Baltimore Places

TripWhat's travel guide to B'more; our list of the best things to see, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fort McHenry National Monument and National Aquarium.
  • The best place in Baltimore: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    333 W Camden St
    The local baseball team plays at Oriole Park, better known as Camden Yards. It's often considered one of the nicest in the nation, with a retro style, but modern facilities (constructed in 1992). No name is better associated with the stadium than Cal Ripken Jr., who set the world record for playing 2,131 consecutive games on 6 September 1995, (a little less well known, but still historic, was Eddie Murray's 500th home run, exactly one year later to the date). Avoid trying to park here, for the same reasons as below for Ravens Stadium. Even when a game is not being played, the team still offers tours of the ballpark starting in March (though check their website for times).[1]
    Federal Hill food nearby
  • Fort McHenry National Monument

    Fort McHenry National Monument

    2400 E Fort Ave
    $7, children under 15 are free. Really a must-visit for any tourist in Baltimore, this is the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner, the United States National Anthem. The fort's military history is best known for it's central role in the defense of the country in the War of 1812, simply named the Battle of Fort McHenry. At the time, Baltimore was the industrial powerhouse of the United States, and was a critical producer of ships and armaments. While of lesser importance in future wars, Fort McHenry remained relevant: a prison for captured Confederate soldiers in the Civil War, a military hospital during WWI, and again an active Coast Guard base during WWII. Since 1925 it has been designated as a National Park (and since 1939 doubly listed as a National Monument), and is today a museum, with plenty of cannons and nooks and crannies to explore. Back to the National Anthem, its Francis Scott Key, who was escaped here from British captivity in the War of 1812, joins Edgar Allen Poe, Thurgood Marshall, and H L Mencken as a preeminent icon of the city and the eponym for dishes at restaurants, bridges, and one impressive golden statue in Bolton Hill. He might be a little sad to see that the flag is not still there. It was getting extra raggedy after all these years, and was moved to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. for preservation.
    Canton eat nearby
  • National Aquarium

    National Aquarium

    501 E Pratt St
    Daily 9AM-5PM, seasonal hours vary. General admission $25-$30, discounts for seniors and children available. One of the best aquariums in the nation, the Baltimore Aquarium is famous for its tropical rain forest exhibit, its efforts to saving marine mammals, and its large shark tanks. Well worth the price of admission, it's a draw for marine scientists and civilians alike. Due to its popularity, expect to be in long lines to purchase tickets and then have to wait to enter several hours later, especially during weekends or vacation times; to avoid this, plan ahead and purchase tickets early or online.
    Federal Hill restaurants nearby
  • American Visionary Art Museum

    American Visionary Art Museum

    800 Key Hwy
    95, discounts available for seniors, children and large groups. The most eclectic and interesting collection of contemporary art from non-professional artists, with many works of beauty, some of paranoia, and a fair share of sheer obsessive personality disorder!
    Federal Hill food nearby
  • M&T Bank Stadium

    M&T Bank Stadium

    1101 Russell St
    Baltimore's new football team, in the form of the former Cleveland Browns, is wildly popular with locals, especially following their Superbowl win in 2000. As for the stadium itself, known unimpressively as "M&T Bank Stadium," but better referred to "The Bank", "The Nest", "The Asylum," or just "Ravens Stadium," is new as of 1998 and quite nice. For food, be sure to pick up some boardwalk fries. For parking, just don't. It's $40 and game day traffic is emphatically not fun.
    Federal Hill eat nearby
  • Walters Art Museum

    Walters Art Museum

    600 N Charles St
    W-Su 10AM-5PM, M-Tu closed. Free. An excellent museum donated to the city by father-and-son railroad tycoons William and Henry Walter, fervent collectors who purchased much of its massive and diverse collection as well as the buildings that host it. It is best known for its collection of 19th century European masterpieces. Be sure to enter or exit from its Charles Street entrance, where you'll pass through a magnificent indoor courtyard modeled after the Palazzo Baldi in Genoa. Hackerman House, W Mt Vernon Place (kitty-corner from the Washington Monument, accessible from the Walters Art Museum). Sa-Su 10AM-5PM, M-F closed. An elegant late-classical-era home built in 1850, it was donated to the city of Baltimore by its last owners, Willard and Lillian Hackerman, in 1984. The city renamed the house in their honor and took advantage of its location to expand the adjacent Walters Art Museum. It now hosts the Walters' collection of Asian Art, but is open only on the weekend, and can only be accessed from within the museum. From the front rooms on the third floors you can sneak a bird's-eye view of the monument plaza.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area restaurants nearby
  • Maryland Science Center

    Maryland Science Center

    601 Light St
    Mon - Fri 10a - 5p; Sa 10a - 6p; Su 11a - 5p. General admission $16.70, discounts available for seniors, children and military. Great family outing, full of hands-on, interactive science exhibits for kids of all ages.
    Federal Hill food nearby
  • Baltimore Museum of Art

    Baltimore Museum of Art

    10 Art Museum Dr
    W-F 11AM-5PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM, M-Tu closed. Free. Fantastic collection of 19th century, modern and contemporary art.
    Charles Village eat nearby
  • Baltimore City Hall

    Baltimore City Hall

    100 N Holliday Street
    A beautiful, huge post-Civil War Baroque Revival building and major city landmark, the seat of the city government is partially open for visitors, who can stop by to see exhibits on Baltimore art and history (but mostly to gawk at the architecture).
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Jewish Museum of Maryland Inc

    Jewish Museum of Maryland Inc

    15 Lloyd St
    Tu-Th, Su noon-4PM; closed Jewish and Federal holidays. $8, $4/students, $3/children. A museum dedicated to regional Jewish history, with lots of hands on, family-friendly exhibits, as well as artwork, historical photographs, and multimedia exhibits. Tours of two local historic synagogues are given at 1PM and 2:30PM.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area food nearby
  • Downtown Locker Room

    Downtown Locker Room

    2301 Liberty Heights Ave
    M-Th 10AM-9PM, F-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 11AM-7PM. This is the place for your limited and rare Jordan's, Nike's, etc. Big selection and unusually low prices.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area
  • Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

    Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

    Druid Hill Park
    Daily 10AM-4PM, closed January, February, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Adults $11 weekdays and online ticketing, $15 weekends; discounted for seniors and children. Large zoo set in a classic victorian-era park. If you want to go on a weekend, purchase tickets in advance over the web to get the weekday rate; if purchasing tickets at the gate, you can save a buck by finding a Maryland Zoo flyer at the visitor's center that has a $1 off coupon.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area restaurants nearby
  • Rams Head Live

    Rams Head Live

    20 Market Pl
    Concert venue for rock bands, comedians, and many more.
    Downtown food nearby
  • One of the largest and longest-running anime conventions in the United States, held over a three-day weekend in July or August (varies depending on the year). Even if you are not into anime, you'll get to see throngs of Japanese cartoon-inspired costumed attendees (cosplayers) take over the Baltimore Convention Center and Inner Harbor during the convention.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area eat nearby
  • Utrecht Art Supplies

    Utrecht Art Supplies

    229 W Chase St
    M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. This is the best known and arguably best stocked of the Midtown art supply stores. It may not be the type of store to attract visitors, but it does show off what this artsy neighborhood is about. Very knowledgeable staff, unsurprisingly.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area
  • Sonar Baltimore

    Sonar Baltimore

    407 E Saratoga St
    Live music venue with independent, eclectic, and usually very fun acts almost every night. It's a stinking dive, but the drinks are strong, and it's a true city institution with some soul (damned though it may be).
    Downtown food nearby
  • Baltimore Arena

    Baltimore Arena

    201 W Baltimore St
    Baltimore city's largest indoor venue is host to frequent sporting and other major performances. It's an old clunker, and they're looking to replace it, but it's still fine to bring your family here.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Duburns Arena

    Duburns Arena

    1301 S Ellwood Ave
    Home to the Charm City Roller Girls.
    Canton restaurants nearby
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

    1212 Cathedral StSte 1
    The BSO is a world-class orchestra that performs regularly in two venues and has established itself as a leader in programming, technology & outreach.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area food nearby
  • CENTERSTAGE

    CENTERSTAGE

    700 N Calvert St
    The State Theater of Maryland
    Glen-Fallstaff Area eat nearby
  • Rim Source

    Rim Source

    4810 Bel Air Rd
    Preeminent rims shop and fictional front of the Marlo operation in The Wire, there just is no better place for a lark cruiser purchase, or just some fancy upgrades to trick out your current car. This is another one of those "real Baltimore" spots.
    Cedonia
  • Samuelson's Diamonds

    Samuelson's Diamonds

    426 W Baltimore St
    Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4PM. The City Paper gives Samuelson's, another venerable family-run Baltimore shop, the nod for best place in the city to buy an engagement ring.
    Downtown
  • Preakness Stakes

    Preakness Stakes

    5201 Park Heights
    Third Saturday of May. The second of the Triple Crown series, following the Kentucky Derby, is one of the single biggest horse racing events in the United States. The crowds are pretty huge, but the numbers are not driven by the family-friendly stands in the outfield, but rather the insane orgy of drunkenness, mud, and violence in the BYOB infield. If you want a wild experience to remember and have virtually no compunctions of any sort, the infield is the place to be. The Pimlico Special, in mid-May, while not as popular as the Preakness, is the other Grade 1 horse race.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area eat nearby
  • Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

    Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

    901 W Pratt St
    M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 11AM-4PM. Admission $14, discounts for seniors and children available. Located in a beautiful historic railroad roundhouse is a large collection of locomotives and railcars dating back to the very earliest railroads of America. Train rides are sometimes available. Very kid friendly.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area restaurants nearby
  • Urban Pirates

    Urban Pirates

    A swashbuckling adventure on a pirate ship in the Inner Harbor! As you might expect, this is very popular with younger kids.
    Fells Point food nearby
  • Golden West Café

    Golden West Café

    1105 W 36th St
    M-F 10AM-3PM, 5PM-10PM; Sa 9AM-2:30PM, 5PM-10PM; Su 9AM-2:30PM, 5PM-8:45PM. $8-15. The Golden West Cafe is very popular, and not without good reason. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable (and family-friendly), with almost beautifully tacky "golden western" decor. The "southwestern" food on offer is very good, even for the relatively high prices. The service is slow and inattentive—don't be shy about hollerin' at your server if he's ignoring you. The bar here is one of the better places in Hampden to enjoy a beer, and it's open Su-Th until 1AM, F-Sa until 2AM.
    Glen-Fallstaff Area
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Baltimore uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.