Maryland Fleet Week In Baltimore
Welcome to Maryland Fleet Week in Baltimore!
As we celebrate and commemorate the maritime traditions of our nation and the city of Baltimore, we hope you enjoy your visit during Fleet Week.
Commemorate your journey during Fleet Week by collecting stamps in the heritage area's Fleet Week Exploration Passport. As you visit the naval and civilian vessels docked along Baltimore’s waterfront, take some time to enjoy our eclectic and historically vibrant neighborhoods that together tell the significant stories of this city.
Many of the visiting ships will stamp your passport, as will many sites and attractions near the ships. You can pick up your FREE passport at the Fleet Week Festival in the Inner Harbor and at these Baltimore sites and attractions. (Be sure to check with the sites for hours of operation during Fleet Week; please note the passport is not an entrance ticket nor free pass to any site.)
PASSPORT SITES NEAR THE INNER HARBOR | Click here to learn more about the Inner Harbor
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway — Quirky, fun, and fantastic art
Baltimore Visitor Center
401 Light Street — Learn about everything Baltimore has to offer
Top of the World at the World Trade Center
401 East Pratt Street — Breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Charm City
PASSPORT SITES IN HISTORIC JONESTOWN | Click here to learn more about Historic Jonestown
Baltimore Civil War Museum at President Street Station
601 President Street — Oldest surviving city train station in the country
Charles Carroll Mansion
800 East Lombard Street — Grand townhouse once home to the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence
Jewish Museum of Maryland
15 Lloyd Street — The nation’s leading museum on regional Jewish history
Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture
830 East Pratt — Explore and engage in the African American journey
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
844 East Pratt Street — Home of seamstress and flagmaker Mary Pickersgill
PASSPORT SITES IN FELL'S POINT | Click here to learn more about Fell's Point
Fell’s Point Visitor Center
1724 Thames Street — Just steps from the water, learn how this deep-water point changed both Baltimore’s and the United States’ history
Frederick Douglass/Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum
1417 Thames Street — Explore the lives of African Americans who worked in Baltimore’s maritime trades in the 1800s and 1900s
PASSPORT SITES NEAR LOCUST POINT
Baltimore Immigration Museum (open Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16 from 1 pm to 4 pm)
1308 Beason Street — Dedicated to telling the story of those who came through the city seeking prosperity and freedom
Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway — Innovation and industry come alive through interactive exhibits and programs
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (no passports available, but can receive stamps)
2400 East Fort Avenue — The birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner; the fort’s defense of the city during the War of 1812 turned the tide of the war and secured the nation’s freedom
The Inner Harbor is often considered the heart of Baltimore. Today it is lined with iconic buildings, diverse shopping and dining options, and spectacular attractions like the National Aquarium and the USS Constellation. Today’s waterfront park atmosphere is a recent chapter in Baltimore’s history.
The Inner Harbor was only briefly the main port for the city. By the 1800s, nearby Fell’s Point was handling the bigger ships needing deeper water. But the Inner Harbor was still a busy maritime center with passenger vessels and smaller cargo ships lined along the piers and jetties.
As trains and cars gained favor over water transportation in the 1950s, the Inner Harbor started to decline. In the 1960s, an ambitious plan to transform the Inner Harbor was unveiled. Old warehouses were demolished and new buildings, promenades, and parks took their place. Today it is the city’s tourism center, boasting wonderful museums and attractions.
Founded in 1732, Jonestown began as an independent town separate from adjacent Baltimore Town. Located east of what is now President Street, it was initially a home to wealthy residents. In the 1800s, it became the port-of-entry neighborhood for immigrants, especially Eastern European Jews who established Jonestown’s largest and most enduring ethnic community.
Plenty remains to tell the tale of Jonestown’s past. A variety of historic sites and world-class museums weave together a story that reflects upon the nation, celebrating diversity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and perseverance. Nestled between the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, and Harbor East, Jonestown is a convenient stop to learn more about Baltimore history.
Founded in 1726 by William Fell, a shipbuilder from England, Fell’s Point served as the city’s deep-water port and shipbuilding center. Today the quaint streets and centuries-old buildings speak to the Colonial past.
As the young nation entered the War of 1812, Fell’s Point was the city’s commercial heart—a bustling port with many shipbuilders and maritime facilities. Fell’s Point was also home to the privateers, privately owned ships authorized by the government to attack and capture British ships.
Fell’s Point was the point of entry and often the first home for successive waves of immigrants throughout the late 18th and 19th centuries. Both enslaved and free African Americans were a prominent part of the neighborhood’s population, working as servants and in many maritime industries. Through immigration and maritime heritage, Fell’s Point became an ethnically diverse, working-class neighborhood made up of artisans, sailors, and craftsmen.
Residents and visitors to today’s Fell’s Point enjoy a variety of restaurants, bars, and unique shopping amidst unique historic architecture and ambience.