White steps, steamed crabs, beer, Mount Vernon, the Preakness, Mencken, museums, quiet neighborhood streets, Babe Ruth, row houses and raw bars – that’s Charm City.
With more than 200 neighborhoods to choose from, Baltimore, MD boasts hidden charm in every direction. With so many great historical and vibrant choices, it’s not hard to see how picking your favorite area could be a tough decision. If you’re into the city’s arts culture, quiet parks, busy streets, or waterside marinas – Baltimore has it all – and whether you are looking for a place to live or just visiting for the day, Baltimore is a destination you cannot ignore.
While most people spend most of their time at Inner Harbor – make sure to check out these less touristy neighborhoods as well!
Home to some of Baltimore’s oldest buildings, this quaint little neighborhood is just east of the Inner Harbor. Full of charming homes and beautiful Old World restaurants, this neighborhood is true to its name and hosts events such as Cinema al Fresco on Summer Fridays during which streets become outdoor Italian cinemas. Sign us up!
A shipyard in its past life, Fells Point can be found farther east of Little Italy and is lined with great shopping, bars, and eateries. With such a historic past, visitors have said it’s easy to feel like you have traveled back in time while you’re there. Make sure to visit the Fells Point Maritime Museum, the Robert Long House Museum, or even go on a Baltimore Ghost Tour, which takes you through the neighborhood’s old and narrow streets.
Located across the bay from the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill is one of Baltimore’s up and coming neighborhoods. Boasting a variety of bars and restaurants, the neighborhood is also full of great antique and specialty shops all in walking distance of the city’s sports stadiums. Federal Hill got its name from a historic celebration over Maryland’s ratification of the U.S. constitution back in 1788.
Just north of the Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s cultural heart and one of its most fashionable neighborhoods – Mount Vernon. Once home to Baltimore’s Gilded Age elite, this neighborhood is sprinkled with great art museums and other artistic attractions. Among those is the nation’s first monument to George Washington – nestled in the middle of Mount Vernon Square.