You've just landed a great job in what locals call "The Greatest City in America" and you've even found a place to unpack your bags. Now, it's time to get out and explore what to do in Baltimore. Here are some ways to enjoy the best of Charm City.
Baltimore is Maryland's largest city, home to a bustling night scene and world-class seafood. A fun night could involve having oysters and wine at Ryleigh's Oyster in Federal Hill before taking in a live performance at Rams Head Live located in Inner Harbor.
An evening in town could also mean exquisite dishes at Peter's Inn in Fells Point and a long night of dancing at the swanky club called Lux in downtown. Or your night could include tasty seasonal selections at the Woodberry Kitchen on Clipper Park Road prior to trying all sorts of craft beer at The Brewer's Art near Baltimore Penn Station.
Any given night in Charm City can take you in a variety of directions. Eateries, pubs and nightlife venues dot neighborhoods such as Fells Point, Federal Hill, Powerplant Live, Canton Square and others. You may even hear street music that changes your life at the Inner Harbor.
Charm City is a place with deep roots and when you ask folks what to do in Baltimore, many will mention historical spots, ranging from the Fort McHenry National Monument to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum. Any newcomer must take some time to go sightseeing and learn about the culture and history here.
You'll have a blast quoting "The Raven" at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, saying hello to the first president at the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, and checking out eccentric art at the American Visionary Art Museum. If time is a factor, segway and bus tours are a great way to jam a bunch of history and factoids about the city into one day.
Sightseeing is by no means limited to history. The gigantic National Aquarium, the Maryland Zoo, the Maryland Science Center and other places offer entertainment and education. Grabbing a coffee and soaking up the breeze and views of the Atlantic Ocean is an enjoyable way to spend a morning.
Walking through the various neighborhoods also provides you the chance to become intimately familiar with the rhythms and vibes of Baltimore. Riding the light rail can get you accustomed to the geography and motion of the city. In short, visit the must-see attractions, but save time for absorbing what Baltimore is today.
If you want to see the passion and intensity of Charm City, attend a Baltimore Ravens football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Hours before the game, folks line up to tailgate, and the cheering and music gets loud. Once the game begins, over 70,000 fans file into the large venue to cheer on their Ravens from start to finish.
There's great baseball in town, too. The Baltimore Orioles host their baseball games at the famous Camden Yards. Opened in 1992, this park quickly became one of baseball's best venues, due to its festive atmosphere (it even has picnic areas), retro-style architecture and gorgeous location near Inner Harbor in downtown.
The Preakness Stakes in May has been going on since 1873 and is one of the most important events in American horse racing. If you dare, you could win some serious dough by betting on the right horse. The Maryland Film Fest, which features a variety of films from around the world, is an exceptional five-day event that is also in May. In July, Artscape puts together an amazing festival that features a range of visual arts and live performances. Just remember: sports and art are highly valued in Baltimore, so get out and take advantage of what's available here.
When you need a new piece of clothing or just want some ornaments for the home, you have plenty options in Baltimore. Federal Hill, for instance, has a pleasant mix of boutique shops. If you want to try some local food, head to Lexington Market, which opened in 1782 and is one of the country's oldest markets.
Shopping hubs such as Harborplace and The Gallery offer the giant retail experience. Other shopping spots, such as Eastpoint Mall, are great for a stroll. And if you seek rare antiques, you'll be impressed by the collection at Antique Row; this complex spans 10,000 square feet and showcases a range of antique and art stalls.
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