Baltimore is a dynamic city that continues to evolve while holding on to its maritime heritage. Since 1600, Baltimore waterways have been a passage for ships carrying commercial cargo and new citizens. Baltimore played a crucial role in the War of 1812, when soldiers, stationed at Fort McHenry, successfully held off a British attack on Baltimore. When the war ended in early 1815, Baltimoreans resumed their vigorous foreign trade efforts and Baltimore grew into the second largest city in the United States. Today more than 30 million tons of cargo pass through the Port of Baltimore every year.
The crown jewel of Baltimore is the Inner Harbor, a scenic and popular waterfront area with dozens of retail stores, restaurants and attractions. The fun and festive atmosphere of the Inner Harbor is enhanced by street entertainers, open-air concerts, fireworks, parades, paddleboats, and cruise boats. Baltimore has much to offer in terms of culture and education with its many history and art museums. Resting at Pier 1 in the Inner Harbor you will see, USS Constellation, the only Civil War ship still floating today.
Baltimore is known for its fabulous crabs, and dining at one of the city's many seafood restaurants or crab houses is a must for all who visit. The city has restaurants to satisfy nearly every craving. Dining options include elegant gourmet cuisine, ethnic foods from around the world and plenty of fresh seafood from Maryland's Chesapeake Bay.
For more information about Baltimore area events and attractions, visit www.baltimore.org.
Weather: The average high temperature for Baltimore in late April is approximately 72 degrees with lows around 52 degrees.
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