Visit Americaâs first cathedral
Pay your respects at Edgar Allan Poeâs grave
The writer Edgar Allen Poe was one of Baltimoreâs most infamous residents. If you donât want to pay the admission fee of the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum, you can see his grave for free
. The 80-inch memorial, decorated with a bust of the poet, in the Westminster Hall cemetery records his birthday incorrectly as January 20th, 1809 (It was January 19th, 1809). Look for the Poe Toaster, an anonymous stranger who places three roses and a bottle of cognac on the grave each year on the anniversary of Poeâs death. Poe fans can also visit a statue of Poe for free at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Wander the Heritage Walk
Starting in the Inner Harbor, this free, guided 90-minute walking tour
takes visitors off the beaten path and deep into Baltimoreâs history. Youâll visit the nearby neighborhoods of Little Italy, Jonestown and downtown, passing Baltimoreâs World Trade Center (the tallest pentagonal building in the world), the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland, among other attractions.
Explore Druid Hill Park
Druid Hill Park
is one of the oldest landscaped parks in the country (just one year younger than New Yorkâs Central Park), encompassing 745 acres in the center of Baltimore since 1860. Thereâs no charge to walk or bike along the reservoir, examine the many statues (including Scotlandâs William Wallace, of Braveheart
fame) or admire the ancient fountains. Itâs a perfect place for a picnic, too.
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Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art
Home to the largest Matisse collection in the world, the Baltimore Museum of Art
is a major cultural destination. Its 90,000 works encompass 15th- to 19th-century contemporary and modern art. One highlight is Henri Matisseâs âPurple Robe and Anemonesâ (1937), one of the artistâs 500 paintings displayed in the museum. The BMA is free for everyone, every day, so that great art is accessible to all.