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Health Journalism 2019: What to do and see in Baltimore

By Catherine Wendlandt

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum

From Oriole Park, follow the 60 baseballs painted on the sidewalk like the yellow brick road westward to what is perhaps the Oz of America’s favorite pastime: the Babe Ruth Museum. Walk the halls of the home where the baseball legend was born, and learn about his life, career and legacy. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but on home-game nights for the Orioles, it’s open until 7 p.m. 216 Emory St. Admission: $6-8.

Baltimore Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays

The Hilton is so close to Oriole Park at Camden Park that you could open your hotel room window and catch a foul ball. Walk across the street, and see the Baltimore Orioles play the Tampa Bay Rays Friday and Saturday nights at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. AHCJ has a special, discounted block of seats for Saturday night’s game. Visit healthjournalism.org/orioles to book those tickets. Otherwise, get tickets at the park or at mlb.com/orioles.

Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite

On the corner of Fayette and Greene Streets, only an eight-minute walk from the hotel, lies the grave of Edgar Allan Poe at Westminster Hall. Watch out for ravens at the tell-tale pillar, which marks the final resting places of Poe, his wife and his mother-in-law. 515 W. Fayette St.

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

If you still feel a rapping, tapping for more Poe, check out this spot about a mile away from the hotel. Although Poe was born in Boston and raised in Richmond, Va., he lived in this house from 1833 to 1835. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 203 N. Amity St. Tickets: $6-8.  

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

In 1814, Fort McHenry defended the city from British Troops during the War of 1812, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became the national anthem. Tour the park between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and see for yourself the U.S. flag streaming o’er the ramparts. Entrance fee: ages 16 and up, $15.  

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House

If you’re dreaming of a smooth Irish stout, head down to the Guinness brewery and taproom, the company’s first in the U.S. in more than 60 years. Imagine you’re at St. James Gate in Dublin as you tour the facilities until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 5001 Washington Blvd, Halethorpe, Md.

Gwynns Falls Trail

About a mile south of the Hilton is the Middle Branch Trail, one leg of the 15-mile Gwynns Falls Trail, a hike and bike path crossing the city. Run alongside the Patapsco River, and track your progress along the trail or hop on at other locations by downloading the free Gwynns Falls Trail App through the Apple App Store.

Kinetic Sculpture Race

For decades, Baltimore’s Kinetic Sculpture Race has been charming crowds in a marathon that pushes the ingenuity and creativity of the city. Participants build massive human-powered, amphibious “kinetic sculptures,” which look more like parade floats imagined from childhood whimsy, and race them 15 miles across land, mud and the harbor. The race is put on by and begins at the American Visionary Arts Museum at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Keep your eyes open for Fifi, the legendary colossal pink poodle. 800 Key Highway.   

National Aquarium

Jules Verne might have written about 20,000 leagues under the sea, but you can go see 20,000 dolphins, sharks, jellyfish, crocodiles and more at the National Aquarium. On Fridays, the aquarium stays open until 8 p.m., and tickets are half-price after 5 p.m. 501 E Pratt St. Normal ticket prices: $24.95 - $39.95.

National Museum of Dentistry

Did George Washington actually have wooden teeth? Walk over to the National Museum of Dentistry, and find out. The museum, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers exhibits on oral health, the history of dentists and even aquatic narwhals. 31 S. Greene St. Tickets: $6-7. 

Patterson Bowling Center

This alley, about two miles from the hotel claims to be the oldest duckpin center in the country. They also claim to have hosted some of Babe Ruth’s bowling adventures. Bowl at the 92-year-old establishment until 10 p.m. on Thursday or midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s $40 a lane beginning at 6 p.m. on the weekends, and prices are a bit cheaper earlier in the day and on weekdays. 2105 Eastern Ave. pattersonbowlingcenter.com. 

Patterson Park

This 134-acre park is almost 200 years old. During the War of 1812, the area served as a rallying point for American troops, and now the park has tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool and a variety of different fields. Fish on the beautiful Boat Lake, admire the Patterson Pagoda, an East Asian-style tower that was originally built to showcase Victorian architecture, or take one of the free exercise classes. 2601 E. Baltimore St.

The Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place

Climb to the top of the nation’s original Washington Monument, and gaze out over Baltimore. The monument rises from Mount Vernon Place, the cultural heart of the city. Explore the Walters Art Museum, George Peabody Library or the Baltimore Basilica, the county’s oldest Catholic cathedral. Go on Friday or Saturday, and meander through the 108-year-old Flower Mart festival. 699 Washington Place.

8X10

This cozy Federal Hill music venue, about a mile from the Hilton, has shows Wednesdays through Saturdays and a residency program to support growing bands. Most shows begin around 8 p.m., and there are happy hour specials at the bar just after doors open. The coolest part? Bring a flash drive, and if you like the show, you can get the live recording uploaded onto your drive. 10 E. Cross St. the8x10.com.