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Baltimore Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins at the Maryland Science Center within the Inner Harbor. Just rev up that smart phone and see where it takes you on this 3-hour challenge. This well-designed course will have you venturing our along the harbor and walking to interesti including to Little Italy and the Flag House.  Take some time during the tour to stop for a bite to eat (at own expense) or simply enjoy the best of this great harbor city. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure! Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.""""Turn Baltimore into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of 'The Amazing Race' with a 3-hour city walking tour. With your smart phone as your virtual guide teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Note: Pricing is per individual
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Dynamite Day Tour: Small Group DC Bus Tour
"The small group bus tours in Washington DC by this tour operator strive to give the best guest experience possible! They do everything possible to make sure our guests don't feel like they are being herded around. Our guides share stories that gr as well as the visitors from other countries plus they have a number of ways to engage our guests throughout every tour because the last thing they want is for people to feel like they are stuck in a rolling classroom. The guides on this tour excel in helping guests get all the pictures they want yet still have the time & freedom to explore on their own at most locations. At the following locations your DC tour guide will share the stories that keep everyone entertained and engaged at the beginning of each visit to these American treasures. Most stops last 10-20 minutes and after hearing some great American history guides will help take any photos our guests want then allow a few minutes to wonder on your own.US Capitol White House WWII Memorial Thomas Jefferson Memorial Franklin Roosevelt Memorial Martin Luther King Memorial Korean War Memorial
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Epic Evening Tour: Small Group Bus Tour
"These nightly small group bus tours in Washington DC by this local tour operator strive to give the best guest experience possible! They do everything possible to make sure guests don't feel like they are being herded around. On this evening tour of DC you won't have to worry about keeping up with your guide or a crowded tour. Our guides share stories that grandparents & grandchildren will enjoy as well as our visitors from other countries plus they have a number of ways to engage guests throughout every tour because the last thing they want is for people to feel like they are stuck in a rolling classroom. These guides excel in helping guests get all the pictures they want yet still provide the time & freedom to explore on their own at most locations even on a night tour. At the following locations your DC tour guide will share the stories that keep everyone entertained & engaged at the beginning of each visit to these American treasures. Most stops last 10-20 minutes and after hearing some great American history guides will help take any photos our guests want
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Mount Vernon Methodist Church

This gothic style church was built in 1872. it sits in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, home of the basilica and the Walters museum , a short walk up the hill from the inner harbor area. Worth a walk by but not a stop.

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Jim_Eliason
Mar 26, 2016

Mount Vernon Place Historic District

Mount Vernon Place was designated a National Historic Landmark because it has Baltimore's oldest neighborhoods. Apparently it was home to some of the wealthiest people back in the day too. It also has the pillar monument erected in honor of the founding father George Washington. The construction of the monument began in 1815. It is the original monument, preceding the one in Washington, DC.

My family toured Mount Vernon on a recent trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The Washington Monument is closed due to an accident that damaged the gate, but the eternal structure is in good shape and can be seen touring in the air. The United Methodist Church is right across the road. On the southeast corner is the Peabody Institute, and across from it is the Walters Art Museum. The Inner Harbor is about half a mile from it and easily accessible.

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Africancrab
Aug 14, 2012

Mount Vernon United Methodist Church

Located by the Washington Monument at Charles and Mount Vernon Place streets, the United Methodist Church is a religious attraction and one of the most significant buildings in all of Baltimore. It is one that you will not want to pass by when you see it. It sticks out in the neighborhood like a thorn among roses (in a good way). The building looks like they took it right out of the 17th century and put it in the middle of the 21st century.

Constructed in 1872, it has been in the heart of Baltimore, offering discovery in the stillness of time. The exterior's rustic look is a result of a mixture of green serpentine stone with red and buff limestone trim. Designed by architect Thomas Dixon it is a high Victorian Gothic with arches and trusses and has three spires. Quite an architectural accomplishment for its time.

In 1971, it was listed as a historic landmark in the National Registry of Historic Places. This one is different from the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Washington DC. I recommend you visit both if you can. I particularly liked this one. I did not have a chance to see the interior as it was closed.

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Africancrab
Aug 14, 2012

Mount Vernon-Old St. Paul's church

Old St. Paul's wasn't open either time when I went by but even if the church is closed, you can peer through the glass doors at the front of the church to see some of the Tiffany stained glass windows, pictures of which you can see on the attached website.

The structure dates to 1856 but the church itself was founded in 1692 as one of Maryland's 1st Anglican parishes.

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Apr 04, 2011
 
 
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Peabody Institute and Library

The Peabody Institute is one of the top conservatory music schools in the U.S. While it is lovely, and one is able to take advantage of various concerts, a great draw when you're in the area is a visit to the incredible Peabody Library.

This incredible library was built in the 1850s, and consists of five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies. It's lit by an atrium and small, round lights placed around the shelves.

Anyone is welcome in, to take a look at this great structure, and to browse.

The library also recently added a gallery to highlight its collection. It's located right before you enter the library.

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ellielou
Apr 04, 2011

Monument to Chief Justice...

Monument to Chief Justice Taney
Located just behind the Washington Monument and across the circle surrounding the monument is the Monument to Marylands infamous U.S. Supreme Court Justice Taney. Due to the Dread Scott Decision Taney is not held with a lot of respect historically.

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Jun 26, 2007

HISTORIC MOUNT VERNON CULTURAL DISTRICT

America's first monument to their first president was built right here in the HISTORIC MOUNT VERNON CULTURAL DISTRICT, one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods. The Gilded Age Society of the late 19th century built their mansions in Mount Vernon and many of these once grand homes house restaurants and museums today. This district comprises 12 cultural and historic destinations, including Walters Art Museum, Garrett Jacobs Mansion, the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, the Peabody Library and the Washington Monument and Museum.
I must say that I was pretty impressed with this section. It was also within walking distance from the Tremont. The only drawback was the overcast weather on Saturday which made everything look dreary.

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LoriPori
Sep 25, 2006

Mount Vernon United Methodist Church

The black and green stones of the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church provide an elegant backdrop for the Washington Monument. The church was built on the site of the Charles Howard mansion where Mr. Howard's father-in-law, Francis Scott Key died. Key, for those of you who might not know, wrote the national anthem of the United States right here in Baltimore. The church is on the register of Nationally Historic Places.

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Sep 24, 2006

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Mount Vernon neighborhood

My hotel was just a short walk away from heart of the Mount Vernon neighborhood so I spent the first part of Friday morning strolling through it. I had already been to the excellent Walters Museum, make sure you include a stop here and try to allot several hours, 2 hours wasn't nearly enough.

My first stop was the Peabody Library to check out the architecture, a real gem. Be sure to stop at the front desk and ask what there is to see.

You can't miss the Washington Monument, the country's first monument to, George Washington, it's first President. It differs from the Washington Monument in Washington DC in that it has a statue of him at the top, the one in DC is an Obelisk. You can walk 228 steps up to the top of it for a view over Baltimore but I passed.

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Dabs
Sep 24, 2006

Walters Art Museum

This is the place I go when I really want to feel of another place and time, and not be more than a few miles from my home.

The museum is one of the largest originally private collections of art found in the U.S. It's scope is huge, ranging from the "ancient" world, to late 19th Century art. I don't think the collection is highly unusual, compared to say larger museums, like the Metropolitian in NYC, or the National Gallery in Washington, DC, what what makes it stand out is the almost intimate feel of the galleries...with their dark walls, and low lightings. And, it's usually fairly quiet here.

For some reason that I've never quite figured out, I always need to go to The Knights Hall and view the Islamic armour.

Another standout is the large Asian art collection in the Hackerman House, which is connected through a "link" to the main buildiing. Not only is the art enchanting, the house itself, a stately Mt. Vernon Square mansion, is incredible.

An added bonus are the great views of the square from the "link" and the Hackeman house itself.

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ellielou
Jan 15, 2006

Mt Vernon

An artsy district about 10 blocks North of the Inner Harbor, centered along N. Charles Street.

Here's you'll find the original Washington Monument, built before the big one in Washington DC.

Plenty of eclectic and upscale restaurants and bars in this area. Most of them are ethnic: Afganistan, Indian, Nepalese, Japanese and such...... See my restaurant tips.

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frankcanfly
Nov 22, 2004

Mt. Vernon Square

Probably one of the most beautiful squares in the U.S., at least the most beautiful one that I've seen.

The Washington Monument stands right in the center. See John Water's movie "Pecker," if you want to see just how suggestive the monument really is. But, seriously, this was the first Washington monument, predating the one more famous one about 40 miles south in Washington, DC.

Mt. Vernon is the cultural hub of the city. The square also includes the Peabody Institute, the famous music school, with its library filled with wrought iron balconies.

Also on the square, is the Walters Art Museum, with its fine collection of Asian art, and antiquities.

There are also numerous galleries and restaurants in the area. (Some of which are mentioned in the restaurant section.)

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ellielou
May 30, 2003

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