D.C. Day Escape: Baltimore
Collected by Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert
Escape 40 miles north of DC to end up in Marlyand's largest city. Baltimore may seem like a gritty, industrial port city but is actually a thriving area with independent boutiques, destinations restaurants, and a hip homegrown arts and nightlife scene. Let your escape to the Charm City include walking the streets of Fells Point, riding a water taxi to Ft. McHenry, the National Aquarium, Captain James Crabhouse, seeing the fun and kitschy Hampden neighborhood, and shopping at Lexington Market.
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, USA
Sitting on the crest of Federal Hill admiring Inner Harbor, the centerpiece of downtown Baltimore with its beautiful waterfront and surrounding skyline. Within blocks, you've got the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium, Ripley's Believe...
Mount Vernon, Baltimore, MD, USA
Almost everyone knows of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. but Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood will always hold the distinction of having the first civic memorial to George Washington in the United States. The 178-foot structure...
300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
The best view of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and downtown skyline is found on this historic high point, public gathering place, and civic treasure. It was here in 1788 that over 4,000 people celebrated Maryland's ratification of the U.S. Constitution...
1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
Tucked away in Baltimore's historic Fells Point neighborhood, this funky and upbeat spot makes you fall in love with breakfast again. The Cap'n Crunch French Toast definitely lived up to the hype (as featured in the Food Network) with its three...
E Saratoga St & Holliday St, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA
A parking lot during the week, on the weekend the lot transforms into a bustling market with vibrantly painted columns depicting the best of Baltimore. In the heart of the city, the market welcomes all and even accepts SNAP benefits (food stamps)....
Fells Point, Baltimore, MD, USA
With the cobblestones and colonial architecture, I can't get enough of Fells Point and its historical appeal. To top it off, the main street, Thames, is right on the water, so you can wander along the promenade along the harbor. Across the harbor,...
501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is host to one of the largest arrays of sea life that can be found in the entire world! Particular attractions worth noting are the very entertaining live dolphin show as well as the up-close-and-personal shark...
2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
One of Baltimore’s oldest pieces of history, Fort McHenry has developed from a battle zone to a National Landmark and Historic Park. This location played an important role in the defense of the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. Most...
601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
For some family fun or for the science aficionado, the Maryland Science Center is a worthy stop while in Baltimore. The variety of exhibits alone is awe-inspiring and range from prehistoric paleontology exhibits to the “Life Beyond Earth” space...
2127 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA
You can't leave Baltimore without trying crabs made in traditional Chesapeake fashion—steamed with Old Bay seasoning. Captain James Crabhouse has waterfront seating and even a menu with a "Crab Picking 101" tutorial to help the novices. Crabs are...
921 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211, USA
Looking for something different from the typical keychain or postcard to bring home as a souvenir? Then go to Trohv, an independently owned shop in Hampden that carries everything from furniture to home decor to gag gifts. This is where I go to...
333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Camden Yards, home to the Baltimore Orioles, offers a unique guided tour of their venue and facilities, a perfect day-trip for baseball fans and families. Visit the dugout where famous players like Cal Ripken have spent their career, go behind the...
731 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA
The Inner Harbor Light Street Pavilion is host to more than 40 different stores and restaurants, some name brand some not, making it convenient to spend a full day here. What separates this shopping venture from the rest, however, is the...
35 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA
With three floors of exhibits, this children’s museum is bound to entertain a child for hours. In the center of it all is the main attraction, Kidsworks, a massive jungle gym structure. Exhibits are all aimed towards educating families on healthy...
Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD, USA
Patterson Park is a great place to spend some time outside—especially if you're visiting Baltimore during the spring or fall (summers can be a bit muggy, but it's worth the sweat). Bring a picnic and plan an afternoon wandering the park. Check out...
W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211, USA
Hampden is known for beehive hairdos, cat-eye glasses, kitchsy decor like the pink flamingo, and ladies who call everyone "hon." Now, though, Hampden is Baltimore's hipster neighborhood with an array of thrift stores, antique shops, boutiques, and...
1425 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
Baltimore has a seemingly endless amount of sailboats in the harbor, and at the Downtown Sailing Center anyone can join in the festivities on the water. With year-round guided sailing lessons, events, and equipment rentals, the Downtown Sailing...
406 N Paca St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
One might think that the best Italian fare in Baltimore is in Little Italy. Surely there are some good places there, too, but this local favorite is found where you least expect it—in a neighborhood where, honestly, you won't find much commerce...
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Open since 1792, Lexington Market is one of the world's longest running markets and the largest among Baltimore's 7 public markets. It's hard to imagine this space in the heart of urban Baltimore once was bustling with horse-drawn carriages...
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