The Ultimate Charm City Guide (2019):
The 50 Most Fun things to do in Baltimore
Musts for the newbie...
Hey, you’re in Baltimore! Let’s at least scratch the surface while you’re here. Here are some of the most popular go-to Baltimore musts.
1. Traverse the Inner Harbor
2. Eat some steamed crabs (my personal fave is Jimmy's Famous Seafood)
3. Get yourself a Natty Boh beer (only if you're 21+, of course)
4. Stroll through Fells Point and grab yourself an oyster
5. Head to Patterson Park to see a sweet pond (there are heron's!)
For more offbeat options...
Baltimore is quirky as heck, so let’s dive into some more obscure but equally incredible adventures that can be found in Charm City.
6. Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
7. Evergreen Museum
8. National Museum of Dentistry
9. Bazaar oddities shop (you'll find everything from skulls to insects!)
If you're here to play...
10. Wonderfly Arena
I may be a bit biased on this one but I wouldn't include it if I didn't think it was one of the most fun spots in Baltimore. Wonderfly Arena has something for everyone from BubbleBall and Arrow Tag games to virtual reality, corporate event space, party rooms, turf field, sports leagues, and much more.
11. Mustang Alley's Bar, Bowling, & Bistro
This awesome hangout offers beers, duckpin & 10-pin bowling & American fare under one roof.
12. iFly Baltimore
Is skydiving on your bucket list? A little nervous about jumping out of plane at 12,000 feet? You're not alone. iFly Baltimore brings the joy and freedom of skydiving indoors. Make sure to check out their new skydiving VR experience too!
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Museum and art lovers...
If you’re looking for some cultural, visual stimulation while you’re here, check out the paintings! There are some truly artsy gems here.
13. The Walters Art Museum
Usually lightly trafficked with calm vibes, this three-story museum showcases oil paintings, sculpture, and medieval frescoes (that are completely mesmerizing) if you’re looking for an art day in historic Mount Vernon, Baltimore.
14. Baltimore Museum of Art
Also known as the BMA, this museum has an expansive expressionist painting collection and an almost 3 acre landscaped sculpture garden that makes you feel like a fairy while you traverse through. IF you’re looking for a delicious 5-star bite to eat, Gertrude’s restaurant is a gorgeous, high class spot to sit and muse the outdoor sculptures while you nosh.
15. American Visionary Art Museum
I guarantee you’ve never seen anything quite like this museum. Mainly comprising works of prison inmates, trauma victims, and the elderly (am I making this sound too dark? apologies…it’s actually quite an uplifting place) you can enjoy intricately knitted wall tapestries, interactive ‘wombs’ you can climb inside, and unique, ever-changing exhibits with themes such as “parenting” and “transgenders”.
Finally, a museum that doesn’t showcase the elite. This spot depicts the people who are often overlooked: the workers, small business owners, and others who built our history.
17. National Cryptologic Museum
Just in case you’re not quite sure… cryptologic is the study, writing and solving of codes. You can catch a glimpse of some of the people who devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense, the machines and devices they developed, the techniques they used, and the places where they worked.
18. Historic Ships in Baltimore
Enjoy a massive collection of military vessels (which are conveniently short walking distances from one another) showcase monumental ships of the mid 19th century to the mid 1980’s. Get a load of what life at sea was like.
Stuff to do downtown...
Let’s booze cruise all the way across the harbor, check out the city skyline from the water, and catch some wind in our sails for the day. Ahhhh, blue skies ahead.
Sitting between Boston Street and the Harbor, Canton Waterfront Park offers eight acres of amazing views of the harbor and an easily accessible recreation area perfect for picnics, sports, and play. Canton Waterfront Park is also home of the WTMD First Thursday concert series.
20. Baltimore Trolley Tours
Explore Baltimore and enjoy sights and charm of this city through Baltimore Trolley Tours.
Do you like panoramic skyline views, delicious meals, live music and rooftop lounges? Want to enjoy all of that on a cruise ship? Of course you do.
22. The Gallery
There's a bit of everything here from shopping to dining and entertainment.
Free things? Yes please!
You know that a fun time doesn’t always cost money, in fact, the best things in life are free. Duh! Here’s your guide to a great day in Bmore while keeping the green in your wallet.
23. Baltimore Museum of Art
24. The Book Thing
25. The Baltimore Basilica
25. Gwynns Falls Trail
Unique date night ideas in Baltimore
A bottle of wine, nighttime views, and your lover in a new town is a truly great combo. Let’s figure out just how romantic you want to get while you’re here.
26. Illusions Magic Bar and Lounge
27. Federal Hill Park
28. Patterson Park
29. Cazbar Restaurant
30. Sherwood Gardens
If you just need to entertain the kids...
The honeymoon is over, but now it’s time to have a family adventure. We’ve compiled a list of local activities that all of you are sure to have a blast with.
31. National Aquarium
32. The Maryland Zoo
33. Port Discovery Children's Museum
34. Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
Here for shopping...
35. Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar
There’s always a seasonal event going on, whether it’s a local art exhibit or an array of the freshest MD produce for sale
36. Harborplace and the Gallery
Your downtown mall with all the spots and chains you’re used to
37. Harbor East and Harbor Point
For a little swank, hit up Anthropologie, Under Armour, and some of the best food places you can find in the city
38. Fells Point
Whether it’s a 90’s feels CD shop, (https://www.sgrecordshop.com) quaint home decor spots or cafes that all the locals rave about, this neighborhood sure is cute
39. Antique Row
Shop old prints, bronze coffee table decor, and vintage mink coats
From meats, BBQ, produce, bakeries, soul food, deli, to Malaysian, there’s something here you’re craving
The well-rounded foodie guide (get it?)
Get in my belly! So, are you hungry? Awesome, here are the best spots to satiate your gut while you’re in town.
41. Charleston Restaurant
42. The Capital Grille
43. The Bygone
44. Mama's On The Half Shell
45. Miss Shirley's Cafe
46. The Land of Kush
47. Blue Moon Cafe
48. SoBo Cafe
49. Thames Street Oyster House
50. Sotto Sopra
Hope this holds the seeds for an incredible day or weekend for you while you’re here! Baltimore is a hidden gem, so get out there to enjoy it and realize how eclectic this town really is.