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Baltimore, MD 21201
Baltimore Area Guide
Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland…home of the Orioles, the Ravens, the Blast, amazing harbor-side attractions, active neighborhoods and churches, beautiful parks, rich history, cinematic fame, and, of course, Maryland steamed crabs! You will certainly never be at a loss finding something to do here. No matter on which side of town you decide to live, there will be a cultural event nearby just waiting for you to come and take part. Museums, art galleries, the National Aquarium, the Lyric Opera House, Lexington Market, the Maryland Science Center, Pimlico Racetrack, Fort McHenry, restaurants of every taste, local community centers…the list goes on and on! Its close proximity to Ocean City, the mountains, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., just adds to the charm.
We have gathered some interesting information to help you begin your Baltimore adventure. If you find we have overlooked anything, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Welcome home to Baltimore, Hon…“there’s a lot to love about this city!”
Baltimore’s Official Website
Baltimore first made its way onto the historical map when the Port of Baltimore came into being in 1706, created by the Maryland Colonial General Assembly for use in the tobacco trade. The town of Baltimore was founded in 1729. The city is named after Lord Baltimore, Cecilius Calvert, who was the first Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland. In the 1700s, Baltimore flourished as a sugar granary.
Baltimore saw a significant amount of action during The Revolutionary War. Congress actually met in Baltimore during the volatile period of resistance to British taxes. The City of Baltimore was incorporated in 1797, remaining a part of Baltimore County until becoming an independent city in 1851.
During the War of 1812, the Battle of Baltimore was fought here. In 1814, American forces at Fort McHenry successfully beat the British invading the harbor. Francis Scott Key, witnessing this attack from a ship, wrote a poem entitled The Star Spangled Banner, later to be set to music and adopted as the National Anthem of the United States.
The installation of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B & O Railroad) and construction of what is today known as U.S. Route 40 ushered in a major growth period for Baltimore, with shipping and manufacturing beginning to boom. What is considered to be the first bloodshed of the Civil War took place here, when Confederate sympathizers attacked Union soldiers marching to Washington through Baltimore. The Baltimore Riot of 1861, also known as the Pratt Street Riot and the Pratt Street Massacre, was the result.
The year 1904 brought the fateful event known as The Great Baltimore Fire, in which more than 1,500 buildings were destroyed over the course of 30 hours. Turmoil of a different sort arose in Baltimore in 1968…racial riots broke out across the city in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The riots lasted for 8 days.
In the late 1970s, the downtown harbor area of Baltimore, which had become run-down and rather seedy saw a major renovation, and was developed into the world-renown, bustling area that it remains to this day. A vibrant retail and restaurant center, Harborplace offers activities for every liking, food for every taste, and fun around every corner!
From its rich history to its amazing cultural centers and spirited residents, Baltimore, Maryland is a unique place to live, and a great place to call home!
Attractions and Activities
Baltimore…“Come for the Fun. Stay for the Memories!” We have detailed just a handful of the colorful attractions that Baltimore has to offer. For a more comprehensive list, please visit http://baltimore.org/.
American Visionary Art Museum ~ Interesting exhibits, a kinetic sculpture race (ever seen a giant pink poodle that rolls?), summer camp, creative symposiums, and more. Come see what makes this museum one of a kind! http://www.avam.org/
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum ~ “The Birthplace of American Railroading.” Explore the railroad back through time and experience the adventure that has been kept alive through this historic landmark. http://www.borail.org/
Baltimore Museum of Art ~ Maryland’s largest art museum features incredible collections from multiple cultures through the centuries, changing exhibitions, intriguing speakers, films, live performances, concerts, workshops for all ages, and more! Baltimore Museum of Art...“art for all.” http://www.artbma.org/index.html
Fells Point ~ Baltimore’s original deep-water port, this area is booming with eateries, pubs, unique shops, community celebrations, waterfront scenery, Baltimore spirit…and hauntings! You haven’t seen Baltimore until you’ve hung out in Fells Point! http://www.fellspoint.us/
Little Italy ~ “Step into ‘The Neighborhood’!” When Italian immigrants made their way to Baltimore in the early 20th century, this is where they landed and banded together. A Baltimore icon, this historic neighborhood invites one and all to come dine at one of the more than 30 authentic Italian restaurants, play a round of bocce ball, learn to speak Italian, or simply stroll through the streets and admire the architecture and the history. http://www.littleitalymd.com/main_page.htm
Pier Six Pavilion ~ THE place to see an outdoor concert, right on the water downtown! http://www.piersixpavilion.com/index.cfm
The Power Plant ~ This incredible waterfront destination houses the Hard Rock Café, Barnes and Noble, ESPN Zone, Gold’s Gym, and more. A must see!
Spirit Cruises ~ Take a relaxed cruise through the historic downtown harbor area on the Inner Harbor Spirit, climb aboard and buckle up for a guided speedboat tour on the Seadog Baltimore, or dine and dance the night away aboard the Spirit of Baltimore, all in Baltimore’s inner harbor.
Parks and Recreation
The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks provides year-round healthful activities and venues where you and your family can enjoy getting outdoors and being active. Events are held citywide at botanical gardens, at urban recreation centers, and in outlying rural parks. Below we have listed information to help you decide which facility you would like to tryout first.
It is a serious understatement to say there is always something going on in Baltimore! It would be impossible to list all of the upcoming events, so we’ll just recommend that you visit these links often, to keep abreast of what is going on and what exciting adventure is coming soon!