Chase and I, and Oliver of course, just got back from a little day trip to Baltimore and I completely forgot how much I love Baltimore, especially Inner Harbor. We love going to Baltimore for the sights, food, and especially the aquarium. I wanted to share some of our favorite spots, in one of our favorite cities! While we’ve stayed there for a few days, this time we only went for a day, and I didn’t’t realize how much I’d missed it and wished we could have stayed for a while and visit all of our favorite spots. But alas, we couldn’t. Writing down our favorite spots to share with you is making me less sad about that.
One of my best pieces of advice, is if you’re planning on staying in a hotel, it’s better to spend the extra money to stay in one of the inner harbor, or nice city hotels. Because let me just tell you, that you’ll spend an arm and a leg for parking! It’s much easier to walk, plus you’ll discover the beautiful little nooks that Baltimore has to offer. Chase and I once found the cutest little ‘hole-in-the-wall’ cafe just by walking around in search of food. So many places to discover!
One of our favorite things about Baltimore is the food, and we try to try a new place every time we go. Needless to say, we’ve been quite a few times and so we couldn’t choose just one favorite place to eat. Food was definitely the thing I was most excited to share with you! With mine and Chase’s history in the food industry, you could say that food, literally, is life! Haha!
The Best of Lucky Candy & Ice Cream
Cute little ice cream and candy shop in the heart of Inner Harbor. Unique and delicious ice creams flavors, and a great stop if you have kids.
Fine dining restaurant that isn’t super expensive. Incredible food and great ambiance. If you’re wonder how expensive it is, Chase and I both got entrees and 1 appetizer for a total of $50, but there were a total of 5 mini courses that are included (and that we weren’t expecting). An overall great experience!
The Fork & Wrench
Amazing, locally sourced food that is enjoyed while surrounded by vintage decor that completes the entire experience. Not your average New American food, and I mean that in the best way!
A small, modern BBQ joint about 20 minutes out of the city. Let me just say that it is worth the drive 100%! If you’re a big smoked meat and bbq fan, this is definitely a stop you need to make!
Cross Street Market
A big marketplace with lots of variety when it comes to food. From seafood, to Thai, to soft pretzels, they’ve got a great selection that will make your mouth water! (they also have a flower stand and fresh produce)
Definitely one of the bigger restaurants in the heart of Inner Harbor, but if you want to enjoy the touristy aspect of Baltimore, this great seafood restaurant is definitely the way to go.
things to do / fun / educational activities
Amazing for kids and adults! Definitely more on the pricey side, but there is a lot to do and see. It is a personal favorite of mine.
Chase and I got a “backstage” tour one time. Beautiful, clean stadium that is even better during the MLB season. Great for baseball lovers!
Barnes & Nobles
May not seem like the chain bookstore would be a popular visit, but it’s in an old factory, and there are 2-3 stories of books. Great stop on a hot (or cold) day to just look around and enjoy floor to ceiling books.
Maryland Science Center
Lots of great things to interact with for kids, and complete with a planetarium.
Less expensive than the aquarium, but there are still quite a few animals to see. They have a great penguin exhibit!
American Visionary Art Museum
Great locations for some awesome, artsy photos!
One of the best view of the Inner Harbor skyline, the perfect place to have a picnic. Also a great place for energetic kiddos to run around and burn off some energy!
Beautiful garden and greenhouse that is open all year round. It is also extremely affordable at the entrance fee is by optional donation (also right next to the zoo).
*if you’re looking for great photo locations, there are so many beautiful murals scattered around the city.
Happy and safe travels to you! I hope you fall in love with the city (and the food) as much as we have!