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Baltimore Daily Life Walking Tour (Self Guided), Baltimore

This tour offers a great insight into the daily life of Baltimoreans. This tour will guide you to places where locals regularly go to pray, study, eat, shop, dance, and enjoy themselves. Get a sense of the inner energy of the city and see Baltimore how locals see it with our Baltimore Daily Life Walking Tour.
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Guide Name: Baltimore Daily Life Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Baltimore (See other walking tours in Baltimore)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Hippodrome Theater
  • World Famous Lexington Market
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Baltimore School for the Arts
  • Corpus Christi Church
  • Station North ARTS CAFE Gallery
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Hippodrome Theater

1) Hippodrome Theater (must see)

The Hippodrome Theatre is a former vaudeville theater in Baltimore, Maryland. Built in 1914 for impresarios Pierce and Scheck, the 2300-seat theater was the foremost vaudeville house in Baltimore, as well as a movie theater. The Hippodrome was designed by Thomas White Lamb, one of the foremost theater architects of his time. Lamb gave the theater an unusually strong presence on Eutaw Street through the use of brick and terra cotta on a massive façade. The Hippodrome has been recently renovated for use as a performing arts theater, and is part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.

The site had previously been occupied by the Eutaw House Hotel, built in 1835. The new theater had an original capacity of 3000 seats and boasted a Moller organ, as well as a house orchestra that survived into the 1950s. The Hippodrome was operated by the Loew's chain from 1917 to 1924, then by Keith's. The Hippodrome finally closed in 1990 as the last movie theater in downtown Baltimore.

The most recent renovation combined three contiguous existing buildings and a new structure: the Western National Bank Building (1887), the Eutaw Savings Bank Building (1888) and the Hippodrome into a major performing arts complex, designed by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates.

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World Famous Lexington Market

2) World Famous Lexington Market

Lexington Market is a historic market in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. The main market is housed in two large buildings on the north corners of the intersection of Paca and Lexington Streets. In the broader sense, Lexington Market encompasses both the main market and all of the shops on Lexington Street from Greene Street to Liberty Street. The main market buildings are host to small eateries and stands selling fish, produce, meat, baked goods, and candy.

Lexington Market is one of the longest running markets in the world, having been around since 1782. The market continues to stand in its original site. The land for this historical market was donated by General John Eager Howard. The market originally operated without sheds and stalls. Farmers would load up their horse drawn wagons with ham, butter, eggs and produce. The farmers would travel from Towson and Reisterstown to sell their goods at the market. They would usually start work by dawn.

In 1803 the market had increased in size. In the beginning the market was open on Tuesdays, Friday and Saturday from 2am until 12noon. A bell would ring at the start of the day and at the end of the day. Before being called Lexington Market it was known as Western Precincts Market.
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Enoch Pratt Free Library

3) Enoch Pratt Free Library (must see)

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is the public library system of Baltimore, Maryland. Its Central Library occupies the eastern half of a city block bounded by Franklin Street to the north, Cathedral Street to the east, Mulberry Street to the south and Park Avenue to the west. The flagship of the system, it was designated the State Library Resource Center by the Maryland General Assembly in 1971. The system also includes twenty-two branches each located throughout the city.

Its establishment began on January 21, 1882 when philanthropist Enoch Pratt offered a gift of a central library, four branch libraries and a financial endowment of US $1,058,333 to Mayor William Pinkney Whyte and the City Council. His intention was to establish a library that "shall be for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color, who, when properly accredited, can take out the books if they will handle them carefully and return them." The grant was accepted by the civic government and approved by voters later that year on October 25.

Operation hours: Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm; Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm.
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Baltimore School for the Arts

4) Baltimore School for the Arts

The Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) is a public arts high school located in Baltimore and is a part of its public school system. BSA offers concentrations in vocal music, instrumental music, theater acting, theater production, dance, and visual arts. The school has produced numerous "Presidential Scholars" in the Arts and its students have gone on to attend major conservatories and Ivy League Schools.

In 1979, the President of the School Board authored a charter creating the Baltimore School for the Arts. In the form of a resolution of the school board, this charter followed many years of effort to create an arts high school, including a 1978 recommendation of the special Task Force appointed by Mayor William Donald Schaefer. The BSA was created as part of the Baltimore school system, however the charter provided the BSA with the structure and the authority to design and implement policies and programs necessary to be successful in its mission as a pre-professional arts high school. The charter stated "that it differ from other Baltimore city high schools by training students with potential for careers in the performing and visual arts."

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Corpus Christi Church

5) Corpus Christi Church

The Corpus Christi Church is a Roman Catholic Church that opened in 1891. Open to all, it's a perfect place to enter for quiet prayer. Built in a 13th Century Gothic style, the church's decor revolves around the theme of wine and wheat from the translation of Corpus Christi - “Body of Christ”.
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Station North ARTS CAFE Gallery

6) Station North ARTS CAFE Gallery

The Station North ARTS CAFE Gallery is seen by many Baltimoreans as a nice spot for lunch. The prices are quite reasonable and the menu is diverse, it's also a very friendly place with great customer service. While you're eating, have a look out for the rotating art exhibits in the dining area.

Walking Tours in Baltimore, Maryland

Create Your Own Walk in Baltimore

Create Your Own Walk in Baltimore

Creating your own self-guided walk in Baltimore is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Baltimore Introduction Walk

Baltimore Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Baltimore Places of Worship Tour

Baltimore Places of Worship Tour

Baltimore has many beautiful places of worship, including several buildings listed as National Historic Landmarks. A number of different faiths are represented including Presbyterian, Methodist, Unitarian, Episcopal, Lutheran and Roman Catholic. Take our Places of Worship tour to see the most impressive churches in the city, which come in all different styles including Gothic revival,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Baltimore

Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Baltimore

Baltimore is a great place to go if you're looking for fantastic family entertainment. There are some really amazing places to take children such as the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and many others. Take our Family Entertainment Walking Tour to have fun, learn new things and create some great memories.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Baltimore Museums Walking Tour

Baltimore Museums Walking Tour

In just a few hours on your next trip to Baltimore, you can get a unique flavor of the history of the city at its great museums. There's Edgar Allan Poe House, the birthplace of American railroading at B & O Railroad Museum and celebrity dentures at the National Museum of Dentistry.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles
Baltimore Architectural Walking Tour

Baltimore Architectural Walking Tour

There's no better way to witness Baltimore's rich history than by going to see its many wonderful buildings and other architectural sights. This tour includes Mount Vernon Place United and a historic district featuring houses built in the early 19th Century. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these places on your trip to Baltimore.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Baltimore African American Heritage Walking Tour

Baltimore African American Heritage Walking Tour

This tour is dedicated to the African American Heritage of Baltimore. You'll be impressed by the many fantastic attractions in the city that reflect the many African-Americans who served to add great value to the lives of people in the community. Take this walking tour to learn more about African American Heritage in Baltimore

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.7 Km or 6 Miles