Walking Tour of Federal Hill to the Baltimore Museum of Industry

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.

http://www.thebmi.org/page/exhibits












 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 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:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/barflys-baltimore

Parking

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.

Final Details

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!

 

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  • Paul

    Thanks Jake, for another well planned and carried out event, we had great core group today! Sorry I had to cut out early, I look forward to BMI and Barfly's on a future event!

    January 25

  • Gloria

    There was a blizzard and then a heat wave and we braved them all! I love the Federal Hill walk! Thanks Jake for getting us out there again! The museum of industry is so COOL! every time I go there I learn something new. Awesome!

    January 25

  • Peggy

    A refreshing walk filled with many sights.

    January 25

  • Jake

    It was a cold and cloudy day, but no snow and it warmed up later. Hanging out at Cross St. Market was fun as always and gave us a chance to meet each other and talk a while. Bruce Lee wings and burger was great. After a nice walk seeing Federal Hill and the surrounding neighborhood, we had a very nice guided tour of the BMI. I learned a lot, and still didn't get to finish the museum. Gotta go back again. Barfly's beer and pizza was a nice way to end the day. Thanks to all those who braved the weather to attend.

    January 25

  • Lynn

    Great time meeting new people. It was NOT that cold ....nice invigorating walk chatting along the way. The museum was fascinating, learned alot. Then Barflys afterward was enjoyable too.

    January 25

  • Ellen

    I was bundled up for a frigid walk in Federal Hill, my first meetup with this group. I drove downtown, even found a great parking spot, and was called back home for a dear friend's emergency. Sorry I missed all the fun and couldn't change my RSVP in time...I'll try again soon.

    January 25

  • Carol G.

    I have a splitting headache--thought I was just going to have to deal with a little snow! Sorry-I really wanted to have fun. : (

    January 25

  • Jake

    The forecast for Saturday is snow showers mid-day with little or no accumulation. It will be 32 degrees, which is warmer than we've had this week. Federal Hill is an urban area and the roads should be clear, so I'm going to bundle up and BE THERE! Our group always likes an adventure, and this one looks fairly tame. Any snow flakes will make our walk that much prettier. Mainly, we'll be indoors except for walking through the neighborhood streets. We usually get better weather than what's forecast.

    I'll see all the hearty souls there! Those who wimped out will miss a great time, but I understand how cold it is. Still, it's a good time in Baltimore and I need to get out of the house...

    1 · January 24

    • Carol G.

      This is my first time with this group. Is there a more exact meetup spot in the Cross St. Market if I don't recognize anyone? Like Bruce Lee's Wings or something? Looking forward to meeting you all!

      January 25

    • Gloria

      We'll be at the Charles street end of the market, in front of Nick's. We'll be the friendly folks having FUN! Look for Jake's hair or Indiana Jones hat.

      1 · January 25

  • Lynn

    I agree with Jake about the weather. Even though I despise the cold, I've been looking forward to a brisk walk in it (even when I thought it was going to be in the teens!). Hey, now that its supposed to be in the 30s it will feel like a warm front after the arctic chill we've had this week (or was that the polar vortex, haha!) Plan to bundle up good....will be wearing my fleece lined leggings and toasty warm comfy Uggs! And, although I hate snow too, I'm looking forward to the flurries they're calling for in the afternoon....will be fun to walk with a light snow coming down. See you all at noon

    January 25

  • Casey C.

    Sorry I can't join you but I have a conflict. Its been too long since I've connected with you FUN folks! I look forward to catching up with you soon. Have fun!

    January 22

  • Paul S.

    Had to change to a "No" at this point though still really hoping to make it. I'm out of town all week in San Antonio for a client and rumor has it I might have some snow shoveling to do this weekend after I get home.

    January 22

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