A panoramic evening view of the Baltimore Inner Harbor
The USS Constellation, World Trade Center Institute and National Aquarium in Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Railroad preservation and history on display at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
American Visionary Art Museum, specializing in art showcasing individual creativity
Dining on a crab feast at one of many Baltimore restaurants specializing in fresh seafood
Exploring the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, which has a mission to study and preserve African-American history
Celebration of sea and sky travel at Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show in Baltimore
Just a sampling of more than 22,000 artifacts spanning 55 centuries at the Walters Art Museum
Baltimore Museum of Art, which houses the world’s largest collection of works by Henri Matisse
A cycle-powered entry in the wacky Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race each May
The historic port city of neighborhoods
Waterfront Sights, Arts Districts and Renowned Restaurants
Take the Baltimore Water Taxi along the waterfront for stunning views, including the impressive Under Armour complex, before touring the Inner Harbor’s historic ships, such as the U.S.S. Constellation, the last Civil War-era vessel still afloat. Check out the National Aquarium, which notably is in Baltimore and not in Washington, D.C. For world-class restaurants and vibrant arts, visit any of the city’s charming neighborhoods. Baltimore is a foodie city; Zagat honored it as the No. 2 city on its “Top 17 Food Cities of 2015” list. Embrace local culture in the city’s three arts and entertainment districts to take in street art, music venues and artist studios. Stop at local shops in Fell’s Point and Hampden, or head to Harbor East for upscale boutiques.
History, Heritage and Culture Come Together
No visit to Baltimore is complete without a visit to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, which defended the city during the War of 1812. Learn about Maryland’s African-American heritage at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. One of Baltimore’s most famous residents, Edgar Allan Poe, left a lasting impression on the city; hear all about it at the Poe House and Museum and visit his grave. Take advantage of the city’s two free-admission major art museums: The Walters Art Museum with its 55 centuries of art, artifacts and jewelry, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, which has the world’s largest collection of works by Henri Matisse. Round out your cultural tour with stops at the B&O Railroad Museum and American Visionary Art Museum.
Proud of a Seafood Reputation
Sweet Maryland blue crabs, a well-known local staple, are on menus all over town – in crab cakes, crab chowder and even crab eggs benedict. But the most authentically Maryland way to enjoy the crustaceans is with a crab feast. Gather around newspaper-covered tables to crack open steamed crabs with mallets and your bare hands. Baltimore is also embracing its oyster harvest with a wealth of restaurants and bars offering these delicious half shells.
Baltimore’s Fort McHenry defended the Baltimore harbor during the War of 1812 and is the birthplace of the American national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key.
Baltimore’s waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point was the second largest point of immigration after Ellis Island.
Thousands of Baltimore visitors a year tour the first cathedral in the United States, the 19th century Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was recently restored.