Baltimore, Maryland was born in the 1700s as a center for the tobacco and sugar trade, and over the centuries has grown into massive city, boasting a rich heritage in both history and culture. Like many of the cities on the north eastern seaboard Baltimore was a site of some of the most important events of The American Revolution. The most well known being Fort McHenry where the British Navy was repelled during the war of 1812, also the birth place of Francis Scott Keys' Star Spangled Banner.
This star shaped fort over looks the Baltimore Harbor, commanding a majestic view of the ocean. To travelers coming to Baltimore in early September can enjoy the Defenders Day Celebration. Located right across the street on should also take the time to visit The Monument of Orpheus, dedicated to the soldiers of the fort and Francis Scott Key. Moving on from the Fort McHenry the historic Inner Harbor Seaport is an iconic landmark of Baltimore, Maryland. This area contains several museums such as the American Museum of Visionary Art, and Port Discovery's Children's Museum. However these don't even scratch the surface of the Inner Harbor. You will also find a variety of historical ships within the harbor, as well as one of the oldest Synagogues in America for those who have an interest in religious history.
For the sports fans in the family this area is also home to M & T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and is the birth place of Babe Ruth and home turned Museum. The area is also home to several concert halls as well as a National Aquarium. Baltimore boasts so many different attractions that one should head directly for the visitors center for a full list of places and activities. Moving on to the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore one can take in the site of the original Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Square. This is also home to The Baltimore Basilica, the oldest Catholic cathedral in the country, as well as the Municipal Museum of Baltimore, also know as the Peale Museum, built for Rembrandt Peale in 1813. With so much to see, and so many things to do this only touches the surface of what Baltimore, Maryland has to offer. It truly is an enriching place for any tourist to visit.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan
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