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Charm City is the place to be for food, arts, music, museums, history, sports and so much more, making moving to Baltimore a great place to live, work and call home. Boasting massive amounts of civic pride and a booming economy, Baltimore is filled with hidden delights and Insta-worthy sites.
This is a city worth exploring, so we’ve come up with a few jumping off points to get you started as you get settled into your new home.
First established in 1729, Baltimore wears its history with pride. There are more monuments and statues per capita than any city in the U.S., and here you can see a bust of Frank Zappa or visit the original Washington Monument. Explore Fort McHenry to discover the origins of “The Star Spangled Banner,” walk in legendary activist Frederick Douglass’ footsteps at the various homes he lived in and marvel at the Phoenix Shot Tower, once the tallest building in the country.
Thanks to the many Germans who immigrated to the city, Baltimore has a long and storied history with brewing beer. While Natty Boh holds a special place in the hearts of some Charm City residents, the new wave of breweries is all about advancing the form. Diamondback Brewing offers delicious IPAs in a striking setting centered by an old smokestack. Heavy Seas, The Brewer’s Art, Union Craft, and even the new Guinness brewery are great places for you to have a cold one and strike up a conversation.
Sports are huge in Baltimore, with fans converging downtown to cheer on the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens, whose stadiums are next door neighbors. On the college level, several teams draw allegiances from alums, including Morgan State, Johns Hopkins and UMBC. The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, The Preakness Stakes, turns Pimlico Raceway into an all-day party every May. If you’re a history buff, check out the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, located near Camden Yards.
Let’s face it – no one likes traffic. Unfortunately, Baltimore isn’t immune to the frustrations of tough commutes. During morning and evening rush hour, gridlock is the name of the game on all the major highways. Keep an eye or your navigation app or get familiar with back roads. Downtown, traffic gets backed up as well, in part to a system of traffic lights that never seem to go your way. Don’t get caught in the intersection – “blocking the box” can lead to a hefty ticket!
You shouldn’t wait long after arriving in the city before digging into your first blue crab. The Baltimore delicacy, slathered in Old Bay, can be enjoyed in many ways (cakes, soups, sandwiches) and at many places (L.P. Steamers, Nick’s Fish House, Fat Boy’s Crab Shack). But you’ve got to try (at least once) eating them in their true form – fresh and hot on a picnic table, mallet in hand, picking and pulling to get to the delicious, juicy meat inside.
Moving to Baltimore could open some exciting job opportunities. Johns Hopkins University and Hospital are the two biggest employers, but over the past few years, it has become a landing spot for several tech companies. Other major employers in Baltimore include Under Armour, Legg Mason, T. Rowe Price and The Port of Baltimore. Your job dreams can become reality here.
On your arrival in Baltimore, take a few minutes to find the best internet and cable service deal. Getting connected quickly to a quality internet and cable service will allow you to start learning more about your new city, keep in touch with family and friends, and make some of the other items on your to-do list that much easier. As an added benefit, getting a great deal on those services will give you more spending money to explore your new home!
Baltimore has more than 70 recognized neighborhoods, meaning that just about anywhere in the city has its own distinctive vibe. From the cobblestone streets of Fells Point to the historic row houses of Federal Hill, the architecture and design of the city is breathtaking. Shopping fans will want to explore Hampden, where The Avenue is filled with quirky shops like Ma Petite Shoe. Foodies can check out the Hollins Market in Pigtown, where two stories of produce and meats await.
If museums are your thing, Baltimore has you covered. The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is the first of its kind in the U.S. The B&O Railroad Museum features the oldest collection of train history in the Western Hemisphere. And the American Visionary Art Museum brings the avant-garde works of self-taught artists to vivid life.
Whether you’re mulling over moving to Baltimore or it’s already your new home, this hotbed of history and center of progress is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. Welcome to your new home.