Best Things To Do While In Baltimore

Baltimore is known to be a city with a diverse and rich culture and tradition that both locals and travelers longing to see at least once in their lifetime. Dubbed by many as the Charm City, there are certainly lots of things to see, hear and taste in this city.

Jennifer, in her article at Baltimore For The Cheap, she mentioned the best free attractions and places to visit in Baltimore, especially for first timers. Here are some of them:

11 Free Attractions in Baltimore

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The Baltimore Museum of Art contains more than 90,000 works of 15th- to 19th-century contemporary and modern art, including the world’s largest collection (500 paintings) of works by Henri Matisse. During the summer, visitors can enjoy the Wurtzburger and Levi Sculpture Gardens.

You simply have to see the 55-foot-tall wind-powered Whirligig” in the American Visionary Art Museum’s sculpture plaza and wildflower gardens for free before delving into the main museum and sculpture barn, home to equally unusual exhibits (there is an admission fee to see the exhibits inside the museum).

Baltimore’s Holocaust Memorial at Lombard and Gay Streets near the Inner Harbor is a stirring reminder of the atrocities that took place while the world did nothing. In the East Harbor is the Katyn Memorial, which honors the 22,000 Polish citizens killed by the Soviet Union during WWII in the Katyn Forest Massacre in 1940.

Baltimore’s Washington Monument in the Mount Vernon neighborhood dates back to 1815, when it was the first architectural monument dedicated to George Washington. Explore the museum for free. There is a fee to climb the monument’s 228 steps for a great view of the city. Learn how you can obtain discount tickets here.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a National Historic Landmark, is America’s first cathedral. Built between 1806 and 1821, the cathedral museum is home to several 17th-century artifacts and letters from former presidents to archbishops. Be sure to see the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel.

Take a walk along the Inner Harbor to the colonial-era Fell’s Point district, pausing in Baltimore’s Little Italy for a street festival or cannoli in one of the many restaurants. Find more attractions here…

Those are indeed wonderful tourist attractions that are only unique to Baltimore isn’t it? As a matter of fact because of these world-class attractions, the city has won numerous awards and recognition from various organizations. Observation Baltimore published an article Baltimore winning among the top 15 Waterfront City in the world:

Baltimore Named Top 15 Waterfront City in the World

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Baltimore holds its own among this lofty company, and is one of only three cities from the U.S. to make the list, including New Orleans and San Francisco. Rich in a unique blend of history and attractions, Baltimore is a hidden gem among east coast cities. Here are a few reasons why.

The Inner Harbor

Attractions along Baltimore’s waterfront are in no short supply, starting with what many consider to be the city’s crown jewel, the Inner Harbor. Once a hotbed of shipping and industrial activity, the Inner Harbor underwent an extensive renovation to become one of the most beautiful public spaces in the city. The Inner Harbor features plenty of shopping and restaurant options, as well as historical attractions such as the sloop-of-war USS Constellation, built in 1854. Framing the south side of the harbor is Federal Hill, which offers a sweeping view of Baltimore’s skyline. Scan the harbor for the Pratt Street Power Plant, a vestige of the harbor’s industrial past now occupied by Phillips Seafood and the Hard Rock Cafe, among other tenants. Next door, check out Baltimore’s National Aquarium, housing more than 17,000 specimens and a tropical rain forest exhibit visible from the outside through a sheer glass facade.

Fells Point and Canton

Like the Inner Harbor, these two neighborhoods were once home to industry and shipping that is now found in the Port of Baltimore, located in Point Breeze. Fells Point and Canton have become two of the most popular destinations in the city for shopping, cuisine, and nightlife. The neighborhoods are also home to a vibrant, young urban population which is driving growth in the city. There is also no shortage of public waterfront space here, with Fells Point’s Broadway Pier and Canton’s Waterfront Promenade and Waterfront Park, the latter of which now hosts WTMD’s monthly First Thursday concert series. After the show, wander up to Canton Square for a two-block radius of bars, restaurants, and nightlife. Read full article here…

An award fitting to a city that only showcases beautiful attractions to its people. As mentioned earlier, Baltimore offers a diverse and rich culture, one of them being in arts. For art lovers, Baltimore is a haven. Cara Ober, in her article published at BmoreArt listed down the ten’s best exhibitions for 2018:

BmoreArt’s Ten Best Exhibitions of 2018

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It’s definitely been a year of change. In 2018, there were too many great exhibitions in Baltimore and Washington DC for our team to cover, but we pride ourselves on providing a devoted and credible source for art criticism in the region when many publications have cut back on arts coverage and experienced art writers.

The year started off at a high point, and we take special satisfaction in the unveiling of Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama, alongside Kehinde Wiley’s of President Barack Obama, at the National Portrait Gallery. We continue to marvel at the far reaching impact of this work, which has earned a significant place in art history, impacting the lives of countless individuals in expansive and meaningful ways.

Our top ten list for the year comes nowhere near capturing all of the brilliant and ambitious projects manifested in the region, hence our additions of honorable mentions, but we feel good about the range, depth, and diversity represented. In 2018, women and artists of color continued to occupy more of a spotlight and we look forward to this momentum to continue into 2019 and beyond. We are proud to see local and regional artists showing in museums, not just galleries, and look forward to more opportunities to view the work of Baltimore and DC-based artists in an international context. Full list here…

There are basically lots of awesome things to do while you’re in Baltimore. From its wonderful tourist attractions to its rich arts and culture. What’s even more amazing is that you can enjoy all of these without breaking a bank, allowing you to save more money for an extended vacation, or even buying a house if you decided to live in Baltimore. However, if you’re a resident and still not convinced by these reasons and decided to sell your homes, then can help you.

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