Baltimore has been called quirky, unconventional and diverse. One thing everyone can surely agree on is that it’s one of the most welcoming cities in the nation.
From the food to the annual festivals to the quaint historic districts, the city offers visitors an amicable retreat filled with some of the best sights and sounds around.
National Harbor is a must-see on any trip through Baltimore. The views of Washington, D.C. coupled with some of the best shopping and eating in the country make the harbor a top spot for visitors and locals alike.
Kids and adults have a plethora of activities from which to choose. Rent a houseboat right in the harbor and you’ll be connected to everything you need for the whole family.
For the younger crew, the harbor holds outdoor movies and rides right on the boardwalk. Take a boat ride up the Potomac, rent a kayak or canoe, or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding.
Stop by the newly added casino complete with spa, shops, and a restaurant for every taste. Dine at Old Hickory Steakhouse, the Walrus Oyster Alehouse, or a local hot spot, the Crab Cake Café.
Take in one of the most exciting sculptures in the art world, The Awakening by J. Seward Johnson Jr. or stop by the National Aquarium featuring 20,000 animals in state-of-art habitats.
Don’t forget Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, where the “Odditorium” provides visitors with a most unusual collection of artifacts and mazes.
When you are in Baltimore, you can’t leave without saluting the flag at Fort McHenry. The brick fortress at Baltimore Harbor boasts the battle flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose The Star-Spangled Banner.
The fort later served as a union hospital in the Civil War and was a welcoming point for immigrants entering the country.
Baltimore is known for its unique festivals throughout the year. One of the most whimsical ones you’ll encounter is the Fells Point Privateer Festival.
The three-day event offers fun for everyone, including a show for kids, grog for the adults, and even a pet costume contest for your furry family members.
The festival combines history with live action pirate fun. For art and music lovers, head to Artscape, America’s Largest Free Arts Festival where guests can view art cars, aerialists, and all sorts of vendors and performers.
Visit in the fall and experience CrowFest, Crow Vineyard & Winery’s annual tasting that includes food, wine, live cooking demos, and hayrides.
If you love trains and the spirit of the old railways, visit the B&O Railroad Museum, the inspiration for the famous spot on the Monopoly game board and one of the most important railway museums worldwide.
The museum offers tours of the roundhouse and rides on historic trains in the station.
For more history, particularly African American history, the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is located on the namesake’s 138-acre former farmstead and features the largest African-American historical site in the United States.
Baltimore offers more than history and harbor fun. The city is also famous for its horse racing events. In May, experience Preakness Stakes, one of the largest single-day sporting events. Onlookers can witness the finest thoroughbreds competing for the top honor.
Spend a little time in Baltimore and you’ll discover why the city is a favorite location for travelers looking for an unconventional yet exciting vacation getaway.
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