Baltimore Travel Guide

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Baltimore Things to Do

  • Inner Harbor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baltimore's Inner Harbor is one of United States oldest seaports. It is a popular tourist attraction and a National Land Mark as well. I was blown away on arrival at the harbor last week. I'm not sure what I expected, but what I saw is definitely not what I expected. It felt like being at the Jema el Fina in Morocco on a full moon night when the...

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  • National Aquarium

    4 out of 5 stars

    We spent 5 hours in this place to see just about all that it had to offer. There are many exhibits and rooms. They have a live dolphin show. Be careful of sitting in the first few rows because you might get splashed. and of course the optional 4D movie which you pay extra for. It is similar to disney land. All areas are handicap accessible.

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  • Fells Point

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    While the shipyards that attracted people from all over the world to settle in Fells Point may have been relegated to the historical archives, Fells Point international flavor remains palpable through the many shops here. Irish pub? Check. Sushi bar? Check. Greasy Chinese? Sure. Thai, El Salvadoran cuisines? Oh yes. Peruvian trinkets? That...

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Baltimore Restaurants

  • Phillip's Seafood

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Phillip's Seafood is a Baltimore institution with locations across the East Coast. My wife and I were visting Baltimore and decided we'd like a nice seafood lunch. Phillip's is located in the busy inner harbour area which was a short walk from the Hyatt Regency. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day and the place was packed both inside and outside....

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  • ESPN Zone

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I recommend skipping this glorified sports bar unless you just have money to throw away. While visiting Baltimore's Inner Harbor for a conference, we found that our favorite (out-of-state) NCAA football team's noon kickoff game would not be televised locally. We wanted to find a sports bar where we could watch the game and grab lunch. ESPN Zone...

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  • L.P. Steamers

    4 out of 5 stars

    baltimore is famopus for it's crabs and L.P. steamers is the place to eat them in baltimore style. the tables are floating with crabs and the beer is flowing too. even if i'm allergic to shell fish i thought it was a very interesting place ti visit. crabs is what you should eat there unless you are allergic to shellfish like me. i had a pata dish...

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Baltimore Nightlife

  • Inner Harbor / Downtown

    I accidentally walked up "the block" as the locals call it, and I knew where I was as soon as the first doorman approached me about free cover and discount dances.... I actually went in a couple of these spots, and as a bachelor I would recommend only Larry Flynt's Hustler Club, the others are a bit seedy and overpriced.... They expect casual, but...

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  • Fell's Point

    Max's Taphouse may very well be Baltimore's premier beer pub. Max's is in the heart of historic Fells Point, just east of the Inner Harbor at Water Taxi Stop #11. With 140 rotating drafts, 5 Hand-Pumped Cask Ales, and a world-spanning collection of approximately 1200 bottled beers in stock, Max's is legendary for having Maryland's largest selection...

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  • Central / Uptown

    The Red Maple is known as one of the trendiest places in Baltimore serving Asian inspired tapas and exotic cocktails. The decor is a mix of retro modern and hip lounge. Happy Hour is every Wednesday Friday 5-7pm. Great people watching and meeting place with lots of young professionals. Casual

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Baltimore Transportation

  • Light Rail

    Baltimore's Light Rail system connects the Inner Harbor with Hunt Valley, Glen Burnie, Baltimore Penn Station, and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Service runs from 6 AM - 11 PM Monday - Saturday, but only 11 AM - 7 PM on Sunday. Schedule. On weekdays, trains run approximately every 10 minutes through Downtown Baltimore, every 20 minutes or so...

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  • Amtrak / Commuter Rail

    Just a friendly reminder that no one should ever use Amtrak again. Their website will purchase authorize a ton of money out of your account, leaving you with holds on funds over $1000 for a $269.50 ticket (since they attempt a purchase authorization each time you hit submit, and if you bank approves it, that does not mean amtrak will approve it...

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  • Roads & Highways

    There are 3 free buses in Baltimore and on July 4th they added one more free bus with a different route called the Banner. You can take them from Amtrak to your Hotel. They run every 20 min but I believe the last bus leaves at 10pm

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Baltimore Shopping

  • Harborplace & Inner Harbor

    It'Sugar is found right in the middle of the inner harbor tourist area. But it is really amazing! Every kind of candy from the last 50 yrs can be found in this shop. The popular candy of today can be found in industrial sizes for your diabetic nightmares! For example, a 5lb gummy worm. Plus other random specialties can be found as well, such as...

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  • Other Places to Shop

    B&N has a huge store called Power Plant right on the Bay-----probably any newish book you want will be here---now that Borders has bitten the dust, B&N is one of the few big bookstores left and could use our patronage...... They do have a club with discounts for about $20 a year----- books retail

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  • Hunt Valley Mall

    This Mall was built in the early 1980's, and died shortly afterwards. It's location, at the Northern End of the Light Rail line, just didn't attract the volumes of customers it needed. In recent years, the Wal Mart and Burlington Coat Factory have rejuvinated it a little bit, but it is still rather empty. Stay tuned for possible improvements.

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Baltimore Local Customs

  • Scenes of Baltimore

    Charles North is bounded by Howard Street, Penn Station, St. Paul Street and 22nd Street It mostly has a transient rental population with many commercial properties. Good things about the area include Charles Theater, antique shops on Maryland Ave., and a new shopping center at Howard and 21st streets. The area grew in the 1880's and 90's as...

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  • The 'Hons' of Baltimore

    Many Baltimoreans will call you "hon". Don't get offended....it's not meant to be an insult or degrading to women (and men). It's just a Baltimore thing. We call everybody "hon", whether we know your name or not. There's even a place called Cafe Hon, where you can grab a great meal and check out some local "hons". Cafe Hon even has a "hon"...

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  • Crabs

    Crabs are as much a part of Baltimore culture as anything possibly could be. If you visit Baltimore, you MUST have some sort of crab dish complet with Old Bay seasoning. The common way to eat crabs is get a a dozen of steamed hard shell blue crabs with a mallet and lots of napkins, to be washed down with cold beer. Typically, the beer would be...

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Baltimore Warnings and Dangers

  • Well, I know one thing.

    I won't be taking any trips to Baltimore..like EVER! I live in Winston Salem, NC, and we don't even have to lock our doors. I never worry. What gets me are the comments from some stating that Yes, Baltimore is the second most dangerous large city in the US, but it's really not that bad. LMFAO

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  • Craziness after dark

    Walking back to are car from Little Italy to the Inner Harbor (4 blocks) we noticed LOTS of police. Not just cars patrolling, but helicopters shining a spot light down too. Apparently, the tourist areas flood with teens at dusk. We happen to be walking by police breaking up a fight where 25 or so kids were hanging out. It didn't feel dangerous...

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  • Weather

    Although Baltimore is below the Mason Dixon Line and thus considered 'South' it is really only 100 miles south of Philadelphia and has much the same weather. In the winter it snows. Or sometimes there is ice.If you intend to fly in or out of Baltimore in the winter, you should be prepared for snow. If you leave on a cruise out of Baltimore in the...

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Baltimore Tourist Traps

  • Inner Harbor

    This is supposed to be one of the Inner Harbor's premier attractions. Well, there's not much to it. Located on the southwest side of the Inner Harbor, near Federal Hill, the building looks impressive. But once you get inside, and pay the $14.50 admission fee, you'll find that it's more of a children's playground than a real museum. There's hardly...

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  • Taxi drivers

    The biggest rip off in Baltimore is the taxi drivers!From BWI to city, we were told by the airport concierge that the usual fare is about $45 to Falls Road area, lo and behold, the taxi driver took us around the city on the high way after the Inner Harbor area and we ended up paying more than $70, by the meter!Better way is by Light Rail. which...

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  • Maryland Science Center

    This is supposed to be one of the Inner Harbor's premier attractions. Well, there's not much to it. Located on the southwest side of the Inner Harbor, near Federal Hill, the building looks impressive. But once you get inside, and pay the $14.50 admission fee, you'll find that it's more of a children's playground than a real museum. There's hardly...

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Baltimore What to Pack

  • Baltimore Blues

    Laura Lippman, a writer for the local Baltimore Sun Newpaper, has also written a wonderful series of mystery books based in Baltimore.'Baltimore Blues' is the first in a series... I found all on Amazon.com

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  • Baltimore Weather: Fairly Consistent

    In packing for a trip to Baltimore, you can count on a few things. It will be cold, damp and windy in the winter. It can reach 47F/10C any time of the winter, but there will always be a week where the temperatures will hover right around freezing. With the nearly constant wind, those days feel pretty cold. You won't need long underwear, but you...

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  • Incredible change of seasons.....

    The Baltimore area certainly is one of those cities that requires strategic packing depending on the season. Winters can be brutal here...the whipping winds scream across the Inner Harbor area, and even a few inches of snow causes the city to come to a halt. In the summer, it actually feels as if you were in a tropical rainforest...the...

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Baltimore Off The Beaten Path

  • Babe Ruth Birthplace and Orioles Museum

    I visited the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Orioles Museum as a student, probably way back in 1993 or 1994. George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born February 6, 1895 at this home on 216 Emory Street. He lived here until the age of seven, when Ruth's father sent him away to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. At this orphanage, Babe Ruth learned to play...

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  • Phoenix Shot Tower, aka Old Baltimore...

    Over 234 feet high, the Shot Tower was the tallest structure in the United States until after the Civil War when the Washington Monument in D.C. was finished. They needed the height because molten lead was dropped from the top of the tower through a sieve and into cold water. This was a relatively labor free way to make round pieces of lead shot....

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  • Pinball Museum

    It is located in the PowerPlant area. Its called a museum because they have a wide range of machines but it really is more of an arcade. They let you play for the amount of hours that you pay. I did not go because their air conditioning was not working and it was 100 degrees every day I was in Baltimore. I just could not take it.

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Baltimore Sports & Outdoors

  • Baseball - Camden Yards

    If it weren't for sports, Baltimore wouldn't have much. Luckily, Baltimore sport fans have many heroes, and those are well-deserved. One of the greatest is Cal Ripken, the "Ironman" of baseball. He broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played, then went on to stretch the record to 2,632 straight games before he was finally pulled...

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  • Football - Raven's Stadium

    When I was a kid, the football team in Baltimore was the Colts and the quarterback was Johnny Unitas. (I saw him in person once buying a suit in Schwartz Bros.) Then the Colts snuck out of town. The first new stadium in Baltimore (much admired) was Oriole Park (at Camden Yards). But we didn't have a football team and not much of a football stadium...

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  • Indoor Sports & Amusements

    Pam Shriver is a Baltimore native and a former top-ranked tennis player. During her career she won 133 top-level titles, including 21 women's doubles titles and 1 mixed doubles title at Grand Slam tournaments, and a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games. Annually since 1986 Pam Shriver has held the Pam Shriver Tennis Classic in Baltimore, a charity...

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Baltimore Favorites

  • Inner Harbor / Downtown

    Baltimore has lots of monuments. They built the first monument in the US to George Washington back in 1829 (photo 5) The first photo is of a statue of John Mifflin Hood, early president of the Western Maryland Railway. Mr. Hood played an important role in shaping the Western Maryland Railroad (it became a "Railway" after 1911) into a strategic...

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  • Fell's Point

    The television series Homicide: Life on the Streets became an international success in the late 1990's. The location used for the scenes at the police station house is located in Fell's Point. If your a fan of the series you can your photo taken outside the station house and also see the plaque commorating the filming of the series. The station...

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  • Useless, Un-related information

    The 5,000 acre Fort Meade was established in 1917 and named for Civil War General George Meade. The fort was a training camp at the end of WWI, and in WWII it served as a training camp and prisoner of war camp. The National Security Agency (NSA) began operations at Fort Meade in the 1950s, and today the National Cryptologic Museum is perhaps the...

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