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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry

    West Baltimore | Museum/Gallery

    This unusual museum, which has a set of George Washington's dentures, is on the Baltimore campus of the University of Maryland, the world's...Read More

  • 12. Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum


    Ellicott City was the B&O Railroad's first stop. The Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station, built in 1831, is the oldest surviving railroad...Read More

  • 13. Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park

    Fells Point | Museum/Gallery

    Fells Point was once a busy shipyard that employed thousands of people—including Civil War statesman and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. This...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Great Blacks in Wax Museum

    East Baltimore | Museum/Gallery

    Though not as convincing as the likenesses at a Madame Tussauds, the more than 100 wax figures on display here do a good job of recounting the...Read More

  • 16. Havre de Grace Decoy Museum


    The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, housed in a converted power plant, has 1,200 facsimiles of ducks, geese, and swans made from wood, iron, cork...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Homewood House Museum

    Charles Village | Museum/Gallery

    This elegant Federal-period mansion was once the home of Charles Carroll Jr., son of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame

    Tuscany-Canterbury | Museum/Gallery

    Photos, objects, and videos tell the history of lacrosse, a very popular sport in Maryland. One room is dedicated to outstanding players who...Read More

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