Summer is nearly here in Baltimore and we have 8 recommendations for fun things to do and visit in Charm City during the next several months. Thanks to my new Cal Ripken Orioles jersey for the inspiration. All 8 recommendations in this post will be written up individually in the near future.
This September will be the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore. The British bombardment of Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner. As we get closer to the planned celebrations in September, it is only going to get more crowded at this National Park, so check it out sooner rather than later.
Taking in a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a great way to spend an evening or a weekend afternoon – even better if the Orioles win! Be sure to check out the Babe Ruth statue in front of the Eutaw Street gates and the other 6 statues of Orioles legends just beyond the bullpens in left centerfield.
The Baltimore Basilica was the first cathedral in the United States when construction began in 1806, and was designed by Benjamin Latrobe, who would later go on to become Architect of the United States Capitol. Tours are offered daily of this great piece of architecture and history.
Check out the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, part of the Baltimore Maritime Museum, next time you walk around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Located on Pier 5,this is the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in Maryland.
Instead of driving around the Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Canton, try getting around using the Water Taxi or the free Harbor Connector. You’ll see the Baltimore skyline from a whole different viewpoint.
Check out the view of downtown Baltimore from Federal Hill. Getting its name from being the site where Baltimoreans celebrated the ratification of the U.S.Constitution, this would be where Union armed forces positioned their artillery on the city in order to keep the “peace” during the Civil War.
Treat yourself to a Berger cookie while you are exploring Baltimore. These chocolate fudge covered vanilla wafers are definitely not for those counting calories, but have been made in Baltimore since Henry Berger arrived from Germany in 1835.
When in the Canton neighborhood, stop in to the Tex-Mex restaurant, Nacho Mama’s, to see its Elvis Lounge and collection of Baltimore sports and brewing memorabilia. While there, you may also want to “sample” one of their well-known hubcap margaritas.
That’s our quick list to start us off! We’ll have posts in the very near future on all of the sites and attractions mentioned here, with much more detail. Until then, enjoy your adventures in Baltimore!
Photo Credits: Fort McHenry – BigStock: John Bilous; Oriole Park – BigStock: Karen Foley Photography; Basilica and Water Taxi– BigStock: Tupungato; Seven Foot Lighthouse – BigStock: DonCon402; Federal Hill – BigStock: KeithPix; Nacho Mama’s – Traci Browne