Baltimore is the heartbeat of Maryland in many ways, reflecting the culture, cuisine and evolving cosmopolitan nature of the entire Mid-Atlantic region. As one of America’s oldest cities, established in the 1700s by German immigrants settling near Chesapeake Bay, history digs deep in Baltimore. This natural blending of past and present is what gives “Charm City” such eclectic appeal. From the Inner Harbor to Camden Yards and Fell’s Point, there are plenty of exciting things to do in Baltimore.
Inner Harbor - Baltimore Attractions for The Entire Family
The Inner Harbor reigns supreme as the best Baltimore attraction, stretching across a 7-mile brick waterfront promenade filled with boutiques, eateries and the city’s favorite cultural venues. Hop aboard a water taxi to explore the National Aquarium, The Maryland Science Center, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the American Visionary Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Seafood is a natural choice for dinner after strolling the promenade, so try some cedar-plank salmon at the Rusty Scupper, or chicken-fried lobster at The Oceanaire Seafood Room.
Baltimore Activities for Kids
Many of the best things to do in Baltimore revolve around family fun. Visit the National Aquarium for dolphin shows and exhibits such as the Upland Tropical Rainforest and Blacktip Reef, home to blacktip reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, and zebra sharks named Zeke and Zoe. For interactive exhibits, time-travel adventure expeditions, and the BGE Art Studio, check out Port Discovery Children’s Museum inside the historic Fish Market building, designed by Walt Disney Imagineering.
Exploring Camden Yards
Sports fans drool at the chance to catch a Major League Baseball game at Camden Yards, one of the most cherished Baltimore attractions. Known locally as Oriole Park or simply “The Yard,” this is where to feel the spirit of baseball’s most famous player, Babe Ruth, the Baltimore hometown hero who gained fame as a New York Yankees player. A bronze statue, “Babe's Dream,” towers over Oriole Park near the stomping grounds of Babe’s youth. Another claim-to-fame at Camden Yards is Boog’s BBQ, known as the best ballpark food in the country.
B&O Railroad Museum - A Baltimore Tourist Attraction for History Lovers
It just so happens that the original warehouse for one of America’s oldest railroad companies sits smack-dab in the outfield of Oriole Park, just 439 feet from home plate. Known as the birthplace of American railroading (and memorialized as a Monopoly game property), the B&O Railroad Museum now operates a museum on West Pratt Street, which has become one of the most visited Baltimore attractions. Take a 20-minute historical train ride over the first commercial mile of track laid in America. Afterward, browse the museum to view more than 200 locomotives and rolling stock, as well as hundreds of thousands of pieces of memorabilia and railroad artifacts.
Fell’s Point - A Top Baltimore Vacation Idea
The entire neighborhood of Fell’s Point feels like falling headfirst into a history book, with its quaint cobblestone lanes and centuries-old houses and shops. This waterfront district, built in the early 1700s, was renowned for its bars, brothels and boarding houses, and is now one of the best things to do in Baltimore. In a nod to its checkered past, Fell’s Point is home to more than 120 pubs and, according to local legend, harbors the ghost of America’s darling pen-pusher, Edgar Allan Poe. Take a Baltimore Wicked History Tour in Fell’s Point to learn about Baltimore’s speakeasies and famous villains, and board an Urban Pirate’s cruise in the harbor.