Weekend Getaways in Baltimore

Panoramic view of Baltimore

The charm of Baltimore, Maryland makes it the perfect romantic weekend getaway.  Yet the great weather and close proximity to Maryland’s beaches make it a great location for a family trip.  May through September may yield the best climate, if you don’t mind a bit of humidity in the summer, but you’ll enjoy the best steamed clams or blue crabs July to September.

Fells Point offers the romantic trip for a couple or a fun girl’s weekend.  Shop at the unique shops as you walk down the cobblestone streets.  Stop in at Bertha’s Funky Pub for some tea and scones in the afternoon or some ale in the evening. Some say this historic town, founded in 1763, is haunted in some areas.  The Preservation Society offers walking tours including the famous Ghost Walk every Friday and Saturday nights.  They suggest you make reservations as they sell out quickly for this tour.  Stop in at the Fells Point Corner Theater  and take in a play such as The Homecoming, Take Me Out or The Sisters Rosemsweig.  For fun the whole family will enjoy, take a Baltimore Water Taxi.  You can purchase an all day ticket so you can get on and off as you explore and sightsee throughout the day.

American Visionary Art Museum offers unusual and non-mainstream art pieces.  If you’re looking for a weekend of historical education mixed in with a lot of fun, perhaps a museum weekend will be your choice.  After a great lunch in their café, head over the Babe Ruth Museum. The sports fans in your group will love seeing the house of the native son of Baltimore was born in and bats and mitts he used as well as Oriel memorabilia. If you love being near the water and can’t wait to get down to the inner harbor, you’re going to love the Baltimore Maritime Museum  http://www.baltomaritimemuseum.org where you’ll visit the Lightship Chesapeake, the USS Torsk, the the KnollLighthouse and much more.

The Star Spangled Banner House is a good additional destination if you’ve planned a museum hopping weekend.  It’s the home of Betsy Ross’s original American flag.  It flew over Fort McHenry during the war of 1812 which was when Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the “Star Spangled Banner.”  You’ll also see exhibits of period furniture and artifacts and there’s a children’s hands-on room with exhibits just for them.  Stop by their website to see what special events are taking place the weekend you plan to visit.

Glenans Irish Sailing Club is for anyone who always wanted to learn to sail, but never took the time.  What could be better than a two day sailing course?  In June and July they offer classes specifically for teenagers 14 to 17 years of age.  Choose classes between Dinghy Sailing, Catamarans, Windsurfing and more.  After you’ve learned the basics, book another weekend to perfect your skills, learn to sail a cruise boat or to join a “Racing Weekend.”

USS Constellation is docked at the harbor and is something you won’t want to miss, especially if you’ve been taking sailing courses at Glenans Irish Sailing Club.  The triple-masted ship will take you back to years of yesterday. It’s the last Civil War ship still afloat.  Learn about the life of the sailors who swabbed her decks.  See the mighty cannon fired.  It all starts with the raising of the colors at 10:30am.  The best days to visit is July 4th and New Years Day when they have a reception and fireworks in the evening. try to get a room in one of the Baltimore Waterfront Hotels for spectacular view of the show.

National Aquarium in Baltimore is an educational and fun destination to plan a weekend getaway around.  Whether it’s a family trip or just the two of you, everyone will find flinty of interest here.  Best yet, you can buy tickets right online at their website.  See the giant pacific octopus, the amphibian exhibit, the bird exhibit, the 4-D Emersion Theater and much more.

Baltimore Zoo would be a good second day destination after visiting the aquarium on Saturday.  There over 2000 animals to learn about and enjoy their company.  See penguins, polar bears, prairie dogs and tigers as well as special exhibits such as the Chimpanzee Forest, Leopard Lair and the African Watering Hole.  If you have kids along you won’t want to leave without visiting the special Children’s Zoo.  They’re open from 10am to 4pm every day.

Samos is a budget friendly Greek restaurant with great food.  Once you’ve planned your weekend trip in Baltimore, you’ll want to set up a line of restaurants.  Be adventuresome and try something new or at least a style of cuisine you haven’t had for a while.  Samos is one of those places you’ll want to put on your list.  Their huge portions are astonishing and you could feed your whole family on an order of appetizers.  Try the Avgolemono while your there.  It’s a classic Greek egg lemon soup.  Another great restaurant choice is Kali’s Mezze.  It’s totally Mediterranean food is also reasonably priced with large portions.  If you’ve decided on a trip to Falls Point, don’t leave without having a meal at Kali’s.  And don’t miss out on their crab cakes, they’re the best.   If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, Arcos is the most recommended location.  It is child friendly and pocketbook conscious.  The most popular Indian restaurant in Baltimore is The Ambassador,  just a couple blocks from John Hopkins University.  The valet parking is convenient and you’ll love the way their dining room moves into an outdoor seating area.  They offer a lunch buffet along with their regular menu along with a full vegetarian selection.

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