Baltimore Shore Excursions
During the 1812 War, US forces based at Fort McHenry successfully defended the city from attack by British forces in a fierce fight. Francis Scott Key witnessed the Battle of Baltimore from a ship offshore, and he was inspired to write the words to the Star Spangled Banner. Fort McHenry lies half-a-mile westwards of the cruise terminal.
Federal Hill got its name after a night of partying instigated by Maryland’s inclusion into the original US constitution. Revelers launched a mockup sailing ship, named the ‘Federalist’ from atop the hill into the bay. Today it’s a a small green space, giving spectacular views over the bay. To its south lies the attractive district of Federal Hill, with elegant streets and period townhouses. It makes a good spot for a stroll with a break at a homely café for a snack.
American Visionary Art Museum
The unusual American Visionary Art Museum is dedicated to the art of the untaught artist, if the artist is perceived of having a noteworthy individual approach. Some of the paintings and sculptures are very creative, and are sure to make you stop and think.
Historic Ships Museum
At the Historic Ships Museum see the Lightship Chesapeake, the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse - the oldest screw pile lighthouse on the Chesapeake, the USS Torsk - a sub with more than ten thousand dives, the USS Constellation - flagship of the US African squadron in the mid 19th century and USCGC Taney - the last remaining vessel from WWII’s Pearl Harbor.
About a mile east of Inner Harbor stands the characterful district of Fell’s Point. In the first part of nineteenth century US ships were legally allowed to attack British vessels, and Fell’s Point was the base of several shipyards making privateer ships. The quaint townhouses, small market squares and narrow streets bring back those early years.
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