Known as Baltimore’s cultural district, Mount Vernon is a 15-20-minute walk from the Inner Harbor north on Charles Street about 10 blocks. Many attractions are included in the boundaries of this neighborhood such as the Washington Monument and Museum (the first memorial to George Washington), Walters Art Gallery, The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and the Enoch Pratt Free Public Library.

The Basilica of the Assumption was the first Roman Catholic Church in the United States and is still the home of a dedicated urban parish. Nearby are the beautiful parks of Mount Vernon Place and outstanding historical architecture including the largest row home in Baltimore. Visitors can take a walking tour of Mount Vernon which provides a look at the history of the area, exploration of the beautiful architecture, and an inside look into the life of some of Baltimore’s past wealthy and fashionable residents who once called Mount Vernon home.

The majority of Baltimore’s theaters are located in Mount Vernon including The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), the Lyric Opera House, Center Stage, the Charles Theater, the Theater Project, and the Arena Players.

Mount Vernon offers plenty of restaurants including Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian, seafood, and traditional cuisine. The nightlife is also not lacking in this cultural center. Visitors can find dance clubs, live music and a spectacular view of the city at the 13th Floor bar, lounges, and contemporary hangouts.

Plenty of antique and specialty shops line the streets of Mount Vernon. Shoppers will have no problem finding interesting shops to spend time in.

Mount Vernon is a great place to feed your cultural desires. Be sure to check it out if that’s where your interest lies.