Inner Harbor Skyline from dock in Baltimore, Maryland
CHARM CITY ADVENTURE

Cruise from Baltimore, Maryland

Spend the morning walking around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, where majestic tall ships reveal this East Coast city’s rich maritime legacy. And be sure to visit the star-shaped Fort McHenry, birthplace of America’s “Star-Spangled Banner” anthem.
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Things To Do in Baltimore

View of Inner Harbor area in Downtown from a docked ship in Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland, Inner Harbor Downtown Dock Ship

Nautical Ties

Nautical Ties

No visit to Baltimore is complete without exploring the historic Inner Harbor. Step aboard a collection of impressive ships— a Pearl Harbor-era cutter, a 1930s lightship, a sail-powered warship dating back to 1797. Then stroll around brick walkways flanked by chic boutiques, restaurants serving Mid-Atlantic seafood, and photo-worthy views of the water.

Fort McHenry raising the American flag, Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland, American Flag Fort McHenry

Star Of The Show

Star Of The Show

Relive the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry, where in 1814, by dawn’s early light, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner, the United States’ national anthem. Enter this star-shaped citadel to follow a period costumed guide around the grounds, watch an educational film, and see a replica of the 15-starred American flag.

Waterfront promenade near the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Mayland

Baltimore, Mayland, Waterfront Promenade National Aquarium Sunset

Water Logged

Cruises from Baltimore facilitate encounters with almost 20,000 sea creatures spanning seven stories of interactive exhibits at the National Aquarium. Widely considered one of the best in America, this mind-boggling aquatic space includes a rooftop rainforest, multistory shark tank and reef recreations that are home to sea turtles, stingrays, bottlenose dolphins, sharks and more.

Plate of blue crab with lemon and seasoning, in Baltimore, Mayland

Baltimore, Mayland, Blue Crab Lemon

Local Cuisine

You can’t leave Baltimore without feasting on Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, which are steamed in Old Bay seasoning or served as golden brown cakes. Little Italy’s trattorias serve up pasta, tiramisu and cannoli— and National Bohemian Beer, lovingly nicknamed Natty Boh, is a local staple. Lexington Market is a foodie’s paradise where nearly 100 vendors shuck raw bar fare, plus enjoy deli sandwiches and the famous Berger cookie.

View of Inner Harbor skyline from promenade at sunset, in Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland, Skyline Inner Harbor Promenade Sunset

Shopping

Satisfy all your souvenir needs and more at Harborplace, a festival marketplace during your Baltimore cruise. Mount Vernon’s Antique Row houses a string of retailers dating to the 1840s. The Hampden neighborhood is known for indie stores and vintage clothing outfitters— or browse Thames Street in Fells Point for vinyl records, books and trendy clothing.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 The Baltimore Water Taxi is the best way to explore the Inner Harbor. With 14 stops along the waterfront, boats arrive approximately every 15 minutes at the most popular attractions.
2 A 15% to 20% gratuity is customary in restaurants and bars. At the airport, tip skycaps at least $1 per bag.

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