We know the Inner Harbor is the first stop for many Baltimore travelers. But before you visit the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Power Plant and Historic Ships, get a birds-eye perspective of the attractions clustered around the waterfront at Federal Hill Park, a 10-acre, elevated park that was once defended by the city during the War of 1812. Wear comfortable shoes to climb the 99 steps to the top.
When you think of Baltimore, what comes to mind is probably the picturesque Inner Harbor and delicious steamed crabs dusted with Old Bay spice (and a wooden mallet for smashing). Those in the know may also think of John Waters, The Wire and "hon", a term of endearment. Want to know more? Get a good overview of the city's diverse offerings with these top things to do in Baltimore.
Charm City offers lessons in American History alongside boutique hotels and trendy restaurants as well as quirky festivals and street markets. The city remains unpretentious, offering an urban experience perhaps more authentic than some of its neighbors to the north and south. While it can take years to truly know this town, start with this list of the best things to do in Baltimore.