Festival travel: Baltimore hosts Artscape, with cheap flights from New Orleans

Festival travel: Baltimore hosts Artscape, with cheap flights from New OrleansPhoto: iStock
Published on July 02, 2019

Planning an escape to Baltimore this summer? You still have time to build your trip around Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the nation.

Scheduled for July 20-22 this year, Artscape brings together visual and performing artists, along with food, crafts and kids' activities. It averages 350,000 attendees each summer in Charm City. While you're there, check out the rest that Baltimore has to offer, from nightlife and history to sports and museums.

Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between New Orleans and Baltimore, at least according to travel site Skyscanner.

Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in Baltimore to get you started. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Baltimore flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between New Orleans and Baltimore are if you leave on July 19 and return from Maryland on July 22. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $154, roundtrip.

If you fly out of New Orleans on July 19 and return from Baltimore on July 23, Frontier Airlines can get you there and back for $154 roundtrip.

Top Baltimore accommodations

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Baltimore’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Hilton Baltimore (401 W. Pratt St.)

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For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Hilton Baltimore. The hotel has a 4.4-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $135.

This downtown Baltimore hotel is located adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and very close to the USS Constellation, the Hippodrome Theatre and M&T Bank Stadium. The hotel is directly connected to the Baltimore Convention Center via an indoor walkway.

The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront (700 Aliceanna St.)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, there's The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Rooms are currently set at $179/night.

Set in the heart of Baltimore, this hotel is close to the Pier Six Concert Pavilion and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, as well as the American Visionary Art Museum. Additional attractions include the USS Constellation, the Fell's Point pub district and the shops at Harborplace.

The Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown (8 E. Pleasant St.)

If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, try The Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown. The 4.4-star hotel has rooms for $71/night.

Featured Baltimore food and drink

Baltimore has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

The Food Market (1017 W. 36th St.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to The Food Market, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of five reviews on Skyscanner.

The Food Market's website says it specializes in "approachable, serious comfort food," with a menu offering small plates such as tacos and fried oysters and large plates of crab cakes, shrimp, duck and roast beef.

"Chef Chad's menu is, to say the least, stunning," wrote visitor Charles. "The service is great."

G&M Restaurant (804 N. Hammonds Ferry Road)

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Another popular dining destination is G&M Restaurant, with 4.7 stars from 11 reviews.

Enjoy a complete selection of seafood, sandwiches, Greek specialties and authentic Italian and American cuisine. 

Reviewer RAWarren wrote, "The full service bar has a decent selection of beer and cocktails, but most people are here for the crab cakes, day and night."

Nick's Fish House (2600 Insulator Drive)

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Also worth considering is Nick's Fish House.

Located on the water offering spectacular views, Nick’s Fish House and Grill has indoor and outdoor seating and serves steamed-to-order blue crabs, fresh sushi, grilled steaks and burgers, seafood, including jumbo lump crab cakes,  and bountiful sandwiches.

"If the weather’s nice, try to get a table outside. The crab cakes and cream of crab soup were amazing," wrote Laura. "I’ve always received excellent service."

Faidley Seafood (203 N. Paca St.)

Finally, there's Faidley Seafood.

Founded in 1886, Faidley Seafood is one of the oldest and best-known purveyors of fresh and prepared seafood in the Chesapeake region. 

"Faidley sells the perfect crab cakes," wrote @_Mick_E. 

Featured local attractions

To round out your trip, Baltimore offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

Wockenfuss Candies (6831 Harford Road)

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The top-rated visitor attraction in Baltimore, according to Skyscanner, is Wockenfuss Candies, which is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore.

Wockenfuss Candies marked a century in business in 2015. The family-owned business is now in its fifth generation of candy-making.

"Expect dark chocolate Oreos, dark chocolate pretzels and dark chocolate everything," wrote visitor John.

The American Visionary Art Museum (800 Key Highway)

Then, there's The American Visionary Art Museum.

The museum hosts shows organized by theme rather than by artist and strives to step out of the accepted art canon displayed at many American museums. The United States Congress unanimously voted the American Visionary Art Museum "the official national education center, repository and museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry." 

Visitor Kelly wrote, "This museum is a temple of unabashed creative energy unlike anywhere else in the state. ... This museum constantly showcases inventive and daring art from local and international artist alike."

The National Aquarium (501 E. Pratt St.)

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Lastly, spend some time at The National Aquarium.

An entertaining dolphin show, “4-D Immersion” sensory theater, and (of course) lots and lots of marine creatures are just some of the things you can see at the National Aquarium.

Visitor @_Mick_E. wote, "This by far was the best aquarium I've been to thus far. Great for all ages and you can easily spend half a day here. ... There's a unique jelly fish exhibit as well as a dolphin show."

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