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The Historic Ships of Baltimore's Inner Harbor

An easy walking tour of spectacular vessels
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.3 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Baltimore has a rich, storied history as a seaport. In lieu of a maritime museum, the city has revamped several historic ships and... more »

Tips:  Since most of this walking tour is outside, be sure to check the weather and plan ahead with items such as umbrellas and sunscreen.... more »

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Points of Interest

Start your day at Federal Hill Park, the large hill that lies to the south side of the Inner Harbor. A well known lookout during the Civil War and War of 1812, today the park is the best place to get your bearings as you take in panoramic views of the entire Baltimore cityscape. Work up a sweat climbing to the top or walking the perimeter via... More

2. Pride Memorial

The tall mast that stands upright on the southern side of the Inner Harbor is a memorial to the Pride of Baltimore, an authentic reproduction of a 19th-century Baltimore clipper that was lost at sea with four of its twelve crew on May 14, 1986. The ship was commissioned by the City of Baltimore in 1975 as part of a plan to revitalize the Inner... More

3. U.S.S. Constellation

Walk West along the outer edge of the Inner Harbor, passing the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Area Visitor's Center. On the way, you might catch sight of two bright yellow speed boats, dubbed the Seadogs, that offer 50-minute sightseeing tours of the Inner Harbor. For something a little more relaxed, Spirit Cruises (a yacht that hosts ... More

4. LV116 Chesapeake

Continue East past the World Trade Center (go to the top for another great view of the city) and several docks where you can rent paddle-boats, until you reach Pier 3. Here you can't miss a bright red ship that reads "Chesapeake" in capital white letters. Completed in 1930, this lightship served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1939 until she was... More

5. U.S.S. Torsk

Further toward the end of Pier 3, the U.S.S. Torsk is a gray submarine painted with jagged teeth that served 24 years with the U.S. Navy. One of only two Tench Class submarines located inside the country, the ship made two war patrols off Japan in 1945, sinking one cargo vessel and two coastal defense frigates. The latter was the last enemy ship... More

If you need a break, there are plenty of restaurants in the area. Inside the converted Power Plant on Pier 4 you'll find corporate restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe, Dick's Last Resort, Houlihans, Chipotle and Potbelly Sandwich Works. If you're looking for something with local flare, try Miss Shirley's (750 E. Pratt Street), a great brunch... More


Make your way over to Pier 5 (there is a walkway just south of the Power Plant) where you'll find the U.S.C.G.C. Taney, a famed Coast Guard cutter built in the mid-1930s that is notable for being the last ship floating that fought in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Named after Roger B. Taney, who served as US Attorney General, Secretary of the... More

8. Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Walk south the the edge of Pier 5 and you can't miss the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, a round, raised building that is painted bright red. The last of its kind in Maryland, the lighthouse was constructed in the "screw-pile" style, meaning it sits on piles that are meant to be screwed into sandy or muddy sea or river bottoms. Originally installed... More