Baltimore is a year-round vacation destination filled with experiences that appeal to travelers of all interests. From free museums and unforgettable dining experiences to strolls along the Inner Harbor and afternoons at Camden Yards - Baltimore's attractions leave visitors wanting more.
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What’s New in Baltimore
There’s more to see, do and explore in Baltimore than ever before. Baltimore has experienced one of the largest millennial booms in the nation and the resurgence is vibrantly visible in the city’s eclectic neighborhoods, marked by new food halls, breweries, and boutiques popping up around every corner. The centerpiece of downtown Baltimore has always been the world-famous Inner Harbor, but 2017 brings new developments and experiences to the waterfront including the opening of the new Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Fell’s Point, the Sagamore Spirit distillery in Port Covington and Light City, a free public festival of light, music and innovation. This urban renaissance combined with Baltimore’s rich history, architecture and world-class museums makes for an incredibly authentic, yet new, visitor experience.
Baltimore’s Exploding Culinary Scene
Baltimore has a reputation for fresh seafood—especially its Maryland blue crabs—but the city’s culinary scene has transformed into a must-visit destination with high-end and inventive eateries consistently opening throughout all of its neighborhoods. There’s a reason Zagat named Baltimore the No. 2 Food City in the U.S. With the opening of R. House and revitalization plans for Lexington Market and Cross Street Market, as well as Mount Vernon Marketplace and Belvedere Square, Baltimore’s food hall scene is booming with dozens of dining and gathering options under each single roof.
Baltimore’s Story is America’s Story
In Baltimore, you can trace our country’s journey to independence through the War of 1812 when soldiers, stationed at Fort McHenry, defended the city from British attack and Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star-Spangled Banner”, which became the national anthem. Visit the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House to see the home where Mary Pickersgill sewed the flag that inspired Key. Baltimore is also home to the modern railroad thanks to the Baltimore & Ohio railroad being built here in the early 19th century and at the B&O Railroad Museum you can see the first piece of track ever laid. Tour the last all-sail Civil War ship still afloat in the United States, the USS Constellation, and climb the Washington Monument, the nation’s first monument dedicated to the first president. Whether you want to trace Edgar Allen Poe’s old stomping grounds or learn more about sports legend Babe Ruth’s birthplace, history comes alive before your eyes when you visit Baltimore.
Baltimore Beer-cation Trail
Since Mary Pickersgill sewed the Stars and Stripes on the floor of a local brewery, Baltimore has been a beer-drinking town. From the first German immigrants setting up elaborate breweries and leafy beer gardens, Baltimore has embraced its proud history of local brewing. Today, the city is home to craft beer breweries big and small, award-winning gypsy brewers, beer-mixologists, tap houses and sports bars all serving the best of local ales, pills, IPAs and stouts.
Baltimore has an incredibly rich sports history and has produced legendary athletes throughout the decades from Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Jr. to Johnny Unitas, Carmelo Anthony and Ray Lewis. Not to mention the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps! Back in 1995 when Michael was still perfecting his fly stroke, one man had the idea to revolutionize the way athletes perform and that idea has changed the landscape of the athletic apparel industry. 20 years later, Under Armour’s Baltimore based headquarters continues to attract health conscious millennials and creative minds whose influence is quickly turning Baltimore into an active fitness destination.
Baltimore Neighborhood Guide
Baltimore is known as a city of neighborhoods with more than 200 of them, all with a unique history and feel. Each one reflects Baltimore’s unique and quirky personality easily experienced through restaurants, historic sites and attractions, shops and architecture. Dine Around the World in Baltimore Planning to travel overseas to expand your palate? Save your miles and reduce your carbon footprint. Baltimore welcomes cultures from across the globe with its expanding culinary scene – take your palate on an international journey with a guide to worldly dining in Baltimore.
With so many kid-friendly attractions in the Inner Harbor, plus historic monuments and museums offering unique children’s programs, Baltimore is an ideal vacation spot for the whole family. The city’s location on the East Coast and proximity to a major airport make getting here simple, but the great deals and discounts at local attractions, hotels and restaurants are what really draw the crowds. Check www.baltimore.org/special-offers to find ways to save money and have fun, and don’t miss the National Aquarium’s Living Seashore touch pool, military reenactments at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and the hands-on science laboratory at the Maryland Science Center among others.
Baltimore derives much of its personality, history and culture from the diversity of its people. By the early 1800s, when slavery was still a legal institution in the United States, African Americans found freedom in Baltimore, forming one of the largest “freed” communities in the country.. Home to greats like Billie Holliday, Frederick Douglass and Eubie Blake, There is no better way to experience Baltimore’s deep-rooted African American story than with a visit to any one of the city’s many celebrated African American museums and heritage sites, guided tours or the annual African American festival.