Baltimore’s a city of neighborhoods filled with both grit and grace. And Baltimoreans all have a different story to tell. Share what you love about Baltimore—your “go-to” spots to hang out, be inspired, or just be you. When you post, use #MyBmore to share your pride for Baltimore (also tag Visit Baltimore @VisitBmore for a chance to have your photo highlighted on social media and Baltimore.org). Need inspiration? Below are 10 top places to Instagram in Charm City. Happy gramming!
1. Graffiti Alley
Howard Street and North Avenue in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District
Graffiti Alley is the only legal art space in the city where street artists can create their work freely. It’s a colorful, ever-changing canvas that’s ideal for photo shoots. It’s slipped between Graffiti Warehouse, which offers indoor shooting space for photographers and videographers, and the Motor House, a performance venue that also houses work spaces for artists like local MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Joyce Scott.
2. Washington Monument
Mount Vernon Place in the heart of Mount Vernon
Constructed shortly after the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, the obelisk monument was designed by Robert Mills, who years later designed the Washington Monument in D.C. While the monument looks pretty from any of the four grassy squares surrounding it, you can get amazing views of the city by climbing to the top.
3. Domino Sugars Sign
The Domino Sugar factory is in Tide Point in southwest Baltimore
The iconic neon sign has long been a fixture of the Baltimore skyline. The best places to get shots of it are from Harbor East, Fell’s Point and Canton along the water. The Domino Sugar factory has been in continual operation since 1922 and produces more than 6.6 million pounds of sugar every day. Sweet!
4. Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 W. Camden St. downtown
Consistently named the most beautiful ballpark in America, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is celebrating its 25th anniversary as the home of the Baltimore Orioles. The park is picture-perfect, as are the array of Baltimore-centric stadium food offerings like pit beef sandwiches at Boog’s BBQ and the crabby mac-and-cheese filled pretzel cone at the Club Grille.
5. American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway in Federal Hill
One of Baltimore’s most popular art destinations is the American Visionary Art Museum, which celebrates the work of self-taught artists, and is rife with photo opps. Some of the top shots are of the larger-than-life statue of drag legend Divine, pink poodle Fifi and the sparkling mirrored external wall.
6. Federal Hill
300 Warren Ave., Federal Hill neighborhood (named after the hill)
Federal Hill offers one of the most picturesque Inner Harbor views, and has long been a Baltimore landmark.It was a defensive stronghold during the War of 1812 because of its panoramic view of the city. Today, that view makes it ideal for postcard-perfect pics.
7. Patterson Park Pagoda
Patterson Park entry at S. Patterson Park Ave and Pratt Street in Butcher’s Hill
The Patterson Park Pagoda, which continues to serve its original intention as an observation tower when it was built in the 1890s. The landmark is a must-stop photo spot, not only for the views from inside the four-story building, but also for its oriental-style iron, wood and glass exterior, it an irresistible photography subject during any season.
8. Billie Holiday Murals and Statue
Fell’s Point and Pennsylvania Avenue
The revered songstress spent her childhood in Baltimore and regularly returned in adulthood to perform at legendary venues like the Royal Theatre. Baltimoreans have paid homage to the icon with public art. Capture stunning Billie Holiday murals throughout Upper Fell’s Point, her childhood neighborhood, and at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues. Also visit the bronze statue at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and W. Lafayette Street.
9. Rawlings Conservatory
Druid Hill Promenade in Druid Hill Park
Built in 1888 in Druid Hill Park, the Rawlings Conservatory features five greenhouse rooms and a half-acre garden. Take pics of its stunning exterior then go inside and capture exotic flora and fauna that thrive year-round. Also in Druid Hill Park is the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, so you can get your fill of cute penguin pics in the same afternoon.
10. Baltimore Love Project Murals
20 locations throughout the city
Love is literally spelled out throughout the city thanks to local artist, Michael Owen, who has painted 20 murals of silhouetted hands spelling “L-O-V-E” in neighborhoods from Mount Washington to Carroll Park. Favorite spots include the mural across from the historic Senator Theatre in Belvedere Square and one on The Avenue in Hampden. Thanks to the proliferation of the identical murals, you’re bound to run into “love” wherever you go in the city.