Quad Meeting 2012: Baltimore Neighborhoods
In preparation for the upcoming Quad Meeting, learn about the various districts and monuments throughout Baltimore!
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has led an important role in the revitalization of Charm City. It is a hugely popular tourist attraction that offers visitors a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Harborplace is the cornerstone of the Inner Harbor and the number one attraction in the city. Here you can take a water cruise on the bay or choose from a wide range of restaurants ranging in cuisine from seafood to steak, to tapas and sushi. On the southern edge of the harbor is the Maryland Science Center and the eastern edge features the National Aquarium. Rising 405 feet over the harbor, the World Trade Center offers panoramic views of the city in every direction from the observation level on the 27th floor.
Take some time to see a few sights just outside the Harbor such as Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles play. Another great place to visit is Fort McHenry National Monument, home of the Star Spangled Banner.
Travel easily between the Tremont and the Inner Harbor on the free Charm City Circulator. Hop on the Purple Route at stop 317 (Saratoga St.) and get off at stop 319 (Pratt Street – Inner Harbor).
Federal Hill overlooks the Inner Harbor from the South. Known for its scenic park with incredible views of the Baltimore harbor and skyline, Federal Hill enjoys a storied history. The hill was given its name in 1788 after thousands paraded there celebrating ratification of the new “Federal” U. S. Constitution. Having been used as a key look-out destination during the Civil War, Federal Hill maintains a large U.S. flag, cannons and a monument honoring its history.
The corridor between Charles and Light streets houses some of the most popular restaurants in Baltimore. Pubs, galleries and antique shops line the streets, where you can also find salons, boutiques and the Cross Street Market – a 19th century marketplace where you’ll find vendors selling produce, seafood, baked goods and more. The American Visionary Art Museum, an art gallery celebrating “outsider” or untrained artists, is located at the base of Federal Hill, adjacent to the Inner Harbor.
Baltimore’s newest neighborhood, Harbor East, is nestled just beyond the eastern edge of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Here, upscale shopping options range from unique local shops to national retailers. An array of restaurants offers seafood, pub fare, tacos, pizza and much more. Coffee shops, bakeries and ice cream shops round out the Harbor East experience, alongside an upscale movie theater, spa and health club.
Little Italy is located between the Inner Harbor and historic Fell’s Point. Here, you can stroll the neighborhood’s narrow streets and have your pick of nearly 30 family-owned restaurants.
During the 20th-century this small neighborhood was comprised of Italian immigrants, wishing to remain banded together. Today, Little Italy remains a tight-knit community. The area attracts millions of people with its outdoor film festival, bocce tournaments and festivals of the saints.
Fell’s Point is a historic waterfront neighborhood located one mile from the Inner Harbor. Established in 1763, Fell’s Point is a city, state and national historic district boasting over 161 buildings on the National Register. Here you’ll find the oldest standing residence in Baltimore City, the Robert Long House at 812 S. Ann Street.
Fell’s Point’s 18th and 19th-century homes and storefronts – most were once one of the “three B’s”: boarding houses, brothels, and bars – stand as evidence of the neighborhood’s British nautical roots. Today, Fell’s Point houses numerous retail shops, restaurants and pubs along cobblestone streets. You’ll find many options for Chesapeake Bay cuisine, whether you crave oysters on the half shell at a local pub, or upscale seafood at a charming restaurant.
Guided walking and ghost tours are available, where you can hear the supernatural histories of haunted pubs, shops and residences.
Water taxis provide service between Fell’s Point and the Inner Harbor.
Mount Vernon, a National Register Historic District, is a lively neighborhood that is home to a diverse group of residents and businesses. The nation’s first monument to George Washington sits at the center of Mount Vernon Square which was named for Washington’s Virginia estate.
What were once the grand mansions of Baltimore’s 19th- century industrialists are now museums, galleries, shops and restaurants. Here, the legacies of influential people such as George Peabody, Henry and William Walters, and Enoch Pratt continue on as the Peabody Conservatory, the Walters Art Gallery, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Mount Vernon is also home to America’s first Catholic Cathedral and the Maryland Historical Society, where you’ll find the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Travel between the Tremont and Mount Vernon using the free Charm City Circulator. Get on the northbound Purple Route circulator at stop 305 (Pleasant St.) and head up Charles St. You’ll find the Washington Monument at stop 307.
Charles Village is an active and diverse community with a strong local business climate (though you’ll find national retailers here, as well). During the 1960s, a renaissance began in the community as new homebuyers were attracted to the area’s architectural variety and beauty of its large Victorian homes. Charles Village maintains an educational and cultural atmosphere, thanks in part to institutions such as the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Campus and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Long known as the place where everybody calls you ‘hon,’ north Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood gained renown as the setting of several films of Baltimore native John Waters. Hampden has evolved from a 19th-century blue-collar mill town, into a thriving community of independent and locally-owned bars, restaurants and truly unique shops. You’ll find most of these businesses along 36th Street – known to locals simply as The Avenue. Former factories are now artist studios, offices, wine bars, restaurants and boutiques. Hampden’s combination of old and new, with its central location, makes it one of Baltimore’s most distinctive neighborhoods.
The Station North Arts & Entertainment District is a vibrant, up-and-coming area in central Baltimore, situated north of Mount Vernon. It was the first area in the city to receive the state designation as an arts and entertainment district. Just north of Penn Station, the neighborhood is home to an abundance of art galleries, theaters, music venues, restaurants, bars and performance spaces. Many artists live and work in the area which has seen several warehouses converted into artist studios and residential buildings. The Charles movie theater, Baltimore’s art house theatre, has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood for years.