Baltimore is Maryland’s largest city and is a major seaport with a broad variety of things to do and see including shopping, dining parks, museums, and historic landmarks. Although the tourism of Baltimore does center around its renowned Inner Harbor, the city has numerous distinct neighborhoods and unique attractions that are very worth exploring. The following are some of the top things to do and see in Baltimore, Maryland.
The National Aquarium is located in the very heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and is one of Maryland’s largest tourist attractions. Their living collection includes over 700 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, along with three pavilions. Some of the most popular exhibits include Shark Alley, Tropical Rainforest, Dolphin Discovery, and Australian Wild Extremes. The National Aquarium is definitely a “must see” destination and one of the very things to do and see in Baltimore.
One of the most beautiful baseball stadiums in the country, Camden Yard is home to the Baltimore Orioles. The former railroad center is situated just two blocks from where Babe Ruth was born and west of the renowned Inner Harbor.
This picturesque and quaint neighborhood features beautiful brick homes, Cross Street Market, which is old-fashioned food market that opened in 1846, along with many locally owned art galleries and shops. The best view of the downtown skyline and the Inner Harbor is offered by Federal Hill, and there is plenty to explore.
There are three museums in Baltimore that have powerful and impressive works of art on display and also offer various events and programs. The Baltimore Museum of Art has an internationally famous collection of contemporary, modern, and 19th century art. The Walters Art Gallery features 19th century and Old Master paintings, Asian art, decorative objects, medieval manuscripts and art, and ancient art. The American Visionary Arts Museum is an educational center and national museum for self-tutored, intuitive and creative artistry. All three art museums are must-sees when visiting Baltimore.
A lighthouse and four historic ships are located at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore and tell tales of life at sea during the mid 19th century to the 1980s. The USS Constellation was the African Squadron’s flagship, which was a ship that worked off of West Africa’s coast to help suppress the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and was also active throughout the Civil War. In 1930 building of Lightship Chesapeake was complete and was one of the most capable and modern ships used by the Lighthouse Service. USCGC Taney is a U.S. Cost Guard High Endurance Cutter, and was the last ship still floating to fight against the Pearl Harbor attack in World War II. USS Torsk was a submarine that served during World War II. Built in 1855, Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is Maryland’s oldest screw-pile lighthouse. It offers educational programs, live cannon firings, special events, and hands-on tours.