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Federal Hill Park, Baltimore

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Federal Hill Park is a 10.3 acres park located in Baltimore, Maryland on the south shore of the Inner Harbor. The park is a signature Baltimore landmark and offers visitors one of the best views in the city. The Federal Hill neighborhood is named for the prominent hill that is bounded by Key Highway to the North, Battery Avenue to the West, Warren Avenue to the South, and Covington Street to the East. Baltimore city acquired the hill in 1880, establishing it as a city park.HistoryJohn Smith’s HillThe first Anglo Saxon to discover Federal Hill Park was the celebrated English Colonial Settler Captain John Smith (1580-1631). In June of 1608, Smith sailed from Jamestown up the Chesapeake Bay for a 19-day journey that ended with a voyage up the Patapsco River. It was there that Smith reported seeing "a great red bank of clay flanking a natural harbor basin." Early Baltimore settlers referred to this area as "John Smith’s Hill".The FederalistIn May of 1788, Baltimoreans paraded through the streets to celebrate the State of Maryland’s ratification of the United States Constitution. The parade featured a 15-foot model of a fully rigged sailing ship named the "Federalist" that was to be installed atop John Smith’s Hill. The day turned into quite a celebration; the thousands of celebrants were treated to "untold quantities" of grog, toddy, beef, ham, and cheese, financed by leading Baltimore business scions. Revelers were having so much fun that they opted to slide the Federalist down the hill and launch it from the Inner Harbor to Annapolis. This celebration was so legendary that Baltimoreans renamed ‘John Smith’s Hill’ in tribute to the party boat. Hence the origin of the Park’s name: Federal Hill.
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  • Federal Hill Park is a heritage sight in Baltimore. Excellent view of the Harbor. Important in our nations history. Supposedly there are tunnels from Federal Hill Park to Fort McHenry which helped us ...  read more »
  • Good view of the harbor. Worth visiting just because of it's long history. The GPS directs you to the bottom of the hill where there is not much parking, but you can drive around and up the hill avoid...  read more »
  • Beautiful view of Inner Harbor and the surrounding area. If you are driving to the park, prepare to search for parking, we got lucky and found a spot a short walk away in the residential area next to ...  read more »
  • Great view of the Inner Harbor and the city. Plenty of shade for warm days. A lot of movement in the city that you can activity watch. In the spring or summer, I could spend all day on that hill.
  • You get great views of the harbour and the top of the hill has plenty of trees to provide shade but other than that it's a grassy knoll. So, if you are looking for some cool photo opportunities with a good vantage point this is a really good location.
  • Cute park, and the reason its called fed HILL. At night you get a lovely view of the ciry accross the water
  • It's a park. There is grass and a playground. And an awesome view of the Inner Harbor.
  • Nice park in downtown Baltimore, a lovely place to sit on a hot day, with great views over the Inner Harbor.
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