About an hour away from Washington, DC sits the lovely city of Baltimore, Maryland. The largest independent city in the U.S., Baltimore is also one of the most historic. One in three buildings in the city is on the National Historic Register, more than any other American city. Baltimore offers much more than historic buildings, however. So read on if you’re moving here and want to discover everything Baltimore offers. We’ve listed all the fun, exciting, and enjoyable things to do in Baltimore, MD, below!
Must-See Places for Your First Time in Baltimore, MD
The Baltimore Museum of Art
One of the finest museums in the world, the Baltimore Museum of Art is a must-see for art lovers. All their collections are impressive, but one special one is the BMA’s collection of Henri Matisse’s art. In fact, it’s the largest collection of its kind in the world!
This is the oldest operating public market in America and is more than 230 years old. At Lexington Market, you’ll find fresh, local produce and locally made goods from over 40 vendors. Plus, you can walk to several other attractions close by. They include the Hippodrome, Camden Yards, and several others.
NOTE: At the time of this writing, Lexington Market is going through a $40 Million upgrade but is still open.
Baltimore’s Little Italy is a sweet taste of home for Italian Americans! With over 20 exquisite Italian restaurants, there’s plenty to eat and drink! In addition, Little Italy hosts several grand events throughout the year. Our favorite spot is Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop for their amazing cannolis! Some of the other wonderful eateries in Little Italy include:
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
The Baltimore Orioles play in one of America’s most attractive stadiums, Camden Yards. If you aren’t in Baltimore, MD, during baseball season, you can still take a guided tour of the stadium. (It’s well worth it and pretty cool to see it empty.)
Fun for the Whole Family in Baltimore, MD
If you have kids under 12, Port Discovery is a must! Designed for the younger set, it includes a 4-story jungle gym! There’s also a ‘sensory wall’ made for their little hands. The museum has several other fun and educational exhibits. If the kids complain that they’re bored, make a bee-line for Port Discovery!
The Maryland Zoo
While not the top zoo in the U.S., the Maryland Zoo does offer one thing many others don’t: a penguin colony. 60+ African black-footed penguins live here! It’s the most successful colony of these endangered (and adorable) birds in North America!
Maryland Science Center
The Smithsonian isn’t the only museum with an IMAX theatre! The Maryland Science Center has one plus a planetarium and several other amazing exhibits. Our fave: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure!
The National Aquarium
The National Aquarium is one of the best in the country. Its location in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is practically perfect for starters. On a sunny day, it looks spectacular! The real beauty is inside, though, where over 200,000 species of animals make their home. The aquarium has several exhibits, all worth seeing and exploring. They include the Amazon River Forest, Dolphin Discovery, and Living Seashore.
TIP: If you can visit the National Aquarium after dark when it’s lit up, it’s absolutely gorgeous!
Things to Do in Baltimore, MD for History Buffs
An important fort during the American Revolutionary War, today, Fort McHenry is a museum and public park. It also holds one other great distinction. It’s where Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner!” If American history is your passion, be sure to visit.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
At 11,000 square feet, the Lewis Museum is the biggest African American Museum on the East Coast. The exhibits date back to 1784 and teaches about the experiences of the Black community since the founding of Baltimore, MD.
Edgar Allen Poe’s Home
Edgar Allen Poe authored creepy classics like The Telltale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, and several more. He lived in Baltimore so long that the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens are named after a character in one of his stories. Today you can visit his home, now turned into a museum about his life.
World Trade Center Baltimore, MD
Although not as tall as its ill-fated sister in NYC, Baltimore’s WTC does have its charm. For example, the 27th-floor observation deck provides a 360-degree of Baltimore and the Inner Harbor. Also, don’t miss the Memorial to New Yok’s WTC on the pedestrian promenade.
Nightime Things to Do in Baltimore, MD
Power Plant Live!
A massive entertainment complex, Power Plant Live! kicks into overdrive after dark! You’ll find several excellent bars, clubs, and restaurants to enjoy. Also, they have a wide variety of events throughout the year, including food festivals and concerts. It’s one of the best places for nightlife in Baltimore!
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
The Inner Harbor is the true star of Baltimore. On a sunny day, you can take a long, leisurely walk and see many beautiful sights. Better still, take a Water Taxi and see the Harbor from out on the water! There are at least a dozen things to see and do around the Inner Harbor. Our suggestion; make a day of it and see everything!
Baltimore, MD, is an Exciting, Fun, and Romantic City!
We think you’ll agree; there are many fun, exciting and enjoyable things to do in Baltimore, Maryland! (Our list today barely scratched the surface!) If you’re moving to Baltimore, you’re sure to discover many more things to see and do here!
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Many folks reserve a storage unit in Baltimore, MD, online before they get here. The upside? Our storage units are much more affordable than a mover’s storage. Also, you can access your stuff when you rent a storage unit in Baltimore, MD, from Moove-In. (You can’t do that when it’s in a mover’s warehouse.)
For questions about self-storage in Baltimore, chat with us online anytime. Until then, all of us at Moove-In Self Storage wish you a fun, exciting time in our beautiful city. If you’ve just arrived and plan to stay, welcome to your new home on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland!