Be more in B’More: a guide to the city
Now that you’re a Towson student, it’s time to get to know Towson’s sister city and the largest city in Maryland – Baltimore. Whether you’re from out of town or just looking for something new to do, Baltimore has much to offer. Here are a few tips of where to go and what to see during your visit:
With a picturesque, waterfront view and a fishy stench, visitors can be sure that they are in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. From street performances to fine shopping and dining opportunities at Harborplace and The Gallery, there is something for everyone. The Cheesecake Factory provides great food with a view overlooking the harbor.
If you wish to get a little closer to the seaport, boat lovers can enjoy the sight of several, massive and historic ships. You can even climb aboard and experience how the ship would have been run in the past and maybe even watch them fire one of the cannons.
If you would prefer to keep your land legs, the Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium or Port Discovery are awesome activities for kids or anyone who loves to learn.
Venturing out at night? Great bands are almost always playing at either Power Plant Live! or Rams Head Live! which are both only a block away from the Harbor.
Home of Michael Phelps, Fell’s Point is a vibrant neighborhood just outside of the Inner Harbor.Right on the water, the neighborhood is accessible by the water taxi–and has access to some of Baltimore’s famous seafood. True Marylanders will appreciate the crabs at Obrycki’s (including the spicy deviled crab cake), but those who like their fish raw can stop by Asahi Sushi.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can visit the Baltimore Tattoo Museum. Not only does it showcase the history of American tattooing, it also operates as a tattoo parlor. So get some inspiration from the gallery, and then maybe you’ll leave with a brand new piece of body art of your own.
The area is known for its shops, and Antique Man has every trinket and old treasure imaginable.
If music is more your thing than antiques, however, The Sound Garden is your best bet.
The Sound Garden was declared by Rolling Stone magazine to be the second-best record store in the country, so visit and see how good their collection is for yourself.
If you suddenly feel like you have walked into a scene from the musical “Hairspray” you might be in one of Baltimore’s most hipster neighborhoods, Hampden.
Originally a town built for the workers in the Jones Falls Valley mills, the old mills have now been repurposed into unique shops, restaurants and homes. Most of these businesses are independently and locally owned making them one-of-a-kind.
On the first Friday of every month, shops, restaurants and bars located on The Avenue, also known as 36th Street, keep their doors open late. Low- priced food and drinks are available and shoppers can find special deals at their favorite locations.
Hampden is also well known for their annual festivals during Christmas, Halloween, and a few others. Hampdenfest, this year set for September 14, is a music festival which features events such as the Toilet Bowl Race.
HonFest, which began in 1994, was created to celebrate the historic working-women of Baltimore. Break out your cateye glasses and build your hair into a beehive because this festival emulates the styles of the 1960s.
If visiting at night, the Walters Art Museum holds Constellation Thursday Nights each week from 5 – 9 p.m. and the best part is it’s free!
More places to see
Harbor ships – Many historical ships line Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, some including the USS Constellation, built in 1854.
Visionary Art Museum – 800 Key Hwy Baltimore, MD 21230 – Mr. Rains Fun House, the restaurant located inside the museum is a great place to grab lunch while exploring the many fascinating exhibits.
Joe Squared – 30 Marketplace, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 – Conveniently located next to Power Plant Live, you can keep dancing to the music while you order something delicious off of their unique menu.
Antique Flea Market in Fells Point – Browse through the goods of about 50 vendors on the second Sunday of each month.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium – 301 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202 – Right in the Inner Harbor, this museum includes wonders from all over the globe. You know you’re there when you’ve seen the giant sea monster.
Camden Yards – 333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201 – The home stadium of the Baltimore’s baseball team, the Orioles.
M&T Bank Stadium – 1101 Russell St, Baltimore, MD 21230 – Home of the 2013 Superbowl champions the Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore Soundstage – 124 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202
Soundgarden – 1616 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231 – A music and record store in downtown Fells Point.
The Ottobar – 2549 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21218
Power Plant Live! -601 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
An die Musik – 409 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
The 8×10 – 10 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230
Golden West Café – 1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
The Soft House – 1511 Guilford Ave. Baltimore, MD 21202
The Red Maple – 930 N Charles St Baltimore, MD 21201
– Carley Milligan, Eva Niessner and Annina Wells contributed to this article