You only live once, and there’s no living quite like Baltimore living. The list of things to do in Baltimore could go on and on, reaching into the hundreds. However, why not start with the 20 items on this list, and then go from there. 😉 Happy exploring!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Experience the sheer quirkiness of HonFest.
This unique festival in Hampden celebrates Baltimore style of decades past. It's usually held in the beginning of June, kicking off summer in the most fun way possible.
2. Be surrounded by colors galore at Graffiti Alley.
Graffiti is frowned upon pretty much everywhere in the state but at Graffiti Alley, it's encouraged. The walls are ever-changing as artists continue to create beautiful works of street art.
Address: between North Avenue and Howard Street
3. Explore underwater life at the National Aquarium.
The National Aquarium is one of the most impressive aquariums in the United States. You could easily spend several hours here appreciating all types of creatures, from stingrays, to sea turtles, and much more. The rainforest section is also an unexpected but delightful surprise.
Address: 501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
4. Get up close and personal with animals at the Maryland Zoo.
Speaking of creatures, the Maryland Zoo is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of various mammals, amphibians, birds, and more. Favorites include the penguin exhibit and feeding the giraffes.
Address: 1 Safari Pl, Baltimore, MD 21217
5. Eat to your heart's content at Lexington Market.
This iconic and historic marketplace has some of the most flavorful food in the city. We highly recommend trying a Faidley's crab cake
at least once, although you'll definitely want to return for more.
Address: 400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201
6. See Baltimore from a whole new perspective at Federal Hill Park.
Walk across the harbor and follow the stairs up to this park perched on a hill. The view from this place is spectacular, and it's a favorite spot among local photographers.
Address: 300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
7. Cheer on the Orioles at Camden Yards.
Even if you're not a huge fan of baseball, this is an experience that every Baltimorean should have. The energy is sky high and the park is gorgeous.
Address: 333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201
8. Bacaw at a Ravens game until you can't bacaw anymore.
I just mentioned that Orioles games are high energy but they pale in comparison to a lively Ravens game. Football season is magic in Baltimore so prepare your vocal cords accordingly.
Address: 1101 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230
9. Take a step back in time at Fort McHenry.
This Baltimore fort is known as the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner, created by Francis Scott Key. Spend some time touring this spot, which is also said to be haunted.
Address: 2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
10. Marvel at the Patterson Park Pagoda.
This impressive structure looks like it belongs in another country, but we are proud to have it right here in the city. It dates back decades but has been restored to its former glory. You can even enter, walk up the spiral staircase, and enjoy the view.
Address: E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21224
11. Be WOWed by Hampden's 34th Street at Christmastime.
This annual light display is a Baltimore staple. Folks travel all over to see the quirky decorations up close, including Natty Boh Christmas angels, neon glowing crabs, and more.
Address: 720 West 34th St Baltimore, MD 21211
12. Attend the Washington Monument lighting ceremony.
Another holiday season favorite is the lighting ceremony at Baltimore's Washington Monument. Seeing this tall structure all aglow is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Address: 699 Washington Pl, Baltimore, MD 21201
13. Witness the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race.
This eccentric race is presented by the American Visionary Art Museum each May. Watch these creative human-powered works of art like you've never seen art before. So bizarre, and so perfectly Baltimore.
14. See the breathtaking George Peabody Library in person.
Originally built for a music institute, this stunning piece of architecture is now a popular spot for ravish weddings. If you're a bookworm, this should definitely be on your bucket list.
Address: 17 E Mt Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202
15 Pay tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.
This grave marker is often visited by lovers of Poe's work, and some even leave gifts in memory of this iconic Baltimore resident.
Address: 515 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201
16. Go to and from on the Water Taxi.
The most scenic way to get around on the Harbor. Whether you need to travel between Fells Point, Canton, or even to Fort McHenry, there's nothing like a water taxi ride, especially around sunset.
17. Celebrate the 4th of July at the Harbor.
This annual tradition is among the most impressive fireworks displays in Maryland. Get there early to ensure a good spot, and enjoy!
18. Catch a flick at The Senator Theatre.
This grand theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places. The atmosphere is truly nostalgic and you can even host private parties in the skyboxes.
Address: 5904 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
19. Partake in a pub crawl at Fells Point.
There are several bars in this area that are filled with unique character. Grab a few friends and grab more than a few brews along the journey.
20. Eat your weight in pasta in Little Italy.
It may not be as good as an actual trip to Italy, but the food found at these restaurants are pretty darn close. Carb lovers will want to frequent this spot often, so keep it in mind for date night.
When it comes to Baltimore activities, this list is only the beginning. What do you consider the best things to do in Baltimore? Feel free to share below!