Best Baltimore Neighborhoods for Families

Best Baltimore Neighborhoods for Families

March 11, 2014 | Best Cities and Neighborhoods, Best Neighborhoods

When selecting the perfect Baltimore apartment, amenities are only half the search. You also want an apartment that fits your personality, your style, and the needs of your family–and luckily for you, Baltimore neighborhoods offer a variety of atmospheres for any and all types of people.

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Learning about the city’s neighborhoods will help you to determine which area is the best for you and your family, and will ultimately lead you to find your dream home. Not all neighborhoods are created equal, and various parts of the city offer different atmospheres. Check out these top Baltimore neighborhoods for families:

Canton

This neighborhood is the perfect combination of excitement and relaxation. Locals think of Canton as a suburb located in the middle of the city. This neighborhood enjoys that suburbia feel of safety and a tight-knit community, plus it’s surrounded by the entertainment and adventure that city life can bring. Canton is also home to Patterson Park, which contributes a stunning view of the harbor and is ideal for escaping the city (in the city!) and taking a stroll with your family or enjoying a picnic.

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Federal Hill

Of all of the Baltimore neighborhoods, Federal Hill is probably the most sought after. Filled with residents of all backgrounds and ages, this neighborhood provides urban living with a small town feel. Federal Hill also provides a great balance of family-friendly activities and urban outings. Head over to Federal Hill Park to push your little ones on the swings while you take in the view of the city, or spend the day with some friends shopping at the wide variety of specialty shops and antique stores that line the Baltimore streets.

Cockeysville

This neighborhood is a quieter part of the city, complete with open fields and farms for a rural family life. Aside from the serene views and relaxing atmosphere, Cockeysville offers plenty of locally grown foods so your kids can grow up with healthy eating habits. Farms regularly sell fresh produce and meat so you can whip up a delicious and nutritious meal for your family. Cockeysville also has Oregon Ridge Park, where kids can play and soak up nature. And when you’re all in the mood for some big city entertainment, downtown Baltimore is less than a half hour away.

The school districts in this neighborhood are all highly praised. You can choose from eight preschools, six elementary schools, three middle schools, three public schools and nine private schools. Some of the top rated include Cockeysville Middle School, Warren Elementary School and Padonia International Elementary School.

Mount Vernon

Located just to the north of downtown Baltimore, this neighborhood offers an urban lifestyle with the amenities that families crave. With all of the wonderful schools and recreational facilities, it’s no wonder that Mount Vernon is a top choice for families. There’s the Mount Vernon Children’s Park, which has a beautiful playground with fun water stations, a sandbox and even a hedge maze. If you’re searching for some family-friendly entertainment for the evening, head over to the Lyric Opera House, which puts on productions of children’s programs like “Bear in the Big Blue House.”

 

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