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Druid Hill Park Conservatory, Baltimore

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Druid Hill Park is a 745acre urban park in northwest Baltimore, Maryland. Its boundaries are marked by Druid Park Drive (north), Swann Drive and Reisterstown Road (west and south), and the Jones Falls Expressway (east). Inaugurated in 1860, Druid Hill Park, a famed urban park, ranks with Central Park (begun in 1858) in New York City and Fairmount Park (1812) in Philadelphia as the oldest landscaped public parks in the United States.HistoryThe land was originally part of "Auchentorlie", the estate of Dr George Buchanan, one of the seven commissioners responsible for the 1729 establishment of Baltimore City; Buchanan's country estate included 579 of the 745acre that comprise Druid Hill Park today. Renamed "Druid Hill" by Col. Nicholas Rogers, who married Eleanor Buchanan, it was purchased in 1860 by the City of Baltimore from descendent Lloyd Rogers with municipal funds raised by the revenue derived from a one-cent park tax on the nickel horsecar fares, put through by Mayor Thomas Swann . After its purchase, Druid Hill Park was inaugurated by Swann on October 19, 1860. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Local residents often refer to the park as "Dru Hill" Park, a "Baltimorese" corruption of its given name.
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  • The arboretum is a bit small, and not too exotic, you can take your time and still spend less then 1 hour which is good for small children attention. Ample parking. You can spend more time walking thr...  more »
  • Very warm inside, maintained well. Worth a visit. Go check it out. Park close, not the greatest location in Baltimore, near the Zoo. Donations excepted, no other cost. Paid $20 for 3 people.  more »
  • We were taking a walk though the park and came across the conservatory. It was cold, so we decided to go in and get warm. So glad we did! The plants were beautiful. There are three different climate z...  more »
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  • One of the most amazing and picturesque urban wilderness parks in the entire country. A broad variety of wildlife inhabit this park. Not too many places in a big city where you can see bald eagles, foxes and deer all in the same day. Perfect place for a relaxing stroll or a nice jog to get away from it all. Even if just for a brief moment.
  • Great park to explore. No issues with maintenance. I enjoy practicing there. Its a bit complex and hard to find where you're going once inside the park. The conservatory and the zoo are two awesome places to go inside the park.
  • This is a great place to walk, bike or hike. It is big enough that you can find spots that are not so busy or you can find places teeming with life and company. There are plenty of flat paths for easy going or steep paths for a good challenge. Seated in the middle of the park is the Maryland Zoo, a great place to bring your family.
  • A true gem in Baltimore! Great path for a walk/run around a lake-like reservoir. Beautiful elevated view south into downtown. Playground, tennis courts, pool and grassy areas for a picnic.
  • Run around the track almost everyday which is great! The park needs some work but has decent tennis courts and areas to train at. Pull up and dip bars right near the tennis courts as well!