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Baltimore is a year-round
vacation destination filled with experiences
that appeal to travelers of all interests. From free museums and
unforgettable dining experiences to strolls along the
Inner Harbor and
afternoons at Camden Yards, Baltimore's attractions leave visitors
wanting more. Potential things to do include:
- In the Neighborhood -
Baltimore is a city of eclectic and bustling
neighborhoods, and it is hard to pick just one favorite area of
Baltimore. A few areas that visitors will not want to miss include
hipster Mount Vernon,
historic Fell's Point, funky Canton, quirky
Hampden, upscale Harbor East, emerging Station North Arts &
Entertainment District, and a slice of
Europe in Little
is the key ingredient in Baltimore's neighborhoods - each location has
its own unique personality, lively character and story to tell. Together
the neighborhoods create the rich tapestry that makes Baltimore a cozy,
interesting and real city with small-town charm.
- The crown jewel of downtown
Baltimore, is the vibrant and beautiful
waterfront. The waterfront is home to dozens of shops, eateries and
within walking distance of more than 20 major hotels and the expansive
Baltimore Convention Center. Take advantage of the diversity of
Baltimore's downtown attractions.
- Culture Haven, At the Right Price - With over 20 museums and
located in the heart of Baltimore, arts and culture lovers might have to
add an extra day to their trip. Two world-class museums, the
Museum of Art and the
Walters Art Museum, have permanently eliminated
admission fees, so that the treasures inside can be enjoyed by everyone.
Kids of all ages can step back and witness the history of pop culture at
Geppi's Entertainment Museum or view nontraditional, original
self-taught artists at the
American Visionary Art Museum.
- Bring Your Appetite - Baltimore is becoming a "can't miss"
for culinary travelers in the United States. A city with a "no velvet
ropes" policy, Baltimore's cuisine has a comfort vibe that is
recognizable in restaurant service and cozy, yet upscale, atmospheres
with diverse menus to please every palate. Dining in Baltimore provides
a great variety of neighborhood treasures, from Faidley's famous crab
cakes at Lexington Market
to sampling celebrated
chef John Shields'
creations at Gertrude's in the
Baltimore Museum of Art.
Baltimore is more than just crab cakes - there is so much more to
Baltimore's culinary scene, including locally owned restaurants where
chefs are having fun with food, true farm-to-table experiences and the
freshest Chesapeake Bay seafood around.
- Take a Pass at Top Attractions - No one likes standing in line for
tickets at one attraction after another. The Harbor Pass enhances the
visitor experience by allowing quick access to Baltimore's most popular
attractions at a discount providing both value and convenience. With the
Harbor Pass, you can visit the
Center, Top of The World Observation Level,
Sports Legends at Camden
Yards and your choice of Port Discovery Children's Museum or the
American Visionary Art Museum at a savings of up to 25% when purchased
in advance by phone.
- Shop Til You Drop
- Baltimore's collection of boutiques, antique shops
and art galleries are a shopper's paradise. From the perfect party dress
to a unique piece of antique furniture or a contemporary sculpture,
Baltimore's shops let every visitor take home a piece of the city. Don't
leave without stepping foot in shops such as Trixie's Palace, fashion
boutique Cupcake or art galleries such as the Light Street Gallery. Or,
pick up the latest new handbag at Harbor East's Handbags in the City and
window shop the quaint row of South Charles Street boutiques found in
Federal Hill. If unique and original is what you seek, Baltimore
shopping has it all.
- African American
History - A number of African Americans were integral
in shaping the cultural, social, political and economic fabric of
Baltimore and our nation. Their contributions remain a vital component
to the city's heritage and even inspired a Broadway play - "Thurgood," -
based on the life of
Baltimore's Thurgood Marshall.
African American history and attractions are one of the city's
draws. Top attractions include the
Reginald F. Lewis Museum,
Douglass - Isaac
Myers Maritime Park Museum, the National
In Wax Museum, the
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural
Center, and the Dorothy Parker Memorial.
- Meet Me in Baltimore - Baltimore is undergoing a major renaissance
including groundbreaking growth in accommodations and meeting
facilities, nightlife, and attractions, all just two feet away in this
walkable destination. With the recent opening of the 757-room
Baltimore Convention Center Hotel, Baltimore now offers more than
committable rooms attached to the
Baltimore Convention Center, all
within walking distance to the shopping, restaurants and attractions of
Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
- FamilyMore - Moms, dads and kids alike can learn and play at family
spots like Port Discovery Children's Museum, Sports Legends at Camden
Yards, the National Aquarium and the
Maryland Science Center. A variety
of hotels and restaurants with family-friendly prices add to Baltimore's
appeal for the entire gang.
- A Cleaner, Greener, Healthier City - Baltimore is cleaner and
than ever before. Baltimore has cleaned up its act with new citywide
cleaning initiatives; expansions to parks and trailways; and a new,
greener infrastructure. Rent a bike in the harbor and enjoy Baltimore's
fresh air as you pedal along the recently expanded Gwynns Falls trail -
spanning 15 miles and connecting more than 30 neighborhoods - or walk
the more than seven miles of waterfront promenade surrounding
Baltimore's picturesque harbor. Check out the new
"green roof" which turns otherwise useless space into green space or
stay at Baltimore's first LEED-certified green hotel, the
& Suites, and hop an environmentally friendly ride on the new
Shuttle buses that will take you anywhere you want to go - for free!
- After you've worked up a healthy appetite, stop in for a bite to eat
at the staggering array of
restaurants, eateries and food vendors scattered throughout
and the surrounding area. With so many delicious options, we are
confident that you will find something to satisfy any taste. But wait!
Your Baltimore experience only begins at the
Inner Harbor. Hop on the
Baltimore Water Taxi
when the weather is warm or set out on foot to
explore other downtown neighborhoods and head off in the direction of
your next adventure.
- Additional sites to see.... The Walter's
Art Museum, Oriole Park at Camden Yard, Fort McHenry National Monument,
Urban Pirates, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art,
Historic Ships in Baltimore, Fell's Point, Basilica of the National
Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sherwood Gardens,
Center Stage, National Cryptologic Museum, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Museum, John Hopkins University, The Inner Harbor, Mount Vernon Cultural
District, Maryland Science Center, the Baltimore Museum of Industry,
Baltimore National Aquarium, Top of the World Observation Level, Little
Italy and more.
- Want to explore further than Baltimore? - 45 Miles from Central
Baltimore is Washington, DC. Explore the nation's historic capital,
visit the many museums, government buildings, landmarks and more.
The White House is about 1 hour from
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