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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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  • There is a great Discovery episode that can be found online explaining the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. Prepare for trip by refreshing your US History and British attack on Baltimore. THEN vis...  more »
  • Federal Hill Park offers gorgeous views of Baltimore City & is a short drive (or meandering stroll) from the Inner Harbor. Located in South Baltimore, there are often events in this park during the su...  more »
  • With a commanding view of everything that is both fascinating and tranquil. Great exercise climbing up its front face - also good for dozing on a warm day. Shady an sunny and always feels safe. 
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  • The view from the top of this historic park is amazing. Overlooking the harbour is picturesque and a great spot for a selfie or two. not to mention that one of baltimore's best coffee spots (3 Bean) is right around the corner. The park is dog friendly and beautiful. Parking can sometimes be a pain, but that's the city for you.
  • Great place for kids to play! Look the scenic view!
  • 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.
  • One of my favorite spots in Baltimore. Lovely views of the inner harbor, a great place to walk my dog, usually a nice mix of tourists and locals to keep the place hopping
  • It's got a great view and the kids LOVED this place. A+++.