If you didn’t post it on Insta, did it even happen?
Your girl loves nothing more than a good Instagram post. Unnecessary close-ups of food? I got it. Posed “candids” of me laughing? I got it – thanks to my patient husband!
And this is why I’m so thankful that my hometown of Baltimore is filled with Instagram-worthy spots. I’m going to share some of my best ones with you guys for your next visit to Charm City.
Note that the addresses listed may not be the actual address but the location you can put into your navigation for the closest location to the spot.
Table of Contents
- 1 The BUS Stop
- 2 Domino Sugars Sign
- 3 Graffiti Alley
- 4 The George Peabody Library
- 5 Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens
- 6 Bromo Seltzer Art Tower
- 7 Federal Hill Park
- 8 Patterson Park Pagoda
- 9 Painted Lady Rowhouses
- 10 Sherwood Gardens
- 11 Fells Point Main Street
- 12 Papermoon Diner
- 13 LOVE Murals
- 14 American Visionary Art Museum
- 15 Baltimore Museum of Art
- 16 National Aquarium
- 17 Top of the World Observation Level
- 18 The Maryland Zoo
- 19 Camden Yards
- 20 More Baltimore Insta-Perfect Spots
The BUS Stop
- Address: 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
I know you’re wondering why an actual bus stop would be an awesome place to take a photo, but this particular one is a giant typographic sculpture that spells out the word ‘bus’.
With each letter measuring 14 feet tall and 7 feet wide, the structure serves not only to let people know where the stand is but to provide a place for passengers to lounge and interact with the community.
Climb inside the letters and pose away; most of the people who stop by there come for the photo op! You can find it in front of the Creative Alliance headquarters that helped erect it alongside the Spanish art collective, mmmm…., and local sculptors.
Domino Sugars Sign
- Address: 1215 Wills St, Baltimore, MD 21231
The neon-lit Domino Sugars sign is an iconic symbol that you’ll see in the background of many Baltimore images. The sign on the nearly 100-year-old refinery is one of the city’s most obvious landmarks and makes for a great background for your next photo sesh.
A stroll at the Inner Harbor or Harbor East, day or night, will make for some amazing Instagram posts, but the best view is from Harbor Point Overlook.
- Address: 128 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
A haven for both street artists and Instagram models, Graffiti Alley is where you can let out your creativity.
Become the artist by picking up one of the many spray paint cans lying around and adding your own tag or pose in front of the works of local and visiting artists.
Keep an eye out for the works of Baltimore-born street artist @nether410 while there and on Instagram!
The George Peabody Library
- Address: 17 E Mt Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202
Often listed as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, The George Peabody Library is an Instagram lovers’ dream come true.
Towering Victorian columns holding up cast-iron balconies going up five floors to a stunning skylight; it’s historic and romantic and just the perfect backdrop for a dramatic Insta post.
Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens
Address: 3100 Swann Dr, Baltimore, MD 21217
The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens in Baltimore is one of the city’s most Instagrammed spots, from inside the greenhouse and in front of it!
The greenhouse itself is a beautiful beige and glass structure surrounded by landscaped gardens; there are stairs directly in front that make for the perfect photo with the greenhouse in the background.
The inside houses a large collection of gorgeous palm trees and tropical orchids.
Pro tip: go in the mornings when there are fewer crowds so that there isn’t anyone in the background.
Bromo Seltzer Art Tower
- Address: 21 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Where can you have a photoshoot inside of a working clock tower? In Baltimore’s Bromo Seltzer Art Tower of course.
The historic building is filled with evolving art exhibitions and installations; the elevator then takes you up 15 floors to a ship ladder which takes you to the industrial clock room.
Photos in front of the inside face of a large clock? You’ll be envied by all your Instagram followers.
Federal Hill Park
- Address: 300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
Everyone thinks that you get the best views of the harbor from the Inner Harbor promenade but Baltimoreans know that the best view of the harbor is actually from Federal Hill Park.
You can get pictures of yourself in front of a panoramic birds-eye view of the harbor, the marina, and the Baltimore city skyline. It’s breathtaking, for sure.
Patterson Park Pagoda
- Address: E Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21224
In general, Patterson Park is a very Insta-friendly attraction in Baltimore. Spanning nearly 300 acres, there is so much to see and do as you walk around Maryland’s version of Central Park.
The pagoda is one of the park’s key features and its unique detailed architecture makes for the perfect backdrop for your next post.
Painted Lady Rowhouses
- Address: Guilford Avenue, Charles Village, Baltimore, MD 21218
The “painted ladies” are what Baltimoreans call the colorful row homes you’ll find in Charles Village. The homes contrast in color from one to the other and create a vibrant background to pose in front of.
You’ll find the splashy scene gracing Baltimore websites, postcards, and now, Instagram posts.
- Address: 4310 Underwood Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218
Nestled amidst a residential community, you wouldn’t know Sherwood Gardens existed unless you specifically looked for it.
I stumbled upon it on an evening walk back in 2017 and have made a point to visit every spring. That’s when the community park is flourishing with colorful tulips and you get the best “April showers bring May flowers” images for your IG.
Fells Point Main Street
- Address: 1715 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231
Imagine cobblestone streets surrounded by historic red brick structures and antique-looking street lamps. Fells Point Main Street has a scenic setting that pops.
My suggestion is to go right before sunset so you can take pictures in the light and once it gets dark. The colorful vibrancy of the bars and restaurants gives it a completely different background at night.
- Address: 227 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
Think Hard Rock Cafe but quirkier. Instead of music-related memorabilia lining the walls, you’ll find weird mannequins, old toys that will make you nostalgic, flying horses on the ceiling, and more.
While you can’t set up a camera stand with lights because it’s an operating cafe, there are still some primo photo ops.
- Address: All over Baltimore
Local artist Michael Owen painted twenty murals across Baltimore of silhouetted hands signing out the letters L, O, V, and E. Each mural, while signing the same letters, has a different theme.
The LOVE Murals are some of my favorite backdrops because they’re so Baltimore; if you’ve ever driven through the city, you’ll find them in the most random of places.
American Visionary Art Museum
- Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
Covered in a glass mosaic design, even the building housing the museum is photo-worthy! There are mosaic-covered buses and large, pink poodles. You’ll have hundreds of photos worth posting by the end of the day.
Baltimore Museum of Art
- Address: 10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218
Specifically, the main lobby of the Baltimore Museum of Art – Fox Court, is one of my most asked-about Insta locations. With columns lining both sides and a large light installation with hundreds of bulbs on the ceiling, the setting is just *chef’s kiss*. Go as soon as it opens on a weekday and there won’t be much of a crowd so the background will be free of other visitors. Be sure to take some pictures on the steps of the main entrance outside before you go!
- Address: 501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
With floor-to-ceiling glass panes that take you into the depths of unique aquatic habitats, the National Aquarium always racks up the likes on Instagram. You can take some amazing photographs of yourself with crocodiles, jellyfish, sharks, and other amazing animals in the background.
Step your game up and take photos while scuba diving in their Atlantic Coral Reef exhibit!
Top of the World Observation Level
- Address: 401 E Pratt St 27th floor, Baltimore, MD 21202
Located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, the Top of the World Observation Level will give you a 360-degree bird’s eye view of your surroundings.
You’ll have to play around with your camera settings and angle a bit so that you’re not a shadow against the bright backdrop, but once you do, the picture comes out perfectly!
The Maryland Zoo
- Address: 1 Safari Pl, Baltimore, MD 21217
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! I am a member of the Maryland Zoo because I go there so often, and each time I get the most amazing pictures.
While there are tons of opportunities to take photos in front of the zoo enclosures, opt for an interactive experience like feeding giraffes, walking goats, or sitting with the penguins for a really opportune moment.
- Address: 333 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Even if you’re not there for a baseball game in Oriole Park, stop by Camden Yards to take some images with statues of sports icons. Frank Robinson, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken Jr., Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, and Brooks Robinson are just a few of the greats who have bronze statues around the stadium.
More Baltimore Insta-Perfect Spots
- 1840s Plaza
- Anchorage Marina
- Baltimore Lighthouse
- Billie Holiday Murals and Statue
- The Bygone (top of the Four Seasons)
- Dulceology Artisan Bakery
- Federal Hill Park
- The Flower Cart
- Food halls and markets
- Hampden neighborhood
- Highlandtown Arts District
- Hotel Revival
- Hotel Monaco
- Mount Vernon (during cherry blossom and magnolia season!)
- Pierces Park
Sandlot Baltimore (swings!): closed
- The Sound Garden
- Topside Bar
- Union Collective
- Walters Art Museum
- Washington Monument
- Water Taxi