Arts & Culture
Bustling Baltimore greets visitors with its renowned Inner Harbor, its nautical heritage and popular sports facilities. But, it’s well worth the effort to venture forth to experience the city’s cultural landscape, such as the acclaimed Baltimore Symphony under the baton of Marin Alsop, or the ever-growing theater scene and amazing art museums.
From Mount Vernon, the city’s cultural hub, to historic Fell’s Point and the artsy Station North Arts and Entertainment District, you are sure to find something to delight,excite, thrill or entertain. And, you’ll find that not all of our art is indoors – striking architecture, monuments and statues and murals enliven Baltimore at every turn.
From the time that Captain John Smith sailed into Baltimore’s harbor (yes, that Captain John Smith so prominent in America’s early days) to the penning of our National Anthem, the story of the African Americans journey to freedom, the industrial revolution, and waves of immigrants, Baltimore’s story is America’s story.
From Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House to the Edgar Allan Poe House and Federal Hill, there is so much to explore. Each period in America’s march from a British colony to industrial powerhouse can be discovered along our Belgian-block streets, on our national historical trails and scenic byways, in our tiny row houses, and in our mansions of the gilded-age.
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is an attraction in itself. But, surrounding this urban waterfront park, you’ll discover a number of family-friendly places to visit. The National Aquarium features more than 16,000 animals, from sharks to a giant sea turtle, while the Maryland Science Center’s highlights include two-story dinosaurs and interactive exhibits to keep the kids busy. The Port Discovery Children’s Museum features more activities for the little ones, and, a short ride away, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park engages young and young at heart with the giraffe-feeding station and much more. And, if it’s the unexpected you seek, you’ll be talking about the oddities in Ripley’s Believe or Not! for weeks!
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