Named after Lord Baltimore, who was the first Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland, the city dates back to July 29, 1729. Ever since the founding of B’more and its surrounding area, the city has played a crucial role in the growth of America during the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and the Industrial City. Because the city is located on the Chesapeake Bay, the “Charm City” embraces nautical life by offering incredible seafood and cruising around on the water.
In recent years, Baltimore has seen a resurgence thanks to excelling in the health, technology and engineering industries.
Whether you’re looking to visit Baltimore or if you’re someone who calls it home, Baltimore has an almost endless amount of things to do. Whether reliving history or getting down with the city’s nightlife, here are some of the best things that you can do in B’more.
Have an Inner Harbor Adventure
There’s a reason why the Inner Harbor is a favorite destination among both tourists and locals. It’s Baltimore’s most iconic trademark with no shortage of activities.
For starters, there’s visiting one of the city’s most visited attractions, the National Aquarium. Home to over 17,000 animals from 750 different species, the National Aquarium always delivers a unique and exciting journey for anyone of all ages.
The Inner Harbor is also home to several historic ships, such as the U.S.S. Constellation, LV116 Chesapeake, U.S.S. Torsk and U.S.C.G.C. Taney. Once you have hopped abroad these ships, you can continue to explore more of Baltimore’s stories of maritime history by visiting the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse and a replica of the Pride of Baltimore. By now, you may want to get on the high seas yourself, which you can do by taking a water taxi or a cruise offered from Watermark, Seadog or Baltimore Spirit.
If aquatic life and cruises aren’t your thing, you can shop at either the Harborplace or Gallery, dine out at one of the Inner Harbor’s incredible restaurants, have a night out at Power Plant Live!, visit the Maryland Science Museum or partake in Baltimore’s most excellent music scene – which Rolling Stone has declared the best in the country.
And, if you need an additional activity for the family, don’t forget about the hands-on Port Discovery Children’s Museum or take them to the “Top of the World” Observation Level on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center or book a tour through Monumental Helicopters.
Catch a Ball Game at Camden Yards
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is another Baltimore gem. The stadium helped usher in the trend of blending an old-school ballpark with modern amenities and features. It’s not surprising that Camden Yards made the list of “America’s Best Baseball Stadiums” by Travel + Leisure.
Besides an O’s game, sports fans can cheer on the Ravens’ NFL team at M&T Bank Stadium, the indoor soccer team Baltimore Blast, the Charm City Roller Girls, horse racing at Pimlico or Laurel Park, and of course, the city’s official sport, lacrosse. Sports fans can stop by the Sports Legends Museum or National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Museums and Monuments
Baltimore has played a major role in American history from the War of 1812 to the Civil War to the Industrial Revolution. Because of this, the city and its surrounding areas are home to plenty of museums and monuments.
There’s Fort McHenry, Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, Pratt Street, Camden Station, Mount Vernon Place, Patterson Park and the B&O Railroad Museum. Other historic journeys are retracing the Underground Railroad and the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum.
Other museum options include the Baltimore Museum of Art, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and the American Visionary Art Museum.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Baltimore is a great city to enjoy the great outdoors – whether that’s cruising around in the Inner Harbor, taking a Heritage Walk, hiking/cycling at the Oregon Ridge Park, Gwynns Falls Trails, Carroll Park Bike & Skate Park, participating in an Elite Fitness Tour, exploring the Gunpowder River or taking a dip at Sandy Point State Park. Also, don’t forget that Ocean City, MD is a short drive as well.
Besides parks, trails and beaches, you can visit the Cylburn Arboretum, catch a show at the Harborplace Pavilions, view an outdoor movie during Films on the Pier in Fell’s Point or stargaze at the Maryland Science Center.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Baltimore may be known for its seafood, especially crabs. However, the city is home to delicacies from all over the world. Some of the best restaurants in town are the Charleston, Jack’s Bistro, Ouzo Bay, The Prime Rib and Aldo’s.
Baltimore is also a destination for beer lovers. The city is full of top notch bars and pubs that offer varied selections of craft beers. Mahaffey’s Pub, The Brewer’s Art, Cat’s Eye Pub, Max’s Taphouse and Club Charles are just a handful of the best bars around.
Want to do something after a great meal or a couple of drinks? Them make plans to spend the evening at the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino, Rams Head Live or the Baltimore Comedy Factory. You can also catch a Broadway show or be amazed at the brilliance of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
On a budget? No problem. There’s plenty of free activities in Baltimore throughout the year, including many of the historical sites and museums that were already mentioned, along with the Walter’s Art Museum. However, there are free arts events like Artscape, free concerts, holiday parades and festivals, Honfest in Hampden and playing volleyball on “Baltimore Beach.”
If you have a family, some of the best free activities are Shiver Me Timbers! Story Time with the Urban Pirates, cooling down in the Walter Sondheim Fountain, art classes and letting the kids climb around the structures at Pierce’s Park.
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