“Bmore Beautiful” Itinerary

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.

Harbor East

We explored the Under Armour Brand House for shopping, and the Sandlot: a beach-themed bar on the water.

Fells Point

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.

TimeDestinationParking/info
11-11:30amFederal Hill Park
Walk 1-2 blocks along Montgomery Street
Pay to Park on Key Hwy/2 hr free parking along Warren Avenue
Montgomery St
11:30-12:15pmLunch at DiPasqualesParking lot (free for customers)
Dining is outdoor-only right now. If it’s good weather the scenery is beautiful 🙂
12:30-1pmWalk the 1-mile loop around Fort McHenryParking lot (free)
1:30-2pmUnder Armour PromenadeStreet parking in Locust Point
2-2:30pmWater Taxi to Harbor East
Walk to The Sandlot
Walk to Fells Point
Water Taxi
The Sandlot
Fells Point
3-4pmExplore Fells PointSu Casa, The Seasoned Olive, EC Pops, walk up S Ann Street
4pm*Drinks @ ChoptankReservations (request outdoor seating)
5:30pmWater Taxi to UAWater Taxi, pick up car in LP
6pmDinner: LP Steamers, Diamondback BreweryPark along Fort Avenue or in McHenry Row shopping center parking garages

*Recommend reservations

Thank you for visiting my site! Much love to all, stay positive ❤
-Rosie

Fort McHenry

Music: “Celebration” by Scott Holmes Music

The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is one of my favorite strolls in Baltimore. It is a 1-mile path around the Fort and is right next to the water. With its scenic views and powerful American history, you just can’t beat it. The museum is still not open yet, but it has a 5-10 minute video inside that is very much worth watching and makes you feel “Proud to be an American.” The gates to the park are open 9AM-5PM. Afterwards, walk or drive through Locust Point to the Under Armour Promenade (see Rosie’s Top 5 list about UA). *Tip: in March, the beautiful cherry blossoms are in full bloom 😉

Parking at the Fort: There is a FREE parking lot inside the gates of the park. Also, there’s free parallel parking along Fort Avenue in Locust Point.

Fun History Facts:

If you can spot the Key Bridge, that’s about how far away the British ships were back in 1814!

The Fort was transformed to a general hospital during WWI.

The almost 40-foot tall Orpheus statue greets you at the beginning of the park. It was chosen from a national challenge, and was dedicated to the park in 1922 for the centennial of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner (a few years late due to WWI). Orpheus is the Greek god of music.

The Star Spangled Banner became the national anthem in 1931.

Marie’s Top 5 Things to do in Baltimore (with Parking Information!)

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.

From there you can walk to Cross Street Market area and visit either The Charmery for ice cream or Ceremony Coffee depending on the hour. Spoons and Blue Moon Too are great brunch spots.

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.

Parking: Click here for parking information.

*When we wanted to go to the museum, the timed entries were all booked. We will go here soon to add pictures 😉 I will post when it’s updated!

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.

Baltimore Water Taxi

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.