Baltimore is the most populated city in Maryland and it’s FULL of culture, history and fun things to see and do. Once a year for the last decade I’ve gone to Baltimore for a long weekend. I’m going to tell you how to have an EPIC weekend in Baltimore, Maryland so you can love it as much as I do! Who’s excited?!? Get excited!
In my post 7 Cheap or Free Things to do in Virginia Beach, when you Can’t go to the Beach I introduced you to my friend Susanne who was working out on the beach. She renews her fitness certifications every year in Baltimore. I tag along and THAT is how our yearly “girls trip” got started. After 10+ years we know how to have an epic weekend in Baltimore, Maryland! Here’s everything we love and recommend….
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Where to STAY in Baltimore
Before you make your selection you have to read Top 5 things you NEED to know when finding a hotel because there are tons of choices and you need to make an informed decision. The right location for YOU is going to be key in making your choice.
I’ve stayed at all different hotels, but the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is simply INCREDIBLE! This luxury hotel is located in the Fells Point area. There are plenty of options in Baltimore but I’m telling you, this stunning hotel is the BEST. The quality and service are unparalleled.
What to SEE in Baltimore
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Inner Harbor is the main tourist location in Baltimore. It is filled with attractions, restaurants, and shopping. I LOVE Inner Harbor because everything is within walking distance.
Fells Point is a charming town in the oldest section of Baltimore. I love walking on the cobblestone streets down Main Street to see the cute pubs and shops.
Federal Hill has a great nightlife scene. It is PACKED with different restaurants and pubs that have live music and various entertainment. Go to Charles Street and E Cross Street to have ALL the fun at night!
The National Aquarium is located at 501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. With 20,000+ animals and 800+ species you will DEFINITELY have an amazing time here. It ranks #20 out of 243 things to do in Baltimore on TripAdvisor.
This nonprofit aquarium’s goal is to inspire conservation. As one of the nation’s top three aquariums I’d strongly encourage you to visit. You should allow for 2-3 hours for your visit.
In the heart of Inner Harbor, at 301 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 you can see Historic Ships. There are 5 ships total, but check the website to see which ones are open for guided tours and overnight adventures.
Bromo Seltzer Arts Clock Tower
In the post “1 Thing you MUST do EVERY TIME You Travel” I talked about taking different types of tours. When we were in Baltimore this was the awesome tour that we took!
The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is located at 21 S. Eutaw St. Baltimore, MD 21201.This landmark was first built in 1907-1911. Known as one of the tallest buildings in Baltimore, it has 4 clock faces and is illuminated at night.
The Clock Tower now serves as a museum and arts center. I definitely recommend scheduling a tour of the building and clock room tower. The Maryland Glass Company Room has various incredible antique bottles and glass. The tower is truly an amazing piece of history.
Tip: The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is only open on Saturdays: 11am – 4pm (studios open at noon)
Clock Room Tours are at: 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and the cost is $8.00.
Top of The World Observation
Tip: Make sure you check the website for hours and ticket info. Top of the World Observation Level is open Mondays and Thursdays, 10am-6pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-7pm; and Sundays 11am-6pm and is $6.00 for adults.
The Gallery Mall
The Gallery Mall is located at 200 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. It has 23 trendy stores and 3 levels for shopping. This is a great option if you want an inside activity on a cold or rainy day.
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse
The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is located at Pier 5, east of the Inner Harbor. It is one of the oldest Chesapeake lighthouses. I would suggest you talk a walk to see the FREE TOUR of this cute little lighthouse.
Power Plant Live
Power Plant Live is one of my FAVORITE places in Baltimore. It has a variety of restaurants and bars and is an amazing venue for concerts. We love to go to Power Plant Live for a night out because there are several different types of bars all in one location. They have such a big variation that there is sure to be something there for everyone.
One bar can have rock music, one will have country music, and one will have dueling pianos. There are inside and outside venues all at this one central location.
Bond Street Social is located at 901 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231. This is an excellent restaurant with an upscale atmosphere. We always start our night out on the town with a drink at this location. From there we walk down Thames Street to The Horse You Came in on and listen to live music. We finish the night with the DJ music at The Admiral’s Cup.
The bottom line: Nightlife on Thames Street is AWESOME!
There are a number of art museums in Federal Hill. The American Visionary Arts Museum is probably the most unique. It is full of eclectic artwork by self taught artists from all different walks of life. TripAdvisor ranks this quirky museum #10 out of 243 things to do in Baltimore.
Aside from the shopping, and restaurants in Federal Hill, there is excellent nightlife. There are several fun and unique pubs down E Cross Street and S Charles Street. With a variety of options, there is sure to be something here for everyone.
Where to EAT in Baltimore
Fells Point Walking Food and History Tour
The best way to see Fells Point for the first time is with the Fells Point Walking Food and History Tour. This 3.5 hour small group tour will take you to various restaurants in the area. With samples from five food stops you will be sure to experience the best of what Baltimore has to offer.
I love these small guided tours because it gives you a chance to ask a local lots of questions AND you can ask other tourists what they saw and liked.
The Papermoon Diner is located at 227 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211. It’s a little bit of a drive outside of the heart of Baltimore, but you won’t be disappointed!
This UNIQUE restaurant is FULL of mannequins, pop culture toys, art, and tons of Pez dispensers. If you don’t have reservations you’re guaranteed to wait for a table… BUT… it’s worth it. The atmosphere is unlike anywhere you’ve ever eaten and the food is DELICIOUS.
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Blue Moon Café
Hard Rock Cafe
If you’ve never been to a Hard Rock Café, then you have to try this iconic restaurant. This one is located in the heart of Inner Harbor at 601 E. Pratt Street. CLICK HERE for skip the line tickets so you don’t have to wait! 🎟
Buffet Dinner/Dance Cruise
UNIQUE to Baltimore
Graffiti Alley is a REALLY COOL spot on N Howard St Baltimore, MD 21218. I stumbled upon it and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. You are welcome to bring some spray paint and add your own artwork.
George Peabody Library
The George Peabody Library opened in 1878 and is ranked as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world! It’s located at 17 E Mt Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202. This library holds special collections of books, such as first editions from Poe.
Frequently the George Peabody Library is rented out for events because of its architectural beauty. With it’s massive skylights and cast-iron balconies, it makes for a one of a kind experience.
QUICK LINKS: for How to Have an Epic Weekend in Baltimore, Maryland
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LET’S CONNECT: Which one of the suggestions from “How to Have an Epic Weekend in Baltimore, Maryland” do you think you will add to your list when you go?