The city of Baltimore Maryland is blessed with vast cultural and historical treasures. In this article we list some of the most famous places in Baltimore that you absolutely must go see.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
If you really want to have a blast you will want to visit Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Located at 301 Light St. the museum houses hundreds of Ripley’s famous “shtick” among other things such as a maze and a movie theater. The outside of the museum has a huge green serpent actually wrapped around the museum’s upper level.
Historic Ships in Baltimore
In place of a more regular type of museum, there are a few large historic ships that are permanently docked by the Inner Harbor. Visitors to The Historic Ships are permitted to actually go onto the ships.
The “museum” consists mainly of four ships.
1) USS Constellation
2) USCGC Taney
3) USS Torsk
Maryland Science Center
The Science Center, located near the Inner Harbor in Downtown Baltimore, contains three different levels that display all of its exhibits. In addition there is a grand IMAX theater that is a huge attraction. The Imax shows are absolutely breathtaking and make you feel as if you are actually there. For example, you will feel that you are riding along speedy rapids. It’s hard to even describe. You really need to experience it yourself to understand just how incredible it is.
National Aquarium, Baltimore
Baltimore’s famous aquarium houses thousands of fish and hundreds of species. Among the exhibits are a magnificent, tall coral reef, a somewhat frightening shark tank, a beautiful tropical rain forest, a section of dolphins and much more.
The Aquarium is located on the shores of the Inner Harbor.
Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
In the 1830’s the great literary genius, Edgar Allan Poe, lived in a home in Baltimore together with his aunt and grandmother. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is remarkably well preserved. It still contains his writing desk and the chair he used to sit on!
This website actually has a list of works that Poe is believed to have written during the time he was living in Amity Street in Baltimore.
The Museum is located at 203 North Amity St. Be aware, however that the house and museum contain no restrooms so please plan accordingly.
Located at 2400 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230, this is the site of the Battle of Baltimore, that took place on September 13-14, 1814. This battle is what inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner.
Pimlico Race Course
Anyone who lives in Northwest Baltimore is very familiar with the excitement that fills the air once a year, when we host the Preakness. Throngs of people converge on Baltimore and camp out at the Pimlico Race Course in order to watch the race. The sounds of the race, the announcer, and the crowd, can be heard throughout the area.