Baltimore InformationThe historic metropolis was established on Maryland’s southern coast in 1729. Chesapeake Bay eventually became the second busiest seaport in the region. Once home to Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, Edgar Allan Poe and Frederick Douglass, “the city of neighborhoods” also served as the destination where Francis Scott Key would pen “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 1812. Baltimore has much to offer visitors having a variety of interests.
Baltimore has 13 different museums that house exhibits commemorating a wide variety of historic events and people. The Babe Ruth Museum celebrates the life and career of the native athlete who became the country’s first celebrity sports figure. The Edgar Allan Poe House is the simple abode where the acclaimed author once resided with family members. Self-guided tours enable visitors to see some of his personal belongings and works completed while living in Baltimore. The unique Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Camden Station allows guests to revisit childhood days while exploring pop culture exhibits spanning from the 1700s through today. Among the thousands of items on display are comic and story books, dolls, toys and other memorabilia associated with the most treasured cultural characters.
Nature and Science Lovers Destinations
The National Aquarium serves as home to more than 17,000 marine and land-based animals that live anywhere from local habitats to more exotic destinations that include the Amazon River. Take a journey from local waters to the ocean or enjoy face-to-face encounters with stingrays and moon jellyfish in the Living Seashore touch pools. The Maryland Zoo is the third oldest in the U.S. and the 135-acre site cares for 200 species of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The Maryland Science Center ventures into many different aspects of the world around us from the depths of the ocean to outer space. Travel back in time to when prehistoric animals roamed the planet or discover what is in store for space exploration.
The Baltimore Orioles have been representing the city in professional baseball since 1954. Oriole Stadium at Camden Yard has only been the home of the MLB team since 1992 and is the place to catch a home game. Football fans delight in watching the Baltimore Ravens play in the fall. The team graced the city with Super Bowl wins in 2000 and again in 2012. Equestrian enthusiasts can attend the Preakness Stakes in May at the Pimlico Race Course. Lacrosse, rugby and the Baltimore Grand Prix are other locally popular sporting events.