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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Neighborhood-Hopping in Baltimore


5. Oddball Day

Outdoor displays at the American Visionary Art Museum.  

After exploring Baltimore’s hottest emerging neighborhoods, get hip to Inner Harbor. The waterfront district is better known for chain restaurants than cutting-edge cool, but new outdoor activities and massive artistic renovation projects are giving the area new life. Start your day with a one-hour session at newly launched Elite Fitness Tours ($30), which leads jogging and cross-training expeditions through historic Baltimore sites like the Walter Arts Museum and Washington Monument. Afterward, enjoy Cajun-spiced chicken and waffles ($14.99) at Miss Shirley’s Café, a beloved soul-food mini-chain with a leafy outdoor patio on East Pratt Street. Then learn new skills at the surprisingly engaging Maryland Science Center (admission $16.95), which offers hands-on classes like bicycle repair and introductory soldering, and is currently in the throes of a $3.15 million floor-to-ceiling overhaul. Next, awaken your inner futurist at the forebodingly named "Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity!," the new exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum (admission $15.95), a national institution dedicated to works by artists without formal training. Hop on a water taxi to Fell’s Point ($7 each way) for battered cod with Old Bay coleslaw ($17.50) and an order of clam cakes ($6.50 for a half-dozen) at Thames Street Oyster House, a waterfront bistro with a raw bar, second-story dining room and brick-lined rear patio. Cap off the day with blues and brews at Cat’s Eye Pub, an old-school dive and Fell’s Point institution with 40 beers on tap (draughts from $6), tattered vinyl bar seats, and cover-free live performances by local acts like the Drunken Uncles and Carl Filipiak Jazz Band.

Published on Oct 17, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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