Baltimore’s Historic Waterfront Neighborhood
The Fells Point neighborhood (or Fell’s Point) of Baltimore is a vibrant waterfront community with a large collection of shops, restaurants, and pubs. The neighborhood is very attractive, with its cobblestone streets, historic architecture, eclectic collection of shops, pubs, and restaurants, and waterfront location. You can find live music at many of the local pubs.
Fells Point, established in 1730 by William Fell, is a National Historic District. Fells Point was originally a maritime community, with an economy based in shipbuilding.
Getting To Fells Point by Water Taxi
Fells Point is located east of the Inner Harbor and is a stop on the water taxi route. The main Fells Point water taxi stop is landing 11, which is located at Broadway Pier, at the heart of Fells Point. Landing 8, is at the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park, which is at the west end of Thames Street. The water taxi only stops at Maritime Park during museum hours.
Fells Point Visitors Center
The Fell’s Point Visitor Center, located at 1732 Thames Street, is open daily for information about the Fells Point neighborhood and the greater Baltimore area.
Things to See and Do in Fells Point
The Fells Point neighborhood will look familiar to fans of the television show Homicide: Life in the Streets. The show was filmed in this neighborhood.
The Preservation Society offers a variety of Fells Point Walking tours. All tours begins at the Fells Point Visitor Center, 1732 Thames Street. Visit their website for details.
The Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park is a national heritage site that highlights African American maritime history, Frederick Douglass’s life in Baltimore, the life of Isaac Myers, a free born African American who became a national leader, the establishment of the African American community in Baltimore in the 1800’s, and shipbuilding traditions of the Chesapeake Bay. The museum includes an introductory film, shipbuilding displays, community artifacts, hands on activities, and a marine railway model. This waterfront museum offers panoramic views of the Baltimore waterfront. The museum is located at 1417 Thames Street, at the corner of Caroline and Thames. There water taxi stops here during museum hours.
Baltimore Ghost Tours offers a Fells Point Ghost Walk tour of ghosts and hauntings in historic Fell’s Point. These tours explore haunted pubs, shops, and residences, under the cover of night. They also offer the Fells Point Haunted PubWalk. More Information.
Food and Drinks
There are no shortage of places to eat and drink in the Fells Point neighborhood. There are lots of restaurants, coffee houses and pubs.
Fells Point Events
In addition to the daily entertainment found in Fells Point establishments, Fells Point host several festivals and events throughout the year including the annual Privateer Festival.
The Fells Point Development Corp, the non profit Main Street program for the neighborhood, promotes the historic downtown district through activities such as helping businesses, beautifying the neighborhood, coordinating with other organizations, and holding events. Check out their website for information on current events in Fells Point.