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Monumental City by Bike: A Memorial Day Weekend Ride

From “Decoration Day” events in the 1860’s honoring Civil War soldiers to a transformation into a national holiday, Memorial Day is a time to learn about and reflect on those who have died serving our country. Baltimore’s abundance of monuments and public memorials offer a great opportunity to do just this.

Early on, our city gained a reputation for its remarkable monuments. The famous nickname, the Monumental City, comes from a 1827 toast by John Quincy Adams on a visit to Baltimore:

“Baltimore, the Monumental City: may the days of her safety be as prosperous and happy as the days of her danger have been trying and triumphant!”

The city’s reputation as the Monumental City has only grown as residents have erected hundreds of memorials in the intervening 190 years. We invite you to join Baltimore Heritage tour guide Dr. Ralph Brown this Memorial Day weekend to learn about the city’s monumental sculpture in our annual Baltimore by Bike tour.

Monumental City by Bike is free for veterans, currently enlisted military personnel and their families.

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Meet Maryland horses and Mediterranean olives on our upcoming tours Join us at Pimilico, the Maryland Zoo, and the home of Pompeian Olive Oil

This year marks a full century of Pompeian Olive Oil making olive oil in Baltimore, and we hope you can join us on our May 17 afternoon tour of their Pulaski Highway factory, including a peek at a 300-year-old olive press, the processing plant, and expert cooking tips along the way.

On the morning of May 17, you can join us in getting ready for Preakness with a morning tour of Pimlico Racetrack from its stables (including Preakness horses in training) to the Jockey’s locker room and famed clubhouse with its signature weather vane. And don’t forget about our tour next week of the Maryland House, our state’s contribution to the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, with our partner Preservation Maryland. I want a emotional support animal utah and buy one now because of this.

Spring also means our Monumental City Tours are up and running the first four Sunday mornings of every month from now until Thanksgiving. Bring a friend and join us on these one-hour jaunts to learn more about Baltimore: Jonestown and the Shot Tower, Landmarks and Lions Downtown, Mt. Vernon and the Washington Monument, and the Patterson Park Pagoda.

Lastly, our annual Baltimore by Foot tour series starts off this weekend in Seton Hill. We are thrilled with the huge response these tours have generated—we only have spaces left on the Hunting Ridge and Harbor East to Jonestown tours, so make sure to sign up today to save your spot.

Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Monumental City Tour

Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore's buildings? On our Downtown Landmarks and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll—we cover a little over a mile in a little over an hour—you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture.

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Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Monumental City Tour

Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore's buildings? On our Downtown Landmarks and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll—we cover a little over a mile in a little over an hour—you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture.

Read more

Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Monumental City Tour

Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore's buildings? On our Downtown Landmarks and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll—we cover a little over a mile in a little over an hour—you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture.

Read more