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Baltimore’s 10 Best Free Things

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Baltimore is often overlooked, despite its beautiful waterfront and delicious crabs. This former industrial hub offers many cultural and historical attractions, which rival the larger cities. But it has one advantage: It’s very affordable.

Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art, both major museums in the city, have scrapped their admissions fees since 2006. Many historic attractions can be accessed for free. Visitors can explore the city’s stunning 19th and 18th century architecture, as well as miles of waterfront walkways. This guide will show you the 10 most popular attractions in Baltimore.

Federal Hill Park

Locals are well aware that you can get the best view from the Inner Harbor by heading south on Federal Hill Park, crossing Key Highway.

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Monuments will be on display to commemorate The Battle of Baltimore (1814) and the War of 1812. The park was a strategic lookout post during this period because of its high elevation.

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Walters Art Museum has everything, from Islamic art to ancient sculptures (c) Atlantide Phototravel / Getty Images

Walters Art Museum

Walters Art Museum has a vast collection of art that spans seven millennia, from ancient times through the 21st Century. It also includes five buildings. It is free to visit the Walters Art Museum and enjoy Islamic art, manuscripts and archaeological finds from Egypt.

The museum is open to the public except for the Family Art Center, which was closed due to Covid-19. Also the Hackerman House has been renovated by $10.4 million and will now have a new exhibit.


Although Baltimore’s waterfront is now home to swanky apartments, hotels, and restaurants in the last few years, planners of Baltimore have preserved the pedestrian path so that they can offer uninterrupted views for miles along the Patapsco River.

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You can start at the Inner Harbor, then move on to Harbor East or Harbor Point. Here you will find Sandlot, a beachy hangout. You can also stop by one of many great restaurants such as Cindy Wolf’s Fish House or Lebanese Taverna before making your way towards the cobblestone streets of Fells Point.

You’ll be passing the Frederick Douglass–Isaac Myers Maritime Park. Here you can see the outdoor placards that tell the story about Black Americans’ involvement in Baltimore’s maritime commerce. Indoor admission is just $5.

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

One of Baltimore’s greatest historical treasures is located at the Locust Point industrial area. Fort McHenry was a strong defender of Baltimore in multiple wars. He also inspired Francis Scott Key’s creation of the national anthem for the USA. The Star Fort is open to all, but there is a charge to get in. However, you will enjoy the best views of the waterfront and lots of green space to play with your friends.

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Baltimore murals depict city life often (c) Larry French/Getty Images

Mural Tour

Baltimore is known for its artsy side. More than 250 murals featuring colorful images of Baltimore’s residents have been painted by local artists. They depict everything, from the Chesapeake Bay watershed and influential female leaders to John Waters’ famous drag queen Divine.

The Graffiti Alley neighborhood in Station North Arts and Entertainment is a stunning courtyard that’s filled with vibrant scribbles by street artists. It attracts many selfie-takers.

Enoch Pratt Free Library

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Baltimore’s central library completed a $115 million renovation in 2019 that updated its structure while preserving its resplendent Neoclassical-meets-Art Deco design. The library’s extensive collections includes ancient maps, sheet music, photographs, and paintings. You can check the library calendar for details on upcoming virtual and live author events.

Gwynn Falls Trail

It runs through 30 neighborhoods of Baltimore and 10 parks. You can start at any of nine trailheads, and continue on to the Patapsco River or streams. The green space, also known as Leakin Park is made up of both gravel and paved trails with varying levels of difficulty.

The Baltimore Museum of Art has a remarkable collection of contemporary, modern and 19th century art. (c) The Washington Post via Getty Photos

Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art, which is free to enter, can be found in Charles Village just a short distance north of Inner Harbor. Its column-lined Neoclassical façade makes an excellent first impression. Visitors will discover a remarkable collection of modern, contemporary, and 19th-century art inside, as well as the largest collection ever assembled by Henri Matisse.

Nearly 70 artists contributed 90 pieces of artwork to the museum’s ever-expanding collection. These works include photography, prints and drawings, as well as paintings. You should not leave without seeing the tranquil sculpture garden. Jazz musicians and other entertainments are sometimes held here.

The Washington Monument

As a beacon welcoming people to Baltimore’s cultural center, the Washington Monument rises at 178 ft high above Mount Vernon mansions.

The monument, which dates back to 206 years, was restored in 2015 by $7 million. Interactive touch screens allow for a virtual tour through the building’s indoor galleries.

As the neighborhood’s crowning jewel, it stands in the middle of Mount Vernon. It is surrounded by a collection of historic buildings that give the neighborhood an European vibe. The gallery’s entrance is free.

Mr. Trash Wheel

Baltimore officials created the Mr. Trash Wheel to help clean the Inner Harbor of plastic bottles, cigarettes, and other waste. The Mr. Trash Wheel is shaped like a human face, with eyes and mouth. It works by sucking up litter using a conveyor belt that’s powered by water wheels and the sun. Baltimore’s trash wheel in action is a fun activity for kids. They will love to see them work and learn about the environment. Social media allows you to track the location of all the trash wheels.

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Publiated at Wed 21 July 2021 21.19:05 GMT +0000

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