This article was originally published on Inn at Calafia Beach on September 28. 2017
People head to Baltimore, Maryland, for its history, fresh seafood, vibrant arts scene, and beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay. Once you arrive, you’ll be charmed by the museums, shows, and historic attractions the city has to offer. Families enjoy the kid-friendly museums, travelers with pets love all the beautiful places to stroll, and young adults relish the local nightlife. Discover the six best things you can do in Baltimore.
Baltimore Museum of Art
This art museum, the largest in Maryland, attracts Matisse lovers from around the world who come for the extraordinary collection donated by the art-loving Cone sisters. In the Cone wing, you’ll find works by Picasso and Cezanne, while the Contemporary Wing houses one of the largest Warhol collections in the world. The museum also features a sculpture garden and collections from Africa and Asia. General admission is free.
Maryland Science Center
The Maryland Science Center holds a great Baltimore location close to hotels and a special colonial history. Scientists used to gather at this spot to share their research and learn from one another more than 200 years ago. Now, the popular attraction has grown into a full science museum with an IMAX theater, a planetarium, giant dinosaurs, and loads of interactive, educational exhibits for kids.
Baltimore’s National Aquarium is a tourist destination in its own right, housing more than 16,000 sea creatures. Visitors can explore a shark tank, a rainforest area, and a reef featuring sharks, clownfish, and a 500-pound sea turtle. A touch pool lets you interact with stingrays and other sea creatures. The Aquarium enjoys a prime location close to hotels at the Inner Harbor and attracts dense crowds, so you may want to get your tickets in advance.
The Inner Harbor is home to the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center, and it hosts the city’s major sports stadiums. Its signature attraction, however, is the USS Constellation, a Navy sailing ship that dates to the 1850s. The Harbor has been one of the most important seaports in the country since the 18th century and is a gorgeous spot to stroll and enjoy views of the Chesapeake Bay, street performers, shops, and restaurants.
Royal Farms Arena
If you’re coming into town for an event at Baltimore’s Convention Center, be sure to check out the upcoming shows at the Royal Farms Arena, located one block away. If you’re staying at a hotel near the Royal Farms Arena, you’ll find the arena to be in convenient walking distance. The venue has hosted shows since the early 1960s, including the Beatles first U.S. tour in 1964.
History buffs will have a field day all over Baltimore, but the area’s prime historical attraction is Fort McHenry. The fort is where Francis Scott Key witnessed a tattered flag waving over the site of a battle during the War of 1812, and that sight inspired him to write “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our national anthem.
The above six top attractions await you in Baltimore, but when you visit the city, you’ll find much more to love. Plan on eating fresh crabs, drinking local craft beers, soaking up views of the Chesapeake Bay, and coming home tired but happy.