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Visiting Fells Point - Baltimore, Maryland

Updated on February 27, 2013
Fells Point sign
Fells Point sign

Fells Point is a historic waterfront neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Although it's probably not as well known as Baltimore's Inner Harbor, it's just as worthy of a visit. The neighborhood, established in 1763, contains over 160 historic buildings on the National Register, a market, and lots of shops and restaurants. Fells Point is also famous for its bars and pubs which number well over one hundred.

Bond Street Wharf, Fells Point, Baltimore, MD
Bond Street Wharf, Fells Point, Baltimore, MD

GETTING THERE

Fells Point is about 1.5 miles east of Inner Harbor. It's pretty easily accessible and is located about halfway between route 83 and I-95. Parking is somewhat limited. Make sure you pay attention to signs as many parking spots have limits or require a permit. There are lots of pay spots available, but parking can get hard to find on crowded days. They are generally two dollars per hour and can be paid for using a credit card at machines near the spaces.


GETTING AROUND BALTIMORE

There are buses and cabs that service the Fells Point neighborhood, but if you want to get to any place on the water, I suggest using the water taxi. The water taxi services Fells Point, Harbor East, Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and several other destinations. The water shuttle costs $7 for a one-way ride or $12 for an all day pass. With an all day pass you'll receive a bunch of coupons like buy one pizza get one free or second beer free at places around Fells Point and Inner Harbor.

Water taxis in front of Thames Street bars
Water taxis in front of Thames Street bars
Broadway Market
Broadway Market

HISTORY

Some of the historic buildings in Fells Point include the Admiral Fell Inn, the London Coffee House, and the Broadway Market. The Admiral Fell Inn, built in 1892, was a boarding house for seamen, a YMCA, and a vinegar factory. The London Coffee House was built in 1771 and was the original town center. It was a meeting place where local patriots fomented revolution. The Broadway Market is one of three markets established in the 1780's, but the only one still standing. Fells Point was a ship building area, famous for constructing the privateer clippers that harrassed the British during the War of 1812, until shortly after the Civil War.

Pubs along Thames Street, Baltimore
Pubs along Thames Street, Baltimore

RESTAURANTS AND PUBS

Fells Point has lots of restaurants and bars, many of them on or near the waterfront. Click here for a list of them on Urbanspoon.



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