Festival travel: Escape from San Antonio to Baltimore for Artscape

Festival travel: Escape from San Antonio to Baltimore for Artscape
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By Hoodline - Published on July 01, 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 the Charm City. While you're there, check out the rest that Baltimore has to offer, from nightlife and history to sports and museums.

Whether you’re ready to book your trip now or just curious about the options, take a look at these forthcoming flights between San Antonio and Baltimore, which we pulled from travel site Skyscanner.

We've also included top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions in Baltimore to showcase the range of local amenities that travelers will find there. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Baltimore flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between San Antonio and Baltimore are if you leave on July 19 and return from Maryland on July 22. American Airlines currently has tickets for $462, roundtrip.

American Airlines also has tickets at that price point earlier in July, if you can get away in time. If you fly out of San Antonio on July 17 and return from Baltimore on July 22, American Airlines can get you there and back for $462 roundtrip.

Top Baltimore accommodations

Regarding where to stay, 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.)

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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 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 M&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.

Top picks for dining and drinking

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Baltimore's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

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

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One of Baltimore's most popular dining destinations 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. "Service is great."

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

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Another popular spot 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."

"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," wrote reviewer RAWarren. "Personally, I can't finish a single crab cake in one sitting, but there are plenty of strong-willed eaters who can take down two at once." 

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 is Baltimore’s premier seafood restaurant. Nick’s Fish House and Grill features steamed-to-order blue crabs, fresh sushi, grilled steaks and burgers, seafood including jumbo lump crab cakes, chicken selections and sandwiches. Convenient to I-95, M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Nick’s offers free parking and docking.

"Nick’s is always packed, so beware that you’ll probably have to wait for a table," wrote visitor Laura. "It’s right by the water, so the best part is the view. If the weather’s nice, try to get a table outside."

Faidley Seafood (203 N. Paca St.)

Finally, there's Faidley Seafood.

Founded in 1886, Faidley Seafood, located in Lexington Market, is one of the oldest purveyors of fresh and prepared seafood in the Chesapeake region.

"Faidley sells the perfect crab cakes," wrote visitor @_Mick_E. "Their lump crab cake balls are jam-packed with real meat, unlike [those at] 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. It's cheap and delicious."

What to see and do in Baltimore

Not sure what to do in Baltimore, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

Wockenfuss Candies (6831 Harford Road)

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The top-rated visitor attraction in Baltimore, according to Skyscanner, is Wockenfuss Candies.

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. "Wockenfuss brings new meaning to chocolate 'crack.' I'm addicted; can't get enough!"

Maryland Science Center (601 Light St.)

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Then, there's The Maryland Science Center, which 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. Of more local interest is the Chesapeake Bay estuary exhibit, which features several tanks of live marine creatures. Packages that include tickets to the museum's IMAX theater are available.

"Great interactive and educational place to bring the family out 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, a critically acclaimed art venue.

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 U.S. Congress unanimously voted the American Visionary Art Museum "the official national education center, repository and museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry." 

"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," wrote visitor Kelly.

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