All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go Hot Ideas For Cold-weather Pursuits

January 05, 1992|By BETH SMITH

The phone number listed for the Howard County Tourism Council in the Jan. 5 issue of the Sun Magazine was incorrect. To reach the council, call (410) 750-8582 or (800) 288-TRIP.

* The Sun regrets the error.

COME OUT FROM BENEATH THOSE flannel sheets. Get up off that couch. You don't have to hibernate in the den this winter just because you can't go to the tropics. Baltimore is not an arctic wasteland during the cold-weather season.

To prove it, we've rounded up 101 places to go or things to do in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area during January and February. Some are free and some have a fee. Some are ongoing and some have specific dates. Some are guaranteed to keep you warm, but others require a good set of long johns and a hearty disposition. We recommend phoning ahead to check on specifics and prices.


Our list covers a wide range of interests. Some activities might actually turn your winter blahs into spirited hurrahs. Well, maybe not quite a hurrah. We know you're saving that for the first day of spring.


1. Cross-country ski on trails in Piney Run Park, 30 Martz Road in Sykesville. No admission in winter. Open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (410) 795-3274.

2. Visit the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 113 W. University Parkway (on the campus of Johns Hopkins University), to find out everything you could possibly want to know about this sport that's so popular with Marylanders. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (410) 235-6882.

3. Celebrate the Babe's birthday at noon on Feb. 6 at the Babe Ruth Birthplace/Baltimore Orioles Museum, 216 Emory St. Admission. (410) 727-1539.

4. Hike the North Central Railroad Trail from Ashland Road in Cockeysville 20 miles north to the Maryland line. Maps available at the Gunpowder Falls State Park Headquarters, 10815 Harford Road in Glen Arm. Free. (410) 592-2897.

5. Walk three miles of nature trails through the preserve and bird sanctuary of Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Free. (410) 367-2217.

6. Fish for trout in the winter waters of the Big Gunpowder River, Bunker Hill Road off York Road, near Hereford. Fishing license and trout stamp required. A good pair of wadders suggested. (410) 592-2897.

7. Watch archery demonstrations Feb. 14-16 at the seventh annual Maryland Fishing and Hunting Show at the Pikesville Armory, 610 Reisterstown Road. Admission. (410) 841-6974.

8. Observe craftsmen carving and painting duck decoys at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Giles and Market streets. Weekends only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Decoys for sale in the gift shop. (410) 939-3739.

9. Cruise the wintry waters of the Inner Harbor on Feb. 13 with professional indoor soccer stars in town for the Soccer All-Star game at the Baltimore Arena. Reservations required. $25 per person. (410) 327-2100.

10. Join about 200 people on a brisk morning walk around Owings Mills Mall, 10300 Mill Run Circle. "The Wellness Walk" starts every day at 7:30 a.m. Free, but registration is required. Blood pressure screening once a month. (410) 521-5968.

11. Learn to ski on special ramps at Bare Hills Athletic Club, 1422 Clarkview Road. Skis supplied. Fee. Reservations required. Open seven days a week. (410) 823-1628.

12. Cheer the Skipjacks, Blast, Thunder and Bullets at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Call (410) 347-2000 for dates of games and prices.

13. Play a round of golf on the simulated course at Myrtle Beach North at Loch Raven Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. There are also six indoor driving stalls. Lessons available. Fee. Reservations suggested. (410) 825-GOLF.

14. Fly over Annapolis and Baltimore. To arrange an hour's air tour in a Cessna 172, call or visit the Essex Skypark, 1401 Diffendal Road. Fee. (410) 682-3444.

15. Ski and sled at Oregon Ridge Park in snowy weather. Rope tow available. Free. 13501 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. (410) 887-1818.

16. See the hottest new foreign cars at the International Auto Show at the Baltimore Convention Center, Jan. 18-26. Admission. 1 W. Pratt St. (410) 385-1800.

17. Bird-watch on the White Oak Trail at the Irvine Natural Science Center on the campus of St. Timothy's School in Stevenson, 8400 Greenspring Ave. Open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. (410) 484-2413.

18. Gawk at the world's second-largest bass -- 21 pounds and 12 ounces. It's alive and will be swimming Jan. 10-12 at Bass Expo '92 at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Admission. (410) 574-6139.

19. Ice skate at the Mimi DiPietro Ice Rink in Patterson Park, 200 S. Linwood Ave. Open Tuesdays to Sundays. Lessons and skates available. (410) 396-9392.

20. Horseback ride through the woods and fields of Misty Manor Farm, 4994 Sheppard Lane, near Ellicott City. Riding helmets supplied. Closed only when the ground is icy. Fee. (410) 531-6039.


21. Watch 45 artists at work in their studios at Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St. in Savage. Open Mondays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. (410) 792-2820.

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