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Explore Baltimore, MD

Set sail from a city dominated by its historic harbor on Carnival cruises from Baltimore, Maryland. Many of Baltimore’s vibrant neighborhoods and important sights overlook the lively harbor, making it a snap for Carnival cruisers to get a taste of the city’s history. A collection of museums, markets, and maritime activities will start your Carnival cruise from Baltimore in style.

  • Stroll among the buzzing shops and maritime sites of the Inner Harbor.
  • Cheer for the hometown Baltimore Orioles during the summer baseball season.
  • Catch an artillery demonstration at the Revolutionary War-era Fort McHenry.
  • Snack on sweet treats at an old-world cafe in Little Italy.
  • Discover the work of America’s folk artists at the American Visionary Art Museum.


Things To Do

Local Attractions

Dig deep into Charm City’s treasure trove of baseball, railroad, military, and maritime history before your Carnival cruise departs Baltimore. Seek out Babe Ruth’s childhood home and spot the original Star-Spangled Banner waving over Fort McHenry. For a savory taste of Baltimore’s seafaring heritage, take a mallet to a messy crab meal and visit a thriving centuries-old marketplace.

  • Walk the decks of the tall ships in the Inner Harbor.
  • Dig into delicious blue crabs in Fell’s Point.
  • Honor the Star-Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry, near where cruises from Baltimore dock.
  • Climb Federal Hill for dramatic views of Charm City’s waterfront.
  • Take a train ride on antique rails at the B&O Railroad Museum.

Fun Facts

  • Baltimore was the setting for some of the top television crime dramas of the past decade or two, including Homicide: Life on the Street, The Corner and, most famously, The Wire.
  • The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, whose construction began here in 1828, was the first U.S. railway to run in a westward direction.
  • The Washington Monument in Mount Vernon, constructed in 1815, was the first U.S. monument to the top founding father.

Within Walking Distance

Around the Port Area

Near the port for your cruise from Baltimore is historic Fort McHenry. This military outpost inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner after he saw the giant flag rise up as a sign of successful defense during an 1814 battle. The flag still flies high over the historic grounds. Examine the fort’s collection of military relics and catch an antique artillery demonstration.

Beyond the Port Area

In addition to the bustling shops and delicious seafood restaurants of Baltimore, the historic Inner Harbor has numerous attractions celebrating the city’s legacy as a port. Watch the firing of the Parrott rifle and climb the ladders of the USS Constellation, one of four historic ships docked in the harbor. Explore the other three, along with the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, on a visit to the Historic Ships in Baltimore Museum. Watch marine biologists feed zebra sharks in the National Aquarium, one of the nation’s finest. The waterfront Fell’s Point neighborhood was a shipbuilding center in the 1700s. Today, period homes and a robust collection of shops and restaurants line the tidy streets. A walking tour with the Fell’s Point Preservation Society unlocks the stately captains’ historic homes.

Gallery

Once you’ve got a sense of Baltimore, Maryland, from the sea, get a different perspective by climbing Federal Hill. One hundred steps lead to the park’s cannon and monuments overlooking all of Baltimore. In the surrounding Federal Hill neighborhood, discover America’s modern folk art at the American Visionary Art Museum, which holds one-of-a-kind works—including a small scale model of the Lusitania—behind its shiny, curved façade.

If you’re on a cruise from Baltimore during baseball season, snag tickets to a game at retro-style Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Nearby, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum celebrates the Baltimore native son and baseball legend. At the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, witness the turntable in action at the Roundhouse building, hop on old rail cars, and board a train for a short ride around the grounds. The museum oversees the oldest railroad station in the U.S., Ellicott City, where old inns and antiques shops still line this mill town’s Main Street.

Shopping in Baltimore

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Along the Inner Harbor’s brick-lined sidewalks, The Gallery, Light Street Pavilion, and Pratt Street Pavilion of Harborplace Mall brim with brand-name and specialty shops. For antiques and collectibles, hit North Charles and North Howard streets in the pretty Mount Vernon neighborhood. Browse for local produce and hot-from-the-oven baked goods alongside handmade crafts at Broadway Market and Lexington Market—both more than 200 years old.

Dining in Baltimore

The signature dish of Baltimore, Maryland, is steamed blue crabs, in season from May to October. Locals refer to the messy process of removing the succulent meat as “picking.” Get your hands dirty at Obrycki’s in Fell’s Point, a renowned seafood and crab house. Tuck into al dente pastas and fresh seafood at long-time favorites like Aldo’s and Sabatino’s, topped off with tiramisu and cappuccino at Vaccaro’s, all on the homey, low-rise streets of Baltimore’s authentic Little Italy.

Travel Tips

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Cruises from Baltimore depart from South Locust Point Marine Terminal, around five miles from Inner Harbor and the center of the city.
  • Baltimore enjoys a climate typical for east coast cities: Summers are hot, with highs averaging up to 87 degrees  in July, while winters are cold and snowy.