Baltimore staycation ideas

Loads of exciting attractions are at your beck and call in Baltimore, Maryland, and you don’t need to battle a crowded airport to enjoy them. This year, explore your city in a new way by planning a Baltimore staycation. From strolling Inner Harbor to touring a historic battleship, check out these great ways to fill your weekend while exploring your city in a new way

History

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History is sprinkled throughout Baltimore's buildings and attractions and is a main reason many tourists visit the area. Learn more about Baltimore’s history as a port city by touring a historic battleship. Discover what life was like for the ship's sailors while browsing various battleship artifacts. The USS Constellation and the USS Torsk are just a few of the majestic battleships lining the harbor.


Looking for something a little different? Check out the National Cryptologic Museum and enter the world of secret codes and ciphers. Museum admission is free and guided tours or special presentations are often available for larger groups. The city also offers other museums that cover a range of historical topics including the B&O Railroad Museum, where you can learn about America’s most important railroad collection and even take a train ride.

Discover the outdoors

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The weather is unbeatable and the scenery is equally as great during Baltimore summers, making it the ideal season for exploring outdoor attractions. Spend an evening of your staycation strolling Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Watch as boats enter and leave the harbor or browse the Inner Harbor’s many local shops and stores at Harborplace and the Gallery. See the harbor in a new way by taking an evening cruise with Spirit Cruises. The entire weekend can be spent outdoors by exploring the area’s ample boating, fishing and watersports opportunities.

Kid-friendly activities

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Making your staycation a family affair? From sea creatures to science exhibits, plenty of options await to fill your family weekend. Begin your day of family fun exploring the three floors of educational and interactive exhibits at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Walk through a rainforest, watch a live-action dolphin show, or explore more than 16,000 creatures at The National Aquarium. The Maryland Science Centeris another top Baltimore attraction that offers entertaining exhibits and displays for all ages. For an American pastimes, grab a seat at Oriole Park at Camden Yards to watch the Baltimore Orioles play ball.

Stay and play

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Enjoy close proximity to many of your planned staycation outings by lodging in a Baltimore bed and breakfast. Often more affordable than a hotel and offering all the privacy you prefer, plus a daily homemade breakfast, a bed and breakfast is just what you need to complete your weekend of fun and relaxation.


A great staycation involves looking at Baltimore through the eyes of a first-time tourist. Spend the weekend exploring the city’s parks or take a history tour through Baltimore’s many museums. Best of all, many charming bed and breakfasts are available for your staycation lodging, offering the comfort you crave and a close proximity to many of the city’s top attractions.