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Things to do in Baltimore, MD
Baltimore is one of our most popular destinations, and there are plenty of fun activities to keep you busy during your trip. Whether you're looking for something active like hiking, biking, kayaking, or just relaxing, we've got you covered. Check out some of the best attractions in Baltimore including Maryland Zoo, National Aquarium, Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry, and much more. The Baltimore restaurant scene is thriving. Sample food from award-winning chefs and try cocktails from innovative mixologists--they're the reason Baltimore consistently ranks as a Top 10 food city nationwide. Whether you're partial to art, science, history, or a niche interest, you'll find distinctive attractions that draw you in to learn and wonder, and create fun memories.
Baltimore ( BAWL-tim-or, locally: bawl-da-MOR or BAWL-mər) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maryland, fourth most populous city in the Mid-Atlantic, and the 30th most populous city in the United States with a population of 585,708 in 2020. Baltimore was designated an independent city by the Constitution of Maryland in 1851, and today is the most populous independent city in the United States. As of 2021, the population of the Baltimore metropolitan area was estimated to be 2,838,327, making it the 20th largest metropolitan area in the country. Baltimore is located about 40 miles (64 km) north northeast of Washington, D.C., making it a principal city in the Washington–Baltimore combined statistical area (CSA), the third-largest CSA in the nation, with a 2021 estimated population of 9,946,526.Prior to European colonization, the Baltimore region was used as hunting grounds by the Susquehannock Native Americans, who were primarily settled further northwest than where the city was later built. Colonists from the Province of Maryland established the Port of Baltimore in 1706 to support the tobacco trade with Europe, and established the Town of Baltimore in 1729.