Baltimore is a historic city with wonderful and unique museums, monuments, outdoor spaces, and interesting sights. Follow this self-guided bike tour to slow down and experience the culture and history of Baltimore by bike.
The brave defense of Fort McHenry in the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812 inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Tour this National Monument and join a ranger for a flag change or educational ranger talk to learn more about this historic place and the role it played in American history. Visit nps.gov for more information.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is a connection factory. Only when you suit up to shuck oysters, develop your own video game, or watch a blacksmith forge iron does your connection reveal itself. It could be the moment you realize how important your grandfather’s factory job really was in building this great city. It could be the “that’s what I wanna do when I grow up” moment. We don’t know what your connection to Baltimore’s story is, but we do know one thing: this is where you’ll find it. Visit thebmi.org for more information and hours.
Park your bike and stroll along the Inner Harbor to restaurants, historic naval ships, shopping, and more fun activities along the water’s edge.
For over 60 years in the 1800s Shot Tower was a manufacturing site for lead shot. The facility produced over 25,000,000 pounds of lead shot each year! The brick structure stands over 234 feet high and was the tallest building in the United States until the Washington Monument was constructed in Washington, DC after the Civil War. Visit nps.gov for more information.
The Washington Monument in Baltimore was the first monument built to George Washington in the USA. It recently underwent a multi-year restoration and is now open again for visitors to climb to the top for a beautiful view of the city. You can also enjoy interactive exhibits to learn more about the amazing history of this landmark and Baltimore’s place in early American history. Visit mvpconservancy.org for more information.
Johns Hopkins University
Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University is the nation’s first research university. It has nine academic divisions and an Applied Physics Laboratory. Ride through the campus and enjoy the incredible architecture and bucolic landscape.
The Wallace Monument
You’ll find several impressive statues in Druid Park, including a 35 foot tall monument to William Wallace. Wallace – a historical figure on whom the movie Braveheart is based – was a pivotal military leader in Scotland’s fight for independence from the English. The monument – an exact replica of the famed William Wallace statue on Abbey Craig in Scotland – is a symbol of freedom and independence.
Edgar Allen Poe Gravesite
The original gravesite and memorial monument of American poet Edgar Allen Poe can be found in the Westminster Hall cemetery. The cemetery is open to the public from 8:00 AM to dusk for visitors to pay their respects to a literary great. Visit eapoe.org for more information.