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Katie from Los Angeles asked

Best free things to do in Baltimore?

I'm going to be in Baltimore next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!

Baltimore (Maryland)

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Tara from Baltimore

Depending on when you travel, there sometimes are outdoor concerts which are free with beer tents, etc., other than that most activities cost $ :( The Inner Harbor also offers some sight seeing, shopping and restaurants. If you want a good bar scene, Fells Point and Federal Hill-Montgomery offer tons of restaurants and bars.


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Shannon from Albuquerque

The Baltimore Museum of Art is also free and has collections from classic pieces to modern.  It's located on the Johns-Hopkins - Homewood campus which is beautiful.


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Henry from Baltimore

1. Visit The Walters Art Museum. Afterwards, take a walk towards Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. You will see Washington Monument and Mount Vernon Place along the way.

2. Walk along the inner harbor, to Maryland Science Center, then to Federal Hill Park for a panoramic view of the harbor.


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Hazel from Port St. Lucie

Go to the Bay and walk around the Market Pl. Go visit Edgar Allen Poe. Go see Fort McHenry. Photograph the row houses.


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Justin from Phoenix

Walk along the waterfront. If you see a Barnes & Noble in a building with huge smokestacks, you've reached a good starting point. Just walk. You're sure to see something interesting going on ... street performers, stores, shipyards, whatever.

Honestly, walking is just the best free thing to do in any city. If you're a visitor, it's all different to you and you're guaranteed to stumble into things that pique your interest.


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Giovanni from Baltimore

The Walters Art Museum (free) is great for an afternoon checking out everything from Monet paintings to Egyptian mummies and Samurai swords. Mt Vernon, right outside the museum, is a nice park to walk through. The Hampden neighborhood has interesting shops and restaurants, and the Creative Alliance Inc near Patterson Park features various artistic installations and performances. And of course there are the Inner Harbor and Harbor East neighborhoods for a stroll along the water.


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Shelby from O Gallery of Venice Inc.

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M from Baltimore
Certainly go to the Inner Harbor to hang out. There are several museums close by that are inexpensive or free. Pick up a local brochure when you get there to plan a day.

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Wanda
Hi,
Baltimore has a lot of history. If you love history you should start off by visiting Enoch Pratt Free Library located in the heart of Baltimore on Cathedral St. (Mt. Vernon District). The library opened in 1933 with a grand chamber and artwork.
Mt Vernon has been designated as the National Landmark and Historical district. A visit to Washington Monument is amazing as well. You can't miss it as it sits in the middle of Charles St. surrounded by old cobblestone roads and sidewalks.
Mt. Vernon is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and originally was home to the most wealthy and fashionable families. The name derives from the Mount Vernon home of George Washington; the original Washington Monument, a massive pillar commenced in 1815 to commemorate the first president of the United States, is the defining feature of the neighborhood.
Although mainly residential, Mount Vernon is home to a mix of institutions, schools and museums. If you get hungry, visit Mount Vernon Marketplace. The market has several bars and restaurants.
A visit to the inner harbor is nice as well. The harbor is surrounded by museums and restaurants as well. The Walters Art MuseumMaryland Science CenterReginald F. Lewis MuseumJewish Museum of Maryland. You can take a water taxi from Harborplace and tour the different Stops (Federal Hill-MontgomeryLocust Point, Fells Point, and Harbor East). All have various bars and restaurants and consist of amazing water views and a lot of walking!
You can also walk to these areas as well but make sure you have good walking shoes on. Pack a lunch and eat on any of the above referenced piers. When my family visited from Germany, we visited the super market on Charles and Saratoga Streets and grabed lunch items then walked south on Charles street to the Harbor to eat. You can also picnic on Federal Hill across the street from the Harbor with amazing views!!
For hiking, I suggest Gwynn Falls Trailhead 1Jones Falls Trail, and Druid Hill Park (The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore) are all nice.
Lastly, if you are still in Baltimore on a Sunday, I suggest visiting the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar located under the Jones Falls Express Way between Hoilday and Saratoga Streets.

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  1. Enoch Pratt Free Library (library)
  2. Mt Vernon (attraction)
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  4. Mount Vernon Marketplace (restaurant)
  5. The Walters Art Museum (attraction)
  6. Maryland Science Center (attraction)
  7. Reginald F. Lewis Museum (tourist attraction)
  8. Jewish Museum of Maryland (transit station)
  9. Harborplace (transit station)
  10. Federal Hill-Montgomery (attraction)
  11. Locust Point (natural feature)
  12. Fells Point (attraction)
  13. Harbor East (attraction)
  14. Gwynn Falls Trailhead 1 (park)
  15. Jones Falls Trail (route)
  16. Druid Hill Park (attraction)
  17. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (zoo)
  18. Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar (point of interest)


   
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