All Around Town

From parks and mon­u­ments to bus rides and story times, the city of­fers lots of wal­let friendly ac­tiv­i­ties. Take ad­van­tage of some of our fa­vorite free­bies.— BS

Where Baltimore - - Where Now -

• Greet the Sul­tan of Swat. Baseball’s Babe Ruth was born in a row house here, and his statue pre­sides over the entrance to Ori­ole Park at Cam­den Yards. Cor­ner of W. Cam­den and S. Eutaw sts., ori­oles. com • Visit the first obelisk to honor the first pres­i­dent. With a cor­ner­stone laid 30-plus years be­fore that of its D.C. coun­ter­part, the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment is the cen­ter­piece of el­e­gant Mount Ver­non Place. 699 N. Charles St., mvp­con­ser­vancy.org • Say “Aye!” to a sing-along chantey. Dur­ing story times on Ur­ban Pi­rates’ ship the “Fear­less,” young buccaneers en­joy tall tales, plus songs and games (June 21-Aug. 25: Wed.- Fri. at 9 a.m.). 911 S. Ann St., ur­ban­pirates.com • Pay trib­ute to the mas­ter of the macabre. One-time lo­cal Edgar Al­lan Poe died here—un­der fit­tingly mys­te­ri­ous cir­cum­stances. At West­min­ster Bury­ing Ground, fans can see his orig­i­nal grave and the mon­u­ment that now shel­ters his re­mains. 515 W. Fayette St., west­min­ster­hall.org • See sub­lime ar­chi­tec­ture. De­signed by Ben­jamin Henry La­trobe, the Bal­ti­more Basil­ica is Amer­ica’s first Ro­man Catholic cathe­dral. 409 Cathe­dral St., bal­ti­more­basil­ica.org • Take a ride. Need a break from hoofin’ it? The Charm City Cir­cu­la­tor, a fleet of eco-friendly buses, de­liv­ers pas­sen­gers to most of the ma­jor sights, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Aquar­ium and Fort McHenry. charm­c­i­ty­cir­cu­la­tor.com • Make a bee­line for books. Dat­ing from 1882, the Enoch Pratt Free Li­brary of­fers not only read­ing ma­te­rial but also classes, mu­sic and lec­tures. 400 Cathe­dral St., prat­tli­brary.org • Sa­vor those har­bor views. In Fed­eral Hill Park, a look- out point dur­ing the War of 1812, claim a perch on one of the benches and en­joy the panoramic vista. 300 War­ren Ave., bcrp. bal­ti­morecity.gov/parks

Charm City Cir­cu­la­tor

West­min­ster Bury­ing Ground

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