in pickup games at your convenience.
For more info: volosports.com
Youth Flag Football
Charm City Athletics is a new coed youth flag football league at Swann Park dedicated to providing safe, fun, and inclusive athletic leagues to Baltimore families. CCA believes in personal growth and community development through athletics. Registration for the spring league closes March 15. The season runs from April 2 to May 21.
For more info: charmcityathletics.com