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Baltimore often gets overlooked as a destination for tourists. The locals, however, know that the city has a lot of fun things to do. If you’re looking for an interesting place to visit, you should learn more about these four fun things to do in Baltimore. You might suddenly find yourself researching flights to the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Visit the American Visionary Art Museum
Location: 800 Key Highway
Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $15.95 for adults; $13.95 for seniors; $9.95 for students and children
The American Visionary Art Museum might be the most unique art museum in the United States. It’s certainly the most innovative concept in the Baltimore area.
The museum focuses on works from outsider artists, many of whom worked in obscurity throughout their lives or lived with mental illnesses that prevented them from participating in society. If you’re interested in minority perspectives, you will love seeing the amazing art these people created.
The American Visionary Art Museum also has some works from popular artists, although not all of them are known for their visual works. For instance, the museum hosted a large installation piece designed by Wayne Coyne of the musical group Flaming Lips. It combines sculpture, illustrations, LED lights, and music into a one-of-a-kind experience.
Hang Out in Fell’s Point
Fell’s Point is arguably the hippest neighborhood in Baltimore. The historic district, which is just a short walk from the Inner Harbor, is filled with restaurants, bars, and record stores. Some have been serving the community for over a century. Others, like a lot of hip spots, come and go quickly. Regardless, it’s the place to go when you want great food and drinks accompanied by the entertainment of brilliant street musicians.
Fell’s Point is a longstanding community filled with locals as well as visitors. Have a good time there, but respect the people who call it home. Some people have to go to work in the morning!
Catch a Game at M&T Bank Stadium
Location: 1101 Russell Street
Price: Varies by event
M&T Bank Stadium opened in 1998, so the home of the Baltimore Ravens has all of the features you would expect from a modern stadium. The 71,008-seat stadium is located near the Baltimore Light Rail Hamburg Street Station, so it’s easy to get to even if you don’t have a car.
Ticket prices vary depending on who the Ravens are playing. The more popular the team is, the more you can expect to pay. Luckily, you can use apps on T-Mobile’s iPhone 6 Plus to compare ticket prices and choose the best seats.
If you’re a football fan, you owe it to yourself to see the Ravens play at this beautiful field. You simply can’t visit Baltimore without getting tickets to a game. If you don’t go, you’ll regret it.
Explore America’s Oldest Roman Catholic Cathedral
Location: 409 Cathedral Street
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. or until conclusion of Mass
Price: A $2 donation is requested
The first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States was constructed in Baltimore between 1806 and 1821. That makes it an essential part of the nation’s religious and architectural history.
This Baltimore basilica is more than just a cathedral where congregations gather for Mass, though. It also has a wonderful prayer garden dedicated to Pope John Paul II and an underground crypt that holds the bodies of eight of the twelve archbishops of Baltimore. Unlike many of the crypts in European countries, though, this one does not display remains. It’s a pleasant, quiet place to learn more about the cathedral’s history as well as pay respects to Baltimore’s archbishops.
Group tours are available, but you should check the website for times. You’re free to take a self-guided tour, too. Just make sure you don’t interrupt any services, since the cathedral has an active congregation.
Baltimore has something fun for practically any visitor. Whether you’re interested in art, history, religion, or just having a good time in a lively neighborhood, Baltimore is a great place to visit.
Guest blog submitted by Sam Bradford