This historic seaport is the unofficial center of it all in Baltimore, with museums, shopping and culinary hotspots.
Baltimore Inner Harbor at Night
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10 Can't-Miss Things to Do in Baltimore

One of America’s Quirkiest Cities, according to Travel & Leisure magazine, Baltimore is also one of America’s most welcoming. Come for the spectacular seafood; the cultural extravaganza that is ArtScape; to visit Fort McHenry, home of the Star Spangled Banner, or to walk along the famous Inner Harbor—but there’s so much more in B-More!

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This historic seaport is the unofficial center of it all in Baltimore, with museums, shopping and culinary hotspots.

1 Hit the Inner Harbor

Considered the heart of Baltimore, the Inner Harbor is home to the shops and boutiques of Harbor Place, Fells Point and Harbor East, amazing restaurants, and renowned attractions like the National Aquarium, The American Visionary Art Museum, The Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and The Baltimore Museum of Industry. Explore the area by water taxi or walk the 7-mile brick Waterfront Promenade that connects all the action.


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Type:
Malls & Shopping Centers


Location:
Pratt and Light Sts
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-332-4191


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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture features fascinating permanent and traveling exhibitions.

2 Get in Touch with Maryland’s African American History

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, just steps from Baltimore Harbor, is more than just a museum: it is a celebration of Maryland’s African American experience and a home for cultural exploration and expression. The National Great Blacks in Wax museum, another top place to explore, combines amazing artistry with compelling history. 


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African American Heritage


Location:
830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
443-263-1800


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Nighthawk schooner in Fells Point

3 Party Like a Pirate at Fells Point’s Privateer Festival

The British Navy called Baltimore a “Nest of Pirates,” and the Fells Point neighborhood still likes to let its pirate flag fly. The three-day Privateer Festival has slides for kids, a grog tent for grownups, and a nautical pet costume contest for everyone. Throughout the year, set sail with Urban Pirates Family and Adult Cruises for a swashbuckling harbor adventure.

Clock at Oriole Park

4 Catch an O’s Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Just a long fly ball from Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor,  with a retro design that keeps fans close to the action plus the best food in baseball—with options like legendary Boog’s Barbecue and The Baltimore Chop House—there is no better place than “The Yard” to catch a game.


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Location:
333 W Camden St
Baltimore, MD 21201


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You never know what animals will take flight at the yearly AVAM Kinetic Sculpture Race!

5 Marvel at the American Visionary Art Museum’s Kinetic Sculpture Race

The first museum of its kind in the country, the AVAM celebrates the artist in everyone. Once a year they get that art out on the street—and the water—for the Kinetic Sculpture Race, a day-long adventure where racers pilot home-built, human-powered dragons, chariots, crabs, and even an enormous pink poodle across the city and through the harbor.


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Scenic Points & Landmarks


Location:
800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-244-1900


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HonFest is an annual festival held in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. HonFest takes its name from the word "hon" - a slang term of address or endearment.

6 Hang Out in Hampden, Hon

One of the top 15 Hipster Neighborhoods in America according to Forbes magazine, funky Hampden is home to unique boutiques, daring restaurants and pubs, and a vibrant arts and music scene. Hampden’s Honfest, Hampden Fest and the holiday Miracle on 34th Street are how Hampden does its part to keep Baltimore weird.

Car art pops up often at the art-tastic Artscape in Baltimore.

7 Take a Pilgrimage to Artscape, America’s Largest Free Arts Festival

Artscape is a mindboggling display of the creative spirit. Art cars, aerialists, marching bands and more are just the tip of this amazing iceberg. Hundreds of vendors, thousands of performers and over a dozen stages with some of the biggest bands in the country electrify the city at the largest free arts festival in the country. 

The National Aquarium in Baltimore

8 Experience Fintastic Fun at the National Aquarium

With its revolutionary architecture and dedication to conservation, the giant National Aquarium is one of the most influential aquariums in the world. With stunningly beautiful exhibits like the Animal Planet Australia, Blacktip Reef, Shark Alley, the Amazon River Forest, plus the immersive 4-D theater, the National Aquarium makes exploring our ocean planet fun.


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General Attractions


Location:
501 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-576-3800


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Be inspired at this important War of 1812 site and birthplace of The National Anthem.

9 Picnic at Fort McHenry, Home of the Star-Spangled Banner

Now a National Monument & Historic Shrine, during the War of 1812, Fort McHenry repelled the British, saving the city and inspiring Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem. A picnic on the fort’s sprawling, waterfront lawns is a great way to get in touch with history and to see the skyline of Baltimore.  


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Scenic Points & Landmarks


Location:
2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-962-4290


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B&O Railroad Museum Station

10 Ride the Rails at the B&O Railroad Museum

Stand under the soaring cupola of the B&O roundhouse then board one of the museum's historic trains for a ride down the rails. With working trains, model gardens and rides for the kids, the next stop is fun at the B&O Railroad Museum and, as a bonus, you get to cross off a spot on your Monopoly board bucket list. 


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African American Heritage


Location:
901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223
410-752-2490


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Baltimore's Kinetic Sculpture Race
You never know what animals will take flight at the yearly AVAM Kinetic Sculpture Race!
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine Battle Reenactment
Watch battle reenactments at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House & Museum
Learn about the War of 1812 here where the flag that inspired the National Anthem was sewn.
4th of July Fireworks at Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore is explosive all times of the year, including during the annual 4th of July festivities.
Outdoor Dining at Mezze in Fells Point
Baltimore has the foodie experience for you, whether it's Mezze's Mediterranean-inspired menu, local seafood or bombastic burgers and beer.
Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Head to the harbor for family-friendly museums, great shopping and fun dining options.

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