Festival travel: Baltimore hosts Artscape, with cheap flights from Philadelphia

Festival travel: Baltimore hosts Artscape, with cheap flights from Philadelphia
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By Hoodline - 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia and Baltimore are if you leave on July 19 and return from Maryland on July 22. Frontier Airlines currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $246.

If you fly out of Philadelphia on July 19 and return from Baltimore on July 24, Sun Country Airlines can get you there and back for $280 roundtrip.

Top Baltimore accommodations

To plan your accommodations, here are some of Baltimore’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront (700 Aliceanna St.)

If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The hotel has a 4.8-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $179.

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 Hilton Baltimore (401 W. Pratt St.)

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There's also the 4.4-star rated The Hilton Baltimore. Rooms are currently set at $135/night.

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

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

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

Featured Baltimore restaurants

Don't miss Baltimore's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

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

One of Baltimore's most popular restaurants is 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.

G&M Restaurant features Greek and Italian cuisine and boasts of serving "Maryland's best crab cakes."

Reviewer RAWarren wrote: "This family-style restaurant is humongous. 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.

"It’s right by the water, so the best part is the view. If the weather’s nice, try to get a table outside," wrote Laura."

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. "Their lump crab cake balls are jammed packed with real meat unlike other places that [are] all covered with nothing but batter. It's seriously one of the most authentic crab cakes I've ever tasted without the frills."

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.

"Dark chocolate Oreos, dark chocolate pretzels, dark chocolate everything, " wrote visitor John. "I'm addicted, can't get enough!"

Maryland Science Center (601 Light St.)

Then, there's the Maryland Science Center.

The Maryland Science Center features interactive exhibits that focus on physics, marine biology and astronomy. Among the most popular recent exhibits were three-dimensional nebula models and a giant meteor hanging from the ceiling of the main hall. 

"Great interactive and educational place to bring the family to," wrote visitor Justin. "They have some of the coolest hands-on installations here."

The American Visionary Art Museum (800 Key Highway)

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Finally, spend some time at The American Visionary Art Museum.

The American Visionary Art Museum is a unique, critically acclaimed art venue and a great stop for any visitor to Baltimore. 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. 

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

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