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7 Best Things To Do In 'The Monumental City' Of Baltimore, Maryland

Pratiksha
Published Aug 07, 2017

Baltimore, an important city and seaport in Maryland, is the birthplace of the US National anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Because of its skyline, which is flecked with churches and monuments, Baltimore was nicknamed The Monumental City by President John Quincy Adams. Charm City, The City of Firsts and Crab Capital of the World are some of the numerous aliases that have helped Baltimore establish an identity with tourists. This city welcomes all with a plethora of activities - be it relishing the savory seafood, strolling along the historic Inner Harbor, visiting top-class museums or experiencing its rich arts and culture. If you are a tourist planning to visit Baltimore in the near future, here are our top picks for the best things to do.

1. Experience sailing around Baltimore Harbor

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Posted by American Sailing Tours on Sunday, 8 January 2017

Baltimore’s harbor is a beautiful one. You can choose to explore it via a variety of sailing trips such as day trips, sunset trips or even luxury dinner cruises. Voyages that last a couple of hours or more will provide you with an ample opportunity to take in Baltimore’s wonderful skyline. The night views of the city’s illuminated skyline are especially mind-blowing. You can get your own food and drinks on the day cruises (offered by American Sailing Tours), whereas the luxury cruises (like Spirit of Baltimore Dinner Cruise), offer a gourmet buffet dinner. Whatever your preferred harbor tour, standing on a ship’s deck and taking in Baltimore’s beauty is an unforgettable way to experience the city.

American Sailing Tours

Address: Harbor East Marina, 40 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202

Website: American Sailing Tours

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2. Catch a baseball game at Oriole Park

You haven’t seen Baltimore until you’ve watched a baseball game here. Located close to the harbor, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is one of the best baseball stadiums in the US. If you happen to be here on a game day, then you are bound to see loads of action as well as some very dedicated fans. This retro-styled stadium provides a genuine baseball experience. What’s more, it also offers some of the best American food options around like a Burnt Ends BBQ Hot Dog, a Mac & Cheese Twister or even Fresh Dumplings. A fascinating sporting event plus lip-smacking food equals a great deal of affordable fun.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Address: 333 West Camden Street | Baltimore, MD 21201

Price: Starting from 15 USD

Website: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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3. Explore the Inner Harbor

Inner harbor is the eye of Baltimore and an important tourist hub. The waterfront’s 7 mile (11 kilometer) long promenade is lined with shops, boutiques and superb eateries. Aside from all this, Inner Harbor is also home to other well-known Baltimore attractions like The National Aquarium, The Maryland Science Center, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and several more museums. Whether it’s dawn or even late night, the Inner Harbor is always bustling with activity. Too tired to walk? Then a water taxi is a great alternative.

Inner harbor

Address: Inner harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Website: Inner harbor

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4. Get a 360 degree view of Baltimore from Top of the World Observation Level

Top of the World Observation Level is perched on the 27th floor of the world’s tallest pentagonal building, The World Trade Center at Baltimore. If you’re not afraid of heights, then this is a must-see attraction, offering panoramic views of the city. In addition to the view, the Top of the World Observation Level offers audio tours of Baltimore’s history, all for a reasonable price.

Top of the World Observation Level

Address: 401 E. Pratt Street, 27th floor, Baltimore, MD 21202

Website: Top of the World Observation Level

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5. Revisit your science lessons at Maryland Science Center

Posted by Maryland Science Center on Thursday, 29 March 2012

Located close to the Inner Harbor, Maryland Science Center is a delight for science lovers of all ages. With colorful self-explanatory exhibits, a planetarium, an IMAX theater and several fascinating workshops, this center is an ideal way to learn something new or refresh your scientific knowledge. It’s also a fun and educational stop for children.

Maryland Science Center

Address: 01 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Website: Maryland Science Center

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6. Go museum hopping

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Posted by The Baltimore Museum of Art on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Check out some of Baltimore’s world-class museums with a stop (or stops) at Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Walters Art Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Industry, The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art and more. If you’re interested in taking in some serious culture, history, and art, then Baltimore has got you covered.

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Address: 1601-03 E North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21213

Website: The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

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7. Watch a theatrical performance at the Hippodrome Theatre

This century old theater located in downtown Baltimore has a capacity of 2300 people. Built for impresarios Marion Scott Pearce and Scheck in 1914, this legendary theater also served as a cinema for more than 70 years. Aside from its comfortable seating, top-notch sound system and state of the art facility, this theater features ample parking and a cafe. The Hippodrome Theater also stages some of the best Broadway shows and musicals all year round.

Hippodrome Theater

Address: 12 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Website: Hippodrome Theater

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Come visit America's Comeback City

Baltimore has a unique charm to it. Whether you want to leisurely walk along the harbor, experience the baseball fanaticism or simply explore the monuments, this is a city that’s ready and willing to entertain you. Throw in a happening nightlife as well as a huge selection of excellent eateries and Baltimore’s appeal is easy to understand. Whether you add it to your bucket list or book your trip today - Baltimore’s always waiting to welcome you to the party!

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