One Day in Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland is one of the oldest waterfront port cities in the country. The city is known for its location on the Patapsco River (part of the Chesapeake Bay), famous seafood, and culture of the harbor.
For a special day in Baltimore in the summer, precautions must be made. Hats, sunblock, and any other sun protection is highly recommended. Before visiting, you should be familiar with the way people talk. The Baltimore accent changes water to wooder and makes on rhyme with dawn. L’s are often changed to W’s and the letter A is absent from many words, as in cigrette. Some common Baltimore slang: Hon: honey, a term of endearment used for nearly anyone Payment: pavement, used in place of sidewalk Down the ocean/ Downy ocean: refers to near the ocean Ocean: refers to Ocean City, Maryland Natty Boh: National Bohemian, a popular locally brewed beer
Arrive in Downtown Baltimore:
From Points North
Take I-95 South/NJ Turnpike to I-895, which will take you to rt 40 and into Baltimore
From Points South
I-95 North to exit 53, I-395 into Baltimore
To get around the city, taxis are the most reliable form of travel. The Charm City Circulator buses are free shuttles to several parts of the city. City Hall, Johns Hopkins, East Harbor, etc. are available through the CCC. [link to CCC schedule] The water taxis on the harbor are easily the most enjoyable, if more expensive, mode of travel. [link]
The main attraction to Baltimore from the North is the beautiful Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles and often host to the Boston Red Sox. Many Northerners travel to Baltimore to take in a baseball game at one of the best parks in the country for a reasonable price. Get yourself some tickets to a day game at the box office. The park is located at 333 W Camden Street in Inner Harbor.
After you've enjoyed the game, you are conveniently located in Inner Harbor, one of the best neighborhoods in Baltimore! When leaving the park, walk north on S Howard street, then turn right onto W Pratt Street. This will take you right into the heart of the harbor. Harborplace and The Gallery, located right on the water on Pratt Street, is a collection of over 100 shops and restaurants. Luckie's Tavern is a great place to get a burger or other tavern foods. When you leave the Gallery, make sure to walk on the waterside, where boats are always coming in and going out, and there is a good chance you'll see some great live performers.
If you have young children with you, the Port Discovery Children's Museum offers 3 floors of fantastic education and fun for kids. The National Aquarium is also located in Inner Harbor.
Take a water taxi, located right on the water at Harborplace, to Fells Point. This is a short ride, but worth the great experience of the Patapsco River. Fells Point is one of the most interesting Baltimore neighborhoods, with cobblestone streets and many shops to check out. Most recommended is the Sound Garden, a record store voted one of America's Best by Rolling Stone Magazine. Sound Garden is at 1616 Thames Street.
If you don't have young children, stay in Inner Harbor for the nightlife! Power Plant Live! is one block north of the waterfront and offers premier dining, nightclubs, and outdoor entertainment. For dinner at the Power Plant, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is a renowned restaurant worldwide. If you are looking for less expensive fare, check out Joe Squared, which has the officially named best pizza in Maryland and has been featured on the Food Network. The Baltimore Comedy Factory is located at Power Plant Live! If you are there on a weekend, make sure to catch a hilarious show. If you’re looking for more lively nightlife, head to Angels Rock Bar for a lively club experience with live music and bar.
Baltimore’s harsh reputation of crime is not untrue, but it is also not reason to avoid the great spots to visit. Inner Harbor is not a dangerous place and is policed very well.
To Leave Going North
Take US-40 E to Moravia Rd. Take I-95 N.
To Leave Going South
Take I-395 S and merge onto I-95 S.