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Summer in Charm City

Arts and Culture

Baltimore has all the amenities of a major urban center. Take advantage of free events such as Artscape, the largest free public arts festival in the U.S., which takes place in July. Listen to a free Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, jazz or local band in concert. Be sure to put Edgar Allan Poe’s house and the Baltimore Museum of Art (on the south end of campus) on your list of places to visit while you are here this summer!


Baltimore was established in 1729 as a shipping port serving Maryland farmers. Baltimore also played a crucial role in the War of 1812, when soldiers at Fort McHenry, successfully held off a British attack on Baltimore. That victory for Baltimore was commemorated in a poem by Francis Scott Key and is now our national anthem.


Make plans to spend your leisure time going out to eat with friends in Baltimore’s neighborhood restaurants, taking in a free outdoor movie in Little Italy, or free outdoor concerts and performers at the Inner Harbor. Visit the birthplace of Babe Ruth and then catch an Orioles game at Camden Yards or visit the National Aquarium.

Outdoor Activities

Head to the waterfront neighborhoods of Canton or Fell’s Point and walk along the cobblestone streets lined with restaurants, eclectic shops, and waterfront views. Take your pick: pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches, gently rolling hills (great for biking!), and mountains, including a stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Add Civil War battlefields, rivers perfect for tubing or kayaking—and you’ve got a recipe for never-ending fun.