Baltimore Attractions

For more visitors information than can be provided here, head to www.baltimore.org for the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Associationʼs tourism site. Once in Baltimore, the Baltimore Visitor Center is a valuable, centrally-located source of information, maps, and ideas. The Visitor Center is located on the Inner Harbor between Harborplace and the Maryland Science Center at 401 Light St (locations 5 and 6 in the map).

Attractions
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Inner Harbor

Harborplace (location 5)
The heart of Baltimoreʼs renowned Inner Harbor, Harborplace features a mix of 120 unique shops, 13 restaurants, and 30 diverse eateries, plus live seasonal entertainment on the waterfront. http://www.harborplace.com

Maryland Science Center (location 6)
One of Baltimoreʼs premier locations for family entertainment, offering three full floors of hands-on exhibits, IMAX films, planetarium shows, kidsʼ room, observatory, science store and a new cafe. http://www.mdsci.org/

National Aquarium (location 7)
Stunning exhibits and more than 11,000 aquatic animals, plus the Animal Planet Australia exhibit, make this Baltimoreʼs most popular attraction. http://www.aqua.org

USS Constellation (location 7)
USS Constellation, the last all sail warship built by the US Navy, is open to the public as a museum. http://www.constellation.org

Baltimore Maritime Museum (location 7)
The Baltimore Maritime Museum consists of three historic ships - the cutter Taney, the submarine Torsk, and the lightship Chesapeake - and a lighthouse located in the Inner Harbor. http://baltomaritimemuseum.org

Port Discovery (Power Plant, location 11)
Baltimoreʼs acclaimed childrenʼs museum, with exhibits and activities geared toward children aged 2-10. http://www.portdiscovery.org/

Camden Yards

Babe Ruth Birthplace (location 8)
The museum presents the life and times of Babe Ruth, a Baltimore native. http://www.baberuthmuseum.com

Geppiʼs Entertainment Museum (loc 8)
American history presented through a focus on pop culture in media, toys, and comic characters. http://www.geppismuseum.com/

Oriole Park at Camden Yards (location 8)
Ninety minute tours provide access to the Orioles dugout, press box, and broadcasting booths. http://www.orioles.com

Sports Legends (location 8)
This museum is dedicated to Maryland sports history, including the Orioles, Colts, Ravens, college athletics, Negro Leagues, and the Preakness. http://www.sportslegendsatcamdenyards.com

Federal Hill and Locust Point

Federal Hill (location 9)
One of Baltimoreʼs best preserved neighborhoods provides a variety of shops, galleries, pubs, and restaurants in buildings dating to the 19th and early 20th centuries. http://www.historicfederalhill.org/

Fort McHenry (location 10)
Site of the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, the inspiration for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” http://www.nps.gov/fomc

Mount Vernon

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral St
One of the oldest free public libraries in the United States, currently celebrating the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poeʼs birth. http://www.prattlibrary.org/

Walters Art Museum
600 N Charles St
Fifty-five centuries of art include Egyptian mummies, medieval armor, illustrated manuscripts, Asian art, and European masterpieces. http://www.thewalters.org/

Washington Monument
N Charles St at Monument St
The center of the Mount Vernon neighborhood, one of the cityʼs oldest areas, this monument predates the better-known one in DC by almost sixty years.

Elsewhere in Baltimore

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive (N Charles at 31st)
Home to a renowned collection of 19th century, modern, and contemporary art, the museum has the largest collection of Matisse works in the world. http://artbma.org/

Maryland Zoo
Druid Hill Park
Home to more than 2000 animals, including Americaʼs largest colony of African black-footed penguins. http://marylandzoo.org/

Elsewhere on the Bay

Youʼll want a car to get to these places, but theyʼre worth the trip.

Annapolis (Follow I-97 South)
Home of the US Naval Academy, the Maryland State House, a walkable downtown area, and more boats than you can shake a stick at.

Eastern Shore (Follow I-97 South to US 50 East and go over the Bay Bridge)
The far side of Chesapeake Bay is a popular getaway for area residents, particularly Ocean City on the Atlantic coast, but many parts of the Delmarva Peninsula remain rural.

Washington, DC
The MARC trainʼs Penn Line and Camden Line provide service between Baltimore and Washington for a $7.00 one-way fare. Discounts are available for seniors 65 and older with ID and children under six. The Penn Line departs from Penn Station, while the Camden Line departs from Camden Station next to Camden Yards. Both lines arrive at Union Station in downtown Washington. MARC trains are most frequent during rush hours and service is available on Monday through Friday only.

Amtrakʼs Northeast Regional provides frequent daily service, including weekends, between Penn Station and Washingtonʼs Union Station for $14.00 one way.

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