Baltimore is known as Charm City to its residents and frequent visitors. It is a city that is full of charming neighborhoods, historical sights, fresh seafood, and warm and friendly locals. Read all about the five reasons to put Baltimore on your travel list this summer.
5 Reasons to Visit Baltimore
The City is Full of Early American History
Famed Gothic author Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore for many years. During this time, Poe wrote many of his most famous works here. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum contains many artifacts, poems, short stories, and stories from the life of this author. Reservations are required to visit the museum and can be reserved online on the museum’s website.
Baltimore is home to America’s first research university, Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The university was founded in 1876, and the university and hospital are the largest, oldest, and considered the most elite medical teaching facility in the world.
Mount Vernon is the historical landmark district in Baltimore. Here you will see the original Washington Monument, the George Peabody Library and the Maryland Center for History and Culture, plus many more. At Baltimore Center Stage, you can see a live performance. Or you can listen to the world renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
Spend a day enjoying scenic waterfront views and wonderful museums at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor neighborhood has a wide array of ‘floating museums’ for visitor’s exploration. Here you can take a tour of the USS Constellation, and other historical ships and marine experiences from the mid 1800s to the 1980s. Other highlights at Inner Harbor include Port Discovery Children’s Museum and the Maryland Science Center.
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum highlights many African American historical figures. The museum features the statues of these historical figures, and visitors can learn their stories of struggle and progress. This museum is one of the only wax museums in the United States dedicated to the preservation of African American history.
Study Marine Life at the National Aquarium
The National Aquarium is in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The aquarium is home to over 20, 000 species of marine life and other animals. Exhibit highlights include Amazon River Forest, Australia: Wild Extremes, Dolphin Discovery, Living Seashore, plus many more. The admission tickets for The National Aquarium are available to purchase online. Group tour reservations are also available online.
Purchase Local Produce at Lexington Market
This market, founded in 1782, is located in downtown Baltimore. This makes Lexington Market the oldest market in the United States. The market has over 44 food vendors serving the best in local produce and international cuisine. Market vendors include BMA Lexington Market, Buttercup Bakery, and Cho’s Sea Garden, plus many more. The market is currently open from 8 AM to 5 PM Mondays through Saturdays.
Celebrate at a Festival
Baltimore is a city known for its creative people. These artists and other creative people love to display their work at various cultural events and festivals year round. Some of the most popular festivals in Baltimore are Artscape– a large free art festival, and Honfest– an annual festival that celebrates women.
Dine on World Class Cuisine- and Of Course, the Crabs
Fine dining is a popular pastime in Baltimore. Popular eateries in town include The Capital Grille, Charleston,and the Loch Bar, plus many more. Magdalena is a bistro that offers an impressive mix of European traditions infused with Maryland soul.
Baltimore is known throughout the country for its scrumptious crabs. A local favorite dish is crab cakes made with Old Bay seasoning that are filled with tender crabmeat in every bite. When you sample Baltimore crab, you will know why these crabs are considered the best in the country.
Charm City also has a reputation for unique and unusual food. Local quirky cuisine includes Berger Cookies, Hubcap Margaritas, Chicken Box, and National Bohemian Beer (aka Natty Boh). One of the most unusual Baltimore specialties is Captain Crunch French Toast.
Come and discover the reasons to put Baltimore on your travel list!
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