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Bicycling

Additions of bicycle lanes around the Inner Harbor and on main thoroughfares such as St. Paul Street have spelled major victories for Baltimore’s bicyclists. Just a few years ago, it would have been impossible to explore inner city Baltimore on two wheels. Now that’s changing, although there’s still a lot of work to be done to make the city truly bike-friendly.

The city's most defined network of bicycling paths is the Gwynns Falls Trail, which connects 2,000 acres of public land in and around Baltimore. The trail, which was completed in the past couple of years, stretches for about 15 miles. Maps are available at www.gwynnsfallstrail.org. Or you could head to one of the city's parks or out of town to dedicated cycling trails.

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. Just south of the city is the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail; to get on the trail near BWI airport, follow I–695 to I–97 south, take Exit 15 onto Dorsey Road, heading west away from the airport. Look for signs for Saw Mill Creek Park, which has 13 mi of paved trails, open space, bridges, and woodlands. Baltimore, MD. 410/222–6244.

Light Street Cycles. Bikes can be rented from Light Street Cycles; ask for a map of local trails. 1015 Light St., Federal Hill, Baltimore, MD, 21230. 410/685–2234. lightstcycles.com.

Northern Central Railroad Hike and Bike Trail. North of the city, the 21-mi Northern Central Railroad Hike and Bike Trail extends along the old Northern Central Railroad to the Maryland–Pennsylvania line. It begins at Ashland Road, just east of York Road in Hunt Valley, and heads north 20 mi to the Pennsylvania border. Parking is available at seven points along the way. Baltimore, MD. 410/592–2897. www.dnr.state.md.us.

Golf

Forest Park. Public Forest Park has 18 challenging holes (par 71), with a tight, tree-lined front 9 and open back 9. Reservations are accepted. 2900 Hillsdale Rd., North Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 21207. 410/448–4653. www.bmgcgolf.com. $23 for 9 holes. $42 weekend, $35 weekday. 18 holes, 6127 yards, par 71.

golf guide. The Baltimore Sun's golf guide gives a detailed and thorough overview of local courses. Baltimore, MD. www.baltimoresun.com.

Mount Pleasant. Designed in 1936, Mount Pleasant was for many years the site of the Eastern Open. It has 18 holes of par-71 golf on bent grass. 6001 Hillen Rd., North Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 21239. 410/254–5100. www.classic5golf.com. [Admission] $51 weekends, $43 weekdays. 18 holes, 6728 yards, par 71.

Pine Ridge. North of the city and overlooking the Loch Raven Reservoir, Pine Ridge is an attractive, well-maintained 18-hole, par-54 course with water in play. 2101 Dulaney Valley Rd., Lutherville, MD, 21093. 410/252–1408. www.prgc.org. [Admission] $62 weekend, $48 weekday. 18 holes, 6724 yards, par 54.

Health and Fitness Clubs

A few clubs offer temporary membership to visitors. Your hotel may provide this as a courtesy, so ask the concierge. Among hotels, the Harbor Court has by far the best athletic facilities.

Downtown Athletic Club. At the Downtown Athletic Club, you can pay a daily fee of $16 to play squash and racquetball and to use the indoor pool and exercise equipment. Or visit their website or call ahead and they'll give you a free one-day guest pass. 210 E. Centre St., Mount Vernon, Baltimore, MD, 21202. 410/332–0906. www.merrittclubs.com.

Meadow Mill Athletic Club. The exercise facilities and squash courts at the Meadow Mill Athletic Club are $13 per day. 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Hampden, Baltimore, MD, 21211. 410/235–7000. www.meadowmill.com.

Running

Scenic places to run around the Inner Harbor include the promenade around the water; Rash Field, on the south side, adjacent to the Science Center and Federal Hill Park; and the path at the water's edge at Fort McHenry. If you're staying in Mount Vernon, head north up Charles Street toward Charles Village and Johns Hopkins University.

Spectator Sports

Baseball

Baltimore Orioles. To experience Major League baseball in an old-fashioned stadium setting, fans go to Baltimore and root for the Orioles. The team plays in beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which seats 48,000. Special light-rail trains run to the stadium from Washington's Union Station. 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore, MD, 21201. 410/685–9800 general information. baltimore.orioles.mlb.com. $9–$60.

Football

Baltimore Ravens. The 2013 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens play in state-of-the-art M&T Stadium from August to January. 1101 Russell St., West Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 21230. 410/261–7283. www.baltimoreravens.com.

Horse Racing

Pimlico Race Course. On the third Saturday in May the prestigious Preakness Stakes, the second race in the Triple Crown, is run at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course. The course has additional Thoroughbred racing. Call ahead for days and times. 5204 Park Heights Ave., Northwest Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 21215. 410/542–9400. www.pimlico.com.

Lacrosse

Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays. The Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays are a perennial favorite. Homewood Field, Charles St. at University Pkwy., Charles Village, Baltimore, MD, 21210. 410/516–7490. hopkinssports.cstv.com.

Loyola Greyhounds. The Loyola Greyhounds play on their college's campus. Charles St. at Cold Spring La., North Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 21210. 410/617–5014. www.loyolagreyhounds.com.

Water Sports

Loch Raven Reservoir. Directly north of the city, Loch Raven Reservoir is more than just Baltimore's reserve drinking water: the lake is open for fishing, canoeing, and the use of boats with electric motors. Rentals are available from April to November; call for hours. 12101 Dulaney Valley Rd., Loch Raven, Baltimore, MD, 21131. 410/887–7692. www.baltimorecountymd.gov.

Tennis

Courts can be found in the city's public parks, though if you're a serious player, you may be better off using hotel courts or tennis clubs.

Cross Keys Tennis Club. Open year-round, the Cross Keys Tennis Club has courts available for $28–$39 per hour. 5100 Falls Rd., Roland Park, Baltimore, MD, 21210. 410/433–1800. www.crosskeystennis.com.

Druid Hill Park. Druid Hill Park has 24 courts. Druid Hill Lake Dr., West Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 21217. 410/396–6106. www.druidhillpark.org.

Orchard Indoor Tennis Club. The courts at the Orchard Indoor Tennis Club are available to nonmembers for $32–$42 per hour. 8720 Loch Raven Blvd., Towson, MD, 21286. 410/821–6206.

Patterson Park. Patterson Park has 10 courts. Eastern Ave., East Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 21224. 410/396–3774. www.pattersonpark.com.