There’s a lot more to Baltimore than meets the eye. As a major seaport, it was second only to Ellis Island as a point of reception for immigrants from overseas.
But the legacy of Baltimore is rooted in the arts and literature. Its legacy of producing exceptionally gifted people is well-known. Baltimore is also home to a burgeoning medical sector, most vividly realized in John Hopkins Hospital and John Hopkins University.
Taking your students to Baltimore is a genuine adventure, full of amazing discoveries they’ll never forget. In this post, we cover our top things to do in Baltimore on your tour.
A city of neighborhoods and giants.
Baltimore enjoys a unique status. Not part of any county, it’s an independent city. It’s also known as the “city of neighborhoods”, with its distinctive patchwork of districts, all unique unto themselves.
The great abolitionist, writer and orator, Frederick Douglass resided in Baltimore from the 1820s until 1838. During that time, he constructed the famed Douglass Place, built in the Fells Point area as housing for black families. The buildings are typical of Baltimore “alley houses”, which grew up during the late-19th Century, when Douglass Place was finally completed.
Baltimore’s renowned neighborhoods have also been home to literary genius Edgar Allen Poe, and the “the sage of Baltimore”, H.L. Mencken, the journalist and cultural critic. But iconic jazz vocalist, Billie Holiday also lived here, as well as cult movie director, John Waters. It’s in Baltimore that one of his most famous films, Hairspray, is set.
Abundant National Historic Sites.
Students will find American history around every corner in Baltimore, which is home to a wealth of historical sites and monuments. Consider that fully 1/3 of the city’s buildings have been designated as historical by the National Register to understand the richness of historical interest to be found here.
That’s 65,000 buildings – more than any other city in the nation.
The Baltimore Basilica stands as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the USA, constructed in the early 19th Century by renowned architect Benjamin Latrobe. Baltimore’s architectural legacy continues into the 20th Century, with Mies van der Rohe also represented.
For students fascinated by the study of design, architecture, history, the performing arts and literature, Baltimore is a portal to some of America’s most diversely gifted practitioners. In its streets and neighborhoods, they’ll find pages from the American story capable of enlivening and illuminating their experience of it.
Peak Performance Tours.
For more than 20 years, Peak Performance Tours has been supporting educators and their students with exceptional student tours. These top things to do in Baltimore are just the tip of the iceberg. This fascinating city stands apart from similar destinations for its enduring historical significance, the richness of its arts and literature culture and its indomitable spirit.
Let Peak create the ideal itinerary for your student tour in Baltimore, MD. With logistical excellence and fine attention to detail, we’ll create the ideal, customized itinerary. Contact us to start planning your educational tour to Baltimore.