Baltimore Inner Harbor ship and piers

An Enticing Nautical Neighborhood

The Buzz of Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Drop anchor at our convenient, comforting Inner Harbor hotel

Inner Harbor may be the city’s main tourist hub, but locals find plenty of reasons to spend their time here, too. By using our hotel as your laidback Charm City home base, you’re within easy walking distance to some of the Inner Harbor’s best bets.

In the 18th century, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor enjoyed its heyday as the nation’s leading shipbuilding site, later evolving into a major hub for oyster canning, steel working, and railroad building. In 1980, the area underwent a major revitalization that welcomed the addition of many new attractions, hotels, restaurants, and shops to this thriving tourist hub, which is also a port of call for cruise ships.

Whether you’re looking to get out on the water or simply relax by its edge, we can think of dozens of ways to soak up the culture and flavors of this vibrant town.

  • Begin the day at Miss Shirley’s Cafe, a breakfast and brunch institution loved for dishes rooted in “Southern fundamentals and the abundance of fresh ingredients from the Chesapeake Bay region.” (Try the Bay-O Bloody Mary and award-winning Southern Slammer Sandwich.)
  • Get your marine fix at the National Aquarium, a stunning display of some 20,000 animals, and take in informative demos, feedings, and 4-D films.
  • Visit the American Visionary Art Museum, an eccentric venue that showcases art produced by self-taught individuals.
  • Board a water taxi that connects the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry and everywhere in between, including quaint neighborhoods from Fell’s Point to Locust Point.
  • Tour Baltimore’s historic ships and a lighthouse (all National Historic Landmarks) — the USS Constellation, USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, Lightship 116 Chesapeake, and Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.
  • Enjoy elevated comfort fare by Bryan Voltaggio (of “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters” fame) at Family Meal. Savor an easy-going vibe and tasty dishes like steak frites, meatloaf, and fried chicken served with buttermilk biscuits, pickles, and hot sauce.
  • Find entertainment galore — plus a lineup for restaurants and bars, too — at Power Planet Live!, featuring music, comedy, dancing, and other nighttime activities right in the heart of the Inner Harbor.