Local Information

Baltimore is known for its walkable neighborhoods, including Charles Village and Hampden, which bookend the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) office locations. Our offices are on or near the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, known for its tree-lined pathways, red-brick buildings, and expansive green lawns. The Steven Muller Building includes an on-site restaurant, Café Azafran, which is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch.

Colorful rowhomes in the Charles Village neighborhood
Charles Village rowhomes help define the typical architectural style of the area.

The city has a vibrant downtown waterfront that spans the Locust Point, Federal Hill, Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Fell’s Point, and Canton neighborhoods. Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to pen “The Star Spangled Banner” during the War of 1812 and is now a national monument with waterfront access in Locust Point. Close by, Federal Hill’s namesake park overlooks Inner Harbor. The historic neighborhood is filled with galleries, antique shops, and restaurants.

The Inner Harbor is packed with attractions, including the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture. Fell’s Point, established in 1763, is known for its colonial architecture, harbor views, a central brick square, and locally owned boutiques and restaurants.

If you’re interested in watching a baseball game in the spring or summer, head to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In the fall, American football fans may watch the Baltimore Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Mount Vernon neighborhood, just south of our offices, features large brownstones overlooking small parks and includes cultural institutions like the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Center Stage, and Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute.

Hampden is a mix of quirky shops and farm-to-table restaurants, many on 36th Street, which is commonly referred to as “the Avenue.” Charles Village has colorful row homes known as “painted ladies” and features the Baltimore Art Museum and a range of cafés, restaurants, and used bookstores.

Learn more about our city at Visit Baltimore.