The waterside town of Fells Point was founded by a man named William Fell in 1730. It was a major port and shipbuilding center for Baltimore for many years. Today, the seaside retreat remains in touch with its maritime roots and has blossomed into a popular tourist destination. During your stay at The Wayside Inn, we recommend visiting the historic town and checking out these fun things to do in Fells Point.
There are many places to see and things to do in Fells Point. There are also many more experiences to discover around Howard County, MD. Take a look at our Free Vacation Guide today to find all the nearby activities and attractions.
Fells Point is east of Baltimore. You can take a 10-minute water taxi from Inner Harbor to Fells Point, or if you’re up for a little exercise, enjoy a 15-minute walk to Fells Point along the Baltimore Waterfront Promenade.
There are two main streets in Fells Point, Thames and Broadway. Where these two streets intersect is considered the “heart of the community.” Shops and restaurants populate the main streets, as well as Aliceanna Street and Fleet Street.
Known for its antique stores, Fells Point also offers a variety of clothing and accessory stores, art galleries, gift shops and more.
If you’re looking for a great meal, Fells Point is on point. Try Riptide by the Bay, a casual dining restaurant located on the historic waterfront. In the mood for something eclectic yet gourmet? Try Slainte, a traditional Irish pub on the waterfront that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Ampersea offers upscale dining with its “seed to table” concept serving lunch, brunch, dinner and happy hour.
Did you know that at one point, there were almost 20 shipyards in Fells Point? The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park offers the opportunity for you to learn about Baltimore’s rich maritime history, as well as learn about the important role African Americans played in the maritime trade. The museum is named after Frederick Douglass, who was a slave as a child and a young man, and Isaac Myers, a free-born African American who became a national leader.
Through a series of interactive exhibits, explore history, the maritime industry that has been so important in the development of the Baltimore area, as well as shipbuilding traditions. Self-guided and group tours available.
Other attractions in Fells Point include haunted walking tours, walking history tours, and you can even board a “pirate ship” for an exciting day or evening outing with your “mates.”
Max’s Taphouse has more than 100 beers on tap, as well as an extensive food menu. They have a special running every weeknight, from Tuesday’s Beer Social featuring rare, exotic beers, to Friday’s Happy Hour where 32-ounce drafts are just $6 (except the high-octane beers).
Feel like dancing? Try The Get Down, where you can dance the night away on two floors listening to the DJ play a wide variety of music. Table reservations are available Friday and Saturday nights.
Fells Point has two big events each year, its Privateer Festival in April and its Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration in December. Check the Fells Point Main Street website for more info on these annual events.
While you’re visiting the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. area, make The Wayside Inn your home base. Located in between the two major cities, our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is the perfect place to relax after a fun day exploring Fells Point. The Wayside Inn features six luxurious, comfortable rooms and a delicious, hot breakfast each morning.
Photo Credit: Isaac Wedin / Fells Point / Flickr