National Aquarium

The National Aquarium first opened in 1981 and has been engaging visitors ever since. It was originally built as part of the city’s urban renewal plan for the Inner Harbor. Today, it attracts 1.5 million guests annually and is a beloved Baltimore institution. The aquarium’s exhibits are divided into two main sections. The first encompasses recreated marine habitats from around the world. Here you’ll find the Atlantic Coral Reef, Open Ocean, and Amazon River Forest exhibits. The second section focuses on the wildlife native to Maryland through exhibits like the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Shelf Gallery.

Getting There: The National Aquarium is conveniently located right along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. If you’re driving from outside the city, you can take I-95 and exit at Conway Street. The aquarium will be on your right once you reach Pier 3. Parking on-site is available in the aquarium garage. Rates are charged per day but you can get your parking ticket validated at the museum.

American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum is a unique museum in Baltimore that celebrates self-taught artists and the creative process. Founded in 1995, the museum’s collection includes paintings, sculptures, and other works by artists that have little or no formal training. Some of the most interesting pieces come from artists that have experienced homelessness, mental illness, trauma, or disabilities. The museum aims to showcase art that comes from an “innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.

Getting There: The American Visionary Art Museum is located in Federal Hill right off of Key Highway. If you’re driving in from outside Baltimore, take I-95N and exit at Key Highway heading east. Metered street parking is available nearby and a lot at Rusty Scupper Restaurant on Key Highway. For large groups, renting a charter bus is the easiest way to get to the museum. Your bus can drop everyone off right at the museum entrance before parking the bus nearby.

Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone: (410) 244-1900

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum is a renowned art museum located north of Mount Vernon. Its collection spans thousands of years, from ancient Egyptian and Greek artifacts to 19th century European masterpieces. Some highlights include Fabergé eggs, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and Impressionist paintings. The museum also hosts fun events like yoga in the galleries and live music on weekends.

Getting There: The Walters Art Museum is located on North Charles Street between East Centre and East Madison Streets. Metered street parking is available nearby, and there are several public parking garages within a few blocks of the museum. For large groups, rent a charter bus and get dropped off right at the museum entrance.

Address: Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: (410) 547-9000

Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center offers interactive exhibits focused on science, math, and technology. Kids and adults alike will enjoy exploring dinosaurs, playing in the kids’ room, and walking through the three-story atrium. Planetarium shows and IMAX movies are also available. The science center frequently hosts camps, classes, and special events as well.

Getting There: The Maryland Science Center is located right along the Inner Harbor at 601 Light Street. Parking is available in the Harbor Park garage adjacent to the science center. Rates are $3 per hour with a $15 daily maximum on weekdays and a $10 daily maximum on weekends.

Address: 601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone: (410) 685-2370

The B&O Railroad Museum

Train enthusiasts won’t want to miss the B&O Railroad Museum in southwest Baltimore. It chronicles the history of American railroading and focuses on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the first common carrier railroad in the country. Visitors can explore vintage locomotives, railway cars, and exhibits on railroad technology. The museum also offers train rides on select days.

Getting There: The B&O Railroad Museum is located just off of I-95 at the Carroll Park exit. If you’re driving in, free off-street, on-site parking is available.

Phone: (410) 752-2490

Lexington Market

Lexington Market is the longest continuously running market in the world, open since 1782. This Baltimore staple has over 100 vendors selling everything from fresh seafood and produce to prepared foods and desserts. Long-time favorites include Faidley’s seafood, Berger’s cookies, and Taharka Brothers ice cream. Lexington Market offers an authentic local experience and is a must for foodies.

Getting There: Lexington Market is located on the west side of downtown Baltimore near the University of Maryland campus. Street parking is available, but it is metered and fills up quickly. For larger groups, rent a charter bus and get dropped off right at one of the market entrances on Lexington or Eutaw Street.

Address: 112 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: (410) 685-6169

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry is a historical American coastal fort that defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. It’s most famous for being the site of the Battle of Baltimore, where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem that became the national anthem. Today, Fort McHenry is a National Monument and Historic Shrine that offers guided tours and educational programs. Visitors can explore the fort’s buildings, tunnels, and grassy grounds to get a glimpse into early 19th century military life.

Getting There: Fort McHenry is located in Locust Point, just south of Inner Harbor. From I-95, take exit 55 for Key Highway. Follow Key Highway approximately 3 miles and signs will direct you to the fort. Limited parking is available on-site for free.

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So on your next Baltimore visit, venture off the beaten path to uncover the city’s local flavor. With so many hidden gems, you’ll want to come back again and again. Just be sure to bring your appetite – you’ll need to sample Baltimore’s famous blue crabs and Berger cookies at some point! And don’t forget the charter bus from us!