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Best of Baltimore
by Kathleen Rellihan, Travel Channel Contributor
There's more to this city than the Orioles and Old Bay seasoning. From Little Italy to American Visionary Museum, see the attractions that reveal the many sides of Charm City.
National Aquarium
Baltimore’s No. 1 tourist attraction? The world-famous National Aquarium, which sees over 1.6 visitors per year. With more than 16,000 creatures, the aquarium’s most popular attraction is Dolphin Discovery, where visitors can watch dolphin training, feeding and playing throughout the day. Link Here
Walters Art Gallery
Once the private collection of a wealthy Baltimore tycoon and later his son, this collection of art spans 55 centuries, with works from around the world. Treasures include Egyptian mummy masks, Art Deco jewelry and 19th-century French Impressionist paintings. Link Here
American Visionary Museum
With Baltimore’s quirky and down-to-earth personality, it’s only fitting that you’ll find a museum here full of art by self-taught artists. Treasures include a life-size, interactive chess set of sculpted metal (made to resemble angels and demons) and an outdoor 55-foot-tall, colorful wind-powered sculpture, WhirliGig. Link Here
Inner Harbor
A major seaport hub since the 1700s, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the center of the city’s tourism today: The National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and numerous dining and shopping options can be found near the waterfront. For an affordable and fun way to see these sites from the water, take a water taxi, which runs year-round. Link Here
Fell’s Point
This lively waterfront neighborhood was once one of America's most important colonial seaports. Today, historic homes and cobblestone streets mix with bustling nightlife and unique shops in what is the city’s densest collection of sports bars and restaurants. Link Here
Sport Legends Museum
Located in Camden Yards, this museum profiles Maryland’s prolific sports history. See artifacts and exhibits from Baltimore’s sports legends, from Babe Ruth to Cal Ripken. Babe Ruth’s Birthplace and Museum is just minutes away if you want to explore even more of the baseball hero’s life. Link Here
Domino Sugars Sign
You know you’re in Baltimore when you see the iconic 120-foot-tall Domino Sugars sign adorn the Inner Harbor skyline. The best time to see the sugar refinery landmark is at night, when its 650 tubes of neon light up Charm City’s skies. Link Here
Fort McHenry
This star-shaped brick fort is famous for its role in the War of 1812. The national monument, which staved off a British invasion, later inspired Francis Scott Key to pen a poem, “Defence of Fort McHenry” -- the words of which later served as the lyrics to his “Star-Spangled Banner.” Link Here
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
One of the first “retro revival” stadiums, Oriole Park at Camden Yards was built on a former railroad site in 1992. The Major League Baseball ballpark is only 2 blocks from the birthplace of baseball legend Babe Ruth. Link Here
Maryland Science Center
Located in the Inner Harbor, the Maryland Science Center has 3 floors of interactive and educational exhibits, as well as an IMAX theater and planetarium. No matter what your age, you’ll find something new to learn -- and amuse you -- on every visit. Link Here
Edgar Allan Poe Grave and Memorial
Nevermore, B’more, quoth the Raven. While this poet of the macabre has gone down in history as one of Baltimore’s most famous residents, sadly, one of his old haunts -- a site later known as the Baltimore Poe House and Museum -- closed its doors in 2012. But you can still leave a penny on the wordsmith’s grave, which has been tradition since the 1870s (when school children collected pennies to buy the poet a proper grave). Link Here
Little Italy
From outdoor movies to bocce tournaments, this charming neighborhood celebrates Italian culture big time. But what truly makes “Piccola Italia” worth a visit? The food, of course. You’ll find 30 restaurants here, from Vaccaro's Pastry Shop to Cafe Gia. Mangia! Link Here