The best way for new arrivals to get acquainted with their new home is by exploring the city’s best attractions. Whether it's art, culture, history, science or sport that interests newcomers, there is no doubt that Baltimore has plenty to keep its residents entertained.

Having fun in Baltimore doesn’t need to break the bank, as newcomers will soon learn. Many of the activities on offer don't cost a thing. General admission to most major museums and galleries in Baltimore is free and getting outdoors to appreciate nature never costs much. 

Here is a list that highlights some of the best things to see and do in the ‘Charm City’.

Attractions in Baltimore

Baltimore Museum of Art

This is an impressive collection of more than 90,000 pieces from the 19th century to the present. Exhibits include works by Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh, making the Baltimore Museum of Art a world-class attraction. On a warm day, visitors can enjoy the outdoor sculpture gallery, set over three acres of landscaped gardens. 

The American Visionary Art Museum

Housed in an old Federal Hill whiskey warehouse, the American Visionary Art Museum is certainly one of Baltimore’s more eclectic experiences. Rotating exhibits explore a wide range of topical issues such as race, gender and the impact of technology. 

Edgar Allan Poe House

This small unassuming redbrick building on North Amity Street was once the residence of Edgar Allan Poe. It has now been transformed into a museum dedicated to his work. Literary fans will enjoy looking through the well-preserved artefacts from Poe’s past including his telescope and portable writing desk.

Maryland Science Center

One of the USA’s oldest scientific institutions, this was where great scientific minds once met to discuss revolutionary ideas. It has now been converted into a popular Inner Harbour attraction. With interactive science displays for kids, a planetarium and giant dinosaur exhibits, the Maryland Science Center caters for visitors of all ages. 

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Watch the Baltimore Orioles play a baseball game at this spectacular stadium based at Camden Yards. Despite the stadium’s state-of-the-art modern design, the location boasts a rich history and is located just a stone's throw away from the birthplace of baseball legend Babe Ruth. A must-see for any sports fan.

National Aquarium

Home to more than 700 species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, Baltimore’s National Aquarium is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It also features a 4D immersion theatre and a children’s gallery, making it a great experience for visitors of all ages. The Aquarium also works to combat climate change and save animals and their habitats through education, habitat restoration, animal rescue and sustainable business practices. 

Fort McHenry

This monument boasts a rich history and is said to be the birthplace of the USA's national anthem. Visit during the summer months for a guided tour of the precinct or attend one of the concerts hosted at this unique venue for a truly memorable experience. 

Fell’s Point

This historic waterfront precinct is a great place to take a walk while admiring 19-century homes and storefronts. Full of places to shop and grab a bite to eat, Fell’s Point is also where Baltimoreans come to gather. 

Patterson Park

This 300-year-old park is a popular spot among Baltimore locals, especially during the summer when it hosts a range of seasonal events and concerts. It also features a swimming pool, lake, marble fountain and a dog park. Taking a walk to the pagoda on Hampstead Hill affords visitors some stunning unobstructed views of the Baltimore skyline. 

Cylburn Arboretum

This 200-acre public garden houses the historic Cylburn Mansion designed by George Frederick. Visitors can either take a leisurely walk around the grounds or tackle one of the more challenging nature trails. These beautiful surrounds provide a wonderful retreat from the pace of Baltimore city life. 

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