Baltimore Attractions
Things to see while attending Railsconf

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

216 Emory Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 727-1539

Admission Rates:

  • Adults $6.00

Hours of Operation:

  • Tuesday - Sunday (10:00am to 5:00pm)

George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born February 6, 1895 at 216 Emory Street, a Baltimore row house that is now just a long fly ball from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

By the late 1960s, the property and adjoining three row-house structures had fallen into disrepair and were scheduled for demolition. A successful campaign to save and restore the Birthplace was launched and the house opened to the public as a national shrine in 1974. Exhibits depicting the Historic House and life and times of Babe Ruth were installed with the help of Babe's widow, Claire and his two daughters.

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

901 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 752-2490

Admission Rates

  • Adults $14.00

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday - Saturday (10 am - 4 pm), Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm

This fascinating, fun place for kids, families, and lovers of history and American railroading features the most comprehensive collection in the Western Hemisphere, plus free parking and train rides.

In the late 19th century, an overzealous publicity agent developed a trade show exhibit for a major American railroad headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. This exhibit survived the railroad that sponsored it and grew to become a "national treasure" of railroad artifacts. Today, it comprises the collection of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world.

Located among Baltimore City's historic southwest neighborhoods, at the original site of the historic Mt. Clare Shops, the B&O Railroad Museum is recognized universally as the birthplace of American railroading. Nearly 200 pieces of locomotives and rolling stock provide a continuum of railroad technology history from 1830 through the present day, and hundreds of thousands of small artifacts provide a unique glimpse of railroading through tools, exquisite time-pieces, fine art, presentation silver, uniforms, furniture, and personal memorabilia. Additionally, an extensive collection of scale models and toy trains illustrate America's long fascination with trains and railroading. And the grounds of the Museum encompass significant historic structures, many of which are restored as well as bridges, earthworks, and archaeological resources.

Baltimore Ghost Tours

P.O. Box 38140
Baltimore, MD
(410) 522-7400

Award-winning haunted walking tours of Fell's Point and Mount Vernon. Certified Authentic Baltimore tours. Evening and day tours, Haunted Pub Walks, and Ghost Talk. Group tours available.

Edgar Allen Poe Museum

203 N. Amity Street
Baltimore, MD

Hours of Operation:

  • April - early December: Thurs - Sat (Noon - 3:30 pm)

Edgar Allan Poe’s home is now open to the public as a modest museum with self-guided tours. Displays in the house include a lock of Poe’s hair, some original china that once belonged to John Allan as well as many other Poe-related images.

The little house at 203 Amity street (originally No. 3 Amity) was presumably built around 1830 for Charles Klassen. Edgar Allan Poe lived in this house from 1832 until August or September of 1835,when he moved to Richmond, Virginia to edit the Southern Literary Messenger. This building was saved from demolition in 1941 by the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

2400 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD
(410) 962-4290

Hours of Operation

  • Grounds: Daily (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Fort and Visitor Center: Daily (8:00 am to 4:45 pm)
  • Last Video Presentation: Daily (4:00 pm)

This 18th-century brick fort defended Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812 and is the birthplace of the American national anthem. Park rangers offer visitor programs and special events that highlight the park’s history. Visit the home of the Star-Spangled Banner!

The entrance fee to the historic area of the park is $7.00 for adults 16 years of age and older; children 15 and younger are free. This fee provides the visitor with a 7-day entrance permit to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. You must keep your entrance receipt to re-enter the park in the 7-day time period.

The Star Bangled Banner Flag House

844 E. Pratt St.
(410) 837-1793

Admission Rates:

  • Adults $7.00 (include orientation film, guided tour and all living history activities)
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday (10 am to 4 pm)
  • Tours begin at 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm. (Tours are preceded by a 10 minute orientation film.)

The 1793 home of Mary Pickersgill, where she made the 30 by 42 foot Star Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that would become our national anthem.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

301 W. Camden Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 625-7060

Admission Rates

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Sunday (10 am - 6 pm), Closed Mondays (except for major holidays)

Take an unprecedented journey through American history with a focus on pop culture in media, toys and comic characters as they shaped our children through a magical blend of entertainment and education.

Each Gallery in Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) is designed to capture a specific period or medium in American pop culture. From the library filled with treasures from comics’ early days to the Pioneer gallery featuring the birth of character collectibles, GEM takes you on an entertaining journey through the history of pop culture.

Historic Mt. Vernon Belvedere District

1228 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 528-1919

A National Register Historic District, Mount Vernon encompasses the best of what city living has to offer. This solidly fashionable and lively neighborhood not only serves as Baltimore's cultural center, but is also home to world renowned mid-19th century architecture that provides a gracious urban living experience. Take a stroll up historic Charles Street to the Washington Monument. Visit the many boutique shops from the monument to Penn Station.

Between 1800 and 1900, Mount Vernon was at the center of Baltimore's transformation from an insignificant harbor city to a place of prominence and wealth. This was the time when fortunes were made and great philanthropies bestowed.

Mount Vernon also has the distinction of being home to the first memorial erected in the United States to honor our nation's first President and Commander-in-Chief, George Washington.

Most of the original Mount Vernon buildings remain today, but their functions have changed. For example, the home of Henry and William Walters at 5 W. Mount Vernon Place now serves as offices for the Walters Art Museum; the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion is now the home of the Engineers Club; and the Jencks-Gladding house now holds the Asian art collection of the Walters Art Museum. The rejuvenation of the many historic and architecturally significant buildings has enabled Mount Vernon to remain not only a diverse residential neighborhood, but also a cultural center and restaurant district.

National Aquarium

501 E. Pratt Street
Pier 3
Baltimore, MD
(410) 576-3800

Stunning exhibits and more than 11,000 aquatic animals, plus the widely lauded exhibit, Animal Planet Australia, make this Inner Harbor destination Baltimore's most popular attraction. Express entry is available when you purchase tickets online.

Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive
(at N. Charles and 31st Streets)
Baltimore, MD
(443) 573-1700

Admission Rates

  • Free General Admission
  • Hour of Operation: Wednesday-Friday (10 am - 5 pm), Saturday - Sunday (11 am-6 pm), Monday - Closed Tuesdays

All year long, Maryland’s largest art museum showcases a dazzling collection, ranging from ancient mosaics to contemporary art, plus ever-changing exhibitions, sculpture gardens, an eclectic museum shop and a scenic restaurant.

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD
(410) 396-7102

Admission Rates:

  • Adults: $13.00

Hours of Operation:

  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Baltimore's wildest attraction! Visit the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and begin a journey around the world that will bring you face-to-face with more than 2,000 amazing animals. Follow a wooden walkway across the African savannah and view elephants, rhinos, zebras, leopards cheetahs and lions. Visit Polar Bear Watch, the amazing new Artic exhibit featuring Magnet, Alaska and Anoki! Stop at Rock island to visit America’s largest colony of African black-footed penguins.

Baltimore Orioles Baseball Club

333 W. Camden Street
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Baltimore, MD
(888) 848-BIRD

The Orioles play an 81-home game Major League Baseball schedule from April through September. Ballpark tours are available year-round. For tour and ticket information, call 888-848-BIRD or visit the Web site.

During RailsConf, the Orioles are playing at Camden Yards. June 4 - 6 versus the Boston Red Sox, June 8 - 10 versus the New York Yankees and June 11 - 13 versus the New York Mets.

For more information on Baltimore Attractions, please visit the Visit Baltimore website.

Baltimore Restaurants

Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano

306 S. High Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 727-0700

The Zagat Survey’s highest-scoring Italian restaurant in the state of Maryland. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1998. Serving dinner nightly from 5:00 pm Complimentary shuttle service.

Caesar’s Den

223 S. High Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 547-0820

A family restaurant for over three decades, they serve quality Italian cuisine, featuring one of Baltimore's finest and most extensive all-Italian wine lists. Specialties include fresh fish, grilled meats and unusual pasta dishes.

Chef Paolino Cafe

100 S. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD
Phone: (410) 837-6909
Fax: (410) 837-6167
Neighborhood: Baltimore Metro

Located directly across from the Baltimore Convention Center, Chef Paolino's offers quick counter service with something for everyone. From Italian to traditional deli foods, breakfast, lunch, early dinner and cocktails. Catering available.

Chiapparelli’s Restaurant

237 S. High Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 837-0309

One of Little Italy's best-known and best-loved restaurants, the menu includes homemade pasta, seafood, veal dishes and their famous house salad. Banquet facilities--including four private dining rooms--and valet parking available.

Ding How Restaurant

631 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD
(410) 327-8888

Ding How in Chinese means “the best.” We serve fine Chinese cuisine with specialty crab dishes. Voted Best Chinese Restaurant in the city by Baltimore Magazine 2006 and Baltimore City Paper 2007.

Edo Sushi - Inner Harbor

201 E. Pratt Street #2075
Baltimore, MD
(410) 843-9804

The restaurant offers a full menu of sushi, sashimi and cooked Japanese specials—for lunch, dinner, carryout, party platters and gift cards. Inner Harbor location also offers grilled yakitori and full liquor bar.

Mother’s Grille

1113 S. Charles St (410) 244-8686

Mother's is a neighborhood tavern located in Historic Federal Hill, a hip, up-scale night life and dining destination in the heart of Baltimore City.

Mother's Federal Hill Grille is a short distance from the Inner Harbor, M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Ravens), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Ft. McHenry & the Visionary Arts Museum. Mothers Federal Hill Grille is a great spot to enjoy Baltimore's fun, upbeat night life and a great meal.

Full restaurant and bar serving full breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of their award-winning specialties are: Maryland crab cakes, mouth-watering burgers, Maryland seafood and fresh fish with a Caribbean influence, colossal salads and over stuffed sandwiches. All served by an incredibly knowledgeable and friendly staff. Enjoy their great selection of micro brews and specialty drinks as well.

Lebanese Taverna

719 S. President Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 244-5533

Delight your taste buds with the very best in Middle Eastern dining. The family- owned Lebanese Taverna Restaurant offers authentic fare with grilled meats, poultry, seafood and an array of vegetarian dishes using Mediterranean spices and herbs to create healthy mezza (appetizer portions) and savory entrees. The stylish yet casual atmosphere lends itself for groups of all sizes and is child friendly.

Miss Shirley’s Café - Downtown

750 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD
(410) 528-5373

Miss Shirley’s Café features eccentric southern style cuisine with a Baltimore twist. Offering house specialties like Crab and Fried Green Tomatoes Eggs Benedict, Coconut Cream Stuffed French Toast, Sweet Potato Fries, Chesapeake Club and Chopped Salad. Enjoy Baltimore’s best breakfast lunch in two locations - Inner Harbor and Roland Park! Come experience their warm dining room and friendly service.

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