Canton is a historic neighborhood located along Baltimore's outer harbor. The town is considered one of Baltimore's trendiest and most vibrant neighborhood. Canton is family-friendly with a growing social scene. As more development opportunities come into Canton, the area continues to see rapid growth. In fact, the Canton zip code was ranked the 16th most-gentrified zip code in the United States from 2000 to 2016.
Irish merchant John O'Donnell settled in the area in 1785. He began trading with Chinese merchants in the port of Guanzhou, which was then called Canton by English speakers. When O'Donnell purchased the land, he named his plantation Canton. In the 18th century, O'Donnell's land was sold to the Canton Company, which developed the neighborhood for the waterfront industry and blue-collar housing.
To get to Canton, take public transit or a car. The MTA gold or navy bus line service to Canton provides direct access to the central business district and Penn Station. If you have a car, you can access Interstate 95, Interstate 895, Boston Street, and Eastern Avenues from Canton. Grabbing a water taxi to Locust Point from the south waterfront area of Canton is also an option.
When visiting Canton, check out O'Donnell Square, the neighborhood's traditional center. O'Donnell Square is a small park home to residences, bars, restaurants, gift shops, salons, and other small businesses. After visiting O'Donnell Square, drop by Patterson Park, which is immediately adjacent.
Canton hosts many food and wine festivals. Drop by Canton during these exciting festivals: Baltimore's Annual Ukranian-American Festival, Light Night Canton, and the summer concert series. Canton is also a popular destination to view the Baltimore Harbor fireworks on July 4th!
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