Once one of the most important port towns in America, Baltimore – or 'Bawlmer' to locals – is a city of contradictions. On one hand she retains something of the ugly duckling – a defiant, working-class, somewhat gritty city still tied to her nautical past. But in recent years Baltimore has grown into a swan, filled with world-class museums, trendy shops, ethnic restaurants, boutique hotels, culture and sports. She does this all with a twinkle in the eye and a wisecrack on the lips. After all, this is a quirky city that spawned Billie Holiday and John Waters. Yet she remains intrinsically tied to the water, from the Disney-fied Inner Harbor and cobblestoned streets of portside Fells Point to the shores of Fort McHenry, birthplace of America's national anthem, 'The Star-Spangled Banner.' Baltimore lives up to her nickname, 'Charm City.'
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Baltimore Dinner Cruise with Buffet
Celebrate your night in Baltimore with dinner, dancing and sightseeing aboard a three-hour luxury cruise on the Inner Harbor.
Baltimore Inner City Safari Segway Tour
Segways have arrived in Baltimore! What an easy way to see this beautiful city? No walking - just smooth, fun riding with expert narration by your guide! Be one of the first to ride one of these fun machines! Fell's Point dates back to November 1730 with the original land purchase by its founder William Fell.