14 Things You Must Do on Your Baltimore Trip

14 Things You Must Do on Your Baltimore Trip

Baltimore is one of America's most historic cities and filled to the brim with attractions. Here's a list of places go to in B'more.

Introduction

Baltimore, one of the oldest cities in The United States, was founded in 1729 and is the second largest seaport in the Mid Atlantic. It exhibits styles of architecture from each era over the last two centuries and, as will be evident from this list, has kept its history alive in various forms. The people of this great city come from an assortment of cultures representing what makes America great: ambition and diversity. Take a look at the following sights and sounds of this great city, and know that great culture still exists, awaiting for you to discover it anew. Here are the 14 best things to do while in Baltimore.

1. The Walters Art Museum

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The Walters Art Museum Facebook page

There are over 30,000 sculptures, paintings, art objects, and artifacts from around the world from multiple ages and time periods. There are pieces here from famous French painters to Russian creators, as well as some of the oldest pieces of jewelry in America. A must-see for any true fan of art while in Baltimore.

600 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201,
410-547-9000

2. American Visionary Art Museum

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American Visionary Art Museum Facebook page

The AVAM is America's official national museum and education center for intuitive, self-taught artistry. Designated as such by congress, the city gave the space to house art in the Inner Harbor when the organizers of the museum agreed to clean up the piece of land, which had been formerly occupied by a copper paint factory. Specializing in displaying and preserving art created by "outsiders" ("intuitive" or "raw" artists), the AVAM has over 4,000 works, including pieces by such noteworthy creators as Howard Finster, Leonard Knight, Ho Baron, and Ben Wilson, among many others. One of America's treasures, the AVAM is another must-see for art aficionados.

800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230,
410-244-1900

3. Washington Monument

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Washington Monument Facebook page

A memorial for one of the greatest founding fathers of the United States, the Washington Monument, not to be confused with the obelisk in Washington D.C., is another must-see-sight in Baltimore. The focal point of Mount Vernon Place, an urban square in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, it was the first great monument to honor the memory of the great Mr. Washington himself. Standing at over 178 feet, the doric column has a gallery at the ground floor level exhibiting the history of the monument and the surrounding Mount Vernon Place. The monument is just another example of the relevance of Baltimore in the history of the United States.

Washington Monument, 699 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201,
410-962-5070

4. The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum Facebook page

The nation's foremost national black educational museum has immortalized prominent African American historical figures in wax, with over 100 wax figures promoting the immense contribution that these great men and women have made in creating and sustaining this great nation. Starting as a tour taken to schools around the country, the museum was awarded several loans and grants to be established as a permanent monument in 1983. Baltimore is certainly blessed to be the home of so many historic sites, and this museum stands as another one, representing America's colorful history and bright future.

1601 E North Ave #3, Baltimore, MD 21213
410-563-3404

5. Jewish Museum of Maryland

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Jewish Museum of Maryland Facebook page

Representing the Jewish experience in Baltimore as well as throughout the rest of America, the Jewish Museum of Maryland exhibits Jewish art, rare and historical artifacts, photos, videos, oral histories, and hands-on activities. America's leading museum of Jewish culture is located in downtown Baltimore and offers a wide range of programs and special events for all ages. A truly memorable and historic experience, the tour helps to cement in the minds of tour-goers the importance and ongoing significance of Jewish culture in the United States. Another bright star in the cap of America that is Baltimore, the Jewish Museum of Maryland stays true to the vision of God's chosen people.

15 Lloyd St, Baltimore, MD 21202
410-732-6400

6. Geppi's Entertainment Museum

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Geppi's Entertainment Museum Facebook page

This 16,000 square foot privately owned facility is home to over 230 years of pop culture history and is located in the historic Camden Station at Camden Yards in Baltimore. The president and CEO, Stephen A. Geppi, opened a comic book store in his earlier years, and his love of the characters found in the pages of the colorful books has been passed on to the good folks of Baltimore. This monument to comic book and television culture helps to define the significance and role that the character-driven fiction had and still has on America and the world at large. More than just a "throwback" of old comic book titles, the Museum has many different displays chronicling the genres of film, books, and tv into a well thought-out and developed homage to western entertainment culture.

301 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201
410-625-7060

7. Ripley's Believe it or Not! (Baltimore)

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The brand "Ripley's Believe it or Not!" is known world wide for odd and out-of-this-world anomalies from all around the globe. A museum in its own right, take a tour of this attraction and see some the strangest things that mankind has ever come across. With over 8,000 square feet and more than 350 exhibits, see some really weird sights with a friend and family member. Real shrunken heads from the past, a T-Rex made from Pop Tarts, interactive and immersive games, and so much more. Carry a friend and prepare to have a fun-filled trip.

301 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202
443-615-7878

8. Maryland Zoo

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Maryland Zoo Facebook page

1500 wild animals call the Maryland Zoo home. Catch a free shuttle to and from the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore, and head out to the Zoo located in a beautiful park just north of the city center. There you can see all your usual suspects: lions, giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, penguins, camels, and on and on. Definitely more rewarding around the end of spring and early summer, we highly recommend you take in the sights while in Baltimore. Although not as massive as the national zoo, it's worth the trip. The Zoo can be fun for you and the family, or you can take a date to look at one of the best animal parks in North America. They have new exhibits opening up every year, so go check it out at your earliest convenience.

Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 396-7102

9. National Aquarium Baltimore

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With dolphins, turtles, alligators, sharks, and so much more, the National Aquarium lives up to all your expectations of America's best underwater display of creatures, big and small. A non-profit public aquarium, the Aquarium has touch exhibits and tours to get you as close to the action as you can manage. They have special packages and group rates, so plan ahead for you and the entire team to enjoy one of the best viewing pleasures in Baltimore. Nature is a wondrous mistress and her creatures are on display at the National Aquarium. You won't be disappointed.

501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
410-576-3800

10. Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

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Modeled off of the world-famous Kew Gardens in London, sufficient ground was designated in 1874 by Baltimore City park commissioners to establish a botanical conservatory, but the plans were sidelined until 1885. Years later the conservatory was opened on August 26, 1888. A study in eco-systems from across the world, the conservatory is the second-oldest steel-framed-and-glass building still in use in the United States and supports the flora growing inside. The climates inside make for some of the most extraordinary arrangements of plant life and give visitors access to the near natural environments where these plants and flowers come from. A great place to take children or a date, the conservatory is an exhibition of quiet spaces with a more reflective and introspective mood created by the immersion in local and foreign plant life. Possibly a more relaxed and low-key outing than even museums or trips to the zoo, the conservatory is a welcome break from the norm. Take a trip out there as soon as you can.

3100 Swann Dr, Baltimore, MD 21217
410-396-0008

11. Baltimore National Heritage Area Trails & Tours

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Baltimore National Heritage Facebook page

To preserve and promote its rich heritage, the city provides guided walks and tours of its oldest neighborhoods as well as the downtown area and the waterfront. Calling it an "urban heritage trail," it is rooted in the concept that some of the best sights of the city are not just stored inside of its buildings but include the actual areas and structures of these fantastic urban creations. The price is $10 for adults. Seniors/military/students with ID pay $7. Children under 12 are free. The route of the main trail passes by the USS Constellation, Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, the Carroll Mansion, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland. There are multiple zones as well for other tours that offer similar experiences through other parts of the city, and all are highly recommended.

Visitor Center
100 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202, United States
410-878-6411

12. Baltimore Ghost Tours and Pub Crawls

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Baltimore Ghost Tours Facebook Page

I'm not sure if anyone has seen anything supernatural on one of these tours, but by the end I know that we'll all be seeing ghostly apparitions of reality. Most likely caused by imbibing copious amounts of alcohol, but that's besides the point. Baltimore has a slew of walks and guided tours, both indoor and out, and although the Baltimore Ghost Tours can be categorized as just another tour, it sets itself apart with costumed guides and a pub crawl like no other. A pub crawl is a sampling of drinking establishments along a pre-determined route. This exceptionally entertaining one comes with a legal limit of 21 years of age and takes you on a journey of Fell's Point and Mount Vernon, two of Baltimore's oldest neighborhoods. As the stories go, the history of the places along the tour include haunted houses, a seance that went wrong, a hotel where ghosts patrons checked in but never checked out, as well as other tales of long-dead citizens. Come for the ghosts, stay for the drinks. Or vice versa. It's just as much fun either way.

731 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
410-357-1186

13. Autobahn Indoor Speedway

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Autobahn Indoor Speedway Facebook page

This indoor facility with high speed go-karts driving at speeds of over 50 miles per hour is a speed-lovers dream come true. The owners and operators have made sure that all the necessary safety precautions are in place, and the state-of-the-art location is fun for small or large groups. Open 7 days a week, they make getting on the track and racing around a breeze with their motto, "arrive and drive," really taking the hassle out of having a high-speed and fun-filled ride. Book your racing fantasy today.

8251 Preston Ct, Jessup, MD 20794
410-880-0010

14. Fell's Point, Harborplace & Inner Harbor

Baltimore has a lot to offer outside of Museums and Art galleries, and we've combined the next areas into one super attraction as they offer similar things to do and see.

Fell's Point

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www.washingtonian.com/articles/travel/best-of-baltimore-fells-point

Established in 1763, this southeastern area of Baltimore is a fantastic neighborhood full of great experiences. There's shopping, superb bars, and great restaurants; you can stroll along the promenade, go on a Ghost Tour, watch a play or blockbuster movie, go on boat taxi rides, and so much more. Seriously, there are many restaurants, bars, and places to shop on any kind of budget, multiple places to stay at overnight, tours galore, and on and on and on. While in Baltimore and taking in the sights, it's highly likely that you'll be directed to try something along this stretch of harbor-side fun. There's even a pirate tour. Pirates! Highly recommended for tourists and locals alike, there's a little bit of something for everyone here.

1710 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231

Harborplace and Inner Harbor

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Harborplace Facebook page

Very much a must-do destination for tourists, Harborplace and Inner Harbor offer a lot of the same type of activities as Fell's place, with shopping and great restaurants as well as water-based attractions and places to stay. There are even a few bars nearby. Highly recommended on our list of attractions in Baltimore, there are nightly events and bars you can go to, with clubs and a great night life too. Perfect both day and night, "Baltimoreans" as well as tourists frequent these areas, so just follow the crowds and you'll be having a great time in no time.

Harborplace
200 E Pratt St Fl 4th, MD 21202
410-332-0172

Inner Harbor
100 E Pratt St, 12th Fl, MD 21202
877-225-8466

Honorable mentions:

The following attractions had to be mentioned and although they're not officially on this list , they're historic landmarks not only for Baltimore but the United States and the wider world at large.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States is available for your viewing pleasure right here in Baltimore.

409 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Maryland Science Center

Opened in 1976, this facility has three levels and includes a planetarium, exhibits, and an observatory. Located at the Inner Harbor, it serves as one of Baltimore's main attractions.

601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230
410-685-5225

The Johns Hopkins University

This is America's first research university. Privately owned, it was established in 1876 and is a national treasure.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The world famous home of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. This historic stadium is an attraction on its own with Pickles Pub and restaurants at the Camden Yards and, of course, baseball.

333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201
410-685-9800

Conclusion

Baltimore, because of its history and relevance in relation to the rest of America, is a great vacation spot. Whether you're a tourist passing through or a native Baltimorean, there are a ton of great things to do and see. There were many other attractions that we honestly had no space for on this list but don't take our word for it—go check it out for yourself. You'll be glad that you did.

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