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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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  • Also called the Rawling Conservatory, this place is very nice, and not too big. You can see the entire interior in less than one hour. Admission is free, but they ask for a $5 per person donation. The...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • If you like Red Wing Black Birds, this may be their capital! There seems to be one stationed on every tree around the water and it is kind of cool to see. It is great to run around the water and there are other small trails too. This is a great place to get your step count up, if you live in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, there is a segment that runs along the road and it is a bit loud.
  • It's a pretty cool park has alot of trees. Better benches wouldn't be so bad but hey the grass works great
  • This is a great place to bring your family out for a picnic or outdoor activities. With a scenic view, and many trails to walk/hike through, this is a grand opportunity to take journeys through the forrests. This is also a great place to excercise, learn to drive, and go swimming.
  • Great disc golf course. They are adding more baskets to make 3 sets of 18 holes. Unbelievable!
  • 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.

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