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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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  • Don't get me wrong...this is a nice park. It does give you some history of the events that took place there but it's more of a city park that just happens to have history attached to it. We were up th...  more »
  • Park located behind the Inner Harbor, almost a continuation but has a street separating the two places. Have a look around the Inner Harbor pq is on top of a hill. Has square for small, many trees and squirrels. A great place to take pictures and watch the city.
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  • A friend and I spent the day in Baltimore, and we ended up walking to the top of Federal Hill after lunch and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon, just enjoying the sights. Federal Hill overlooks the Inner ...  more »
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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+++.