What to do and see in Baltimore, United States: The Best Places and Tips

October 18, 2017 Milan Banda

Since the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor in the late 1970s, Baltimore has set the standard for urban renewal. While a good part of the city's action centers around the fun and festive Harbor area, where street entertainers, open-air concerts, fireworks and parades abound, the surrounding neighborhoods offer all sorts of interesting landmarks, unique shops and delicious restaurants. Wander around Fells Point, the oldest section of Baltimore, reminiscent of an old English village, complete with pubs and cobblestone streets. Take the kids to the aquarium and check out the imaginative creations at the American Visionary Art Museum. Or stop by the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum for an in-depth look at the Great Bambino's life. Baltimore is also renowned for its African-American heritage sites, plus festivals and cultural events that take place throughout the year. From historic places and harbor cruises to family friendly attractions and fabulous neighborhoods, Charm City is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States.
Restaurants in Baltimore

1. Horseshoe Casino

1525 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230-2058 +1 844-777-7463
Excellent
43%
Good
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Poor
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4 based on 20 reviews

Horseshoe Casino

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is an urban two-story casino with a 122,000 sq. ft. gaming floor. The multi-million development will feature VLTs, table games and a World Series of Poker room. A 20,000 sq. ft. "Baltimore Marketplace" featuring authentic Charm City food outlets, three premier restaurants, and several bars and lounges will round out the food and beverage offerings.The $400 million development will be located along Russell Street on Baltimore's south side. As an urban casino, it will be designed to maximize connectivity with existing hospitality operators, neighboring professional sports venues M&T Stadium (NFL-Ravens) and Camden Yards (MLB-Orioles) and the city's famed Inner Harbor.

Reviewed By Robert S - Baltimore, Maryland

Just not a fun place. Unless you are sitting at the bar you can't get timely drinks wherever you gamble....slots, table games, etc. I don't understand....the drinks are not complimentary. Why wouldn't they hire more waitresses? I believe an hour plus wait for someone to come around is absurd. When you pass by the slot machine area you hardly ever hear

2. Sagamore Spirit Distillery

301 E Cromwell St, Baltimore, MD 21230-5012 +1 410-646-8000
Excellent
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5 based on 249 reviews

Sagamore Spirit Distillery

Committed to putting Maryland back on the map as the premier distiller of Rye Whiskey. Sagamore Spirit's 8-time award winning Straight Rye Whiskey is cut to proof with a unique spring-fed water from Sagamore Farm. The world-class waterfront distillery is open daily for tours and tastings.

Reviewed By Scott M - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

When we pooled up to the outside of the Sagamore Distillery it was quickly apparent that the organization was not short on funding. The building is beautiful and impressive. Other new distilleries that I have visited are usually little corners of old warehouses. We took a tour which was very enjoyable. Our guide however, Lo, was either disenchanted with the ownership are just a snide individual that really didn't want to give us any clear answers to our questions. The rye was delicious and I recommend a visit and tour.

3. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201-2496 +1 888-848-2473
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 4 reviews

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

One of major league baseball's newest stadiums, the Orioles' home field has the intimate feel and charm of an old-fashioned park.

Reviewed By rochestertraveler17 - Rochester, New York

We didn't realize our trip to Baltimore coincided with opening day. We managed to buy tickets online the night before and attend the Orioles season opener. What a great experience we had at this beautiful ballpark.

We had a problem with one of our tickets not scanning at the gate. A staff person walked us over to the ticket office and helped get it straightened out, then walked us back through security to be sure we were good.

4. The Walters Art Museum

600 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201-5118 +1 410-547-9000
Excellent
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5 based on 1 reviews

The Walters Art Museum

Reviewed By Maggi713 - Baltimore, Maryland

Yesterday, we were invited to The Walters Museum to see our grand-daughter’s art work that was being displayed as part of the Baltimore County Public School Student Art Exhibition. We were thrilled – this is the second time her artwork has been selected to hang at The Walters Museum. We were indeed very proud grandparents!

In addition, we took the time to walk thru and enjoy From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. This exhibit tells the story about the Walters family gift of art to Baltimore. We viewed 200 works, plus family photographs and historic material taken from the archives.

We were thrilled to see the exhibition: Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy. Faberge was a jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian imperial court. Like everyone, we were so taken with the intricate details that went into making a Faberge egg. In addition to creating the most beautiful eggs, Faberge also made rich colored enamels, gold and silver vessels, stunning jewelry and icons. He and his team embodied talent.

The museum is free and wheel chair accessible.

5. Fort McHenry National Monument

2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230-5390 +1 410-962-4290
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Fort McHenry National Monument

Historic fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the U.S. national anthem.

Reviewed By Sudler_Family - Indianapolis, Indiana

This was a nice experience. I do recommend watching the short film. It will really make you proud of the U.S.A. The rangers there were friendly. However I do not recommend paying the fees. The best parts of the fort are free.

6. Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898 +1 443-573-1700
Excellent
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4.5 based on 708 reviews

Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art-including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.* The museum is currently undergoing an unprecedented $28 million renovation to provide visitors with a more welcoming environment and more imaginative and inspiring encounters with art. The BMA is remaining open throughout the multi-year project so that visitors can enjoy its outstanding selection of European and American painting and sculpture from the 17th through 20th centuries and the newly reinstalled Contemporary Wing with 14 galleries showcasing the art of our time. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city. The museum's 100th anniversary will be celebrated in November 2014 with the reopening of the grand historic entrance designed by John Russell Pope and a beautiful new presentation of the museum's distinguished collection of American art. Subsequent reopenings include expanded galleries for the African and Asian art collections and a new learning and creativity center that will open in 2015. Since 2006, the BMA has eliminated general admission fees so that everyone can enjoy the power of art. * Many of the BMA's works by Matisse are part of a special exhibition traveling to museums in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and San Antonio in 2013 and 2014. If you are visiting to see a specific artwork, please call the BMA Box Office to make sure it will be on view.

Reviewed By souljazzblues - Sydney, Australia

Let's start with the negative, I would have definitely liked to see more engagement with local artists and better representations from the community

Nonetheless, what an amazing museum. There was so much to get through and the collection is quite widespread. On this day, there was work from Kara Walker that had been installed. The gift shop was a lovely addition and the building is beautiful

7. Peabody Library

17 E Mount Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202-2308 +1 410-659-8179
Excellent
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4.5 based on 179 reviews

Peabody Library

Reviewed By Linda62410 - Balt MD

Interesting staff, at a recent corporate event here we enjoyed looking at many old books and had someone on staff tell stories about the history behind the library and the book collection. Hard to park here , we did have a let parking for the event. I don’t think you can access much of the library in general we understand it is used for research

8. American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230-3940 +1 410-244-1900
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

American Visionary Art Museum

Be prepared for the unusual and imaginative at this museum housing works by non-mainstream artists, including the "whirligig", a 55-foot wind-powered sculpture, a 10-foot model of the Lusitania made entirely out of match sticks and a mobile that spans three floors.

Reviewed By MethuselahSeven - Maywood, New Jersey

There's a free tour that offers so much information. The art is inventive and inspiring. Their collection seems more experimental, modern, infused with a lot of humor. I was grateful for a BOGO coupon, otherwise the $15.95 per person ticket price would have put quite a dent in our excursion budget.

9. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

409 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201-4450 +1 410-727-3565
Excellent
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4.5 based on 402 reviews

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A preeminent Marian shrine and a national center of prayer and pilgrimage, this religious landmark is known for its history, architecture and art.

Reviewed By lelantos0717 - Bethesda, Maryland

Didn’t make it to join the guided tour from the start but nevertheless it’s a somewhat historical and symbolic place (especially for those interested, which i am not). So I paid a quick walk-around and semi-self-guided tour.

10. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

901 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223-2699 +1 410-752-2490
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 698 reviews

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

Located at the site of the oldest railroad station in America, this museum traces the development of trains and features a huge collection of railroad memorabilia, a model railroad and an operating replica of the very first locomotive, The Tom Thumb, which was built here.

Reviewed By JUDITH S - Bisbee

Granny babysitting 4 yr old Grandson for a week in the winter. Boy did I need ACTIVE activities for a train crazy kid. This was a very good choice! The Choo-Choo Blue's Stamping Stations passbook provided incentive to tour all parts of the museum that appeal to youngsters. Grandson thought he had just hit heaven with the expansive children's play area. We had a full day of fun there. It was especially great when he made friends with a 4 yr old girl - having a buddy his own size to tour with. I quickly discovered that many moms seek this museum out for entertaining their kids. Good Choice! (Bet it's even better in warmer weather.) BTW: all the staff was very nice, including the older gentlemen in the rocking chairs by the trains, and the nice lady at the information desk in the Roundhouse. Every train guy we spoke to enjoyed sharing their knowledge and answering questions.

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