Everyday seems to bring a new, obscure national holiday. And today just so happens to be Take A Walk Outdoors Day. So in honor of the holiday, we’re highlighting our five favorite walks to take in Downtown Baltimore.
Photo taken during Charles Street Promenade by Nicole Rohrer
Explore the historic architecture, renowned institutions, and wide variety of local shops and restaurants along the Charles Street National Scenic Byway.
Charles & Baltimore Street
University of Baltimore at Charles and Mt. Royal Streets
Café Poupon, The Peanut Shoppe, Lumbini, Viva Books, Stem & Vine, Mick O’Sheas, Sporty Dog Creations, Bella Bridesmaids, Elite Secrets, Sotto Sopra, Lumiere Candle Studio. Darker than Blue Grille, Gian Marco Menswear, Doll House Boutique, Different Regard, C. Grimaldis Gallery, Dooby’s, Sugarvale, The Helmand, Marie Louise, Spirits of Mount Vernon, Kumari, The Manor, Allora, Baby’s on Fire, ADORN Vintage Furniture & Designs, Minato, Indochine, The Brewer’s Art, Sammy’s Trattoria, Dodah’s Kitchen, and many more!
Baltimore’s Waterfront Promenade represents a unique public and private partnership that has ensured public access to the city’s most cherished natural asset – its harbor. It is a public pedestrian walkway/shared use bicycle path that functions as a waterfront sidewalk for development sites and public spaces that have emerged from the former industrial waterfront.
After visiting West Shore Park, cut across Conway Street and head south on Charles Street to explore the many shops and restaurants of the Federal Hill Main Street: Plantacea, Hard Water Bar and Grill, Phina’s Fine Linens & Gifts, Afters Café, Zaatar, Illusions Bar & Theatre, Mi & Yu Noodle Bar, Brothers Sushi, Cloudy Donuts, Sweet Peaz Southern Kitchen, Dan Brothers Shoes, Midnite Confections Cupcakery, Cross Street Market, Brightside Boutique, Dulceology Bakery, and many more!
Ropewalk & Charles Streets
National Aquarium at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Photo from Waterfront Partnership.
Considered the city’s oldest urban trail. Explore three distinct areas of Baltimore: the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, and historic Jonestown. The route passes by the USS Constellation, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, the Carroll Mansion, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
You can also take guided tour with Baltimore National Heritage Area to learn more about the historical landmarks and their significance along this route.
Photo from Visit Baltimore
Explore the city’s rich African American history. Visit key sites in Baltimore’s civil rights legacy, marvel at historic architecture, and learn about the newest Baltimore Arts & Entertainment District — The Pennsylvania Avenue Arts & Entertainment District (the first of its kind in the nation).
Eutaw Place & W. Lafayette Ave
Everyone’s Place African Cultural Center
Take a guided tour with Baltimore National Heritage Area to learn more about the rich history and culture of this neighborhood.
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Home to many artists and arts institutions, the Bromo Arts District is Downtown Baltimore’s premiere Arts & Entertainment District, and also houses the oldest public market in the United States — Lexington Market.
Camden Yards’ Babe’s Dream Memorial & Head North on Eutaw Street
Baltimore Convention Center
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, BricknFire Pizza, Thai Elephant Wok, Jano Ethiopian Cuisine & Bar, The Red Board Asian Fusion, Forno, Maiwand Grill, the Land of Kush, Xtract Juicebar, Refocused Vegan, Linden Deli, The Bun Shop, Central Bar, Restaurant and Nightclub, Aunt Kelly’s Cookies, Sandra’s Indian Cuisine.