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. As one TripAdvisor user raves, "I can sit on the bench or on the grassy slope for hours! I might say it's one of the more romantic places in Baltimore City. What a great date place for an after lunch or early dinner stroll…" The huge 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. Admission to Federal Hill is free, but we recommend visiting during the day as the night time scene can get a bit seedy.