Baltimore Sights

Visiting Baltimore without seeing the Inner Harbor is like touring New York City and skipping Manhattan. The harbor and surrounding area are home to a good number of the city's most popular sites: the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, the American Visionary Arts Museum, and The Maryland Science Center.

The neighborhoods themselves are fun to explore. Historic

Federal Hill, just south of the Inner Harbor, is home to some of the oldest houses in the city. Fells Point and Canton, farther east, are lively waterfront communities. Mount Vernon and Charles Village have wide avenues lined with grand old row houses that were once home to Baltimore's wealthiest residents. Farther north are Roland Park (Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. contributed to its planning), Guilford, Homeland, and Mt. Washington, all leafy, residential neighborhoods with cottages, large Victorian houses, and redbrick Colonials. It's easy to tour the Inner Harbor and neighborhoods such as Mount Vernon, Federal Hill, Charles Village, and Fells Point on foot. To travel between areas or farther out, however, the light rail or a car is more efficient. Most of the Inner Harbor's parking is in nearby garages, though meters can be found along Key Highway. In other neighborhoods, you can generally find meters and two-hour free parking on the street.

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American Visionary Art Museum

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The nation's primary museum and education center for self-taught or "outsider" art has won great acclaim by both museum experts and those...

B&O Railroad Museum

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The famous Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was founded on the site that now houses this museum, which contains more than 120 full-size...

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

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This plain brick row house, three blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, was the birthplace of "the Bambino." Although Ruth was born...

Baltimore City Hall

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Built in 1875, Baltimore City Hall consists of mansard roofs and a gilt dome over a 110-foot rotunda, all supported by ironwork. Inside...

Baltimore Civil War Museum-President Street Station

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President Street Station offers a glimpse of the violence and divided loyalties that the war caused in Maryland, a state caught in the...

Baltimore Museum of Art

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Works by Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Monet are among the 90,000 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts on...

Baltimore Museum of Industry

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Baltimore is proud of its blue-collar roots. The fascinating and kid-friendly Baltimore Museum of Industry is housed in an 1865 oyster...

Baltimore Streetcar Museum

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This often-overlooked museum lets you travel back to an era when streetcars dominated city thoroughfares. A film traces the vehicle's...

Baltimore Visitor Center

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Stop by the sweeping, all-glass center for information on the city, brochures, tickets, and hotel and restaurant reservations. ...

Basilica of the Assumption

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Opened in 1821, the Basilica of the Assumption is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States. Designed by Benjamin Latrobe,...