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.
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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.
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!