Known for being an affordable area with all of the premium amenities you’d expect in a huge city, those who live in Baltimore also enjoy the variety of housing and transportation options. Everything in the city is within 20 to 30 minutes away, making it easy to get to a fabulous restaurant in the heart of the bustling city or a tranquil park with walking trails! People also appreciate that it’s either to get to other cities from Baltimore, whether you’re heading to DC or Philly. 

What Do People Do For Fun in Baltimore? 

  • Museums: There are several museums in Baltimore, making this city a haven for those who love to learn and discover something new! The American Visionary Art Museum is not your ordinary museum—they’re dedicated to the preservation of “outsider art.” The Walters Art Museum is an internationally renowned Baltimore institution featuring art from all over the world, and is a definite must-see for art buffs. The Maryland Science Center is another highlight—in this dynamic museum, enjoy an expansive three levels of exhibits, an observatory, and a planetarium. 

  • Nightlife: Federal Hill, Fells Point, and Canton are all especially known for their entertaining night life scenes. Below, discover some tips on where to start your evening!
  • Theater & music: There’s always something going on in Baltimore arts scene, and you can attend a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performance (and more!) at the incredible Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. We definitely recommend attending a performance here at least once! For concerts, opera and ballet, The Lyric offers a wide selection of performances all year long. And of course, the Hippodrome Theater is over 100 years old and offers world-class entertainment in a majestic setting. 

  • Aquarium: As it’s located right on the water, Baltimore’s maritime scene is filled with activities for ocean lovers. Explore the National Aquarium as part of you Baltimore experience! This state-of-the-art facility features dozens of animals and exhibits that will fascinate for hours. 
  • Beautiful parks: Explore Baltimore’s natural side in one of its many gorgeous parks! Here’s a few of our favorites: 
    • Showing off one of the best views in the city, Federal Hill Park is a 10+ acres park with history that goes back centuries. This Baltimore landmark features a playground, basketball court, restaurants, pubs, park benches, areas for picnicking, and much more! 

    • Patterson Park is an amazing 137-acre park in southeast Baltimore. This incredible space was established in 1827 and features a swimming pool, athletic fields, a lake, playgrounds, walkways, gorgeous trees and grass, and even historic battle sites. 

    • It’s hard to believe, but Druid Hill Park covers an expansive 745 acres of land in Baltimore. Featuring the Maryland Zoo, the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, a golf course, tennis club, a farmers market, a live concert series, a reservoir, trails, and much more, this incredible park promises days of fun and explorations!

    • For those interested in history, you definitely have to check out Fort McHenry. This national park includes a visitor center, exhibits, tours, and special events all through the year. 

  • Baltimore’s Inner Harbor: Many of the popular attractions mentioned here are featured in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, but you can find many more must-see destinations here as well! Take a cruise around the Inner Harbor, take in the views from the 27th floor of Baltimore’s World Trade Center, go shopping, and more. See what else there is to do in the Inner Harbor here

  • Waterfront views: The Baltimore Waterfront Promenade stretches on for almost 7 miles, and part of this picturesque walk is located in Federal Hill. 

  • Horse races: Home of Preakness Stakes (the second leg of the triple crown), the historic Pimlico Race Course has been around since 1870. For those who enjoy going out to the races, Pimlico presents a rare opportunity! 

  • Under Armour: Looking for an amazing place to work and play? Under Armour is headquartered in Baltimore. Learn more about this incredible company here

Dining in Baltimore

While seafood dominates Baltimore’s top-notch food scene, there’s plenty of other types of cuisine to choose from as well. Below, find guides to our favorite restaurants and more, all recommended by locals: 

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Commuting in Baltimore

As a major city, Baltimore has several commuting options whether you’re staying in the city or jetting off to another country. Here are 

  • Travel by bus: Baltimore has extensive bus services, including commuter buses and a local bus service that includes 57 different routes. 

  • Travel by light rail: Heading to the airport? Jump on the light rail! See the complete route map here

  • Travel by Metro Subway: With 14 stations that cover over 15 miles, the subway is an excellent option for those commuting within the city. See service details here.

  • Travel by train: Whether you need to head to DC or West Virginia, the Marc Train Service can get you there! See all available routes here

  • Travel by the free Charm City Circulator: This incredible FREE service has 30 shuttles that run four routes throughout Baltimore City. View all route maps and plan your trip here! 

  • Travel by air: Baltimore has two airports, Baltimore–Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Martin State Airport.

Schools in Baltimore

Maryland is home to comes of the best universities in the country, including Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Stevenson University, Loyola College, and Towson University. Our high schools also hit high marks—in fact, 13 high schools in Maryland made the top 500 of Newsweek’s best high schools in 2014. 

Baltimore City Public Schools includes a total of 186 schools that serve over 83,000 students. To find a school, use this handy guide on the school district’s website. 

You can learn more about each school on GreatSchools.org!

Baltimore’s Future

Baltimore is seeing continued development, and you can expect to see more housing. Here’s a few up-and-coming communities to keep an eye on: 

Interested in buying a home in Baltimore?

In Baltimore, buyers can expect to find attractive suburbs with $243,000 median home prices. Take a moment to explore Baltimore real estate here:


Search for Homes Under $200,000 in Baltimore:

$30,000
3 beds - 1 Bath

427 STREEPER ST

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: S. Lee Martin Real Estate, LLC

MLS® ID: 1004184667

$100,000
3 beds - 1+ Baths

4326 GREENHILL AVE

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Keller Williams Legacy

MLS® ID: 1004184635

$40,000
3 beds - 1 Bath

307 MARYDELL RD

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: RE/MAX Sails Inc.

MLS® ID: 1004184567

$29,900
3 beds - 2 Baths

3522 4TH ST

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Keller Williams Integrity

MLS® ID: 1004188401

Search for Homes $200,000-$300,000 in Baltimore:

$299,000
2 beds - 2 Baths

1802 CHARLES ST

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Monument Sotheby's International Realty

MLS® ID: 1004184611

$250,000
3 beds - 2+ Baths

2338 MADISON AVE

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Keller Williams Legacy

MLS® ID: 1004187247

$275,000

1900 MOUNT ROYAL TER

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

MLS® ID: 1004184505

$229,000
2 beds - 2 Baths

324 LEHIGH ST S

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Keller Williams Legacy

MLS® ID: 1004154345

Search for Homes $300,000-$500,000 in Baltimore:

$499,900
3 beds - 2+ Baths

1015 STREEPER ST

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Tristar Realty Inc

MLS® ID: 1004184093

$319,900
3 beds - 2 Baths

2242 ESSEX ST

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan

MLS® ID: 1004180363

$315,000
3 beds - 2 Baths

1800 WESTPHAL PL

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Cummings & Co. Realtors

MLS® ID: 1004176753

$359,900
4 beds - 3 Baths

1470 REDFERN AVE

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: The Pinnacle Real Estate Co.

MLS® ID: 1004176679

Search for Homes Over $500,000 in Baltimore:

$549,000
1 bed - 1+ Baths

801 KEY HWY #T-17

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Monument Sotheby's International Realty

MLS® ID: 1004187249

$789,000

211 FORT AVE E

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: RE/MAX Advantage Realty

MLS® ID: 1004184377

$775,000
5 beds - 2+ Baths

703 CHUMLEIGH RD

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc

MLS® ID: 1004183243

$799,000

4220 PENNINGTON AVE

Baltimore, Maryland

Listing office: Infinity Realty & Investment Group

MLS® ID: 1004176167