Baltimore’s neighborhoods are filled with scenic attractions; but if it happens to rain during your visit, there’s just as much to see and do indoors. All over Charm City, discover the world-class museums, cozy cafes, craft breweries, hands-on experiences and unforgettable adventures to engage every age.
For Art Aficionados
Get creative with your little ones at the free Walters Art Museum, which offers art-making activities every weekend. Older visitors can take a guided tour of the museum’s extraordinary collection, which includes thousands of years of artwork from all over the world.
The American Visionary Art Museum showcases works from self-taught artists with a large, annually-rotating exhibition and many permanent displays. On weekends the museum hosts family-friendly workshops to create your own art with mosaics, sculpture, collage, and recycled materials.
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Take a docent-led tour or stroll through the world’s largest holding of works by Henri Matisse at your own pace. Drop in for hands-on fun that the entire family can enjoy every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. No registration or experience necessary.
Head to the Maryland Science Center in the Inner Harbor for hours of interactive entertainment. Kids can play paleontologist, create a water vortex and even try on an astronaut flight suit. Be sure to catch a show in the Planetarium or IMAX Theater.
The nearby National Aquarium’s hands-on Living Seashore exhibit teaches kids all about the creatures that live in the Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can touch jellyfish, starfish, horseshoe crabs and more in the exhibit’s touch pools.
Port Discovery is a children’s paradise with three floors of interactive playgrounds and exhibits. The museum is currently undergoing a large renovation that will bring a new four-story SkyClimber with problem solving games as you go from “underwater” to in the “clouds.” And the new port exhibit coming this summer will teach kids about the Port of Baltimore and all the roles on a massive ship.
In the evening, enjoy a four-course feast while cheering for your champion knight at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Kids can wear crowns and be treated like royalty while you enjoy a cold beer and a turkey leg while witnessing an authentic joust.
Literature lovers, you’re in luck: Baltimore is known for its independent bookstore scene, with shops in every corner of the city. Seek shelter from the rain in these eight iconic bookstores and libraries, including the George Peabody Library, which inspired the library in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
For Poe fans, The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum is a must-visit. While living in this modest Amity Street home in the early 1830s with his aunt, the legendary writer authored now-famous works such as “Berenice – A Tale” and “MS. Found in a Bottle.” Continue your macabre adventure with Charm City Clue Room’s Edgar Allan Poe mystery, inspired by his horror story, “The Oval Portrait.” Successfully solve a series of puzzles to release a young woman’s soul from a painting.
For Adventure Seekers
Get your adrenaline rush at Urban Axes, an axe-throwing bar in Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood. When you’re not perfecting your bullseye, take a break to raise a glass with friends. Or challenge yourself to reach new heights at Earth Treks, a state-of-the-art bouldering gym in Hampden’s Union Collective building. The gym has lessons for all levels of experience.
Enjoy a little competition? The race is on at Autobahn Indoor Speedway’s two Baltimore area locations. Their Formula 1-inspired go-karts allow you to zoom up to 50 mph as you speed around the track. No reservations are required for “Arrive & Drive” racing.
For Nature Lovers
At the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens guests can admire an array of tropical plants, desert cacti and more than 30,000 species of orchids throughout the conservatory’s five distinct greenhouses. Afterward, take part in a workshop at plant store B. Willow, which offers lessons in terrarium building and more.
If you follow a plant-based diet, you’re in the right city. Baltimore’s vegetarian and vegan food scene keeps growing – and getting more delicious. Try dining at one of eight top spots for flavorful meatless meals.
For Social Drinkers
Sip your way through Baltimore’s craft beer destinations on City Brew Tours’ “Original Baltimore Brew Tour,” which takes you to breweries such as Heavy Seas and Waverly Brewing Co. Another option: Explore Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House, the first Guinness Brewery in the U.S. since 1954. If whiskey is the way to your heart, visit Sagamore Spirit Distillery for a tour or Craft Your Own Cocktail workshop.
Pair your brews with a Baltimore tradition – duckpin bowling – at Mustang Alley’s Bar, Bowling and Bistro. The Alley has four duckpin lanes available for reservations, so you can try your hand at bowling with the smaller, hole-less duckpin balls. The shorter, squatter pins make it much more difficult than regular 10-pin so you’ll have three rolls to knock them all down.