|Things To Do
||Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore Waterfront Promenade, Edgar Allan Poe's Baltimore Home, The Historic Ships Museum, Fellís Point, Maryland Science Center, Fort McHenry
Historic Ships Museum
Baltimore began life as a port - in the mid 18th century
the area was a center of tobacco farming, and a dock
was built on the bay to allow the shipment of tobacco
products to Europe. Baltimore began as a little township
adjacent to the port, servicing the needs of the
prosperous trade. In the years after the Revolution, the
town developed into an important boat building center,
making tall masted privateer clipper ships. The port
continued to prosper when during the 19th century the
construction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad made
possible the transport of grain from the mid-West directly
to the town. The 20th century started with disaster when
in 1904 a huge fire destroyed most of buildings in the
cityís center. The destroyed buildings were replaced
during a frenetic decade of reconstruction. Today the
city is a big hit with tourists, for a variety of attractions
around the historic Inner Harbor.
Your first stop could be Fort McHenry. Here in the War of
1812, United States forces based at Fort McHenry
triumphed when defending the city from attack by the
British in a fierce clash. Move onto the Baltimore Museum
of Industry where the galleries exhibit old machines,
original manuscripts and tinted photographs celebrating
the long history of commerce in the city. Next check out
the the Historic Ships Museum - tour the Lightship
Chesapeake, the USS Constellation (flagship of the US
African squadron in the mid 19th century), the Seven
Foot Knoll Lighthouse (the oldest screw pile lighthouse
on the Chesapeake), USCGC Taney (from pearl harbor)
and the USS Torsk (a submarine). And don't forget the
historic district of Fell's Point. The cobblestone alleys,
small market squares and tall houses bring back the
busy shipbuilding era.
Why in 100 Best?
An attractive city with a rich history, with many things to see
and things to do around the beautiful Inner Harbor.
Anything you'd like to say about Baltimore?
Listing contributed by Jeremy
Disclaimer 100 Best Everything does not guarantee the accuracy of any listing. Please report offensive listings for removal.