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

  • Fort McHenry

    2. 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
  • 3. 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

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore

    4. 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
  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Carroll Mansion

    Historic Jonestown | House/Mansion/Villa

    This was once the winter home of Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. It's now a museum dedicated to the...Read More

  • 11. Federal Hill Park

    Federal Hill | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    If you want to snap a photo of the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill Park is the place to do it. On the south side of the harbor, the park was named...Read More

  • 12. Geppi's Entertainment Museum

    Inner Harbor | Museum/Gallery

    Fans of comic books and pop culture have plenty to take in at this museum. A stone's throw from the baseball park in Camden Yards, it has thousands...Read More

  • 13. Harborplace and the Gallery

    Inner Harbor | Store/Shop/Mall

    Inside two glass-enclosed marketplaces are a plethora of shops and eateries: the Light Street Pavilion has two stories of food courts and restaurants...Read More

  • 14. Historic Ships in Baltimore

    Inner Harbor | Museum/Gallery

    Consisting of three docked vessels and a restored lighthouse, this museum gives a good sense of Baltimore's maritime heritage as well as American...Read More

  • 15. Jewish Museum of Maryland

    Historic Jonestown | Museum/Gallery

    Sandwiched between two 19th-century synagogues, the Jewish Museum of Maryland has changing exhibits of art, photography, and documents related...Read More

  • 16. Phoenix Shot Tower

    Historic Jonestown | Building/Architectural Site

    The only remaining tower of three of this type that once existed in Baltimore, this brick structure was used to make shot pellets by pouring...Read More

  • 17. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

    Inner Harbor | Museum/Gallery

    A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum showcases the rich history and culture of African Americans, with a special focus on Maryland. The permanent...Read More

  • 18. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium

    Inner Harbor | Museum/Gallery

    The Baltimore outpost of the museum that celebrates all things unusual has plenty of shrunken heads, lizard men, automated dinosaurs, and castles...Read More

  • 19. Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

    Historic Jonestown | House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in 1793, this Federal style home was where Mary Pickersgill hand-sewed the 30 x 42 foot, 15-star, 15-stripe flag that survived the British...Read More

  • 20. The Power Plant

    Inner Harbor | Store/Shop/Mall

    What actually was the city's former power plant is now a retail and dining complex that includes the flagship Phillips Seafood Restaurant, a...Read More

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