Baltimore Warnings and Dangers
Baltimore in the largest city in the state of Maryland and among the largest in the United States. Although there is much to see and do in the city, there are also warnings to heed and dangers to avoid to stay safe.
The weather probably isn’t the first thing you think of as a danger. Although Baltimore is below the Mason Dixon Line and thus considered a part of the South, it is really only 100 miles south of Philadelphia and has much of the same weather. In the winter, it snows and the roads become icy. These freezes can be pretty severe and caution is advised. Over the last 53 years, there have been an average of 20.8 inches of snowfall. Winds can also pick up to around 30 miles per hour, bringing with them chilly blasts of cold air.
In the summer, the main hazard is thunderstorms. These thunderstorms can become quite severe and could delay travel around the city. They can also delay flights both into and out of the city.
During the day, Baltimore is safe especially in the tourist areas. Stick to the areas around the harbor. Fells Point, and the inner harbor are the nicest places to walk around. Hamden is also nice, and it’s only about a 15-minute drive from the inner harbor. Federal Hill park is the best place for a view, while Ft. McHenry Park is good for its history.
Baltimore is only dangerous in spots. At night, the main thing to remember is not to use any outside ATMs unless they are well lit. Also, stay in well-lit areas unless you know you are in a good part of town. After dark, there are many parts of the city that can become dangerous. You’re likely to see patrol cars on the streets and helicopters in the air supporting police on the ground. The public transit system is not always safe, so make sure you don’t travel alone when getting around the city.
Various crimes are committed in the downtown area, including muggings and drug use. There are fun times to be had in the city, but be smart about where you travel and always go in a group. Be careful when leaving your car and make sure there isn’t anything of value visible in your vehicle.
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Make sure to adhere to the traffic laws in Baltimore. The traffic lights are equipped with cameras to monitor who’s passing through intersections, and will catch you if you’re breaking the law. While for most people this won’t be an issue, the streets can also be confusing. Stay sharp so you don’t find yourself heading the wrong way on a one-way street.
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Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Baltimore.