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Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a historic seaport, tourist attraction and iconic landmark of the city. The harbor is also the number one tourist destination in Baltimore. The harbor is within walking distance of a number of attractions such as the Gallery at Harbor place, the U.S.S. Constellation, and others.

National Aquarium at Baltimore

Housing more than 10,500 creatures, the National Aquarium in Baltimore exhibits such marine life as stingrays, small sharks, sea turtles, bullfrogs, phytoplankton, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and puffins. Located along the harbor, the seven-story glass structure also contains a large walk-through rainforest exhibit.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Oriole Park at Camden Yards the beautiful baseball-only facility in downtown Baltimore, is home to the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore's major-league baseball franchise. The one-time railroad center features an arched brick facade, asymmetrical playing field, and natural grass turf are just some of the features that tie it to the big league ballparks built in the early 1900's.

Fells Point

Fells Point, famous for its maritime past, is home to a wide variety of shops, restaurants, coffee bars, music stores, and pubs. This waterfront community is a much-visited location in Baltimore, accessible by water taxi, freeway, and several bus lines. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts.


Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art boasts galleries dedicated to modern and contemporary art; European sculpture and painting; American painting and decorative arts; prints and photographs; arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania; and the 2.7-acre sculpture garden with 35 major works by Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and others.

JHU Evergreen

Evergreen Museum & Library, housed in a former Gilded Age mansion surrounded by Italian-style gardens, is an intimate collection of fine and decorative arts, rare books and manuscripts assembled by two generations of the philanthropic Garrett family, and a vibrant, inspirational venue for contemporary artists.

Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum preserves and develops in the public trust a distinguished collection of world art from antiquity to the 20th century. It's collection, amassed substantially by William and Henry Walters, presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, and counts among its many treasures Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi; medieval ivories and Old Master paintings; Art Deco jewelry and 19th-century European and American masterpieces.

B&O Railroad Museum

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture and economy. Home to the oldest and most comprehensive collection of railroad artifacts in the Western Hemisphere, the museum includes an unparalleled roster of 19th and 20th century railroad equipment. A full affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

Babe Ruth Museum

The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum features exhibits about the life and times of George Herman "Babe" Ruth, one of baseball's greatest players.

Geppi Entertainment Museum

The Geppi Entertainment Museum exhibits nearly 6,000 pop culture artifacts including comics, toys, dolls, games and memorabilia of every conceivable category. Journey from the late 1700s to the present day and revisit favorite characters like Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Mickey Mouse, Barbie, G.I. Joe, and many more. Geppi's Entertainment Museum is the home of "pop culture with character!"

American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum is one of the most interesting and unusual museums in the country thanks to its unique premise: it is the only museum in the country restricted to works by self-taught artists. Six interior galleries are organized by theme inside this renovated warehouse, and the ticket price includes a stroll through a lovely sculpture garden dotted with wildflowers.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture celebrates Maryland’s African American heritage via three permanent galleries and regularly changing special exhibitions. The museum tells the story of perseverance, triumph and the celebration of life through the inspiring history and living culture of Maryland’s African Americans.

Historical Sites

Basilica of the Assumption

America's First Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Baltimore, Maryland was the first great metropolitan cathedral constructed in the United States after the adoption of the Constitution. It quickly became a symbol of the country’s newfound religious freedom, and was the center of the country’s first Catholic archdiocese, from which two-thirds of U.S. Catholic dioceses can trace their heritage.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine

Located southeast of the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry is best known for its role in the writing of the national anthem - Francis Scott Key watched the flag wave above this fort during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore and was moved to write his moving tribute to the Stars and Stripes. A guided tour and a short film tell the fascinating stories behind the fort.