Begin your adventure in the city at the Baltimore Visitor Center in the Inner Harbor, where you can get maps, brochures and visitor guides, buy attraction tickets, make reservations and more. From there, check out the following world-renowned Baltimore attractions and museums:
American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) – This one-of-a-kind museum features outstanding original works of art from intuitive artists. This truly only-in-Baltimore attraction features an extraordinary mirrored exterior, outdoor sculptures, innovative exhibits and a unique museum shop, Sideshow.
Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum & Westminster Hall and Burying Ground – Visit the home where the famed “master of macabre” lived from 1833 to 1835. At the refurbished National Historic Landmark, you can walk on the same floors and stairs as Poe did, view rare artifacts (like his writing desk) and learn about the life of Poe beyond his popular writings. A restored historic church, Westminster Hall is famously known for being Poe’s final resting place. Pay tribute to the literary legend by visiting his grave.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine – The birthplace of our national anthem, this 18th century fort defended the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. Check out the Visitor Center to see exciting exhibits and a moving short film, or walk the park grounds and tour the star-shaped fort. Here, you can also experience hands-on history program and have the opportunity to help a ranger raise the “Star-Spangled Banner” replica flag.
Historic Ships in Baltimore – The ships represent one of the most impressive collections of military vessels in the world, and includes the US Sloop-of-War Constellation, the US Submarine Torsk, the Lightship 116 Chesapeake, the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, as well as the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. Offerings include hands-on tours and activities, live cannon firings, educational programs and more.
Maryland Science Center – The Inner Harbor attraction features three levels of interactive exhibits – including an impressive display of towering dinosaurs – an IMAX theater and planetarium. The Science Center also features an exciting annual calendar of science-related events and programming.
National Aquarium – The nation’s preeminent aquarium in the Inner Harbor features 20,000+ aquatic animals, new exhibits like Blacktip Reef and the hands-on Living Seashore exhibit, family-friendly programming and events, multiple gift shops, immersive tours and more.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards – The Baltimore Orioles play roughly 81 home games from April through September at the historic Baltimore complex. Tours of the OPACY, the first downtown retro ballpark to be built in the nation, are also available year-round.
Reginald F. Lewis of Maryland African American History & Culture – The East Coast’s preeminent African American museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum highlights the history and celebrates the accomplishments of Maryland’s African American community via several floors of inspiring exhibits.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Baltimore – The unique waterfront “odditorium” features hundreds of interactive exhibits and interesting artifacts, a 4-D moving theater, the Marvelous Mirror Maze and more.
Top of the World Observation Level – Enjoy spectacular, unforgettable views of Baltimore’s skyline, harbor and beyond from the top of the world’s tallest pentagonal building. Check out a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city and rotating art exhibitions in the Observation Gallery.
Washington Monument – The nation’s first monument to President George Washington that overlooks one of the city’s loveliest squares and anchors the Mt. Vernon National Historic Landmark District was recently restored. View interactive exhibits in its renovated lobby, or take a daring climb to the top to see spectacular views of the city.