The events of last week prompted me to repost to remind you that the mainstream media’s view of Baltimore does not depict the city in reality. Like any city in the world, it has is good points and bad. And In my mind, the good far outweigh the bad. Last week I was in Baltimore for the riots, peaceful protests, and my first early curfew since sixth grade. It was a time of high emotions and brought the city’s residents, neighborhoods, and even politicans closer to each other and reminded us why we live here and why we love Baltimore.
Lately I’ve been sticking around Baltimore and enjoying my own city as a tourist. My next big adventure starts Monday and I am so excited to see more of the world. The past few month have been my time to reconnect with my city and friends.
My friends and I in our fancy threads:
If you find yourself in Baltimore for the weekend, here are 5 things to do:
1) Fancy drinks (or happy hour) in Harbor East.
A fancy night out with friends led us to Wit and Wisdom in Harbor East where I ordered the house Manhattan. At Wit and Wisdom it comes with a savory ice cube made up of mushroom stock and savory spices. The Manhattan itself was good, strange but good, definitely not a sweet Manhattan. In the summer the porch outside has great water views.
The crazy ice cube prior to the bourbon being poured:
Other great happy hour places include Oceannaire, Roy’s, Ten Ten, Flemings, and Pazo. After happy hour, hit up the movie theatre, Whole Foods (to counter balance the alcohol), Bin 601 (if you want more delicious wine, I’ve never bought a bad bottle here), shop at South Moon Under or City Sports, or just sit on the dock and watch the ducks and boats in the Harbor.
2) The Aquarium
During the winter Baltimore sponsors First Fridays where the museums and the Aquarium offer half price tickets on Fridays after 5pm. I didn’t have to force BC to come with me, he was all for it. Normally the Aquarium is $30 or so for an adult so it is not a normal thing we do as Baltimore residents unless you have out-of-town visitors but it is one of the best attractions.
The jellyfish exhibit is the best:
The shark tank at the beginning and end of the main tour is also an exhibit you spend some time staring at and hoping you never see one in real life!
There are special events where you can scuba dive in the shark tank! My friend Sharron has done it but I am way too scared of sharks to partake.
3) Camden Yards
Baseball season is upon us and Baltimore has one of the best parks in the US. Camden Yards is very pretty and a great setting to watch the Orioles play. My brother came to town so we hit up some games.
View from the bleachers ($15 seats):
For food at the game, you are allowed to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages in the stadium. If you don’t want to do that, hit up Boog’s BBQ in the outfield corridor. Yum!
There is also a tour they offer giving you the backstory of building Camden Yards.
4) Eat Seafood
Dining out is my specialty. My favorite restaurant in Baltimore is Mama’s on the Half Shell. The crab dip is something I could eat everyday (but my hips thank me for not eating it everyday). Some girlfriends and I did a ladies night out which brought us to Mama’s for some delicious food. Scallop appetizer (my 2nd favorite thing on the menu):
The crab dip, crabcakes, seafood melt are all fabulous. In fact, I’ve never had anything here I did not like.
Ryleigh’s Oyster is in my neighborhood and my mom loves eating here when she visits. I also make it there a lot of Tuesdays and during happy hour for $1 oysters and other seafood specials.
5) Neighborhood nature
April is Cherry Blossom season in DC and Baltimore. While the crowds head to DC to see the monuments and trees, see them in Baltimore instead. They are pretty impressive in Federal Hill. Classic Baltimore photo with Cherry Blossoms and a random crab statue:
A walk along the Inner Harbor to Fells Point is my favorite nice weather walk. Don’t forget to see the Harbor from the top of Federal Hill as well. Eat some delicious crab cakes and check out the views!
Baltimore is a fun place to live and a great weekend escape. If you end up here for the weekend, find your own 5 things to do in Baltimore and tell me about your list!