Attractions in Baltimore

Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is one of the outstanding art museums in America. The base of the current collection was originally assembled by William Walters and his son. From the original 22,000 objects, the collection has grown to include over 35,000 pieces of art. This art museum literally contains artwork from around the world. There is an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian objects as well as art from ancient Greece, Rome and Byzantium. Chinese, Japanese and Indian art are also well represented. Modern masters are also on display with some of the highlights of the collection being the works of Delacroix, Monet and Lalique.

Fort McHenry
Fort McHenry is most famous for one thing. During the War of 1812, a battle was waged between British and American forces over two days in September. The defense of Fort McHenry was the inspiration for The Star-Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key. When visiting Fort McHenry, make sure to stop at the visitor's center and watch the film that explains the historical significance of the fort. All of the old fort buildings are available for touring.

Historic Ships
Those who love the history of the seas and the ships that sailed upon them will want to visit the Historic Ships in Baltimore. At this attraction, you will see several historic military vessels the oldest being the USS Constellation. At this ship, visit the museum and then proceed to board the vessel. All of the decks are open for viewing. While at Historic Ships visit the USS Torsk and experience a little of what life was like on a submarine. A US Coast Guard cutter and a lightship are also available for touring.

Sherwood Gardens
Sherwood Gardens is well known as the place to see one of the most magnificent displays of tulips in the Eastern United States. The best time to see the tulips in full bloom is at the end of April through the early part of May. If you aren't visiting Baltimore at this time, Sherwood Gardens also contains many beautiful dogwood, magnolia and cherry trees as well as azaleas and other flowers.

National Aquarium
A trip to Baltimore wouldn't be complete without a visit to the National Aquarium. Take your time and carefully observe the animals of the seas. Dolphins, turtles, sharks and frogs are just a few of the species that make their home at this fine aquarium.