Baltimore is rich in history and has many of the country’s top sites and attractions. You can enjoy the beautiful sites of Baltimore while walking along the promenades that line the Patapsco, or you can enjoy them from the water. Here are the best sights with unique views from the water:
The USS Constellation was commissioned in 1855 and has more than a hundred years of seafaring history. It first served as part of the Mediterranean Squadron to protect American Interests and eventually made one of the Navy’s first captures during the Civil War, seizing the brig Triton in 1861.
National Aquarium. The National Aquarium is the largest tourism attraction in the state of Maryland hosting about 1.5 million visitors annually. From the water you can see the Tropical Rain Forest and the Animal Planet Australia exhibit. Other top exhibits include the Shark Alley, the Atlantic Coral Reef and Jellies Invasion.
Federal Hill Park. Providing panoramic view of Baltimore, Federal Hill Park served as a defensive stronghold during the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The park includes monuments commemorating the Battle of Baltimore in 1814, cannons that manned Fort Federal Hill during the Civil War, Flag Staff Plaza and more.
Domino Sugar Sign. The iconic neon Domino Sugar Sign, has illuminated the city for 67 years. Made up of elongated glass tubes, the sign is 120 feet by 70 feet and sits on top of the Domino Sugar refinery that provides a wonderful smell to nearby residents.
Pride of Baltimore. Commissioned in 1977, the Pride of Baltimore was the first Baltimore Clipper to be built in 150 years. She traveled the sea for nine years voyaging to Bermuda, New York and Nova Scotia. She has logged more than 150,000 nautical miles and has sailed further in nine years than most sailing vessels travel in their lifetime.
Fort McHenry. Fort McHenry is endeared for its defense during the War of 1812. In 1814, the British attached Fort McHenry which ultimately defended the Baltimore Harbor. Francis Scott Key was inspired by the failure of the attack and the sight of the American Flag to compose “The Star Spangled-Banner”.
Spirit Cruises offers dining cruises and sightseeing tours that showcase the beautiful city and provide a view of all of these sights and more. Check out their daily tours next time you’re in Baltimore and enjoy a cruise experience like no other.