This cool urban adventure is an encore of our very first Second Half Rally event in February 2012. We had a large enthusiastic group that enjoyed an afternoon exploring Federal Hill to see both the historic and fun sides of Baltimore while sharing some excellent food and drink along the way. Let's celebrate our second anniversary by returning to Federal Hill and enjoying it once more with gusto!
Our visit to the Baltimore Museum of Industry by the harbor was fascinating and educational. We didn't have enough time to see all the exhibits, so everyone agreed we needed to come back and see the rest. We ended the day by socializing at Barfly's with its wide selection of beers, relaxing vibe, and excellent pizza. You simply can't go wrong at a place named Barfly's!
Meetup at Cross Street Market
We'll first meet up at Cross Street Market which is the heart of neighborhood life in Federal Hill. It's a lively public marketplace of food vendors and unusual merchandise run by the City of Baltimore. We can start our adventure there by hanging out with the locals to enjoy some real Bal-mer food and drink.
A must-stop is Bruce Lee's Wings which has great burgers and fantastic juicy wings. Next to it is Nick's Seafood where they serve sushi, steamed shrimp, oysters, and a variety of beers that customers consume at barrel tables in the market aisles. And you can also purchase a Betty Boop handbag or a Mafia-style black leather fedora at Cross Street Market. Where else can you do THAT?
Walking Tour of Federal Hill
After hanging out for a while at Cross Street Market, we'll walk over to historic Federal Hill Park to climb the steps and enjoy the awesome views of downtown Baltimore. Then we'll wander the interesting back streets of the Federal Hill neighborhood over to the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
As we walk toward Fort Avenue, the neighborhood becomes Locust Point with its working class homes and rail yards that were the backbone of Baltimore during the industrial years of the early 1900's. Much of the original look and feel from that era has survived to the present, making Federal Hill and Locust Point a neat place to visit.
The Baltimore Museum of Industry will help bring the past alive with its exhibits demonstrating the industries which thrived when Baltimore was a principal city where real things were made. The total walking distance will be about 4 miles at a leisurely pace with stops along the way.
Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI)
This museum is unique because it documents and celebrates the contributions of working people who participated in the Industrial Revolution that made America great. Baltimore was once a major port and center of industry for canning, broadcasting, spices, printing, and industrial products, among many others.
The BMI is located on the harbor edge with excellent water views of Baltimore and many interesting exhibits. We'll plan to spend an hour or two learning about how life was back in those days. You might even say "I remember that" for some of the items you'll see on display. The entrance fee for the BMI is $12.
Pizza and Refreshments at Barfly's
After visiting the museum, we'll walk a few blocks to Barfly's restaurant and bar on Fort Avenue. It's got a comfy vibe, great pizza, and a nice selection of beers.
Full details, location, and reviews of Barfly's are available on Yelp:
Federal Hill and Locust Point are an urban area much like Old Town Alexandria with limited street parking. The best place to park near Cross Street Market is the West Street Parking Garage operated by the City of Baltimore. It's located at 40 E West St, Baltimore, MD 21230. Parking for all day is $15. The garage is just one block away from Cross Street Market, so it's very convenient for our visit.
Another good parking option is the Southside Marketplace at 857 East Fort Avenue. It's a large shopping center with lots of free parking located just two blocks away from the Baltimore Museum of Industry and Barfly's. You'll need to walk farther to get to our meetup start at Cross Street Market, but you'll be close to your car and access to I-95 when we're done.
As this is an outdoor event that depends upon decent weather for walking, you should check here on Saturday morning. I'll post an notice and send out an email before 9:00 am if we need to change plans or cancel. Call Jake at[masked] with any questions.
I hope to see you there!