Baltimore was a learning experience, much like dating an ex. While there were challenging times, the dust has settled and there are no more hard feelings. I have moved on to “see other cities” and Baltimore will just keep doing Baltimore. I am grateful for our time together, and although I don’t wish to re-live the experience, I can share it with others who may want to have their day in the sun.
Here’s a sampling of activities for a two-day getaway to ol’ Baltimore.
For a stimulating first date with the city, visit Graffiti Alley. While graffiti is generally a punishable offense that can lead to stiff fines or even a prison sentence, artists can spray with abandon in one very special section of the city: Graffiti Alley.
Located in the entertainment district, Graffiti Alley is said to be the result of a heroin shooting alley turned public art studio. This dazzling maze of thought-provoking neon messages is owned by the Graffiti Warehouse and is something of a sanctuary in an otherwise questionable part of the city. It’s a welcome place to snap a photo and revel in the beauty of self-expression.
For art in a more conventional setting, check out the American Visionary Art Museum in the Federal Hill neighborhood. While the indoor setting may be more standard than, say, an alleyway, the exhibits are anything but traditional.
Running until September 2018, the Great Mystery Show Exhibit features thought-provoking works celebrating life’s great mysteries, from science and physics to philosophy and art.
You’ll feel as though you’ve entered a dream world where nothing is quite real…or perhaps, the world will seem more real than it ever has…
You can’t say you’ve seen Baltimore without checking out the Inner Harbor area. Yes, it’s a tourist trap, but the views are worth it. If aquariums are your thing (they’re definitely mine), check out The National Aquarium. With its array of invigorating exhibits, you could easily spend a better part of the day living the marine life.
If spending time outdoors is more of your thing, rent a dragon paddle boat (weather permitting) or go for a stroll along the harbor and enjoy the lively street musicians.
Fells Point is the place to eat in Baltimore, hands down. While the Inner Harbor area is definitely pretty and has plenty of restaurants, it’s also extremely touristy. So unless chain joints are your thing, opt for a more authentic Baltimore dining experience in Fells Point.
This hip, trendy corner of the city is lined with great restaurants, excellent gelato, and all-around good vibes. Seafood restaurants abound here, so you will not run short on options. Bertha’s Mussels was definitely a favorite, and if you like crab, you must try their cream of crab soup.
Also, Natty Boh is kind of a rite of passage in Baltimore, so be sure to order one of those while you’re at it. Honestly, one could dedicate an entire article to the seafood places alone, but seeing as I only hit this one, I will leave that task to the more seasoned Baltimore folk.
However, I will say that Fells Point was the highlight of my trip, particularly Thames Street. Whether you’re coming for the seafood or a fun night out along the Chesapeake Bay, Fells Point is the place to hit.
In all honesty, I didn’t need more than a few days to enjoy what Baltimore had to offer. Regardless of what you decide to do, be strategic about it, as Baltimore can be tricky to navigate. The best thing you can do is pick a safe place to stay – I can’t emphasize this enough – and know where you’re going ahead of time.
Although Baltimore may take some more warming up to than other major cities, once you do, you’ll find there’s plenty to enjoy.