Destination: Baltimore, Maryland

By May 4, 2021May 29th, 2021Dock, Explore
Snag-A-Slip blog - Baltimore, Maryland
If you’re cruising to Baltimore there are a few things you must know. If you try to eat crabs with a fork, you will get the stink eye. Baltimore loves a good brew. And it built the Washington Monument first. These are just some of the things that make Baltimore unique. Along with its rich history, it has a dynamic, quirky urbanity all its own. You’ll quickly find there are never-ending reasons why it was nicknamed Charm City.
Actually, Baltimore is also known as the Monument City, Mobtown, and Clipper City. There’s a story behind each name and it all adds up to Baltimore’s colorful past and bright future. As Maryland’s largest city, it has a lot to offer boaters fortunate enough to dock here. So, what should you do first when you tie up in any of Baltimore’s marinas?  The crew at Snag-A-Slip has some good ideas!

The Inner Harbor

The Inner Harbor is a Baltimore landmark, a popular tourist destination, and a must-see. It’s also one of America’s oldest seaports dating back to the 1600s. Just grab your sneakers and follow the brick promenade through its lively complex of eating places, shops, museums, and attractions. But don’t leave until you’ve sampled the seafood fresh out of Chesapeake Bay.


Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina is the home of the famous Rusty Scupper and steps from Downtown Baltimore.

Harbor East Marina is right where everyone wants to be in Baltimore – within walking distance of Little Italy and Fell’s Point.

Baltimore Yacht Basin has Nick’s Fish House right on the premises. This is your chance to eat Maryland Crabs the right way!

Snag-A-Slip Blog - Baltimore - Port Covington

Port Covington Marina is conveniently located near the award-winning Sagamore Spirit Distillery for signature rye cocktails and the Rye Street Tavern for great food.

Your next stop should be Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Set foot on the ground whereby the dawn’s early light our great flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words of the U.S. national anthem. And if you’re up for some baseball, then a trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in downtown Baltimore, is just what you should have. Only 12 minutes west, by foot, from the Inner Harbor, this brand-new park was designed like an old-fashioned stadium. You’ll find it state-of-the-art, yet charming. Play ball!

Thirsting for some culture?  Baltimore is dripping with it! The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Inside its walls, you’ll discover 90,000 works of art-including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Feeling more cultured yet? Even if you are, make time to visit the fantastic American Visionary Art Museum. It’s the nation’s museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry. You’ll be inspired by art “created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, the disabled, the homeless, as well as the occasional neurosurgeon.”

Since we can’t get enough of our beautiful bodies of water and the creatures that dwell in them, you’ll want to stop at the National Aquarium. Deemed one of the world’s best aquariums, it has a living collection of more than 20,000 animals from more than 800 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, marine mammals, and sharks.

Fells Point

When you’re ready to step back in time, just 1.5 miles east of Baltimore’s downtown is one of the oldest areas in Baltimore – the colorful and historic waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point. This seafaring neighborhood was established around 1763, and wears its long maritime past well. So well, that its appearance has remained mostly unchanged since its founding. While there, you’ll want to visit Baltimore City’s oldest standing residence, the Robert Long House. As you walk the Belgian block streets, you’ll pass antique, music and boutique shops, as well as restaurants and coffee bars. There’s even a municipal Market House with individual stalls as far as you can see, overflowing with goods. But what this area is most famous for, is its over 120 pubs. Cheers!


Oasis Marinas at The Crescent is just steps from the Fell’s Point historic area and its many restaurants, stores, galleries, nightlife and more.

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The Pendry Hotel & Dock offers not one but two onsite restaurants; Rec Pier Chop House for the best in Italian cooking, and The Cannon Room American whiskey bar.

While in Baltimore, you might as well call the crew together and take some day boat trips to some of the most amazing state parks you’ll ever encounter. Pack a lunch, don that bathing suit and get some beach time. There is so much beauty to see in this area of our country you might want to extend your stay!
Last but certainly not least is the veritable cornucopia of food and drink in Baltimore. From historic distilleries and craft brewing companies, to farmers markets and a diverse culinary scene. You can even take a food tour through Charm City Food Tours that will whisk you away and have you sampling the expansive variety of ethnic foods Baltimore holds so dear.
Oh, and just to clarify what we said in the beginning, in Baltimore the only acceptable way to eat crabs is with your hands. They wash those crabs down with an ice-cold beer, probably from one of their many local breweries and microbreweries known for their craft beer. And as for the bit about the Washington Monument, Baltimore built theirs more than 25 years before D.C. did. It’s at Mount Vernon Place. Check it out for yourself.
Baltimore is calling you! Go ahead and make your reservation at a Baltimore marina today!
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Jo Montgomery

Author Jo Montgomery

Jo is a lifelong boat lover and writer. She learned the ropes of boating on her family’s 36’ Carver at the Jersey (joy-see) shore. With over 30 years of writing under her belt, she delights in seeking out, and sharing, the things most important to fellow boating enthusiasts. Jo now lives in Connecticut, near the water she adores, with her husband, two children and large, hairy dog. She is over the moon to be part of the Snag-A-Slip crew!

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