Federal Hill Park#7 in Best Things To Do in Baltimore
For some of the best views of the Inner Harbor and Baltimore skyline, head to Federal Hill just south of downtown. 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. Past visitors said Federal Hill offers the best view in the city.
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 playground, along with 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. For more information about the park's history and amenities, visit the Department of Recreation & Parks website.
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#1 Baltimore Museum of Art
Situated in Charles Village, just north of the downtown area, the Baltimore Museum of Art claims the title of largest art museum in Maryland. Filled with more 95,000 art pieces, including an impressive Matisse collection, donated by Baltimore natives Claribel and Etta Cone, the museum draws art enthusiasts from across the globe. An entire Cone Wing of the museum is devoted to the sisters' spectacular repertoire of paintings from distinguished artists like Matisse, Picasso and Cézanne. Recent visitors praised the extensive collection, citing free admission to the world-class museum as a major perk.
The museum is also home to one of the largest Andy Warhol collections in the world and features European sculptures, African and Asian arts, and decorative arts. The Contemporary Wing, which showcases works by women and artists of color, among others, and the sculpture garden, which hosts jazz sessions during the summer, are two main museum highlights. If you're interested in discovering what else is on display, check out its official website.
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