Inner Harbor#7 in Best Things To Do in Baltimore
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Many of the attractions in Baltimore – including the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the USS Constellation and the major sports stadiums – are centered in the Inner Harbor. Since the 18th century, the Harbor has been one of the most important seaports in the country, with a prime position alongside the Chesapeake Bay. Apart from the surrounding sites, you can also spend the day walking around the area, taking in a street performance or exploring the shops and restaurants.
While some travelers cite the area as somewhat of a tourist trap, most agree that the scenic strolls and convenient location make it a must-see for any first-time visitor. The neighborhood serves as a great place to catch a water taxi, have a meal, and shop around. Plus, there are many summer concerts and events in the area.
The Harbor is also a good starting point for getting to know the rest of the city, as it's close to central neighborhoods like Little Italy and Fells Point. You can also jump on a water taxi here to get around or explore the city by sea on a cruise tour. Spirit of Baltimore and Watermark Cruises offer sightseeing tours; prices and amenities vary by tour operator.
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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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