A Tour of Fell’s Point
Fell’s Point is a historic, waterfront neighborhood in Baltimore. Here’s how to make a day of your Fell's Point explorations.
One of the oldest neighborhoods in Baltimore, Fell’s Point was once a bustling shipbuilding port, and has served as the home to jazz singer Billie Holiday and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Its visage has remained largely unchanged since its founding—picture Belgian block streets, waterfront restaurants and cozy boutiques just a few blocks east of the Inner Harbor. Spend a day during your next visit to Baltimore exploring historic Fell’s Point. There are so many things to see, eat, do and enjoy in this walkable neighborhood.
Things To Do in Fell's Point
Established in 1763, Fell’s Point is a city, state and National Historic District and boasts more than 300 buildings on the National Register, including the oldest standing residence in Baltimore City, the Robert Long House, which is open for private tours by reservation. You can also learn about Fell’s Point’s history as home to Frederick Douglass and the first African American-owned shipyard in the country at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum. Walk the Belgian block streets, the original stone bricks brought over by trade ships from Europe, to Broadway Market, a year-round indoor market built in 1786 that houses a number of international delicacies and local treats. Once you’re done, stop for a drink at the city’s oldest bar, The Horse You Came In On Saloon (rumored to be Edgar Allan Poe’s last stop before his mysterious death).
Fell’s Point Restaurants
Restaurants, pubs and local shops line the main thoroughfares in Fell’s Point. Here are just a few great places to eat if you’re looking for a break from your exploration.
Events in Fell’s Point
There are several annual events and festivals in Fell’s Point. Get a true feel for the neighborhood at these can’t-miss events.
Fell’s Point Privateer Festival
Celebrate Baltimore’s maritime prowess at the Fell’s Point Privateer Festival. This free event includes historic ships, interactive demonstrations, live music, a kid’s area, maritime merchant booths and so much more. This event is held every July.
Fell’s Point Fun Festival
This five-decade old festival began as a fundraiser to protect the neighborhood from development and preserve its historic integrity. It’s now one of the city’s largest community celebrations. Across six blocks, explore tasty bites from local vendors, craft cocktails and beers, one-of-a-kind products from area artisans and energetic live music performances—all with a spectacular view of the harbor. To view a full list of performers and vendors and purchase tickets, see the Fell’s Point Fun Festival’s website.
Fell’s Point Olde Tyme Christmas Festival
A traditional kickoff to Christmas held each December, this day-long event includes breakfast with St. Nick, a family fun zone, tree lighting, caroling and so much more.