What To Do In Baltimore, Maryland

Artscape in Baltimore - July 2014
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Baltimore - It's Not What You Think!

When you think Baltimore, Maryland, many different images can come to mind. Some people have watched too many crime dramas and action movies set in Baltimore. Yes, there are some bad areas in Baltimore, but that is pretty much the case in any city. There are also some very beautiful areas in Baltimore. Chances are, you won't even see a good shoot out if you visit Baltimore!

Furthermore, many people have seen one too many John Waters movies. No, not everyone in Baltimore is that quirky and strange. Yes, we have drag queens, but so does every city. Sure you might just see John Waters walking down the street if you are in the right spot on the right day, but Baltimore has a lot more to offer. Let's explore some of the best spots you can visit in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Inner Harbor

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The Inner Harbor

The Inner Harbor is an obvious tourist attraction in Baltimore, Maryland. The Inner Harbor has a ton of tourist places to visit and it is very family friendly. Some of the many fun attractions you can visit in the Inner Harbor include:

  • National Aquarium
  • Maryland Science Center
  • World Trade Center Building
  • Geppi's Entertainment Museum
  • Port Discovery - Children's Museum
  • Baltimore Water Taxi
  • Inner Harbor Paddle Boats (featuring "Chessie" the sea monster boats)

Not only is there family friendly entertainment to keep the whole family busy for hours or even days, there is also lots of shopping and dining. The Harborplace Mall is beautiful with plenty of high-end shops. There are also several other smaller shopping centers. Plus, there are plenty of places to eat like Hard Rock Cafe, Chicago Uno Grill, McCormick & Schmick's Seaford, and Cheesecake Factory.

If you are looking for nightlife entertainment, there is Power Plant Live. There are always a number of different performers in the numerous concert venues. There are also a number of bars, clubs, and even a Hooters at the Inner Harbor.

The National Aquarium

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The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

If you are in the mood to see lots of adorable animals, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore might just be the best place to go. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the USA. It is located in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. The zoo has a special Elephant Program committed to the long-term survival of elephants. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore often features a special program during the summer in which you can interact with different species of birds. The birds will actually perch on your shoulders or your fingers.

Aside from birds and elephants, you can also visit other animals such as giraffes, cheetahs, lions, tigers, monkeys, and rhinos. The Maryland Zoo is open daily March through December. It is also available for parties and special events. I've heard of wonderful Christmas parties at the zoo with attendees posing for photos with penguins.

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Oregon Ridge Park

If you are looking for something free to do in Baltimore, you should go to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville in Baltimore County, Maryland. Oregon Ridge Park features over 1,000 acres of wooded areas, trails, and wildlife. You will probably see deer, rabbits, and squirrels. You can also visit the nature center, which is free for visitors. You can see birds, bugs, snakes, and other fun critters native to Maryland.

If you are willing to pay a minimal fee, you can use Oregon Ridge Beach in the park. The former quarry has a deep end and a shallow end with lifeguards on duty. Believe it or not, there is sand on the beach so you can feel as if you took a trip to the ocean without worrying about all that travel. There are also picnic tables, grills, changing areas, and restrooms. It is fun for the whole family and right in Baltimore County.

Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, Baltimore County

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Towson Town Center

If shopping is your thing, Towson Town Center is probably the best mall to visit in Baltimore County. Towson Town Center is located in Towson, Maryland. The mall has 4 levels of shopping! It is currently one of the largest malls in Maryland. Towson Town Center features two anchor stores: Nordstrom's and Macy's. Besides the two major stores, the mall also has Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Coach, Yankee Candle, New York & Company, H & M, Wet Seal, Forever 21, Abercrombie, Tiffany & Company, Lucky, True Religion, and so much more!

If you want to dine out while at Towson Town Center, you can choose from Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's, Stoney River Steakhouse, or TGI Friday's. There is also a food court on the 3rd floor with restaurants like Subway, Chick-fil-A, Great Cookie, and Panda Express.

There is also a children's play area on the 1st floor at Towson Town Center. What is nice about this play area is its location away from stores. Your kids won't have a chance to point out all the cool stuff they want to buy if you just use the side entrance on the lowest level of the mall. Furthermore, the cleanest and best bathrooms in Towson Town Center are right beside the children's play area. No more long walks when your child has to go!

Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland

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A markerThe Maryland Zoo in Baltimore -
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD, USA
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B markerThe Inner Harbor -
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, USA
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C markerOregon Ridge Park -
13555 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030, USA
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D markerTowson Town Center -
825 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204, USA
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Towsontown Spring Festival 2013

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Baltimore Events

Maybe you live near Baltimore and you would like to attend a fun event one day. Perhaps you have plans to visit Baltimore, MD, and it would be helpful to know what day to visit. Baltimore has some really fun events that locals love and tourists enjoy as well. Some of the best events in Baltimore include:

Baltimore Ghost Tours - You can visit the most haunted places in Baltimore! The original ghost tour took participants all over the best haunted areas in Fell's Point. You can also tour the most haunted pubs in the Fell's Point area as well. Now, you even have the option of taking the Mount Vernon Ghost Walk. If you've got the time, why not try all three ghost walks?

HonFest - In June each year, the Baltimore "hons" come out to celebrate! You can enjoy fun activities like hon contests, Spam bowling, lots of food, Elvis impersonators, and more! You can embrace all of the fun and tackiness that is Baltimore in one of the quirkiest neighborhoods ever - Hampden, Maryland.

Towsontown Spring Festival - One of the best free events in Baltimore County is the Towsontown Spring Festival. Each May, visitors come from miles around to enjoy festivities. There are plenty of bands, food, free stuff, rides, and fun for all ages. Not only can you get all the standard fair and festival foods, get a little taste of Maryland with some delicious crab cakes for under $10.

Artscape - The largest free arts festival in the United States happens to be held in Baltimore, surrounding the Maryland Institute College of Arts. The festival features over a hundred artists, entertainers, and craftspeople in the area. Also, there are rides, games, exhibits, and plenty of food.

Visit Maryland!

The bottom line is, Baltimore, Maryland has a lot of fun activities to offer the entire family. Not only is Baltimore fun, there are plenty of other great places to visit in Maryland.

Never forget we have one of the best beach towns ever, Ocean City, MD. Maryland also has Six Flags America in Largo, MD, plenty of shopping malls, museums, zoos, farms, historical buildings, Chesapeake Beach, historical landmarks, and Annapolis. While you are here, make sure to swing by Washington, DC. You might just see the president.

Maryland might be a small state, but it is full of interesting activities and places to visit. What we lack in size, we make up for in personality. See you soon!


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Charles Hilton 4 years ago

As a lifelong Baltimorean, I know that you have barely scratched the surface, but, you have given folks an excellent appetizer.

One spot of growing popularity is Westminster Cemetery where Edgar Allen Poe is buried, and Ellicott City has excellent indoor and outdoor ghost tours.

My son frequents the downtown concert venues of Ram's Head Live and Sonar, among others. He and I and my daughter are seeing a concert at the Hippodrome at the end of the month.

And I love perusing the amazing artifacts and paintings at Walter's Art Gallery and Baltimore Museum of Art.

Excellent hub, and right at home! lol


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BizVT34 4 years ago from USA

Oh my, this question brought back memories. I grew up in DC Balt area. I spent some of my youthful poor choices in an area in Balt then known as The Block, home of the Two O'clock Club. It was awesome as a teenager but I'm lucky I didn't get in a bad situation.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Charles Hilton - Yes, I know there are so many other places to visit. I thought I would "go with what I know." I still haven't been on the ghost tour yet, but I've always want to do it. I am going to make it a point to do that soon! Thanks so much for dropping by my hub!

BuyaBiz - Hahaha... I know exactly what you mean. A friend and I were roaming around Baltimore City just last weekend and we simply had no business going into some areas. We were just way too old to do that type of thing. Sigh. Thanks for the comment!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Jeannieinabottle,

What a great answer to my question. I have never been to Baltimore...or anywhere in Maryland for that matter. Now I have some idea because of your hub of what there is to see and do if we make it up that way. Thanks! Voted up, useful and interesting and will share with my followers.


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CreateHubpages 4 years ago

Indeed Baltimore, Maryland is a wonderful place to visit.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I haven't been to the Baltimore Zoo in ages. We have a young child in our lives and are hoping to take her there sometime this spring. I used to love the place - there are so many beautiful old trees!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Peggy W - Thanks for asking the question. I love talking about the awesomeness that is Maryland. :-) There are really so many things to see, but I thought I would go with my favorites for the hub. Thanks for the votes and thanks for sharing!

CreateHubpages - Yes, Baltimore can be a lot of fun. Thanks for visiting my page!

Dolores Monet - I love going to the zoo. Honestly, I do tend to go to the zoo in DC though since it is free. But the Baltimore Zoo is nice, too. Thanks for the comment!


girltalksshop 4 years ago

Good to know, if I am ever out that way. : ) Voted up, useful and informative. Love the photos too! Thanks for the share.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for dropping by and thanks for the votes. I am glad you liked it.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Jeannie...

HEY...I answered this question (I didn't do a Hub or nothing) but you answered it much better than me...I just said I was going to come hang out with you. I'll call when I hit the airport...

Thomas


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, I saw that, Thomas! It showed up on my feed and then I decided to write a hub about it. Thanks for the shout out! Sure, just give me a call when you get here. :-) Thanks!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hi Jeannie! Hey I always wanted to check out Baltimore! I used to work for SWB as a temp - selling yellow page ads over the phone in Baltimore when I was like 16 - it was a blast! Of course, I didn't sell many ads, I was too busy just chatting you people up! Haha!

Great hub!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Baltimore is pretty awesome. I did not grow up here, so for me, it is still exciting. Even though other areas sound interesting, I still haven't ran out of things to do here, so I can't even consider leaving yet. Thanks for dropping by my hub! :-)


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

My daughter just got home from a weekend in Bald-de-mur...Nice hub Jeannie. Thumbs up.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you! Baltimore can be a great place. It also has a lot of nice colleges. I am hoping to add more photos to this hub soon. I will be in the Inner Harbor this weekend.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Love the turtles, birds, tigers...love them all...cool pics!!!

I have been to Maryland once to visit my Aunt and Uncle in the town of North East. I would love to see the awuarium and the harbor and its mall too! Great hub on your hometown!


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Beautiful pictures.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

iamaudraleigh - Thanks so much. I just got a new digital camera and I was excited to use it at the Inner Harbor this past weekend. The aquarium is really wonderful in Baltimore. I highly recommend it. Thanks for the comment!

Lipnancy - Thanks so much! My new digital camera produced some great photos... even if it did stop working for bit after the dolphin splashed it. :-)

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