If you love culture, delicious seafood, and entertainment, then it’s time to add a visit to Baltimore to your domestic bucket list.

Known for being the grounds for the American Revolution and the Civil War, Baltimore is rich in Black history. Black people have won many battles over segregation and civil rights. However, the remnants of those inequalities exist to this day.

There’s a vibrance and strong sense of Black pride in the residents of the city. They understand that collectively they are an unapologetically Black force to be reckoned with. There’s much more to Baltimore than tasty chunks of crab meat and the Ravens.

Here are the best things to do in Baltimore this year.

Stay At Hotel Revival

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The Mount Vernon neighborhood is known for its historic architecture, cultural institutions and lively art scene. Hotel Revival is located in the heart of Mount Vernon making it an ideal base for exploring the area. The hotel’s modern and stylish interior design features artwork and decor celebrating the city’s history and culture.

The hotel also features a few dining and drinking options. Topside is a rooftop restaurant and bar with amazing city views, a stellar selection of menu items and tasty signature cocktails. B-Side, Hotel Revival’s speakeasy concept, hides in plain sight with a menu of small plates to enjoy. 

What makes Hotel Revival special is its range of events and programming. The hotel hosts live music performances, art exhibits, and wellness workshops throughout the year for visitors.

Hotel Revival is run by two Black hoteliers: General Manager Donte Johnson and Director of Culture and Impact Jason Bass.

Enjoy Tea And Scones At Cuples Tea House

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Cuples Tea House is the creation of husband and wife team Eric and Lynnette Dodson. The Black-owned cafe is popular for its high quality loose-leaf tea to a variety of sandwiches, scones and other pastries. The house of the urban tea experience also offers a traditional English-style afternoon tea service. The special includes a three-tiered tray of treats along with a pot of tea.

Delivering a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, Cuples Tea House has become a popular spot for friend meetups and special events.

Visit The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore

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B&O Railroad Museum is a historical site that revisits the history of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The museum is located at the site of the historic Mount Clare Station. Originally built in 1829, Mount Clare is the oldest surviving railroad station in the United States. B&O Railroad Museum is a perfect afternoon activity for railroad enthusiasts, history buffs and families looking for a fun and educational outing.

What makes the museum most interesting is the history of the railroad’s involvement in the Underground Railroad. The museum’s Freedom Seekers exhibit tells the stories of 27 individuals who escaped slavery. The exhibit recounts the inhumane and unimaginable experiences of these individuals on their quest to gain human rights in the North.

B&O Railroad Museum also houses a large collection of historic locomotives, rolling stock and railroad artifacts that document the history of the railroad. Be sure to check out one of several museum-hosted events held throughout the year including train rides, special exhibits and educational programs for children and adults.

Dine At Magdalena

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Magdalena is a Black-owned, fine-dining restaurant inside Mount Vernon’s luxurious Ivy Hotel. The award-winning menu features locally-sourced ingredients that change seasonally, reflecting fresh and flavorful offerings. Dishes are prepared with a creative, modern twist on traditional techniques.

In addition to its exceptional cuisine, Magdalena offers guests the delight of an extensive wine list. Explore the carefully curated list of wines from around the world or allow the restaurant’s sommelier to assist in selecting the perfect pairing.

Magdalena is the perfect place to go for elegant decor, attentive service and an exceptional dining experience in Baltimore.

Catch A Show At The CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore

Baltimore's CFG Bank Arena
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Formerly known as the Royal Farms Arena, CFG Bank Arena is Baltimore’s premier destination for the city’s biggest events from sports to entertainment. Thanks to celebrities Pharrell Williams and Kevin Durant, who contributed 200 million dollars for renovations, the arena’s customer experience has upped its game with luxury seats and a new sound system.

Make sure to visit the arena’s website to find out what events will happen during the week of your visit.