10 Best Non-Touristy Things To Do In Baltimore, Maryland - Updated 2022


Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore is one of the most preferred destinations for tourists from all over the world thanks to its weather, culture, and friendly people. Those who visit this area never get tired of its outstanding attractions which include The Walters Art Museum, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, National Aquarium, Chesapeake Bay views and Baltimore Museum of Art. Plenty of accommodations are available as well, including luxury Airbnbs and hotels with free parking. If it is your first time to visit Baltimore, do not be ashamed if you have run out of ideas on things to do during your visit. For that reason, check out the top 10 non-touristy things to do in Baltimore, Maryland.

1. Check out miniature death-scene dioramas

Barn by Frances Glessner Lee.

Posted by The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death on Sunday, 20 November 2016

Treat yourself with an exhibition of miniature death-scene dioramas at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. This activity will put your skills to test. Here visitors turn into investigators as they try to solve 19 crime scenes. These miniature habitats are exquisitely wrought artworks, empathetic tragedies loosely based on real cases. The miniature death-scene dioramas were crafted in the 1940s by Frances Glessner Lee, a Chicago heiress to the International Harvester fortune, as teaching tools for crime-scene investigators. Her works are so effective to the point that they are still being used in training seminars even today.

Renwick Gallery

Address: 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA

Website: Renwick Gallery

Opening hours: 10am - 5:30pm (daily)

2. Discover the American Visionary Art Museum

Posted by American Visionary Art Museum on Monday, 6 May 2019

In Baltimore, Maryland there is no room for getting bored. You can always take a tour of The American Visionary Art Museum and explore the unusual and imaginative works by non-mainstream artists, including the Giant “Whirligig” a tall central wind-powered sculpture that was created by Vollis Simpson during World War II, a model of the Lusitania made out of match sticks, a mobile that spans three floors and an incredible Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race. When you are done with exploring, remember to exit through the gift shop, which houses a display of incredible souvenirs almost as captivating as the museum itself.

American Visionary Art Museum

Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA

Website: American Visionary Art Museum

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

3. Visit the Scarpetta House

Mystery lovers who are looking for interesting things to do will definitely fancy a tour of the Scarpetta House. It is located in the office of the Medical Examiner of Baltimore. At the first glimpse, Scarpetta may look like an ordinary home. In the real sense, Scarpetta House is a site of countless crimes, that are staged ones! The site is where forensic investigators are trained by staging murder scenes and other bloody situations. Here you will find everything that an investigator may come across in the field including families murdered in their beds, mass cult suicides, and many more. Come and put your skills to the test as you try and solve some of the cases.

Chief Medical Examiner Office

Address: 900 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21223, USA

Website: Chief Medical Examiner Office

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily)

4. Go to the National Great Blacks in the Wax Museum

Photos from the private unveiling ceremony of our new wax figure of Frederick Douglass. Photos and video of courtesy of Quamina Image, LLC

Posted by The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum on Monday, 19 February 2018

If you are more into arts and culture, Baltimore, Maryland still got you covered. You can always explore the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. This is a unique and specialized wax museum dedicated to the preservation of African-American history through life-sized wax models. The museum exhibits influential figures like Granville T. Woods, who was known as the “Black Edison”. There are also dioramas dedicated to black explorers like Matthew Henson, the Underground Railroad as well as some gruesome exhibits about the history of slavery. There is also “The Magnificence of Africa” room which features some of the African greats including a wax statue of Imhotep, the first architect and physician, known by name in written history.

National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

Address: 1603 E North Ave Baltimore, MD 21213

Website: National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

5. Dine with mannequins at 24-7 joint

Posted by Papermoon Diner on Friday, 1 June 2018

Before Un Kim and his friend David Briskie took over the diner, 24-7 joint’s decor just had simple booths and plastic plates. Kim has managed to transform the diner into a temple of kitsch, showcasing a dazzling collection of pop culture paraphernalia. Now, you will find mannequins everywhere in the diner. You will find them leaning against the wall, glistening in suits made of buttons or find them lounging on the lawn like gnomes. The dinner also serves a lengthy delicious menu which consists of sandwiches, Southern staples such as shrimp and creative milkshakes including Cap’n Crunch varieties. Quirky, at times creepy, this diner is definitely distinct.

24-7 joint

Address: 227 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211, USA

Opening hours: 8am - 9pm (daily)

Price: 11-30 USD

6. Visit National Museum of Dentistry

Posted by National Museum of Dentistry on Monday, 28 March 2011

Out of ideas on what to do during your visit to Baltimore, Maryland? You can always visit the National Museum of Dentistry. The National Museum of Dentistry might be relatively small, but its exhibits are fairly comprehensive. Here you will find interesting historical tidbits as well as information on why and how to avoid harmful substances and the importance of dental hygiene. The museum is also conducive for children, there is a pretend dental office where children can role play, a library full of books about visiting the dentist, and a coloring station.

National Museum of Dentistry

Address: 31 S Greene St Baltimore, MD 21201University of Maryland

Website: National Museum of Dentistry

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (daily)

7. Explore the Baltimore Phoenix Shot Tower

The Phoenix Shot Tower will be open this weekend, 10:00 to noon. Free Admission.

Posted by Carroll Museums on Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Also known as “the Old Baltimore Shot Tower,” Baltimore’s Phoenix Shot Tower was built by Charles Carroll in 1828. At that time, such towers were used to produce shot balls for muskets. After being used as a bomb shelter in the 1960s, the tower was renovated and opened to the public as a museum.

Baltimore’s Phoenix Shot Tower

Address: 801 E Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA

Website: Baltimore’s Phoenix Shot Tower

Opening hours: 9am - 4pm (daily)

8. Hire a helicopter (from USD 304.0)

Come and experience the beauty of downtown Baltimore from a private plane. The tour begins at Pier 7 in Canton. This flight will allow you to enjoy stunning views of the Inner Harbor, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Historic Fells Point, Ravens Stadium, Mount Vernon, the Domino Sugar factory, Natty Boh Tower, the USS Constellation and USS Torsk, the Chesapeake Bay, and many more. You can also view Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the things Baltimore is famous for. Depending on the option selected, your tour should last between 12 to 35 minutes before returning to Pier 7.

Private Baltimore Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 12 to 35 minutes

4 reviews

9. Give indoor skydiving a try (from USD 84.0)

Come and experience the buzz of skydiving as you take part in a Baltimore Indoor Skydiving experience. This activity is safe even for the first-time skydiver, given that there is an experienced instructor who will go over the basic training with you. You will take part in a small group training and then enjoy two sessions of exhilarating free fall flights. Instead of the high-risk jumping out of a plane, in this activity, you will be going in a vertical wind tunnel instead. The whole indoor skydiving experience will take about 75 minutes. Each session consists of up to six people, but you get a one-on-one session with your instructor for 60 seconds twice.

Baltimore Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights & Personalized Certificate

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

91 reviews

10. Take a wine tour (from USD 175.0)

At an affordable price, you can book this five-hour group tour of the Heritage wine region. During this tour, you will get to visit Thanksgiving Farms, Great Frog and Friday’s Creek and you taste some the region’s best wines including Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. While you are here, you will also learn more about the history and culture of the region’s wine production from a local guide. At the end of the tour, you will receive a collectible wine glass and tote bag. Light snack and beverages are also provided on the tour.

Maryland Heritage Region Wine and Colonial History Tour

Duration: 5 hours

11 reviews

Discover Baltimore, Maryland

Whether you’re drawn to the amazing shopping malls or waterfront dining spots, it does not matter what brings you to this beautiful town of Maryland. While you are here, you are guaranteed maximum fun. In case you run out of ideas on things to do, check out the list above.

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