Baltimore is a city steeped in legend. From the birthplace of the "Star-Spangled Banner," to the final resting place of American horror story maestro Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore has more historical sites per capita than anywhere else in the United States (approximately one in three buildings are listed on the National Register).
But don't let its connection to the past fool you. Baltimore is very much a city of today. With top-rated cuisine, a thriving film and television industry, thrilling pro sports scene, and vibrant neighborhoods, Baltimore offers a fresh and modern twist on one of America's original big cities.
So without further delay, grab an Orioles ballcap and get ready to see Baltimore like a local.
Inner Harbor — An obligatory stop for first-timers and locals alike. Perfect for shopping, dining, ship gazing, or paddling about in a small vessel of your own. Here's what we recommend when you're harborside:
National Aquarium — Jellyfish, sea turtles, reef sharks, an all-new bottlenose dolphin sanctuary, and tons more (quite literally, as there are over two millions gallons of water) make this an absolute must-sea!
USS Constellation — Commissioned in 1854, this former Navy flagship serves as a floating museum unlike anything else you've ever set foot upon.
Two if by Sea — Rent a paddleboat (usually along the docks) and experience the harbor under your own steam. Or leave it to the experts at Sea Dog Cruises or Baltimore Spirit Cruises for a guided tour.
Landlubbers Unite — Not feeling the splish-splash? No problem. Walk the harbor and enjoy the numerous diversions along your path. The Maryland Science Center is great for kids. Follow the harbor northeast and you'll reach Fell's Point, a quaint neighborhood full of taverns, restaurants, cafes and classic architecture.
Fort McHenry — The place that inspired our national anthem! Following a night of British bombardment, Francis Scott Key awoke the morning of September 14, 1814 and saw (to his delight) that "our flag was still there." The rest is history.
Beyond the Harbor — For art lovers, check out the Walters Art Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In the mood for national and local music? The 8x10, Rams Head Live, the Cat's Eye Pub and the Hippodrome deliver the goods.
Wake up early! You'll avoid the crowds and the high pollen counts.
And if you need a little extra help, pick up some FLONASE® SensimistTM ALLERGY RELIEF to get your seasonal allergy symptoms under control.
Be Crabby — If there's one thing every Marylander knows, it's the unspeakable deliciousness of the almighty blue crab. Whether steamed, broiled, or baked, Baltimore has all your crab needs in the bag. For crabcakes done right (i.e. all meat, no filler), crawl over to Faidley's! Looking to pick your way through a bushel? Crab a mallet and get cracking at L.P. Steamers.
What the Shuck? — Who knew, but oysters are serious business in B-more. For the briniest of Chesapeake Bay beauties, get your slurp on at the Thames Street Oyster House, or Mama's On the Half Shell. While we're on the topic, we'd be remiss without mentioning our other favorite mollusk. For the best mussels in town, eat at Betha's over in Fell's Point.
Little Italy — Think B-more is a bit too shellfish? One trip to this neighborhood just east of the harbor will set you straight. For old-world classics, Dalesio's, La Scala and Aldo's are sure to please. Whatever you choose, make sure to save room for Vaccaro's—a pastry paradise dishing up profiterole, canoli, and gelato.
DELIcious — For the best deli outside of New York, Attman's on Lombard Street serves up corned beef, pastrami, and tongue sandwiches that has had the town talking since 1915.
Baltimore can be a little batty when it comes to their beloved birds. So if you happen to be in town during baseball season, be sure to watch the O's do battle at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Not only is it the most beautiful ballpark you'll ever see, there's tons of tasty treats inside. Stop by Boog's Barbecue, The Chipper, or The Flying Dog Grill for baseball dining done right.
For a bird of a different feather, the Baltimore Ravens have been tearing up the gridiron since 1997 with their unique brand of hardnosed B-more football.
Giddy Up! Gallop over to Pimlico Race Course on May 20th for this year's running of The Preakness, the most thrilling sport on four legs. Held just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, it's the second jewel of the Triple Crown!
No matter where the day takes you, remember the 3 S's: Sunscreen. Sunglasses. Something to Drink.
Shot Tower—At 235 ft., this was once the tallest building in the United States. And then they invented condos.
Edgar Allan Poe's Grave—Share a (tell-tale) heartfelt moment with the man that started the American horror genre.
Babe Ruth Museum—Before he was "the Babe," he was a baby. See the house where the Sultan of Swing first learned to crawl!
USS Torsk—Share the frame with a battle-tested WWII sub docked at the Inner Harbor. Surefire selfie success
Boh Knows—For instant Baltimore cred, get your snap on with Mr. Boh over at Brewer's Hill.