Living in a city for the first time is crazy, fast-paced, exciting, and sometimes overwhelming. There’s so much going on, and Baltimore is filled with its quirks and attractions. Over fall semester and Intersession, my friends and I took on a good chunk of the city, from an Orioles game to the National Aquarium. But there’s still a lot more on my plate; here’s a bit of my Baltimore bucket list.


Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry is kind of a big deal. It’s where the roots of the city of Baltimore stood its ground against the Brits in the War of 1812. It’s also the fort where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner. It’s shaped like a star, has an amazing view of the harbor, and makes for a great Snapchat story.

Shake Shack

I still remember my first time giving this place a shot, back when it was only in a few locations through out New York City. The line would wrap around Madison Square Park, and their fries were to die for. Suddenly, last Monday, Shake Shack opened up in Baltimore (I mean like probably it didn’t just pop up they probably did the whole planning and construction thing and all but I just learned about it recently). We were going to go on the Monday it opened, but it never really happened. But it’s only a JHMI and a Charm City Circulator away (like 10 mins/free), so this needs to happen soon.

my first shake shack experience in the flatiron district, many many moons ago

my first shake shack experience in the flatiron district, many many moons ago

Washington DC

Okay guys, yes I have been to Washington DC. But every time I went, it was either for the airport or when I was really young with my family. I want to go now, as someone who would probably appreciate the city for more than the cool planes and vaguely familiar buildings. Plus, there’s so much going on in DC beyond history and museums, and it would make for an amazing day trip one weekend.

A Ravens Game

Last season, the Ravens wrecked it up until the end. I was actually in a mall in Baltimore right after the Ravens lost, and it was so insanely sad to see everyone in Flacco jerseys and broken smiles taking down Ravens posters. Next season, I want to be a part of the Baltimore family at the greatest degree; scream along with them in the stands of a Ravens game. Sure, the tickets won’t be as cheap as a ballgame, but my friends and I will be on the lookout for a good deal to snag.

my friend Prateek and I at an Orioles game; you can see M&T stadium where the Ravens play in the background

my friend Prateek and I at an Orioles game; you can see M&T stadium where the Ravens play in the background

Hampden (during the day)

Hampden is this quirky, hip neighborhood near Hopkins that just bleeds Baltimore. The only time I’ve ever been there was on Halloween, where the streets were filled with families and creative costumes (and people that just dress like that normally). We passed a lot of those macabre curio shops you’d see on like Pawn Stars, but they were all closed. I’m hoping to check out the village in the day soon and stroll around the stores, try some authentic Charm City food, and buy like some weird velvet skull thing.


This isn’t everything; the list keeps on growing and changing. But I wanted to write it down so that I can see the list for myself; and hopefully start checking some off in the coming month. Maybe when I can feel my face outside.