Although Baltimore has been an important seaport since the 1700s, it was in the 1970s that the city turned its waterfront area into an attraction for tourists and an area that has enhanced the daily lives of the city’s residents. You’ll find a wide array of things to do here, all within walking distance. The Inner Harbor boasts many good restaurants, interesting taverns and bars. There’s 300 years of history here and plenty of opportunities for fun-filled days with the family as well as romantic evenings for couples.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a leading attraction for visitors, and is considered to be one of the world’s finest aquariums. In addition to the permanent sea life residing here, there are several special exhibits as well. The Amazon rainforest display features such as anacondas, poison dart frogs and sloth; a sea cliffs habitat that is complete with puffins and other north Atlantic sea birds; and walk-through coral reefs and open ocean tanks that bring visitors up close to sharks and other exotic species. You’ll also find regularly scheduled shows at the Marine Mammal Pavilion.
Maryland Science Center
The new glass, steel and concrete Maryland Science Center is located at the Inner Harbor and boasts five storeys of interactive exhibits, a theater, an observatory and the world-famous Davis Planetarium. There are hands-on displays ranging from space travel and dinosaurs to science experiments. The center’s planetarium runs sun-gazing program during the day and star-gazing programs at night.
Fort McHenry is inextricably linked in history with America’s national anthem, which was written by Francis Scott Key during the lengthy but unsuccessful attack by British forces during the War of 1812. On summer weekends, military drills are performed here, as is a living history program simulating daily activities at the time of the war. From the fort, you’ll have fine views along the Patapsco River to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and on towards Chesapeake Bay.