There are many great cities along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. Philadelphia is one of the oldest and our nation’s first capital. Atlantic City, New Jersey was one of the first centers for legalized gambling in the country. Nagg’s Head, North Carolina is home to the mysterious “Lost Colony” at Roanoke. None of these however quite compares to what You’ll find in Baltimore, the jewel at the top of the Chesapeake Bay. Established in 1729, it is one of the oldest cities in the country. Baltimore is also the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic.
There’s so much history that anyone could easily spend a week just seeing all of the sights Baltimore has to offer. Here are 5 interesting things you should know about the Charm City. So make sure your car is all tuned up and serviced and get out on the road and explore Baltimore the way it was meant to be.
The Great Bambino
Single season home run champ for almost 40 years, Famed slugger Babe (George Herman) Ruth was a Baltimore native. He even originally played for Baltimore’s minor league team before being quickly called up to the Boston Red Sox. He started off playing at St. Mary’s reform school where his powerful hits resulted in occasional damage to school property.
Second Biggest Immigration Center
At one point in the 19th century, Baltimore’s status as a port city made it second only to Ellis Island in the number of immigrants processed each year. Before 1850, new immigrants entered the country through Fell’s Point, but as their numbers increased Locus Point, next door to Fort McHenry Instead.
First Commercial Railroad
Admit it, as a kid you sniggered at the name B&O railroad on a Monopoly board. Well, you have Baltimore to thank for the name. The Baltimore Ohio Railroad was the country’s first commercial railroad. In 1877 the workers lowered their wages during the national railroad strike, and in Baltimore, violence broke out between civilians and the National Guard. 10 people were killed and parts of the railway station were burned.
The Inner Harbor
The Inner Harbor is home to the National Aquarium, which is considered to be the country’s first public aquarium. It’s home to more than 20,000 fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and marine mammals. The inner harbor is also home to the world’s tallest pentagonal building, the Baltimore World Trade Center which stands 405 feet tall.
The USS Constellation
The Constellation is the very last Civil War Ship still floating, as well as the last sail-operated ship built by the Navy. It’s docked in Baltimore. You can visit the ship, and even take a tour
These are only a few of the things that make Baltimore a special place. Take a visit with your family this year and see what the Charm city has to offer.