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Fun and Weird Places to Go in Baltimore

There’s no shortage of interesting places to go in Baltimore, from strange independent bookstores to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. You’ll be able to spend days exploring Baltimore without experiencing a single dull moment. Here are some of the many unusual sights you won’t likely find anywhere else.

Atomic Books

Atomic Books bookstore inside

This independent bookstore is full of things outside of just books, including art toys, old and new comics, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, art exhibits, and zines. They also have many types of showcases for artists, writers, and others who want to self-publish their work. There’s also a bar called Eightbar in the back of the place to enjoy reading and drinking.

The fact that this is one of John Waters’ favorite Baltimore hangouts should let you know what you can expect when walking through these doors.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Ripley's Believe It or Not in Baltimore

Want to see the weirdest that Baltimore has to offer? Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for everything weird. While most of the things you’ll find inside aren’t necessarily from Baltimore, it’s an interesting place to visit for crazy artwork, shrunken heads, mysterious mutations, hands-on activities, and other insane things.

There’s enough to see here to keep your afternoons full.

The True Vine

man pointing middle finger in True Vine record shop

If you’re a music fiend who loves vinyl, you might just love taking a look around The True Vine, the perfect place to browse some records. They have pretty much any old-school vinyl you want to add to your collection. Choose from popular artists to some of the most obscure artists around.

Rocket To Venus

Rocket to Venus restaurant in Baltimore

Looking for a unique place to eat in Baltimore? Visit Rocket to Venus, a traditional restaurant with some nontraditional cuisine. Some of their original menu items include Coconut French Toast, mac and cheese with chives and pangrattato (I don’t know what this is), wild mushroom and grits, BBQ octopus, and PB&J Delight, which is made of a PB&J sandwich dipped in pancake batter, deep fried and topped with caramel and chocolate sauce, along with vanilla bean ice cream, which will probably kill you halfway through eating it and should come with a warning sign.

It’s not exactly health food, but you’re likely to find some food you won’t probably find elsewhere.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Geppi's Entertainment Museum exhibit

Want to see some crazy exhibits outside of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand? Visit Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, which is a 16,000-square-foot museum dedicated to showcasing entertainment media from the early days of America and beyond.

The exhibits chronicle 17th century pop culture (which I realize may sound like an oxymoron) through today’s. Nearly 60,000 pop culture artifacts are inside, including movie posters, toys, badges, buttons, magazines, dolls, sports memorabilia, and much more.

These are simply some of the many places to visit for everything exciting and strange in Baltimore. If you have any other suggestions for places to visit while in town, let us know about them in the comments!

Top 10 Jobs in High Demand in Maryland

Maryland has a bustling economy with many professionals from all walks of life, especially in the Baltimore area. There is plenty of demand for a variety of professionals in a wide range of industries, and here are the top 10 expected to remain popular up through 2018.

maryland nursing jobs

1. Registered Nurses

Baltimore and the Maryland suburbs are constantly looking for registered nurses, particularly those with bachelor’s degrees. If you’re thinking of becoming a nurse at a hospital in Maryland, there are plenty of places to earn your nursing degree and find work in the state. You could also train to receive a certified nursing assistant certificate in Baltimore, too.

2. Waiters and Waitresses

Another expanding job position in Maryland is waitstaff. Waiters and waitresses are needed at a growing number of restaurants that are located in Baltimore and the suburban areas.

3. Personal Care and Service Workers

The elderly and disabled are in constant need of personal care, which is why personal care and service workers are in high demand as well.  responsible for housekeeping, transportation, cooking and regulating medication, to name a few of the many tasks.

4. Nursing Home & Psychiatric Aides

Much like personal care and service workers, nursing home and psychiatric aides are needed to help take care of elderly and disabled patients located in nursing homes or psychiatric facilities.

5. Financial Clerks

With all of the banks and other financial institutions in Maryland, these places need financial clerks to help handle money. There are plenty of opportunities for financial clerks and, needless to say, there will continue to be a demand for them.

6. Computer Systems Analyst

Many companies are constantly looking to advance their technology, which is why computer systems analysts are currently in high demand to help make sure that this technology is working the way it’s supposed to.

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7. Computer Software Engineer

Again, the growth in technology is calling for tech savvy individuals who know how to develop innovative software that can continue this growth. There is a high demand for software engineers and the need for them will only increase as computer technology advances.

8. Carpenters

Lots of carpenters are needed, for sure.

9. Office and Administrative Support

Whether simply a receptionist or a more involved assistant, office and administrative support employees are just as relevant now as they’ve ever been in the workplace.

10. Customer Service Representatives

Customer service is still extremely important for businesses, with new technologies in call centers and online chat systems changing the face of customer service.

These are simply some of the many positions that businesses need filled in Maryland. Chances are, if you’ve got a particular set of skills, there is no shortage of businesses who need you.

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