Top Things to Do in Baltimore 2020 (with parking information)

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!

1) Baltimore Water Taxi

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.

2) Under Armour Promenade in Locust Point 

This is the best spot in town for sunrise or sunset. Bring foldable chairs and food/drinks to truly relax/enjoy the atmosphere here. This view never gets old 😊  

Parking: On the weekends, you can park in any of the lots on the Under Armour premises, or park on Hull Street (free parking). 

3)  The Choptank in Fells Point 

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!

4) The Sandlot in Harbor East

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. 

5) Graffiti Alley 

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.

Fallston, Fells Point, Kent Narrows, & Chestertown

This weekend I was mostly in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, but I made sure to make the most out of being in MD even if it was just for a day or two! I started out the weekend hanging out with Kelly and her kids in Fallson on Friday night 🙂 We went to Belvedere Farm and picked out farm-fresh flowers to display in our homes. We also got carry out from Basta Pasta. They did have an outdoor area that looked safe, if that appeals to you! Their entire menu is delicious. Kelly sent me a picture of her oldest son holding up a sign that gives me all the feels! Love you, little one!

On Labor Day, we explored our favorite parts of town – Fort McHenry and Fells Point. The star fort is STILL closed as well as the museum, but we made the most out of it and enjoyed the 1 mile walk around the fort. We went into a bunch of shops in Fells Point. But first, make sure you spot the Vote Against Prohibition sign in the center of the small town. We went into EC Pops for the first time… what a cool store! We also like going to Poppy & Stella and Brightside Boutique for outfits, and The Seasoned Olive for creative gift ideas.

Also in Fells Point is The Choptank. Their frozen drinks and the atmosphere make us feel like we are at the beach. We love their music and vibe. We ended the weekend with a pitstop at Chiapparelli’s in Little Italy. Their drooling gnocchis are absolutely drool-worthy.

Since Marie was at work on Tuesday and I had the day off, I showed Emma around Baltimore some more. We biked/ran around the harbor in the morning. She got to see the Sandlot, and we had brunch at Miss Shirley’s in the Inner Harbor. We got the Wake Up Call and the Spicy Shirley to start us off. We each got an Elote Street Corn Avocado Toast, and we shared the S’Mores Baked Donuts. What a treat! It is always super busy on the weekends, so I would recommend coming here during the week. We recommend to ask for some Old Bay on top of the toast 😉 I took a Lime home… it definitely is touchy and scary at times, but it is SO MUCH FUN!

We also went to my favorite touristy spots: Graffiti Alley, Edgar Allen Poe’s gravesite, and Cross Street Market in Federal Hill.

Mom and Dad have been wanting to take me to The Bridges on Kent Narrows ALL SUMMER. Finally, we made it! Boy was it worth it. Our favorite drink was the Bridges Breeze, and we ate the fried green tomatoes, crab cake, coconut shrimp, and ahi tuna. For dessert, we had the key lime cheesecake and the blondie. I’m drooling just typing this right now. It was nothing short of amazing. This restaurant is also right on the water and has a very relaxing view and atmosphere.

Afterwards, we explored the small town of Chestertown. We also drove around the nearby Washington College, and Camp Pecometh which is where my bestie got married! On the way home, we checked out our favorite new neighborhood called Gibson’s Grant, which is along a beautiful bike trail. Wow what a weekend. Did I mention I went to Shenandoah? Check out the “Around the U.S.” section tomorrow night for that post.

Parents Weekend

During the week, my friends and I work and workout so we can have playtime on the weekends! This weekend, my parents joined me on my adventures. We first explored walking around the Baltimore Museum of Industry, which has a lot to “sink” in.

Then we got carryout at Limoncello Restaurant since they had no room to take any walk-ins. We thoroughly enjoyed our Italian meal on the roof deck. The Italian meats and cheeses platter is to die for. To walk it all off, we took in the sights around Federal Hill and Locust Point.