Rich with its own history, Federal Hill marks the spot where 4000 patriots climbed to its peak to celebrate Maryland’s ratification of the U.S. constitution. It was first discovered by Captain John Smith in 1608. Many of the buildings you’ll find in the neighborhood are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Federal Hill is a popular neighborhood for young and hip urbanites who call it home. Its’ neighborhood association is vibrant and active and works diligently to make Federal Hill not only a great place to live in Baltimore but also a great place for tourists to visit.
Apart from one of the Inner Harbor’s bordering hotels, Federal Hill probably offers the best view of the Inner Harbor. The park at the top of the hill, Federal Hill Park, is one of the best spots downtown to get a panoramic view of Baltimore’s skyline, the harbor, and points East.
Federal Hill prides itself as being “the most walkable neighborhood” in Baltimore. Their Main Street website even offers a Walking Tour map for visitors to use to explore Federal Hill self-guided on foot. The National Trust Main Streets Center recently named Federal Hill’s Main Street on of the nation’s five great main streets.
You’ll find quaint alleys and cobblestone streets littered throughout the neighborhood in addition to homes dating back to the 19th century. The neighborhood is within walking distance from Inner Harbor hotels and the stadiums. Antique stores, specialty shops, and a host of taverns with locally brewed beer add to Federal Hill’s character and energy.
Restaurants in Federal Hill run the gamut of flavors from sushi to Mexican, and after dinner you can head over to desert spots like Midnite Confection’s Cupcakery for a cupcake and other treats. The community puts on festivals and events throughout the year for its residents and outside visitors, aiming to make it an attractive stop for travelers.
Federal Hill’s proximity to attractions like the American Visionary Art Museum, The Maryland Science Center, and the Baltimore Museum of Industry lends to the appeal of checking out what it has to offer. You may find yourself viewing it as an extension of the Inner Harbor with a running list of hip things to eat, see, and do.