The holiday season is fast approaching, and as always, there are tons of fun, festive events to enjoy around Baltimore this December. Whether you're in the mood for shopping, holiday music, dazzling lights, or exciting events for the youngest members of the family, there's so much to look forward to near Baltimore homes for sale during the holiday season. Our real estate agents have all the festive details on five Christmas events you won't want to miss around Baltimore.
Planning to stay closer to home this summer rather than travel out of state? Consider discovering Baltimore attractions like a tourist would. The city is home to many outstanding destinations that you may have never visited or perhaps haven't seen in years. Visiting one or several of them will create a fun, interesting staycation and let you learn more about what Baltimore has to offer.
Our real estate agents recommend visiting the following sites to see Baltimore through a tourist's eyes:
The holiday season in Baltimore is a time of fun, family-friendly events throughout the city. It is the perfect time for getting to know what life is like here while you shop for Baltimore homes for sale.
The Annual German Christmas Village in Baltimore, now entering its sixth year of holiday fun at the Inner Harbor, has quickly become one of the city's most popular holiday events. With great food, sensational shopping, holiday-themed events, and fun activities for all ages, this year's German Christmas Village is shaping up to be better than ever. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on what types of fun are in store for the 6th Annual German Christmas Village in Baltimore for 2018.
Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Baltimore Christmas Village
The Event: The 6th Annual German Christmas Village in Baltimore
Dates: November 17 - December 24, 2018
Location: Inner Harbor – West Shore Park, 501 Light St., Baltimore
There are so many wonderful opportunities to create holiday memories in Baltimore every year, as familiar parts of the city transform with holiday cheer. The Pandora Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor is one of our city's most memorable holiday traditions. This year's, and this year's grand opening will be here before you know it.
Whether you're still shopping for Baltimore homes for sale or you're already a resident, a day at the Pandora Ice Rink is the perfect way to soak up the excitement of the holiday season. Many local businesses and restaurants also offer specials throughout the Pandora Ice Rink season, especially during the holidays.
The Pandora Ice Rink is open Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy an opportunity to see the Inner Harbor in an entirely new way when The Pandora Ice Rink opens November 9. Our real estate agents have all the details on how to enjoy this unique Baltimore holiday tradition.
Our REALTORS® know Baltimore homes for sale better than anyone. They also know the ins and outs of everything else this historic city has to offer. Many newcomers to Maryland would never even guess that Baltimore is home to a vibrant Little Italy. Let's take a closer look!
For most of the year, our home city of Baltimore, MD is known as Charm City, but for a few weeks every year Baltimore becomes Light City. Billed as "Baltimore's international festival of light, music, and innovation," the Light City festival is a great example of what makes our city such a special place to call home. With light installations created by artists from around the globe and the beautiful backdrop of the Inner Harbor, Light City is one Baltimore event you won't want to miss. Our REALTORS® have all of the details on what to expect from Light City 2018.
We're right in the midst of Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week, which means that if you live in Baltimore and you like to eat, you're probably having a pretty good time.
This event showcases delicious (and affordable) lunch, brunch and dinner menus all over the city, and our REALTORS® in Baltimore want to share some of their favorite local eateries that are participating during Restaurant Week. Be sure to check out these top-notch dining destinations during the event:
Even though the temperatures are dropping, Maryland knows how to keep the excitement alive all winter long with fun events throughout the state. Whether you are visiting Maryland for your interest in the culture or to explore one of the rural counties, embrace the cold weather by checking out these winter events.
Winter Wonderland Canal Walk
When: January 16th
Join over 100 walkers from the Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club on an 11K trail from Carderock Park to Olmsted Island at Great Falls. Take in local sites including three locks, a lock house, and the Great Falls Overlook of the Potomac River.
Outdoor Ice Skating
Pandora Ice Rink at Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Where: McKeldin Plaza 101 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Take a spin in the Inner Harbor as the waterfront ice rink returns for its second year.
Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza
Where: Veterans Plaza 8523 Fenton Street, Silver Springs, MD 20910
The new outdoor Silver Spring Ice Skating Rink is in downtown Silver Spring at Veterans' Plaza, surrounded by great restaurant, shops, and plenty of parking. It is in a convenient location for the Washington DC Metro area. Parking is free after 8pm on weeknights and all day on weekends!
Skating at The Square (Rockville)
Where: Rockville Town Square
The ice rink is the largest outdoor ice skating rink between Baltimore and Washington DC. It is the largest in all of Montgomery County. The rink is 7,200 square feet.
Quiet Waters Park Ice Rink
Where: 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403
The Quiet Waters Park ice rink offers a pleasant and safe family environment to enjoy ice skating outdoors. Skates, helmets and walkers are available and we also sharpen skates on site. A party room is available for birthday parties and get-togethers. Park admission and fees apply except when noted otherwise.
Maryland Restaurant Weeks and Seafood Festivals
From picking crabs at a table to haute cuisine, Maryland has that and everything in between. Many communities and their local restaurants sponsor a week-long experience so that you can eat to your hearts' content - at a great price.
Baltimore County Restaurant Week
When: January 15 – 30th
Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Restaurant Week features a variety of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. From fine dining and fusion to family dining and pubs, you can enjoy 16 days of diverse "deals" and local flavors.
Howard County Winter Restaurant Week
When: January 18 –Feb 1st.
LOVE LOCAL! Howard County's top chefs are serving up savings with romantic twists on local favorites! Cozy meals at fabulous prix fixe prices from $15– $45.
Baltimore Restaurant Week
When: January 22- 31st
The most delicious week of the winter – enjoy two-course lunch & brunch for $15 or $20, and three-course dinners for $25 or $35. Bon appetite!
Maryland is a great place to visit, and is a wonderful place to call home. With so many things to do throughout Maryland all year long, you will never be at a loss of plans. Contact Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty to find homes for sale in Maryland. Our experienced and knowledgeable REALTORS® can make the buying process smoother and more enjoyable.
Over the years, Baltimore has become known as a city full of character and contrasts. With a rich history and unique, vibrant culture, it's no wonder Baltimore has been dubbed "Charm City." Whether you come to the city for its scrumptious seafood, star-studded past, arts and culture, or to walk along the Inner Harbor, Baltimore invites you to do more and B-More. Celebrate September in all its glory in and around Baltimore.
1. Maryland Wine Fest – Whether sommelier or an occasional sipper, attend the Maryland Wine Fest in Westminster on Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Sample locally made wines, dine on tasty treats, and watch demonstrations from what has been reviewed as a premier performance of which Maryland can be proud. General admission tickets: $30.
2. Hampdenfest 2015 – Hampdenfest started as a small, local neighborhood occasion and blossomed into one of Baltimore's much-anticipated things to do. The free event draws locals and visitors to this fun and funky neighborhood for good food, good beer, good friends, and good fun on and around West 36th Street. Barrel across the finish line in the Annual Toilet Bowl Race, sing your heart out at the Hampden Idol Competition, and devour dangerously delicious desserts at the pie eating contest. You're in Hampden—Enjoy Yourself! Hampdenfest 2015 will take place on September 19 from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3. Baltimore Book Festival – Book worms unite at the 20th Annual Baltimore Book Fest held at the Inner Harbor on September 25 – 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. See hundreds of local, celebrity and nationally known authors. Attend book signings. See cooking demonstrations by top chefs. Bring the kids for hands-on projects and storytelling. Live music, food, beer and wine.
4. Station North Arts District – The Station North Arts District, located in the heart of Baltimore, was the city's first area to receive a designation by the state of Maryland as an arts and entertainment district. You will find a collection of artist live-work spaces, art galleries, businesses, and row homes. Attend Station North's Akimbo Dance & Movement Arts Festival on Saturday, September 12 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The area will come alive with performances by numerous local and regional dance troupes across indoor and outdoor venues within the community. This is a free event.
5. Baltimore Seafood Festival – No city loves its seafood more than Baltimore. Celebrate the bounty of the bay at Canton Waterfront Park on Saturday, September 19 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Second Annual Baltimore Seafood Festival. Feast on crab cakes, crab soup, shrimp salad, local oysters, lobster rolls and Maryland blue crabs from over 30 restaurants. Sip on refreshing drinks, listen to live music, attend cooking demonstrations. Kids will enjoy the family area with toys, games, and face painting. Fees range from free to $100.
6. Pier Six Pavilion – Come to Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion on Sunday, September 13 at 6 p.m. at the Inner Harbor and be "wowed" by Diana Ross for one unforgettable night of musical magic. Ticket prices range from $40 - $100.
Baltimore is a great place to visit, and a wonderful place to call your home. Contact our local Baltimore real estate team at Homesale Realty, to find your Baltimore dream home.
Living in Baltimore's Inner Harbor neighborhood affords its residents (and visitors) with a wealth of things to do like touring the National Aquarium. Baltimore's number one tourist attraction, the aquarium draws an annual attendance of approximately 1.5 million people and is considered by many as one of the best aquariums in the country.
USA Today named the National Aquarium as one of the 10 Best Attractions in Baltimore. Packed with over 17,000 animals and award-winning exhibits, the design of the aquarium allows you to get up-close encounters at some of its "live" exhibits. The aquarium's structure revolves around an open pool filled with stingrays and fish. Explore a tropical rainforest replica at the top of the aquarium. You will feel like you are swimming with sharks as you walk through a doughnut shaped shark tank.
Don't forget to say hello to the sea lions outside of the aquarium on your way to the National Aquarium's dolphin show at the Marine Mammal Pavilion. Be sure to arrive early or you might get a little wet during the show.
USA Today is not the only group to notice the quality of the experience at the National Aquarium. "Blacktip Reef," the heart of the National Aquarium, is a beautiful replica of Indo-Pacific reefs, complete with coral that won the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Award for Significant Achievement in Exhibit Design. You will feel like you are scuba diving under the sea when you walk through this exhibit and get nose-to-nose with a shark and many other aquatic animals.
As of one Baltimore's most popular things to do, get ready for crowds. It is best to visit on a weekday, but if you need to visit on the weekend or on a holiday, plan to arrive before 11:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m. The aquarium does limit the number of visitors each hour, but it can still get crowded.
If you are visiting with small children, please be aware strollers are not permitted in the aquarium. Carriers will be provided. Large crowds, escalators, and people movers make navigating the National Aquarium with a stroller nearly impossible.
Ticket prices range from $22 to $35. However, the experience you will get in return for your investment cannot be beat. Also, if you come later in the day, admission prices drop significantly.
After touring the National Aquarium, the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore is ready to welcome you with even more activities, dining options, and attractions. Whether you grab dinner at one of the area's many restaurants, take a cruise on the Bay, head to the 27th floor of the Baltimore World Trade Center or visit the Maritime Museum, you can easily spend your entire day exploring Inner Harbor.
The Inner Harbor of Baltimore has been a hub of activity from its early days as part of Baltimore's shipping industry to the center of tourist and local attractions it has become today.
Camden Yards Sports Complex is just a few blocks from the waterfront along with the Pier 6 Concert Pavilion, the Baltimore Convention Center, and dozens of museums, historical sites, art galleries and so much more.
The Inner Harbor is full of historical sites and museums to see. From the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium, there's always somewhere to go learn something new. Other local favorites include:
The Inner Harbor has long been known for its exciting nightlife and diverse offering of restaurants to satisfy every taste. A few selections include:
From stunning waterfront townhouses to sprawling estates, the housing opportunities of the Inner Harbor have something for everyone. The area also features many condominiums that range in price and amenities from affordable to very luxurious.
Take a look at some of the homes we have for sale in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. If you see something you like, or for help finding more homes anywhere in the Baltimore area, contact Homesale Realty today.