"I’m a Baltimore native and very proud to still be here. I love the culture; there’s a ton of things to do in the city, I love the mentality of the city. It's not as crazy as big cities like New York."
Baltimore has long been a devoted sports town. Current teams include the Baltimore Ravens (football), Baltimore Orioles (baseball), Baltimore Mariners (Indoor Football), Baltimore Blast (indoor soccer), Baltimore Bay Lions (basketball), and the Charm City Roller Girls (Flat Track Derby). With so many colleges around, college sports are a hit in this city as well. Topping the list is Johns Hopkins' own division I champion lacrosse team.
Here at the Medical School, the focus of athletic activities is the Denton A. Cooley Athletic Center. They offer free membership to graduate students at both the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Reed Hall locations. The Reed Hall complex offers a full sized gymnasium with indoor track, squash and racquetball courts, free and machine weights, and saunas and Jacuzzis. They also offer a variety of fitness classes and personal trainers. The Bloomberg School of Public Health facility has many machines, bikes, treadmills and other new exercise equipment.
If you want to get outside, the unusual topography of the state of Maryland offers mountains to the west, beaches to the east, and everything in-between. The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and offers a wide range of recreational options from swimming to hiking to fishing/crabbing. There are plenty of parks in the Maryland area including: Appalachian Trail, Deep Creek Lake, Elk Neck State Park, Rocks State Park, and Swallow Falls Park. Sun, surf, and sand can be found at Ocean City Maryland, a great family friendly resort/beach town on the Atlantic. Maryland is also just a short trip to Washington, D.C. home to a multitude of free public museums and the National Zoo.