Moving to Baltimore? One of the country’s oldest cities, Maryland has close to 300 years of rich American history and is the birthplace of the National Anthem. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key after American troops defended Fort McHenryagainst the British during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. Located along the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore was once an industrial town known for shipping, auto manufacturing and steel processing, and remains an important seaport today.
Known as the “City of Neighborhoods,” Baltimore is made up of many independent areas each with their own unique feel. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has become a very popular tourist destination. The Harbor offers shopping, restaurants, the celebrated National Aquarium, and historical attractions such as The USS Constellation and the Columbus Monument. Fells Point is a historic community set along the waterfront featuring a variety of boutiques and specialty stores, pubs and night clubs. Little Italy is so dedicated to its collection of Italian restaurants that there is even Little Italy Restaurant Association of Maryland dedicated to advertising local eateries and events. Mt. Vernon, part of the National Register Historic Districts, is just north of Inner Harbor and is home to residents, college students and businesses. The area features a mix of Victorian row homes, carriage homes, and high-rises…representing the past, present and future of residential living.
Baltimore offers a variety of activities to do year round – museums, festivals, theatre, sports, and boat cruises just to name a few. The B & O Railroad Museum is the oldest surviving railroad station and was the first common carrier railroad in the country. Baltimore’s performing arts scene is well respected, including the Baltimore Opera and the Baltimore Symphony, an internationally renowned orchestra dating back to 1916. Baseball fans should visit the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum to view rare artifacts, photos and videos of the American great, as well as the 500 Home Run Club exhibit. Or catch a professional baseball game of the Baltimore Orioles who have played at Oriole Park since 1992. The grand Baltimore Basilica is the oldest Catholic Church in the state, which began construction in 1806. The Pheonix Shot Tower was considered on the “cutting edge” of architecture when it was built back in 1828. The unusually shape of the building allowed for the precise manufacturing of shot for rifles; the landmark is now a public museum.
As a seaboard town, Baltimore is home to some of the country’s best seafood as well as other culinary delights. Baltimore is well known for its crab cakes, often made from blue crab, but offers every type of seafood imaginable. You can also find many ethic cuisines in different neighborhoods – Italian food in Little Italy, Indian or Afghan food in Mt. Vernon, and Greek food in Canton.