The Ravens are as close to a metaphorical image of the city they play for as you can get: tough, hardworking and with an indomitable spirit. Though its exterior is tough, it is still known as Charm City due to its hidden appeal.

 Baltimore boasts more buildings identified as historic than any other US city. Its architecture is incomparable due to said historic identification allowing for the city to speak for itself over hundreds of years. This unique look and appearance of Baltimore allows for a new view of American culture, one overly dominated on the silver screens by New York City and Los Angeles. Baltimore is different, and you see it when you enter.

Baltimore is home to the national anthem, after Francis Scott Key wrote the then-poem following a 25-hour bombardment at Fort McHenry. It’s also where Edgar Allen Poe spent much of his life and is the inspiration for the team’s name, the Baltimore Ravens.

What to Eat

Thames St. Oyster House

If you love fresh seafood, make this spot a priority when you visit Baltimore. They have an á la carte raw bar, and menu items ranging from Atlantic wahoo ceviche to a cast iron crab cake — an iconic Maryland dish. Stop by on a Friday to try their bouillabaisse special, or on Saturday for the whole fish special. If seafood’s not your thing, check out their Thames Street burger or the 16-ounce bone-in ribeye. There’s a great  selection of beers, wines, and handcrafted cocktails, too. 

Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

Look, it’s Baltimore. Of course we’re recommending two seafood restaurants. At Jimmy’s, you can enjoy a variety of fresh seafood and an extensive raw bar, as well as unique offerings like a crab cake egg roll and crab taquitos. If you can’t get enough of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood while you’re visiting, they do have items available for online ordering with free two-day shipping on orders over $100.

Biggest tourist attraction

Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry was the site of the Battle of Baltimore, in which American troops successfully defended the harbor city from British attack. It was a pivotal moment in the War of 1812. That battle was also the inspiration for the poem penned by Francis Scott Key that later became the national anthem. You can take yourself on a self-guided tour courtesy of the National Park Service app. If you have time, visit Federal Hill right next to Fort McHenry, which also played an important role in the Battle of Baltimore and enjoy the spectacular views of downtown and the harbor. 

Under the radar attraction

National Aquarium

The Baltimore Seaquarium, also known as the National Aquarium, is home to award-winning exhibits, thousands of aquatic animals, and hundreds of species. Check out their unique experiences, which include sitting in on a dolphin training session. It’s a little pricy at $200 per group, but seems like a worthwhile expenditure if you want to enjoy a dolphin training session up close and personal. Or get your dolphin fix on their dolphin tour, which is just $90 per group. 

Game day experience

Crabcakes and football. That’s what Maryland does. The Ravens concluded their three-year, $120 million upgrades to M&T Bank Stadium which include new sound systems, video boards and more! The gameday experience can now be seen on the field, across the HD screens, along the stadium and even in the concession lines.

Speaking of the concessions, the stadium boasts a litany of food and drink options, including the must-have crab fries!