Baltimore Introduction Walking Tour, Baltimore

Baltimore Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Baltimore

Maryland's main city and the birthplace of U.S. national anthem, Baltimore is rich in historic attractions reflecting its interesting and eventful past. As a major seaport, Baltimore is big not also in terms of maritime history (USS Constellation), but also as a home to the National Aquarium, showcasing an impressive collection of marine species.
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Baltimore Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Baltimore Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Baltimore (See other walking tours in Baltimore)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: Caroline
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Washington Monument and Museum at Mount Vernon Place
  • Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church
  • Walters Art Museum
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Basilica of the Assumption
  • St Alphonsus Church
  • World Famous Lexington Market
  • Baltimore City Hall
  • War Memorial
  • Port Discovery Children's Museum
  • USCGC Taney
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Top of the World Observation Level and Museum
  • U.S.S. Constellation
  • Maryland Science Center
  • Federal Hill
Washington Monument and Museum at Mount Vernon Place

1) Washington Monument and Museum at Mount Vernon Place

The Washington Monument and Museum at Mount Vernon Place was built in 1815 by Roberts Mills. It was the first monument ever erected to honor George Washington. At 178 feet or 54 meters tall, it offers wonderful views of Baltimore from its high vantage point.
Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church

2) Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church

The Mount Vernon Place United was established in 1872. This historic United Methodist church was built in a Norman-Gothic style. It's considered by American Institute of Architects as the most important architectural structure in Baltimore, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All are welcome for Sunday worship each week at 11am.
Walters Art Museum

3) Walters Art Museum (must see)

The Walters Art Museum, located in Baltimore, Maryland's Mount Vernon neighborhood, is a public art museum founded in 1934. The museum's collection was amassed substantially by two men, William Thompson Walters (1819–1894), who began serious collecting when he moved to Paris at the outbreak of the American Civil War, and his son Henry Walters (1848–1931), who refined the collection and rehoused it in a palazzo building on Charles Street which opened in 1909. Upon his death, Henry Walters bequeathed the collection of over 22,000 works and the original Charles Street palazzo building to the city of Baltimore, “for the benefit of the public.” The collection touches masterworks of ancient Egypt, Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories, illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance bronzes, Old Master and 19th-century paintings, Chinese ceramics and bronzes, and Art Deco jewelry.

In 2000, the Walters Art Gallery changed its name to the Walters Art Museum to reflect its image as a large public institution. The following year, the museum reopened its largest building after a dramatic three-year renovation.

Starting Sunday, October 1, 2006, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum began having free admission year-round as a result of grants given by Baltimore City and Baltimore County. In 2012 the museum released nearly 20,000 of its own images of the collections on a Creative Commons license, and collaborated in their upload to Wikimedia Commons.

Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursdays 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Enoch Pratt Free Library

4) 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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Basilica of the Assumption

5) Basilica of the Assumption (must see)

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Baltimore Basilica, was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States, and was the first major religious building constructed in the nation after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. As a co-cathedral, it is one of the seats of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore in Baltimore. It is considered the masterpiece of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the "Father of American Architecture".

The Cathedral is a monumental neoclassical-style building designed in conformity to a Latin cross basilica plan — a departure on Latrobe’s part from previous American church architecture, but in keeping with longstanding European traditions of cathedral design. The plan unites two distinct elements: a longitudinal axis and a domed space.

The main facade is a classical Greek portico with Ionic columns arranged in double hexastyle pattern, immediately behind which rise a pair of cylindrical towers. The exterior walls are constructed of silver-gray gneiss quarried near Ellicott City.

The interior is occupied by a massive dome at the crossing of the Latin cross plan, creating a centralizing effect which contrasts the exterior impression of a linear or oblong building. Surrounding the main dome is a sophisticated system of barrel vaults and shallow, saucer-like secondary domes. The light-filled interior designed by Latrobe was striking in contrast to the dark, cavernous recesses of traditional Gothic cathedrals.
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St Alphonsus Church

6) St Alphonsus Church

The St. Alphonsus Catholic Church was designed by architect Robert Cary Long in 1845 in a German Neo-Gothic style. It served the city's German community for 72 years. It's considered by followers to be an important religious site because of the saints who have come to pray here.
World Famous Lexington Market

7) 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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Baltimore City Hall

8) Baltimore City Hall

Baltimore City Hall is the official seat of government of the City of Baltimore. City Hall houses the offices of the mayor and those of the Baltimore City Council. The building also hosts the city comptroller, some city departments and chambers of the Baltimore City Council.

The six-story structure was designed by the 22-year old architect, George A. Frederick in the Second Empire style, a Baroque revival, with prominent Mansard roofs with richly-framed dormers, and two floors of a repeating Serlian window motif over an urbanely rusticated basement. The building was officially dedicated on October 25, 1875.

The site for the "new" building was selected and some designs were submitted before the American Civil War. The cornerstone for the building, under Frederick's new design, was not laid until 1867. At a cost of more than $2 million, Baltimore City Hall is built largely of brick with the exterior walls faced with white marble. The marble alone, quarried in Baltimore, cost $957,000. The segmented dome capping the building is the work of Baltimore engineer Wendel Bollman, known for his iron railroad bridges. At the time of its construction, the cast iron roof was considered one of the largest structures of its kind.
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War Memorial

9) War Memorial

The War Memorial is situated near City Hall. At the entrance you'll find amazing horse sculptures created by Edmond R. Amateis. It is said they symbolize America crossing the ocean to help the Allies. First erected in memory of those who died during World War I, today the memorial stands as a testament to all Marylanders who died in war throughout history.
Port Discovery Children's Museum

10) Port Discovery Children's Museum (must see)

Port Discovery Children's Museum is a children's museum located in Baltimore, Maryland's Inner Harbor.

The former Baltimore Children's Museum, originally housed in The Cloisters in Lutherville, Maryland, was re-opened as Port Discovery in December 1998. Walt Disney Imagineering designed the Museum's permanent exhibits.

Port Discovery has served over 2.5 million visitors and ranks among the Top 5 Children's Museums in the U.S. by Child Magazine (February 2002) and Best Children's Museums in the U.S. by Forbes. In January 2011, Port Discovery was designated as a “Good to Grow Museum” for promoting healthy living for families. This national recognition comes from the Association of Children's Museums. Port Discovery is located in the site of Baltimore's historic Fishmarket Building.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-4 pm; Saturday: 10 am- 5 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.
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11) USCGC Taney (must see)

Built in 1935, the USCGC Taney served in World War II, Vietnam and Korea. This navy vessel was named after Roger B. Taney, the twelfth Attorney General. Decommissioned in 1986 and transported to Baltimore, it now serves as a floating museum.
National Aquarium in Baltimore

12) National Aquarium in Baltimore (must see)

The National Aquarium, Baltimore is a non-profit public aquarium located at 501 E Pratt Street in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore. Constructed during a period of urban renewal in Baltimore, the aquarium opened on August 8, 1981.

The aquarium has an annual attendance of 1.5 million. It has a collection of 16,500 specimens representing 660 species. In 2003, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the independent National Aquarium in Washington joined as one National Aquarium. The National Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. The aquarium's stated vision is to confront pressing issues facing global aquatic habitats through pioneering science, conservation, and educational programming.

The National Aquarium houses several exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, a Open Ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes, which won the "Best Exhibit" award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008. It also has a 4D Immersion Theater and opened a marine mammal pavilion in 1990.

Coastal Living magazine named the National Aquarium the #1 aquarium in the United States in 2011. In November 2006, the National Aquarium won a Best of Baltimore award from City Paper as the "Best Over Priced Destination for Families."
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Top of the World Observation Level and Museum

13) Top of the World Observation Level and Museum (must see)

The Top of the World Observation Level and Museum offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Baltimore through a huge window on the 27th floor. Pick up a set of binoculars and a photo map here to get the ultimate view of the beautiful sights of Baltimore. Here you can also watch audio-visual presentations about Baltimore's history.

Operation hours: (September 4 – May 20) Wed-Thu: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Fri & Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
U.S.S. Constellation

14) U.S.S. Constellation (must see)

The U.S.S. Constellation is one Baltimore's must see attractions. Commissioned in 1855, it was the last all-sail ship made by the United States. Visitors are welcome to climb aboard and find out the ship’s history, from Civil War participation to its role in disrupting the slave trade. Located in the Inner Harbor since 1999, it's open to visitors daily.
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Maryland Science Center

15) Maryland Science Center (must see)

The Maryland Science Center, located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, opened to the public in 1976. It includes three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, and an observatory. It was one of the original structures that drove the revitalization of the Baltimore Inner Harbor from its industrial roots to a thriving downtown destination.

In 1987, an IMAX theater was added, but the museum continued to show its age as the end of the 20th century approached. In 2004, a large addition to the property was opened, and the modernized hands-on exhibits now include more than two dozen dinosaur skeletons. Subjects that the center displays include physical science, space, Earth science, the human body, and blue crabs that are native to the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Science Center won a 2006 Best of Baltimore award for "Best Place to Take Kids." In 2008 the Maryland Science Center was named one of the “10-Best Science Centers for Families” by Parent’s Magazine.
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Federal Hill

16) Federal Hill

Federal Hill is a neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, United States that lies just to the south of the city's central business district. From early in the history of the city, the hill was a public gathering place and civic treasure. Nowadays the park is a signature Baltimore landmark and offers visitors one of the best views in the city.

The Cross Street Market, a historic marketplace built in the 19th century, continues to serve residents and is the primary social and commercial hub for the neighborhood. Federal Hill is also home to many popular retail, dining, and entertainment options all within walking distance.
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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 Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Baltimore Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Baltimore has many great landmarks that reflect the city’s interesting and rich history. Many of these monuments are related to war due to Baltimore's key role in the War of 1812. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the U.S.S. Constellation or admire amazing horse sculptures at the War Memorial.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Baltimore's Architectural Jewels

Baltimore's Architectural Jewels

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's Historical Churches

Baltimore's Historical Churches

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
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