Baltimore, the Monument City,
is the largest city in Maryland. The city is home to many well-known universities, unique museums, vibrant art galleries, distinct neighborhoods, diverse shopping scene
, escalating dining scene
, and historic sites. It has a beautiful harbor. Whether you’re a foodie, history buff or art lover, you’ll revel in this Charm City.
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History of Baltimore
Baltimore history dates back to the seventeenth century when it was first settled by David Jones, an Englishmen. In 1729, the city was officially established, originally as a port and later was named after George Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, founder of Maryland. Baltimore grew rapidly since then. Baltimore was once a busy port that came into picture during the 1812 War.
The city played a key role in the American Revolution in 1814 by helping the opposition against the British. During that period, Francis Scott penned a poem “The Star Spangled Banner”, which formed the text of the national anthem. During the 19th century, the city was a major trade and shipping center. The built of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad amid the early 19th century was a great success. In the early 20th century, the city witnessed a decline. Baltimore turned into a major industrial center in 1880. During the mid-1960s, the black population grew in the city close to 50 percent. In late 1970s, the city had undergone a redevelopment. The Inner harbor and old town center were renovated completely. Now, the city has transformed into a modern and lively city.
Important Locations in Baltimore
From museums and art galleries to historical monuments to harbor cruises to distinct beautiful neighborhoods, the “Land of the Pleasant Living” has it all that suits your interest, taste and style. It is one of the best tourist destinations in the US.
Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art houses masterpieces and works of art by famous artists. It also has Asia, African, the Pacific Islands and the Ancient American collections. For art exploration, Click Here
American Visionary Art Museum
American Visionary Art Museum is a beautiful museum with unique rotating exhibits, a garden and two sculpture plazas. Get more details here
Washington Monument & Museum at Mount Vernon Place
Washington Monument & Museum is the country’s foremost civic memorial to George Washington. Climb to the top of the monument for great city views. Want to know more, Click Here
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Fort McHenry National Monument has several exhibits including the military and historical artifacts. Find out more about the monument here
Reginald F Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Explore the local African-American heritage at this museum through exhibits, themes of slavery, community and art. Explore the history here
The National Aquarium
The National Aquarium features marine-life exhibits. Find out more here
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum features the oldest collection of American railroad. Do you want to know more
Maryland Science Center
Maryland Science Center has several interactive exhibits that promote science. Want to know more, Click Here
The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum showcases Roman, Egyptian, Greek and Islamic artifacts, and European Renaissance art. Exhibits at the museum change frequently. For more details, Click Here
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum houses baseball memorabilia and several sports exhibits. Discover more about the baseball legend here
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a baseball ballpark and the official home of the Baltimore Orioles. Want to know more, Click Here To know more about the important locations in the Charm City, Click Here
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People and Culture of Baltimore
Baltimore is an expanding city. The city has a large black population who has continuously contributed to the city’s growth and development. The people of the city are welcoming and friendly. The city welcomes many travelers year-round.
Some of the well-known famous personalities who have their roots in Baltimore are: Babe Ruth, Michael Phelps, Thurgood Marshall, Parker Posey, Julie Bowen, Philip Glass, Mama Cass, Jade Pinkett Smith, and many more.
Time Zone and Phone Codes of Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland is located in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST).Standard time zone:
UTC/GMT -5 hoursDaylight saving time:
1 hourCurrent time zone offset:
UTC/GMT -4 hourTime zone abbreviation:
EDTBaltimore Phone Codes
The area codes in Baltimore are 410
Best Time to Visit Baltimore
The best time to visit Baltimore is spring (March-April) and fall (October-November). The spring and fall have pleasant weather. Summer (May to September) is also a good time to visit the Charm City, the climate is sunny and the city hosts several events and festivals during this period. The city has hot and humid summers, and cold and chilly winters.
Some of the events and festivals in Baltimore are:
- High season commences in May and ends in October
- Shoulder season is from March to April, November
- Low season is from December to February
Baltimore Spring Fest Baltimore Jewish Film Festival Charm City Folk & Bluegrass FestivalThe PreaknessHon FestMaryland State FairFells Point Fun FestivalBaltimore Boat Show
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