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 Ministry of Brewing is a brewery inside of an old church in northern Fells Point. The St. Michael’s Catholic Church building was built in 1857, and closed in 2011. The brewing company on the location opened in late 2019, right before the pandemic hit. They have endured the numerous shut-downs and are doing well sustaining with the capacity rules made by the city. Upon entering on site, it was very impressive that they kept the architecture and design of the inside of the church. It was cool to see that the kegs were where the altar would be in the church, which makes for an interesting conversation piece. The beer was great too 🙂 Check it out!
Parking: There is a lot of free parallel parking on the streets surrounding the church (be sure to check the signs). OR, $5 flat rate parking on weeknights and weekends at the SP+ lot: 201 N Wolfe St.
Address: 1900 E Lombard St @ S Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21231
This past weekend we went Christmas shopping in our favorite Fells Point, then wanted to try something new for dinner. We decided on the brand new restaurant that’s been open for about 5 weeks now, Cindy Lou’s Fish House.
This is a more upscale restaurant in Harbor Point facing Domino’s Sugar. We almost felt like we were on a boat, that’s how close we were to the water. We recommend getting a reservation right when it opens. On the weekends, brunch starts at 10AM and dinner starts at 5PM.
The restaurant is right next to The Sandlot in Harbor Point. Go to the end of Wills Street and walk into the Hilton hotel, Canopy. The restaurant is in the lobby on the right, closest to the water. Enjoy!
Chloe’s top 5 places in Baltimore ended up being a overlap between my and Marie’s favorites. Instead, since Chloe has a diverse and more sophisticated palate than Marie or me, we all decided she should pick her top food/drink places to go in the city. Best pizza may not be a surprise to all who know Chloe…
Diamondback (DB) is one of our favorite places to go in the city because of the atmosphere, and the pizza. Oh and Chloe says the beer is good too 😉 I’m not an IPA person, but their beer is mostly known for their hops. Chloe’s favorite beer there is the Green Machine. Since their recent beer release event with Star Bright Farm, they now have a delicious blueberry sour beer.
You are always in for a treat at DB with their pizza. Their pizza dough recipe came to fruition from experimenting many different recipes until it was decided on by all of the employees. That’s also how they picked their pizza sauce, and how they choose their seasonal pizzas.
The workers at DB have been our friends for a while now. They are good-hearted people rooted with a whole bunch of sarcasm (did I get that right? 😉 ). For the winter months, DB plans to have heaters and fire pits outside to continue to promote a covid-safe atmosphere.
Parking at DB: Diamondback is located in the McHenry Row shopping center, next to the Porter Street Apartments. Parking is free! You can park off of Porter Street in the motor court area outside of the Banner Building, or in one of the many parking lots on that street or in the shopping center area.
Whenever out-of-towners visit, we always take them to Choptank because of the atmosphere and their food is delicious. This was on my top 5 list as well and is well-deserved. Whenever we go here, we feel like we are on vacation.
Choptank has a relaxed beach-vibe in the heart of Fells Point, especially if you have one of their frozen drinks. You really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Chloe and I can devour their cream of crab soup and not to mention, their homemade donuts for brunch are mouth-watering. Afterwards, explore our favorite town in Baltimore: Fells Point.
Parking: I recommend downloading the Premium Parking app before you go to park in this lot (1401 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231) or parallel park on the streets around Broadway St. & Fleet St., or Caroline St. & Thames St. Some parallel parking uses Pay to Park stations, you just need to leave the ticket on your dashboard.
Chloe describes Delia Foley’s as an Irish bar that has great wings and very good bar food. The atmosphere is like a typical sports bar with lots of TVs, and is a good place to watch sports. They are only open on some Sundays when the Ravens play due to liquor licensing rules. You can find them on Facebook to find out which Sundays they are open.
Delia Foley’s has boneless wings and regular wings, and many many many different delicious sauces based off of your spice and taste levels. You can get extra sauces on the side for 50 cents extra each. All of the food is really good and the bartenders were a great help!
Parking: There is street parking along Fort Avenue and Charles Street. Check the signs; usually on Charles Street they have the Pay to Park Stations. The earlier the better since parking is scarce (and for greater social distancing). Or, park in the nearby West Street Parking Garage or for free in the Locust Point area, just be prepared to walk a little ways.
This savory taco restaurant is set very close to the water of the inner harbor and makes for great views and a relaxing atmosphere. They made extra outdoor seating this year, which we have really enjoyed. They have a delicious queso dip, a wide variety of taco fillings, and 3 different taco shells: flour, corn, or a lettuce wrap.
Chloe’s favorite is the chorizo taco, and she loves the jalapeño margarita. I like their chicken taco, and the sweet potato taco. For drinks, I go for their classic margarita or the purple drank when I go on a Ravens game day (which is a regular marg mixed with sangria). Before you go here and before other locations close for the night, check out Fells Point, Harbor East, and/or The Sandlot.
Parking: I recommend downloading Premium Parking app before you park in this area. Park along Point Street for parallel parking. Signs will tell you which code to use for the app.
This café is located on Cross Street, right next to the market. Spoons also expanded into the street this year to allow for outdoor seating. The food is delicious, and they present it beautifully as well. Chloe says they have creative food choices, good portions, and lots of options.
Before the pandemic, I went here with my large extended family. We each got something different from the menu and we all loved our meals. So you really can’t go wrong with your food choices. After you go to Spoons, check out the small business shops along Cross Street, and head to the beautiful views at Federal Hill Park. *Spoons was so crowded when we went there. We recommend you go before 9AM or order to-go and take it to the Park!
Parking: There are Pay to Park stations on the streets perpendicular to Cross Street (on Light Street and Charles Street). Or, you can park in the West Street Parking Garage.
Let us know (below) if one of these is on your favorites list, or if there’s another spot in town we should try! Cheers!
Marie is not from Baltimore, so she has a different perspective on the city than me. Here are her top things to do when family or friends visit. One similarity is that we both have Fells Point on our Top 5 List.
1) Thames Street Oyster House in Fells Point
When you step into Fells Point, it brings you back to the days of Prohibition. There’s even a sign that is still on one of the buildings (I dare you to look for it!). This town has lots of shops and restaurants and has a beautiful walkway along the water. The Thames Street Oyster House is Marie’s favorite restaurant in Baltimore because the outdoor patio is “AMAZING” and the seafood is delicious. She takes everyone from out of town here and recommends you get the seafood salad and the appetizer with octopus (both pictured below).
Parking: I recommend downloading the Premium Parking app before you go to park in this lot, or parallel park on the streets around Broadway St. & Fleet St., or Caroline St. & Thames St. Some parallel parking uses Pay to Park stations, you just need to leave the ticket on your dashboard.
2) Historic Streets near Federal Hill Park
Federal Hill offers one of the most majestic views of the city. As you leave the Hill, walk around the charming historic streets of row homes. One street that I love is Montgomery Street. Here is just one example that brings you back into the olden-days.
Parking: West street parking garage is near Cross Street Market. There’s always parallel parking with the Pay to Park stations along Key Highway, Light Street, and Charles Street.
3) Fort McHenry
This National Monument and Historic Shrine is very scenic spot to enjoy for picnics or a nice walk. Along the water, there is a 1-mile path around the Fort and a large field area. The museum is not open yet, but it is worth a visit when it does! The gates are open 9AM-5PM. Afterwards, grab a snow cone at Ice Queens along Fort Avenue, and head to Under Armour Promenade (see Rosie’s Top 5 list about UA).
Parking: There is a FREE parking lot inside the gates of the park. Also, there’s free parallel parking along Fort Avenue in Locust Point.
4) The Walter’s Art Museum in Mount Vernon
This museum is located very close to the Baltimore Basilica, Peabody Library, and the Washington Monument. It opened its doors in 1934 and is free, thanks to donors and city grants. Marie’s favorite part about this museum is that it is connected to a mansion that people used to live in. When you walk in this section, there is a beautiful stained-glass dome at the very top of a spiral staircase. The Sculpture Court in the museum is breath-taking; a lot of weddings are held here. Unfortunately, the Sculpture Court and the mansion are closed, but only until mid-November due to covid regulations. You can donate any amount to the museum and be invited to their virtual gala on October 17.
Parking: We had no issues parallel parking on the street a few blocks away, but here is more information for a nearby parking lot.
5) Baltimore Museum of Art in Charles Village
This historic building is located on the Johns Hopkins University campus and was designed by architect John Russell Pope in the 1920s. This museum is on Marie’s top 5 because it has the largest collection in the world of Henry Matisse (more than 1,000 pieces), and there is one magnificent room in the museum entirely covered by paintings. It also features two landscaped gardens with sculptures from the 1900s. BMA is free to the public! It is open 10AM – 5:30PM on the weekends, and right now they have timed entries to limit the amount of visitors and promote social distancing.
Gertrude’s Restaurant is attached to the museum and is one of the best restaurants in the city. The crab cakes are fantastic, and desserts are mouth-watering. I go here for journal clubs with my coworkers and it never fails to impress.
I asked my friends, Chloe & Marie, what their top 5 things to do are in the city. It was very interesting to learn that we all have different viewpoints. Today, I will share with you mine! Stay tuned for Marie’s top 5, and for Chloe’s top foodie places. Leave a message at the bottom if you end up exploring my favorite places, and let me know what you think!
Be ready to be blown away by the experience of the Baltimore Water Taxi. I recommend that you stay on the boat for more than just your stop so you can truly see the beauty of Baltimore. Click here for my blog post highlighting more in-depth about this ride. It rides from 11AM-6PM on the weekends, weather permitting after October 1st.
Parking: See #2, #3, or #4 on this list – you can get picked up at any of these locations.
Their frozen drinks make you feel like you’re at a socially-distant beach bar, and they also have a great menu. Chloe, our foodie, will go in more detail about the food/drinks. The earlier the better here to keep away from crowds. The Choptank usually has a waitlist so put your name in, turn your phone sound ON and explore 😊 We especially love this place because it’s in the beautiful, historic town of Fells Point.
Parking: I recommend downloading Premium Parking app before you go to park in this lot (1401 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231) or parallel park on the streets around Broadway St. & Fleet St., or Caroline St. & Thames St. Some parallel parking uses Pay to Park stations, you just need to leave the ticket on your dashboard.
Hint: a lot of the stores around Fells Point close at 5pm so go in the stores before you go to a restaurant!
This is a great place to be in the early afternoon hours to sit, enjoy a picnic lunch, and head on over to locations at Fells Point or Harbor East.
Parking: I recommend downloading Premium Parking app before you park in this area. Park along Point Street for parallel parking or go all the way through the garage under the Exelon building, and it will take you to an open parking lot right next to The Sandlot. Signs will tell you which code to use for the app.
Graffiti is often seen as a form of vandalism, but Graffiti Alley encourages street artists to showcase their artwork in a legal form. It is an ever-changing canvas that promotes positivity and has a vibrant color scheme. The Alley is in the middle of a not-so-nice part of town, but it emphasizes that you can create beauty on the streets.
Parking: 1915 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21218 This is an open parking lot. You will only explore the Alley for about 5-10 minutes, no need to pay to park unless you feel the need. It is through Premium Parking as well.
One of the stops for the Baltimore Water Taxi is Fells Point. It drops you right off at Brown’s Wharf, which is right where the outdoor live music is at The Admiral’s Cup. The live music plays from 3-6PM and 8-11PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
You do not need to get a table to enjoy this music; especially since once the music starts, the seats are filled up pretty quickly. We ordered a to-go drink and sat on the bench along the water. I ordered a Rum Punch and Marie got an Orange Crush, both of which were on point.
Ricky Wise’s band, Fat Tuesday Inc., played for us at The Admiral’s Cup this past Sunday. They normally play at this bar regularly, but due to the pandemic, this was their first gig back. The amazing and super-talented Ricky is one of my friends from high school and his voice is incredible. Take a listen below!
Around the corner from The Admiral’s Cup is the best shopping in town. Some of our favorites along Thames Street are Su Casa and Fells Point Surf Co. They require you to use hand sanitizer as soon as you step foot in their doors. They both close around 5PM so get there early!
I always knew that Baltimore was a beautiful place. I’ve been to Federal Hill, Under Armour Promenade, and Harbor East, all of which have amazing views of this city. However, the most dramatic sightseeing can be done on the Baltimore Water Taxi.
Before I went to Australia, I heard from a friend that I absolutely had to take the Manly Ferry in downtown Sydney. We did that ride and it sure was spectacular, just like they said. This taxi ride is actually comparable to my experience in Sydney. It truly took my breath away.
Ellicott City is recently known for the devastating floods in 2016 and 2018. Earlier this year, Gordon Ramsey fixed up a few places in the town in his mini-series “24 Hours to Hell and Back.” The Phoenix used to be a bar at the bottom of the hill. Due to the floods, it could not make it on its own. So, Gordon Ramsey decided to mesh The Phoenix with Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, which was at the top of the hill, to be Phoenix Upper Main. We ate here and loved it! The food was much better than the two old places, combined! We got the deviled eggs, burger, peach burrata salad, and the peanut butter bomb. Their spiked lemonades were really delicious too. While we waited for our meal, we explored Lawyer’s Row, which can be accessed from the stairs behind the restaurant. The town also had live music Saturday night along Tonge Row. All of the stores close at 5pm (even though it says otherwise online!), so we didn’t get to explore the cute shops.