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Top 10 things to do in Baltimore

Updated on May 15, 2012
Things to do in Baltimore
Things to do in Baltimore

Attractions in Baltimore

 Baltimore in Maryland is a vibrant city on the water with activities abound for visitors of all ages. The Inner Harbor of baltimore is world famous and is surrounded by great hotels, best and unique shops, fine restaurants for everyone's taste and stlye. Baltimore is a diverse city that is the largest city in Maryland with unique museums and distinct neighborhoods known for its delicious fresh crabs, scenic views and sparkling waterfront attractions. The National Aquarium in Baltimore and the museums are very popular attractions among visitors. Aptly, Baltimore is often called as the "city of neighborhoods" and more commonly as the "Charm City". This two part article on Top 10 things to do in Baltimore will help you plan your trip to Baltimore when you are in the area.

1. National Aquarium in Baltimore

Located in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore, the National Aquarium is an interactive aquarium allowing visitors many hands-on learning opportunities and a petting pool and considered the best aquarium in the entire United States making it the number one of the top 10 things to do in Baltimore. Do not miss the incredible view of the aquarium’s four-story tank and to view the outdoor sea lion pool and Marine Mammal Pavilion that has bottle-nose dolphins dwelling in peace. The exhibits start small with samples of marine life from local waters, then rangin to eye-to-eye encounters with sharks, sting rays and other large aquatic creatures. The aquarium houses over 14,000 animals. Some of the best attractions are the dolphin show, the simulated rainforest on the top floor, exotic birds, grey-headed flying foxes, laughing kookaburras, and three-foot-long adult frilled lizards. Part of the aquarium contains a high raised podium for bird and monkey viewing and a cave of various glass enclosed displays of reptiles, amphibians and other aquatic life.

National Aquarium in Baltimore
National Aquarium in Baltimore

2. Baltimore Inner Harbor

 Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a major seaports in the United States and one of the most photographed areas of Baltimore. Baltimore's Inner Harbor has something to offer to locals and visitors alike with the surrounding neighborhoods offering a variety of fine dining, diverse cultural experiences and great nightlife a must-do thing in Baltimore. The Observation Level of the World Trade Center offers a breath-taking panoramic views of Baltimore's amazing skyline. Plenty of street performances happening spontaneously at the waterfront is just amazing free entertainment for locals and tourists.

Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore Inner Harbor

3. Baltimore Museum of Art

 Baltimore Museum of Art holds an impressive collection of arts that by itself worth a trip to Baltimore. Like the smithsonian in Washington DC, admission to Baltimore Museum of Art is absolutely free. The African art collection  has over 2,000 pieces, like colorful masks and headdresses, jewelry, pottery and ceremonial weapons is just impressive. The Cheney Miniature Rooms detail 12 miniature rooms, including six period rooms of historic Maryland homes.  The soul of this museum is its spacious wing dedicated to Modern American artists like Rothko, de Kooning, Pollock and their contemporaries. The highlight of the museum is the Cone Collection, works by Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Manet, Degas, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Renoir.

Boston Museum of Art
Boston Museum of Art

4. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry is the site of the star-shaped fort that successfully defended Baltimore from a British attack during the War of 1812. This historic event and the flag flying over Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the national anthem, the 'Star Spangled Banner. There are exhibits of military and historical artifacts and a trail runs along the coast line, offering spectacular views of ships entering and leaving the harbor.

Fort McHenry, Baltimore
Fort McHenry, Baltimore

5. Maryland Science Center

Maryland Science Center is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the United States that features interactive exhibits that focus on physics, marine biology and astronomy and is called a Science Museum. The Museum has three floors of exhibitions to exercise the visitors imaginations. Among the most popular are the three-dimensional nebula models, a giant meteor hanging from the ceiling of the main hall, voyage through the human body and learning how microbes work. There is a lot for the kids to do. Visit the planetarium, IMAX, and observatory. Serving more than half a million visitors per year, the Maryland Science Center is one of Baltimore Inner Harbor's main attractions. Entertaining and educational to the young and old alike, it is undoubtedly one of the city's most exciting places to visit. With a larger than life, five-story 3D IMAX Movie Theater, complete with surround sound and stadium seating making a perfect movie going experience. Maryland Science Center's Davis Planetarium features programs to explore the sky and discovr space exploration making it one of the Top 10 things to do in Baltimore, Maryland.

Continue reading here:

Top 10 things to do in Baltimore - Part II

Baltimore Aquarium Dolphin show

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I was about to write my own hub about Baltimore, but I think you have me beat with this one. Great hub!