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The largest city in the state of Maryland, Baltimore offers a wealth of diverse attractions that make it one of the East Coast’s “must-see” destinations. From Mount Vernon, the city’s cultural hub, to historic Fell’s Point and the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, any visitor is likely to find something educational, entertaining or enlightening in the place they call “Charm City.”
Travelers come from far and wide to visit the National Aquarium, which features more than 16,000 animals. Another not-to-be-missed attraction for the scientifically curious is Baltimore’s Maryland Science Center, which showcases two story dinosaurs along with a wealth of interactive exhibits. And speaking of two story creatures. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park welcomes visitors with its live giraffe feeding station.
The Baltimore Museum of Art features the world’s largest collection of works by the artist Matisse. And the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1916, is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most important orchestras.
Those with an eye toward history will want to visit Fort McHenry, reknowned for its role defending the city from the attacking British Navy in the War of 1812. It was after witnessing that bombardment that Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for what would become the American national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
The city draws students and academics from around the globe with its rich educational community. Well known among its institutions of higher learning are John Hopkins University, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, the University of Baltimore and many more.
Of course, Baltimore needs little introduction to sports fans. Not only is it the birthplace of Babe Ruth, but it’s also home to one of the nation’s most beautifully restored baseball stadiums, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But there’s more than just baseball here. Football fans flock to M&T Bank Stadium to see the Baltimore Ravens, while fans of a different type of football enjoy indoor soccer with the Baltimore Blast.