You can make the hike as long or short as you want. We chose to park at the Park Office and hiked along the white trail and the red trail which ended up being about 3 miles, and took us about 2 hours. There are some steep parts along the white trail, so I’d consider it as moderate difficulty.
The cool part about the trail is not only the grand view at the top, but the history. The “King and Queen Seat” was a ceremonial location for the Susquehannock Indians, according to legend. Tourists came to this location in the 1800s, and you can see carvings into the rock.
If you park at the Rock Ridge Picnic area, there are play areas for kids. You can take the red trail from there to the King and Queen Seat.
The Maryland Mac and Cheese Festival is a 2-day event at Power Plant Live in downtown Baltimore. I’ve always wanted to go to this festival and finally had a free weekend to enjoy it. It’s still going on today if you would like to join in on the fun!
About 15 vendors in total were ready to hand out different styles of mac and cheese in 3 oz portions. With the premium package (which we enjoyed), we received 10 mac and cheese vouchers and 1 drink ticket. In my opinion, the best mac was the fried mac and cheese balls with pepperoni… :-b
This pirate cruise sails around the inner harbor from its starting/docking point in Fells Point. They offer an adult booze cruise which we thoroughly enjoyed, as well as kids cruises earlier in the day.
The booze cruise is BYOG (bring your own grog), and they supply music and a really good time.
I thought it would be cheesy but it sure wasn’t! We all said this was the most fun we’ve had in Baltimore.
My dad’s cousins came into town and they made T-shirts to promote my blog! We had a blast exploring my favorite parts of the city to showcase its BEAUTY. I made an itinerary for our day; you can see it at the bottom of this page if you would like to follow in our footsteps! There’s also a downloadable PDF file of the itinerary beneath it. After looking through it, please take the poll at the bottom of this post to let me know what you think about the itinerary!
Billy and Patty have a camper, and camped at Hollofield Campground in Ellicott City, approximately 20-30 minutes from inner city Baltimore. Don’t these pictures make you want one?! After checking out their portable apartment, I showed them around my beautiful city 🙂
First stop: Federal Hill Park
The view from here is spectacular. You can see the entire Baltimore skyline from above the inner harbor. Then take a brief stroll on Montgomery Street to see the gorgeous historic homes in Federal Hill.
DiPasquales at Harborview
We had lunch at this Italian marketplace on the water near Federal Hill. It has delicious pizza and sandwiches with a view of the harbor.
Under Amour Promenade and the Water Taxi
The promenade offers views of Fells Point, Harbor East, and Canton from the water. From there we took the Water Taxi around to Harbor East.
We explored the Under Armour Brand House for shopping, and the Sandlot: a beach-themed bar on the water.
We walked from The Sandlot to Fells Point and explored the cute shops here. We had a drink at Choptank before heading back on the Water Taxi.
Bmore Beautiful Itinerary
Hint: If you click on the underlined under the “parking/info” it should lead you to directions to the location through Google Maps. Clicking on the underlined under the “destination” will take you to their website, which will have additional info.
The National Aquarium is in the heart of the Inner Harbor and dramatizes the Baltimore skyline. The Aquarium opened 40 years ago in 1981 during the Baltimore City Inner Harbor’s redevelopment. It is ranked one of the top three aquariums in the U.S. and is one of the most visited attractions in Maryland.
The Aquarium focuses on promoting conservation of aquatic treasures, and they have a “vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.” Please think about donating to the aquarium’s nonprofit organization.
Currently they have timed ticketed slots and they are constantly updating based off of current covid-19 protocols and guidelines. Click here to plan your visit. Ticket prices are currently $39.95/adult and $29.95/child.
The Dolphin Show is one of the main attractions in the aquarium, which showcases narrated training sessions with the dolphins. You can download the free mobile app or look on the digital screens to the entrance of Dolphin Discovery to find the showtimes. Jellies Invasion is one of the most mesmerizing of exhibits and is located right next to the Dolphin Discovery.
Every Saturday from 7AM-noon, the 32nd Street Farmers Market flourishes. This is a large farmers market in the Baltimore town of Waverly, close to Union Memorial Hospital.
As of now, there are 53 vendors, all with very different missions and items to shop for. When parking, there are a few spots on the actual premises of the market, but you can safely parallel park around the few blocks south of the market.
If you are driving from the south, check out the beautiful homes along Calvert Street before you get to 32nd Street (pictured below). We also drove around Bolton Hill just to see the beautiful brownstone homes and gardens. That neighborhood reminded us of a mix between NYC and Otterbein (which is in South Baltimore).
Hope everyone has a happy holiday 🙂 Love to you all! ❤
There are arrows and security/staff at the front of the market directing people where to go to follow covid protocol. Check it out this Saturday from 8:00am-12:30pm, and after the 2021 New Year it will start at 9am.
This is a great way to support the locals since a lot of the businesses can only have carry out options, and/or set up shop at outdoor farmers markets. Pictured above are how store fronts are looking these days in Fell’s Point…
The Jones Falls Trail is a 9.1-mile paved trail for hikers and bikers. The southernmost trail head begins at the inner harbor, and heads north paralleling I-83 (The Jones Falls Expressway), through Druid Hill Park, around the Maryland Zoo, through Woodberry, Cold Spring Park, then landing at the northernmost point at the Cylburn Arboretum. Marie and I ran from the Maryland Zoo to the Cylburn Arboretum, which spanned more than 7 miles there-and-back.
The trail took us to some scenic neighborhoods which we loved exploring. One of the most photographic areas along the trail was the Clipper Mill. Also, who knew Druid Hill Park has Frisbee Golf? We saw lots of people playing this weekend.
When we reached the Cylburn Arboretum, we called my 95 year-old grandmother who used to live on the grounds of the mansion. Her father was one of the groundskeepers, and she lived in a duplex on the grounds “down in the valley.” Her family lived there during the depression, and she remembers that the cook in the mansion saved them food so they could eat. She also told us a story of when she and her sister (who was deaf) took the streetcar to 36th street in Hampden to go to the movies. I attached some pictures she saved, one of which is a drawing by a family friend. A few years ago, my aunt and grandmother found the remnants of the house in the woods, but there were too many leaves for us to explore it this time.
Let me know if you have questions about the trail! The easiest way to follow it is with Google Maps (you’ll need to zoom in and you’ll see the trail is a skinny green line). We parked (for free) at the Maryland Zoo, and asked the parking staff where we could find the trail. Then, follow the green spray painted markings on the sidewalks; I found that to be easier than looking for the signs. I hope you check it out!