The sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the 'Star Spangled Banner'. The fort is best known for the part it played during the War of 1812, successfully holding off an attack by the British Navy. When Scott Key saw the flag still flying over the fort after surviving the attack, he wrote the poem that became the national anthem. Today, the fort is a National Historic Park. The restored barracks hold exhibits of military and historical artifacts and a well-kept trail runs along the water's edge, affording spectacular views of ships entering and leaving the busy harbor.
Inner Harbor has come to be a significant place in the city of Baltimore and considered a must-visit attraction. The small waterfront, which serves as a top destination, rose to prominence during the 1950s when it was revitalized for recreational and leisure activities along with grass-covered parks for its people. Over the next decade, parks and plazas, buildings and hotels, even corporate conventions and government units were added to the Inner Harbor. Places like Maryland Science Center, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Ripley’s Believe it Or Not - Odditorium, are major attractions that delight people of all ages. The area still embraces its glorious history and the Baltimore Museum of Industry is an apt example. Admirers of the past can take a step back in time by visiting any or all of the five historic ships that are permanently stationed at the Inner Harbor. The elevated 27th floor of the World Trade Center situated in Inner Harbor allows a bird-eye view of the city of Baltimore.
Johns Hopkins University owns and operates this 48-room, 1850s Italianate mansion decorated with post-Impressionist paintings and sculptures, rare books, Tiffany glass and chandeliers, Chinese porcelains, Japanese netsuke and 17th-century Belgian tapestries. The impressive home contains Baltimore's only private theater designed by Leon Bakst, who is best known for Ballet Russes sets. Call for information on lectures, sculpture shows and other activities. Guided one-hour tours are offered on the hour. Closed major holidays.
Rawlings Conservatory is one of the aged glass conservatories in United States. This wonderful gem in Druid Hill Park houses the second oldest Palm House in the country which is huge and boasts a notable Victorian architecture. There is a small sweet orchid room adjacent to it, which features a rotation of blooming orchids from different parts of the world. The Palm house has large specimen palms like the Bismarck, and has some houses attached to it which feature climatic areas like the Mediterranean, Tropical, and Desert. The garden outside has stunning specimens of plants where you can enjoy a picnic with children. This conservatory is dedicated to foster an appreciation for plants from across the globe, and to build an understanding about the vital roles they play.
The Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House is one of the most historically significant structures in Maryland. It was constructed in 1817, and stands listed on the prominent National Register of Historic Places. It is a massive model depicting the Federal style of architecture,
The four squares that surround the historic Washington Monument together form Mount Vernon Place. These four squares were created after the monument was built in order to create a spectacular setting for it. Although the monument is the crowning jewel of the park, by itself too the park is a sight to behold. Verdant trees, grass and shrubs, paved walkways, and beautiful statues and fountains dot the park, making it one of the finest urban landscapes in the world. Mount Vernon Place also has plenty of benches and dining options and is surrounded by houses that have still retained their old-world charm, making it a great spot for spending a peaceful day. Located nearby are the Lexington Market, the Hippodrome Theater, and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
Oliver Brewing Company started as a brew pub within Pratt Street Ale House until increasing demand for its craft brews made it open this separate facility. The focus is on British-style ales although you can sample good American brews as well. Take a tour through the brewery to learn about behind-the-scene operations such as fermentation, bottling, labeling and canning. The tasting room has happy hours and lets you enjoy beers with quirky names like Don't Fear the Creeper. The menu also includes craft beers brewed by other regional microbreweries.