Nicknamed “Charm City” for a reason!
Baltimore has been dubbed a “city of neighborhoods,” with more than 100 distinct districts that are full of culture and charm. Students typically reside in areas surrounding the East Baltimore Campus, including Fells/Upper Fells Point, Butchers Hill, Canton, Mount Vernon, Charles Village, Federal Hill and Roland Park. Centered on the mid-atlantic, Baltimore is within easy reach of other major east coast cities, located about an hour from Washington D.C. and three hours from New York City. In addition, Baltimore is within easy driving distance of the Atlantic Coast, Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the mountains and open country of Western Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Baltimore was founded in 1729, with 27 homes, a church and two taverns residing on the west side of the Jones Falls. Being situated on the Chesapeake, Baltimore quickly became an important shipping port, with sugar being one of its primary exports. The Domino Sugar sign still stands tall and glows bright in Locust Point. In the War of 1812, the United States was victorious in defending Baltimore from British Troops and this was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s writing of the “The Star Spangled Banner.” Fort McHenry, located on the southern side of the harbor, is now a national monument open to vistors. In 1842, the first statue dedicated to George Washington was built, standing 178 feet tall and overlooking the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. Baltimore is also home to many famous writers including Edgar Allen Poe and H.L. Mencken!
The city is home to numerous museums, including the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and more. Music lovers will enjoy the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra or live concerts at Power Plant, the Harborplace Amphitheater and Royal Farms Arena. Live music at local dives can be found any night of the week! Head over to the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District to catch the latest Broadway musical at the Hippodrome Theater. Baltimore brings together it’s community with festivals throughout the year. Check out Artscape, Hampden Fest, Baltimore Book Festival, Miracle on 34th Street, or other food and drink festivals to celebrate our cities rich cultural scene.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy professional sports right in the city – with the Baltimore Ravens (NFL) at M & T Bank Stadium, or the Baltimore Orioles (MLB) at Camden Yards. Head north of the city in May to see the Preakness Stakes at the famous Pimlico race track. If you would rather play than watch, join a social sports league through Volo City, Charm City Soccer, or an intramural team through the Cooley Center! Baltimore is scattered with local parks, including the 295 acre Patterson Park located near the Canton/Fells Point neighborhood. A short drive will get you to Druid Hill Park, Oregon Ridge Park, Gunpowder Falls State Park or Federal Hill Park. Get active at local gyms and fitness centers, such as the Merritt Club, Crunch Fitness, or right on campus at the Denton A. Cooley Center. Try rock climbing at EarthTreks, yoga at YogaWorks, CrossFit, or golf at one of Baltimore’s classic five courses. There is something here for everyone!