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Baltimore on a Budget: Things to Do

Activities roughly under $20/person

Climb the Washington Monument (Mount Vernon)
Want a great view of the city? Climb the 227-stair climb to the top of the Washington Monument, which has been a part of the skyline of Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood for over 200 years and was  the first in the U.S. dedicated to President George Washington. Admission to the gallery and digital exhibits is free. Tickets to climb the tower can be purchased onsite, and cost $6 for adults and $4 for children up to age 13.

Explore the George Peabody Library (Mount Vernon)
Stunning views with books floor to ceiling, the George ​​Peabody Library’s collection dates from the founding of the Peabody Institute in 1857. While currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can check out the library virtually here.

Visit Graffiti Alley (Station North)
Come check out, and grab a photo on, the only legal place for street artists to create their work without fear of prosecution.

Check out Atomic Books (Hampden)
Self-described as a place for "literary finds for mutated minds!", you can visit Atomic Books and find everything from totes to comic books to stickers and more.

Shop on the Avenue (Hampden)
Hampden’s main drag—known as The Avenue—is home to shops, restaurants, bars and more. Don’t forget to stop by over the holidays to check out the Miracle on 34th Street lights, found just a few blocks from The Avenue, or HONfest, which celebrates the working women who helped make this great city what it is.

Climb Federal Hill to see the Baltimore skyline (Federal Hill)
For great sunset views or the chance to take in the city’s skyline, climb up to Federal Hill Park.

Wander Fells Point
Take a walk along the water in Fells Point, home to 47 independently-owned small retail shop galleries, plus restaurants and bars galore. Looking for a place to check out live music? Fells Point’s establishments often host musicians.

Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (Woodbrook/Druid Hill Park)
Take a walk through the Rawlings Conservatory, which opened in 1888, and features five distinct greenhouse rooms, one 1/2-acre garden with many flower beds, and a kaleidoscope of colors all year round.

Fort McHenry (Locust Point)
Get a taste of history—and a beautiful view of the harbor—exploring Fort McHenry, known as the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner.