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A Breakdown Of Baltimore's Neighborhoods

Home to over a dozen distinct, matchless neighborhoods, it can be difficult for visitors (and locals, too) to narrow down the perfect place to spend their free time. Whether it's visiting museums, enjoying shopping and dining or relaxing outside, there's always so much to do and so little time to do it in. While most neighborhoods do offer a little something for everyone, this breakdown aims to help direct those efforts to some popular activities and destinations that will best match your "ideal day" in Baltimore. If you can't narrow it down to just one, luckily there are plenty of local transportation options to make neighborhood hopping a possibility as well. At the end of the day, no matter where you go, you're sure to agree – there's no place like Baltimore.
Inner Harbor

Inner Harbor

This historic seaport is the top destination for travelers and locals who are seeking to cruise around the Chesapeake Bay, shop along the waterfront or choose from a variety of restaurants offering savory foods from exotic to traditional American cuisine. Kids and families can enjoy a day of adventure and learning by visiting sites such as Port Discovery Children's Museum, the National Aquarium or the Maryland Science Center. For couples or singles desiring an exciting nightlife with drinks, comedy or dancing, visit Power Plant Live! just a block in from the Inner Harbor. No matter where you want to go, the Charm City Circulator is a great option to get around downtown easily and inexpensively.

Related: Guide To Baltimore's Public Transportation

Fells Point
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Fell's Point

Best known for its cobblestone roads and some of the best seafood spots in town, Fell's Point is a popular destination for people wanting to reconnect with the city's nautical roots. Located on the waterfront, the neighborhood boasts countless unique stores, boutiques and specialty shops as well as cafes and restaurants that promise a memorable experience and enjoyable conversations. Because of the history connected with this area, there are hotels like Admiral Fell Inn or take part in one of the award-winning walking tours with Baltimore Ghost Tours. Families can also get on board with Baltimore Fishing Adventures for a fishing and crabbing trip or become pirates for the day with Urban Pirates, which sails daily out of the Ann Street Pier.

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On Baltimore's outer harbor, also on the waterfront but east of Fell's Point, is the quaint neighborhood of Canton. Nearby Patterson Park provides an escape to nature in the heart of the city plus a dog park for four-legged adventurers. If it's cityscape you seek, take a stroll along O'Donnell Street for a host of pubs, shops and some good eating. Also off of Boston Street are The Shops at Canton Crossing, which boast a number of popular chain retail stores. After hours, there are a number of friendly neighborhood pubs to pull up a seat and watch an Orioles game in, as well as some ritzier clubs like Pur Lounge to toast the night away.

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Mount Vernon

Most often distinguished by its popular Washington Monument, which stands as the oldest memorial in the country to honor George Washington, Mount Vernon is a cultural hub located just north of downtown. Take a few days to brush up on arts, history and literature by visiting the Walters Art Museum, Contemporary Museum, Peabody Library or America's first Catholic Cathedral. During the spring and summer months, there are numerous free festivals held and to kick off the Christmas season, the monument becomes a must-visit destination for the city's popular annual holiday light show and fireworks. Plenty of shopping and restaurants also line Charles Street so comfortable shoes are a must for all-day visits.

Related: Historic Walking Tour Of Baltimore

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Hipsters unite down on The Avenue – or 36th Street – where shopping abounds with crafty, local small businesses such as Doubledutch Boutique and Wild Yam Pottery delivering day time activities and one-of-a-kind bars like Golden West Café and Rocket To Venus that keep the party going all night long. Also home to festivals throughout the year, this northwestern Baltimore neighborhood is about 10 minutes by car from downtown Baltimore and is bordered by some beautiful parks, the perfect spot for a relaxing walk or picnic lunch. Hampden also has one of the most amazing light displays in the nation called the "Miracle on 34th Street." If you like funky, original and upbeat, spend some time in Hampden where you can let your "Bawlmer" accent loose and fit right in.

Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her online at and

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