When visiting a new city like Baltimore, it can be a bit overwhelming to find the right places to see. You do not want to just show up in a city with no idea of which landmarks and locations you want to make a point to visit.
While wandering through the city for a portion of your trip can make for a fun and unique experience, having a tentative itinerary can make your trip easier to manage. It is easy to get caught up in the new sights and sounds.
Planning your trip in advance can help stretch your spending and better time management. Making the most of your time can be easy and wallet-friendly with these 5 free things to do in Baltimore.
Art and Culture
Visiting a new city can be a fun experience for your family, but why not throw a little education in the mix? While most children will moan and groan at the thought of learning during their vacation, teaching moments can be fun while still being good for the mind.
Art and Cultural exhibits are great ways to teach your family about many different aspects of society and culture past, present and future.
1. The Baltimore Museum of Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art is a great attraction to visit while you are in Baltimore. This museum is world renowned for their Cone Collection and many consider this exhibit their Crown Jewel. The Cone Exhibit consists of Baltimore sisters Claribel and Etta Cone’s collection of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
They began assembling one of the world’s most important art collections and acquired more than 3,000 objects belonging to the infamous artists. The highlight of the collection is the 500 works by Matisse, considered the largest and most significant in the world. Their exhibit also consists of works by Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh.
With the addition of textiles, jewelry, furniture, African, Asian, and Near Eastern art, the Baltimore Museum of Art is a must while visiting the city.
2. Edgar Allen Poe
The city of Baltimore is home to the world famous writer and poet Edgar Allen Poe. There are a variety of locations that pay tribute to the writer including his Baltimore home, his burial site in Westminster Hall, the Poe museum, Edgar Allen Poe statue, and a variety of other locations.
Poe published his second volume of poetry in 1829 and launched a literary career after winning a contest sponsored in 1833 by the Baltimore Saturday Visiter for the best short story. The home Poe shared with his Aunt Maria Clemm is now a museum dedicated in his honor. A visit to the Poe House and Museum allows you to gain a sense of an actual space where Poe lived and penned a number of his initial efforts of fantastic fiction and horror pieces.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library is Baltimore City’s public library and is home to collection of Poe memorabilia, including rare books, manuscripts, original letters, images, biographical and critical articles, illustrated editions, even a lock of his hair and a piece of his coffin. Visiting these locations will give you an eerie sense of what the life of the infamous Edgar Allen Poe was like.
3. Storytime with the Urban Pirates
Join the crew of Baltimore’s very own pirate ship in the historic location of Fell’s Point. Climb aboard the ship and hear swashbuckling tales of adventure where the crew of pirates will take your family back in time without ever leaving the port.
While the story time and boarding of the ship is free, you can choose to purchase tickets for a family fun cruise aboard the ship “Fearless” if you decide to hit the high seas.
4. Visiting Ship Tours
Each year, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor plays hosts to approximately 24 ships. The opportunity to climb aboard, tour and learn the fascinating history of any one of the massive ships is a must while you are visiting the city. The harbor provides a port for tall ships (large, traditionally-rigged ships) and naval vessels from all over the world, as well as Baltimore’s very own Pride of Baltimore II.
Music and Outdoor Attractions
5. Power Plant Live!
Power Plant Live! hosts an annual Friday Night Live! concert series. Watch local artists and national headlining bands perform on the newest permanent outdoor stage in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. While you’re visiting the Inner Harbor, stop by Hard Rock Café Baltimore for free outdoor concerts, Thursday through Sunday nights from May through September.
The gorgeous venues play host to a variety of bands from within the city and all over the globe. Give your kids a lesson in music while viewing the beautiful scenery of Baltimore.
When you are visiting a new city, it can become a bit overwhelming to find the attractions you are planning to see. Hiring a Baltimore limousine can give your family the peace of mind of being on the right route and create lifelong memories.
We all know the headache of becoming lost along the way or not being able to find parking. Baltimore limousines can take care of everything for you while you sit back and relax.
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