Baltimore

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 Cent
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 A
Visiting Baltimore without seeing the Inner Harbor is like touring New York City and skipping Manhattan. The harbor and

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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  • 1. American Visionary Art Museum

    Federal Hill | Museum/Gallery

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

  • Baltimore Museum of Art

    2. Baltimore Museum of Art

    Charles Village | Museum/Gallery

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

    Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Fort McHenry

    3. Fort McHenry

    Locust Point | Military Site

    This star-shaped brick fort is forever associated with Francis Scott Key and "The Star-Spangled Banner," which Key penned while watching the...Read More

    Fort McHenry
  • 4. Maryland Science Center

    Inner Harbor | Museum/Gallery

    Originally known as the Maryland Academy of Sciences, this 200-year-old scientific institution is one of the oldest in the United States. Now...Read More

  • 5. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

    Zoo/Aquarium

    More than 2,000 animals live in the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the third-oldest zoo in the country. Elephants, lions, giraffes and hippos are...Read More

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore

    6. National Aquarium in Baltimore

    Inner Harbor | Zoo/Aquarium

    The most-visited attraction in Maryland has more than 16,000 fish, sharks, dolphins, and amphibians dwelling in 2 million gallons of water....Read More

    National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • 7. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    Downtown | Sports Venue

    Home of the Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards and the nearby area bustle on game days. Since it opened in 1992, this nostalgically designed baseball...Read More

  • 8. Port Discovery Children's Museum

    Inner Harbor | Museum/Gallery

    At this interactive museum, adults are encouraged to play every bit as much as children. A favorite attraction is the three-story KidWorks,...Read More

  • 9. Walters Art Museum

    Mount Vernon | Museum/Gallery

    The Walters' prodigious collection of more than 30,000 artworks provides an organized overview of human history over 5,500 years, from the 3rd...Read More

  • 10. B&O Railroad Museum

    West Baltimore | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 11. Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

    West Baltimore | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 12. Baltimore City Hall

    Downtown | Government Building

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

  • 13. Baltimore Civil War Museum-President Street Station

    Harbor East | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 14. Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Federal Hill | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 15. Baltimore Streetcar Museum

    Station North Arts District | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 16. Baltimore Visitor Center

    Inner Harbor | Information Center

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

  • 17. Basilica of the Assumption

    Mount Vernon | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 18. Broadway Market

    Fells Point | Market/Bazaar

    Head to the market's two pavilions to grab a drink or light snack or stock up on ethnic deli meats. You can also find pizza, sandwiches, and...Read More

  • 19. Bromo Seltzer Tower

    West Baltimore | Local Interest–Sight

    Baltimore was the headquarters of the Bromo Seltzer antacid company, which modeled this tower after Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio in 1911. A five...Read More

  • 20. Cal Ripken Stadium

    Sports Venue

    Cal Ripken Stadium brings Single-A baseball to town with the IronBirds, an Orioles minor-league affiliate team. Owned by Cal Ripken, the team...Read More

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