TOP 8 THINGS TO DO IN BALTIMORE
A historic city with a unique charm and character. From its iconic Inner Harbor to its bustling neighborhoods, Baltimore has plenty to offer for visitors and locals alike. Whether you're a foodie, history buff, or just looking for some fun activities, the Charm City has something for everyone.
Even though I love art, sometimes I want to go somewhere different other than museums, galleries and aquariums. That's exactly what you'll find on this list. Activities that you can do in Baltimore that are museum free... well, almost.
If you are a museumgoer, then you have a few options around the area such as the American Visionary Art Museum, National Aquarium, Baltimore Museum of Art (even though this one is far away from "Downtown Area") and more. That being said, continue reading and explore this list, ideal for those who don't like museums.
Here's my personal list of Top Attractions in Baltimore.
1. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
This coastal fortification, best known for its role in the War of 1812 when the American storm flag was flown and where Francis Scott Key was inspired to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner", is the perfect place to go for a long walk or run. Its gorgeous views and lush scenery will make you fall in love with Baltimore.
Start your visit at the Visitor and Education Center. This is a self-guided tour. Plan to be there around 1hr to 1hr 30min. Believe me, time will pass as you're taking hundreds of pictures. There is an admission fee of $15 per adult (ages 16 and over) if you want to enter the historic zone.
2. Federal Hill Park
This former lookout during the Civil War and the War of 1812 is now a scenic park overlooking the Inner Harbor. This Baltimore landmark has the most beautiful panorama so your inner photographer can have fun taking lots of pictures of the downtown skyline and the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River. Ideal to walk around, take the kids to the playground area and have breakfast or lunch with a view. This is for sure a can't miss.
3. Walk around Inner Harbor
This historic seaport is a landmark to the city of Baltimore. And with good reason! It has everything, from museums to gorgeous waterfront views. Who would've thought that once a steel mill occupied this area? Nowadays you can find Historic Ships (pretty much floating museums which are cool and different), a variety of restaurants with delicious food and scenic views, the Pratt Street Power Plant, and even though I said I wouldn't mention them, there are a few museums in this area. Other things you can do is go to a concert at the MECU Pavilion, stop at the Baltimore Visitor Center and get details on how to explore the city, or get on board Spirit Cruises and explore the city in a different way.
4. Power Plant Live!
Even though it's located in Inner Harbor, I loved this place so much I gave it its own spot on this list. This trendy entertainment venue features diverse restaurants, bars, indoor and outdoor concert space, comedy clubs and nightclubs. There's no fee to go in, except on certain occasions when they hold a ticketed event. But don't think you'll walk into a massive outdoor venue. I would say it is a mid-size area where you can definitely find a little bit of everything, even an axe-throwing bar! And for those who love sports, you can watch football games and more on a big LED screen. Cheers! May the best team win.