We wanted to explore this unique section of the Inner Harbor of Baltimore because it was steeped in history. As soon as my SIL told me it had 200 year old cobblestones and 100 year old pubs- I thought- cool!
We walked through the town, over the beautiful cobblestones, and past pubs, markets, and shops. We found fun places to take pictures like the stone couch and the car made out of beer taps. We visited an old record shop, a comic book store, and looked at the sausages for sale in the central market.
There isn't anything in particular to do here- but for the reason of walking, having fun together, taking pictures, and being FREE- visiting Fells Point was the highlight of our day. Oh- and there's ice cream shops and gelato shops too! That always makes it sweet!
We got to the USS Constellation a bit late in the day - 4pm so we didn't realize that we could only tour one ship. The last boarding for all ships was at 4:30. I guess it helped us decide how many ship tours to purchase!
The USS Constellation was great for our large family to tour. Everyone spread out, climbed the decks, swung on the hammocks, read posts about the ship, and explored the hold.
On the top deck, the guides gave a demonstration of the firing of the cannon. It was an empty cannon but full of live ammunition. The loud pop and gun smoke was impressive for us all!
Although the hammocks were great fun for all the kids, there were not many other hands-on activities to engage them, and they went the way of kids- just playing instead of really learning. Oh well, the exposure and fun hopefully counted.
There were self-guided listening devices with numbers to select to listen to stories and info for the area you were looking at. I tried the kids stories and although they were good- they seemed to last way too long. I was ready to walk on long before the conversation was done- maybe about 4 minutes long or so? Take the complimentary listening guides- maybe they will still be helpful.
The lights were on, the streets clean and friendly, and attractions everywhere we looked. It was a cold day in December when we visited Fells Point, and the area around the USS Constellation and it was perfect for a big family.
We toured the USS Constellation then had an hour to kill before catching the last water taxi of the evening. We found a warm place inside near Bubba Gump Shrimp where there was an incredible Sugar store (yum!), a big mall, and shops. We tried identifying all the candy bars on the mural of the sugar store, then took pictures on Forest Gump's bench. I'm sure there was much more to do in the area, but the cold and time kept it limited for us. It would be fun to explore more of this area!
There were 19 of us visiting on a cold day in December and getting around by water taxi was fun and efficient. We had two cars - so finding only one place to park and then taking the taxi was the most effective - although not the cheapest.
Routes are displayed clearly at all the stops and their website is good, but it's always best to ask the drivers that day. We found out there was only one loop running so we got on at Fell's Point, went to the USS Constellation- then back on to get back to our car later that evening. It was good to know the last taxi would leave at 6- and the drivers were great to wait for all of us as we straggled getting there.
We paid by credit card on the boat and then were given a book of coupons for various restaurants and establishments around the inner harbor. We didn't use them cause we didn't have much time but it would be nice to have!
There was seating "indoors" where the taxi was covered by clear plastic which kept out most of the cold wind, but the kids had fun taking pictures out the front. Riding the taxi helped us see the aquarium, Hard Rock Cafe, the buildings of Baltimore, Domino Sugar, Under Armor, and to get a feel for this historic port. It was a great way for us to enjoy the day!
I've never had a crab cake in MD - but knew I HAD to have some good crab while there, so when we ate at Hon Cafe, I was hopeful it would be good. There was no steamed crab on the menu but the highlight was the crab cake - $20 for a 6 ounce cake. It was delicious and stuffed with crab. My BIL who has eaten many crab cakes in the area said it had the least amount of fillers he has sampled and was one of the best. So there ya go- an expert validation of the best crab cake!
Our party of 19 was seated quickly on a winter evening in the cozy dining room with a mixture of booths and tables and surrounded by eclectic "Bawlmer" decorations of the working girl with beehive hairdos, cat-eye glasses, and flashy clothes. The flamingo on the outside of the building is a classic eye-catcher in this kischy neighborhood.
Service was quick, efficient, and friendly. Kid's meals with crayons (they were lacking a few of those) kept our younger crew happy. Orders of mac n cheese, grilled cheese, and chicken nuggets went to the dining room first so the kitchen didn't get jammed - and the kids didn't wait long with hunger.
The rest of our crew spoke highly of their chicken pot pie, grilled salmon, caesar salad, and fried oysters (delish!) The prices were on the high side but I expected that for a Baltimore neighborhood.
I'd recommend this cozy diner in the middle of a great northern neighborhood in Baltimore. We ate here after walking the historic "Miracle on 34th Street" lights from Christmastime. It's close!