From lively gay bars to ancient Roman sarcophagi, Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood is the friendly cultural core of the city.
Baltimore’s cultural hub, Mount Vernon, is home to a large number of attractions that give visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the city and state’s history.
You can spend days perusing the 36,000 objects on display at The Walters Art Museum such as rich religious scriptures or images of romantic French Gardens. Take a break by the Washington Monument or play a game of chess in the surrounding Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.
Later, enjoy a meal from one of the many Mount Vernon restaurants in the neighborhood or the trendy nightlife that ranges from hip dives to upscale cocktail bars.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, Mount Vernon’s got you covered.
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Tips for Visiting Mount Vernon
- Very walkable neighborhood; most of the attractions are just a few minutes’ walk from each other.
- While I haven’t listed it as an attraction, take in the neighborhood’s beautiful architecture while you’re there.
Parking in Mount Vernon
While there is streetside parking available, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an available slot – especially on the weekends. Luckily, there are several parking garages nearby.
Mt. Vernon Lot
- Address: 926 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21202
- Rates range from $5 to $16, with hourly and daily rates.
N. Charles Street Parking
- Address: 810 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
- Rates range from $5 to $25, with hourly and daily rates.
Things to Do in Mount Vernon
The Walters Art Museum
Situated in the heart of Mount Vernon, The Walters Art Museum is one of the neighborhood’s most visited attractions. The museum was established in 1934 and now has over 36,000 objects and artifacts on display. Some of the pieces go back to 5,000 BCE, making it one of the richest collections of objects portraying creativity and art.
The interactive museum illuminates visitors, giving them a peek into so many different cultures from around the world. Admission to the museum is free for all so be sure to stop by for a few hours when in Mount Vernon.
George Peabody Library
The Library of the Peabody Institute of the City of Baltimore, or the George Peabody Library is it’s commonly known, is a part of The Johns Hopkins University. The research library was founded in 1878 and is still ranked as “one of the most beautiful libraries in the world” today.
The shelves are filled with first editions by renowned authors, beautiful natural history folios, local and state maps, and even Diderot’s famous 28-volume Encyclopédie. Today, people mostly visit the library because of its Insta-worthy views; cast-iron balconies and massive skylights make for the perfect backdrop.
Maryland Center for History and Culture
Founded in 1844, the Maryland Center for History and Culture is the oldest cultural institution in the entire state. The center is a hub of objects, artifacts, and information that portrays Maryland’s diverse heritage.
It’s one of my favorite places to spend time in Mount Vernon and I go there often; since there are several rotating or visiting exhibitions scheduled, each experience is always different. You’ll be immersed into almost every aspect of Maryland’s history, all the way from pre-settlement to the present day.
C. Grimaldis Gallery
Specializing in post-WWII American and European art, C. Grimaldis Gallery is a modern art gallery worth visiting – especially if you’re into contemporary sculptures! Having opened its doors in 1977, it is one of the longest continually operating galleries in Baltimore.
They have an annual summer exhibition that highlights local artists and new talent. You’ll be surrounded by talented works in the form of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more.
Washington Monument/ Mount Vernon Place
You can’t visit Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood without coming across its focal point: the Washington Monument. Situated on an intersection, the monument has been the centerpiece of the urban square since 1829.
The Washington Monument has been a part of Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon skyline for over 200 years and was one of the first major monuments to honor George Washington.
Mount Vernon Place Conservancy
Surrounding the Washington Monument, the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy is a wonderful place for friends and family to gather in the evening. The neighborhood restoration project went on for several years before finally opening in 2015.
There are lots of green spaces amidst the urban playground and it’s common to see people walking their pets or playing chess on the many side game tables. One of the main features is the Flower Mart, which includes everything from workshops on pollination to floral arrangement demonstrations.
Annual Events in Mount Vernon
Flower Mart (May)
This free annual festival, the Flower Mart has been a community favorite since 1911. There are arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, children’s programs, activities, and contests, demos and workshops, and tons of flower bouquets for purchase.
Summer in the Square (June – August)
Lasting throughout the summer, Summer in the Square is a great way for the community to come together. There are live concerts and movie screenings, weekly yoga and fitness classes, and even an informative walking tour.
The Lighting of the Washington Monument (December)
The annual Lighting of the Washington Monument is the neighborhood’s festive way of bringing on the holiday season. There’s tons of entertainment and live musical performances leading up to the lighting of the monument.
Restaurants in Mount Vernon
No matter what you’re in the mood for, there’s a restaurant in Mount Vernon to satisfy your craving.
The Prime Rib
An elite steakhouse that resembles a supper club from the 40s, complete with tuxedoed waitstaff, this restaurant offers a fine dining experience you’ll savor. The roast prime rib is *chef’s kiss*.
The Brewer’s Art
Elegant yet contemporary, The Brewer’s Art offers everything from award-winning housemade ales to mouthwatering contemporary cuisine.
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Never On Sunday
This casual eatery is open late into the night and has all the comfort foods you crave such as pizza and pasta and burgers and wraps.
Experience our favorite hotels in Baltimore
- Revival Baltimore: our favorite hotel in the Mount Vernon neighborhood
- Ulysses: Boutique hotel perfect for couples and girls getaways
- Baltimore Marriott Waterfront: Great city views, free Wi-Fi and laundry onsite
- Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel: indoor pool + great location
- Residence Inn by Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor: perfect for families who need a little extra space.
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