Baltimore offers a unique blend of historic charm, ethnic heritage and urban vitality. From the dynamic Inner Harbor to the rolling estates on the edges of the city, Baltimore is a community for people of all backgrounds and interests.
The Inner Harbor is the centerpiece of the city’s renaissance featuring a variety of shops, food stands, and restaurants. The National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the U.S.F. Constellation, Camden Yards and the Baltimore Maritime Museum are but a few of the numerous Inner Harbor attractions available for tourists and locals alike.
Fort McHenry, birthplace of “The Star Spangled Banner,” offers a glimpse of Baltimore’s past, as do the B&O Museum (celebrating the inception of the railroad), the Maryland Historical Society and the Carroll Mansion. Visits to the homes of Edgar Allen Poe and Babe Ruth provide a look into the lives of some of Baltimore’s most famous citizens.
Baltimore offers a diverse and lively cultural scene. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is home of the world renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The elegant Lyric Opera House, the Peabody Conservatory and the outdoor stages of Pier 6 and Oregon Ridge play host to every musical taste from classical and jazz to country and rock. Theater lovers are blessed with numerous outlets including the Hippodrome, Center Stage, Theatre Project and Everyman Theater. The Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art offer remarkable permanent collections and host prominent traveling exhibits. The recently expanded American Visionary Art Museum is the nation's leading showcase of outsider art.
Sports fans will find the Baltimore/Washington area an exciting place to call home. The Baltimore Orioles and Ravens serve as the backbone of a proud sports tradition which also includes professional soccer and lacrosse. College sports also thrive in “Charm City” and include powerhouses such as Hopkins lacrosse and Maryland basketball. The entire Baltimore community looks forward to annual sporting events such as the Governor’s Cup yacht race and the Preakness, the second jewel in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing.
Part of Baltimore’s charm is the small-town atmosphere found in its diverse neighborhoods. Here is a short list of the most popular locations our residents call home.
Fell’s Point - A historic waterfront area with numerous bars, shops, and restaurants; busy nightlife particularly on weekends; 5 minutes from Johns Hopkins Hospital
Canton - A renovated waterfront area east of Fell’s Point; rapidly growing and developing; 5 minutes from Johns Hopkins Hospital
Mt. Vernon - The geographic and cultural center of the city with numerous shops and restaurants; apartments often located in historic brownstones; 5-10 minutes from Johns Hopkins Hospital
Federal Hill - An old-town colonial community located near the Inner Harbor; buildings are mainly rowhouses; numerous bars, shops and restaurants; 10 minutes from Johns Hopkins Hospital
Bolton Hill - A quaint, beautiful residential neighborhood with elegant townhomes and brick sidewalks; 10 minutes from Johns Hopkins Hospital
Charles Village/Hampden - A youthful and collegiate atmosphere in a residential neighborhood adjacent to the Johns Hopkins undergraduate campus; 15 minutes from Johns Hopkins Hospital
Roland Park/Guilford - A beautiful residential area with many single-family homes located north of the Hopkins undergraduate campus; 15 minutes from Johns Hopkins Hospital
Mt. Washington - A quaint, suburban feel; lush natural surroundings with many trees and greenery; 15-20 minutes from Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore enjoys a central position on the East Coast. Amtrak serves Baltimore at the newly renovated Penn Station, 5 minutes from the Johns Hopkins Hospital. There is frequent service to Washington D.C. (40 minute trip), Philadelphia (1.5 hour trip), and New York (2.5 hour trip). The Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is 20 minutes from the city and offers a full range of national and international flights daily.
Washington, D.C., with its myriad historical and cultural attractions, is less than an hour's drive from Baltimore. In addition to the Smithsonian, including the Air and Space Museum, the Museum of American History and the National Gallery of Art, Washington and nearby Georgetown offer a world-class variety of restaurants, specialty shops and bookstores.
Historic Annapolis, the state capital and home of the United States Naval Academy, is a town for architecture buffs, boaters and seafood lovers. Only 30 minutes from Baltimore, it offers beautifully preserved 18th-century mansions and historic landmarks along with harbor cruises, sailing schools, antique shops and restaurants.
The Chesapeake Bay, bountiful with seafood including Baltimore’s favorite blue crabs, offers swimming, sailing, motorboating and fishing. Along Maryland's Eastern Shore, flat terrain dotted with country towns and fishing villages makes for delightful bicycling and sightseeing. The beaches of Ocean City, Maryland and Rehoboth, Delaware are easy day trips from Baltimore. Assateague Island, Virginia, also a day trip from Baltimore, is a seashore wildlife preserve where campers can view pelicans, herons and wild ponies roaming free.
The state parks of Western Maryland, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, are the spot for hikers and campers. Deep Creek Lake, a year-round resort, offers a variety of water sports in the summer, and downhill and cross-country skiing in winter at nearby Wisp Resort. The C&O Canal, which extends from Cumberland in Western Maryland to Washington D.C., offers picnicking, fishing, and horseback riding. Canoeing and rafting are especially popular along the canal and on the white water of the Potomac and Youghiogheny rivers.
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