What to do in Baltimore, MD

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Baltimore has it all: from Chesapeake Bay activities to trendy nightlife hot spots. Travelers of all varieties can find a way to make this Maryland city feel like home while they’re in town. Fun things to do in Baltimore range from the culinary to the artistic, will districts like Fell’s Point offering beautifully restored buildings as desirable photo opportunities. People may head to Baltimore for the harbor and bounty of fresh seafood, but they soon become enchanted by the eclectic neighborhoods and lively spirit of the city.

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What to do in Baltimore

Free Things to Do in Baltimore

A visit to Baltimore doesn't have to hurt your hip pocket. You won't even need your wallet if you go to:

Maryland Women's Heritage Center - Speak to the staff or curator and gain an insight into the interesting collections held here.

Under Sky One Family Sculpture - If you're eager to get cultured, stop here and observe the artistic creativity on show.

Leone Riverside Park - Spoil the kids with a good time or release your own inner child — this place was built for fun.

Hopkins Plaza - Architecture fans will no doubt enjoy admiring the modern design of this local landmark.

Seven Foot Knoll Light - Get to know some of the intriguing history of the area through this site.

Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina - Find out why locals and travelers alike gravitate toward the unique atmosphere of this place.

Harborplace - Make room in your to-do list to explore this place of local importance.

Old St. Paul's Church - Work on your spiritual side or simply get lost in the peaceful ambiance at this sacred place.

BWI Trail - Contemplate the stark contrast between the urban jungle and nature's splendor at this awe-inspiring place.

Federal Hill Park - Work on your green thumb and explore the wide variety of plants on show.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Baltimore

Baltimore has been called a “city of neighborhoods,” owing in large part to the hundreds of unique districts that exist here. Each neighborhood boasts its own flavor and history, so prepare your senses for a diverse array of sights, sounds, and savory cuisine during your time in Charm City.

Downtown — Downtown Baltimore is bustling with activity, but between the architecture and landmarks you will also find parks and plazas every few blocks or so. Some of the more popular attractions in Baltimore’s downtown district include the historic ships along the harbor and the Maryland Science Center.

Locust Point — This peninsular area in Baltimore has a history rich in immigration, serving as a port for immigrants from places like Poland and Ireland beginning in the 1800’s. Today, you will find the charming neighborhood replete with an entertainment and dining complex called McHenry Row and the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Fell’s Point — Seafarers can’t visit Baltimore without making a stop in Fell’s Point, where everything nautical is celebrated. From primo oysters to live music venues near the bay, Fell’s Point makes the most of its location. Some of the more quirky attractions in this part of Baltimore include historical walking tours that lead you past speakeasies and other taboo locations from the city’s past.

Little Italy — If you suspected this was the best place in Baltimore to grab a bowl of pasta, you were right! Aside from the cuisine, however, this ethnic neighborhood also has bocce ball courts and other fun attractions to keep you busy.

Of course, Day trips from Baltimore also hold a lot of promise: You can get to places like Mount Vernon or Gettysburg within a few hours.

Things to See in Baltimore

Before you get moving in Baltimore, there are plenty of things to see in this historic port city. The largest art museum in the entire state, the Baltimore Museum of Art, is teeming with pieces from artists like Matisse and Picasso. If you’re a fan of America’s favorite pastime, watch an Orioles game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. You can also get up close and personal with underwater creatures and learn more about sea life during a trip to the impressive National Aquarium. If you’re in Baltimore on a couples trip, or just a music lover, consider topping off your evening at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Sightseeing in Baltimore

Once you have your fill of photo opportunities, shows, and art, turn your attention to the ways to stay active in this Maryland destination. After all, things to do in Baltimore include a lot of sports and recreation. From ropes courses to golfing and bike tours, in Baltimore you never have to feel stagnant. Things to do in the Baltimore, MD area also include helicopter tours over Chesapeake Bay, chowing down on famous blue crabs, and pirate-themed boat cruises for the entire family.

Things to Do in Baltimore with Kids

There's fun for all the family no matter where you wander in Baltimore. Here are some family friendly experiences to do together that will make your escape unforgettable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Baltimore on a sunny day?
Enjoy the fine weather (and stretch your legs at the same time) with one or two of these top activities:

What to do in Baltimore on a rainy day?
There’s no need to splish, splash and splosh your way through a soggy day when there are so many excellent indoor activities like these on offer:

What is Baltimore famous for?
Capture some snaps at National Aquarium in Baltimore — it’s a renowned attraction.
What should I not miss in Baltimore?
If you’re eager to experience the best of this place, pencil these attractions into your schedule:

  • M&T Bank Stadium
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Fort McHenry

Are there cheap things to do in Baltimore?
What can you do in Baltimore for free?
You’ll hardly have time to pull your wallet out of your pocket with so many great free attractions:

  • Washington Monument
  • Baltimore Cruise Terminal
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Horseshoe Casino Baltimore

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