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Baltimore Things to Do – Attractions & Must See

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Baltimore Things to Do

Maryland’s largest city is renowned for its spectacular Inner Harbor, but there’s more to Baltimore than its magnificent waterfront. This historic city dates from the early 18th century and is renowned for its versatile landscape of attractions and activities.

National Aquarium

Be prepared to spend several hours exploring the beloved National Aquarium. The property is dived into multiple sections and includes an amphitheater. There’s an on-site café for those who need a break. Bear in mind that tickets vary based on experience: Visitors can choose an aquarium-only option or a ticket that includes access to the 4-D theater and dolphin show.

Inner Harbor

The Inner Harbor combines the modern pleasantries of upscale boutiques and al fresco dining options with historical architecture and a reputation as one of the country’s oldest seaports. Many visitors recommend boarding a cruise to properly take in the area’s most noteworthy attractions. Simply wandering the lengthy promenade is another way to scope out the harbor, or you can rent a paddle boat and set off on an adventurous ride with friends. Segway tours are also available, although children below age 14 are not permitted. An adult must accompany those from the ages of 14 through 17.

Mount Vernon Place

Designated a National Historic Landmark, Mount Vernon Place is home to the gothic-style Mount Vernon Methodist Church founded in 1872. The district is home to many notable cultural destinations, including the Garrett Jacobs Mansion, Walters Art Museum, and the Peabody Library.

Monuments and Sculptures

Baltimore is sometimes referred to as the Monumental City for its abundance of major monuments. The towering War of 1812 Monument, also known as the Battle Monument, is one of the city’s most significant and is located downtown. Pierce’s Park, located adjacent to the Columbus Center, is packed with unique sculptures, including the beloved, oversized horn sculpture.

Little Italy

Just east of the Inner Harbor is charming Little Italy. Known primarily for its incredible selection of Italian restaurants and bakeries, it also draws thousands to its cultural festivals and ethnic events. At any given time, you can partake in an Italian language class, enjoy a pasta dinner, or enjoy a free outdoor art festival.

Edgar Allen Poe

One of Baltimore’s most famous talents is the writer, Edgar Allen Poe. The author’s gravesite is not technically open to the public, but that doesn’t stop tourists from visiting the churchyard and snapping a photo by his headstone. You may want to partake in an unspoken tradition and leave a few pennies on the stone, as so many others do. Note that it’s relatively simple area without much fanfare, in a very small cemetery at Westminster Hall, located at the corner of Greene and Fayette Streets. Blink and you might miss it, as there are very few plots here.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Baltimore.

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