Federal Hill Park
- Type: Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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For some of the best views of the Inner Harbor and Baltimore skyline, head to Federal Hill just south of downtown. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, "The climb to the top of Federal Hill is well worth the effort. The Inner Harbor and the cityscape both are so wonderful to behold from an elevated view." The massive hill was once used during the Civil War and the War of 1812 as a major lookout spot. Until recently, it was also known as Signal Hill, where flags of local companies were raised as their ships arrived into the harbor.
You have two options for getting to Federal Hill's summit: stairs or rolling hill. If you prefer the stairs, head up the 100 stairs on the Battery Avenue side. Warren Avenue, on the other hand, doesn't offer any stairs, but boasts scenic hillside views. If you're in the city for the Fourth of July, this makes for a great spot to watch the fireworks.
The park also has a nice children's playground plus plenty of trendy restaurants and shops in the surrounding area. It's free to enjoy the park, but plan on visiting during the day as the nighttime scene can get a bit seedy.
You'll find Federal Hill Park south of the Inner Harbor. If you're looking to save some coin on public transportation, your best bet is the Charm City Circulator, a free public bus that runs from the Inner Harbor to top sites in the surrounding neighborhoods, including Federal Hill. The MTA bus and Light Rail also offer easy service to Federal Hill, and there's street parking in the neighborhood as well.
Nearby Things To Do
American Visionary Art Museum<0.5 miles away
Maryland Science Center<0.5 miles away
National Aquarium in Baltimore0.5 miles away
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore<0.5 miles away
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront0.5 miles away
Hyatt Regency Baltimore0.5 miles away