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Things to do in Baltimore

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Baltimore. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Baltimore attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Baltimore to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Baltimore.

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  • American Visionary Art Museum

    This energetic space dedicated to visionary art (which is, simply put, created by self-taught artists who play by their own rules) is more fun hous... More
  • Baltimore Museum of Art

    The museum’s updated Contemporary Wing reopened in November 2012, just the first phase of a $24.5 million renovation to be completed in 2014. A new... More
  • Baltimore Water Taxi

    Cruise the harbor affordably (you can get a map of landing points at the tourist center in the Inner Harbor) on one of these open-air, blue-and-whi... More
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Mules stopped pulling coal barges in 1924; now bikers pass locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts while looking for bald eagles. The Monocacy Aqueduct, a... More
  • Lexington Market

    Stroll up to the covered 18th-century Lexington Market for picnic fixings and free Friday and Saturday lunchtime jazz and blues concerts. More
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    The stadium is largely credited with starting the league-wide trend toward serving regional cuisine in ballparks when it opened in 1992. More
  • Tusk Lounge

    Upscale upstairs haven. Two vintage Waterford crystal chandeliers and a 30-foot-long marble bar, built in the late 1800s for a private men's club i... More
  • Walters Art Museum

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