Spend a day in Baltimore and you'll understand how its beautiful waterfront views, people and experiences earned it the name "Charm City." Get in touch with your inner Jacques Cousteau at the National Aquarium. Open your mind with out-of-this-world art at the American Visionary Arts Museum. Experience art, history and culture at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture. Get pampered at the Four Seasons. In Baltimore, charm abounds and adventures await. Find out "How Baltimore Quietly Became the Coolest City on the East Coast" according to Travel + Leisure.
1 Discover Maryland Legends and Legacies
Sign up for the Legends and Legacies Heritage Pass online at Baltimore.org and celebrate the lives of Marylanders who changed the course of American history. The pass provides discounted entry to three of Baltimore’s most popular attractions honoring AfricanAmerican history and culture—The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum in addition to other deals.
2 Hit the Inner Harbor
Considered the heart of Baltimore, the Inner Harbor is home to the shops and boutiques of Harborplace, Fells Point and Harbor East, amazing restaurants, and renowned attractions like the National Aquarium, The American Visionary Art Museum, The Maryland Science Center, 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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Pratt and Light Sts
Baltimore, MD 21201
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 Maritime Heritage Festival in Fell's Point 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.
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911 South Ann St
Baltimore, MD 21231
4 Catch an O’s Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Whatever the time of year, Maryland sports fans show up to support their ball-playing birds in and around Baltimore. In the fall and winter, the M&T Bank Stadium parking lot packs with tailgate parties for Ravens games, while in the spring and summer, Camden Yards fills with friends and families for a quintessential evening with hot dogs, peanuts and cold beers as the Orioles rule the roost. The stadium offers family-friendly experiences. Throughout the summer, kids can run the bases, play catch on the field, watch fireworks displays and even meet members of each team—some of whom might one day become Os.
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333 W Camden St
Baltimore, MD 21201
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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800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
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.
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W 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
7 Take a Pilgrimage to Artscape, America’s Largest Free Arts Festival
Artscape, the country’s largest free arts festival just so happens to hail from Baltimore, as every July, thousands of attendees gather in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District of Baltimore for one full weekend of music, dance, theater and more. During this quirky annual tradition, browse or buy local artworks, hear headlining musicians across multiple stages and snap a selfie with one of the decked-out “art cars” that line North Charles Street.
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1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
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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501 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
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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2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, MD 21230
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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901 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21223