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About Baltimore Maryland
This page has articles, pictures, links, t shirts, books and gifts related to Baltimore, Maryland. This famous Maryland port city is situated along the Chesapeake Bay.
Baltimore is a major tourist destination, especially the inner harbor area. The city is named after Lord Baltimore and is one of the oldest and most important Mid-Atlantic ports.
An Overview of Baltimore
Baltimore is an exciting place to visit. Baltimore attractions include the Baltimore Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History, Fort McHenry and others.
Baltimore, Maryland is a vibrant city situated along the shores of Chesapeake Bay about 180 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. It is a major tourist destination in the Mid Atlantic region of USA near Washington, D.C. Named after Lord Baltimore in the Irish House of Lords, the city has a flourishing population of more than 650,000 with rich cultural heritage.
Spanning over an area of 80.8 square miles, the city is a perfect mixture of the old with the new. A few of the ethnic neighborhoods have been restored into modern shopping and dining locales but they still retain the old character.
The major tourist attraction is the Inner harbor. This historic seaport is an iconic landmark and perfect blend of the old with the new. The breathtaking view of the waterfront is simply amazing and the docks and streets surrounding the inner harbor houses Â hotels, museums, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. The new Inner harbor is now home to the Harborplace, an entertainment center and the National Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. Port Discovery Children's Museum, and the World Trade Center of Baltimore are also located around the basin.
Baltimore does not experience the extremes of weather change that occur in other parts of USA. The weather is relatively mild and the best time to be here is from April to November.
The city is well connected by road, air and sea. From Washington DC it is less than one hour north on Route 95. Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) is only a half-hour drive south of downtown.
Moving inside the city is easy and loads of options like light rail system are available. The water taxi is an unique and interesting option . It is a nice way to get around during the warmer months, and offers unique views of the Baltimore skyline.
Baltimore Maryland Links
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore's world-renowned Inner Harbor is surrounded by historic neighborhoods where you will find city living at its best with unique shops and restaurants for every style and taste. The city enjoys a vibrant arts scene and embraces its history and influence on American culture.
Baltimore Maryland Books
Baltimore is famous for its outstanding seafood. From the nearby Chesapeake Bay come blue crabs, oysters, striped bass and other delicacies. Other Maryland seafood comes the Atlantic coast, including sea scallops, lobsters, sea bass and other fish.
Baltimore Inner Harbor (baltimore.org)
Orioles Baseball (baltimore.orioles.mlb.com)
Ravens Football (www.baltimoreravens.com)
Merriweather Post Pavilion (www.merriweathermusic.com)
National Aquarium (www.aqua.org)
Baltimore Zoo (www.marylandzoo.org)
B&O Railroad Museum (www.borail.org)
Maryland Science Center (www.mdsci.org)
The Pride of Baltimore and Pride of Baltimore II Tall Ships
The Pride of Baltimore II is one of America's most famous tall ships. The ship was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor.
The original Pride of Baltimore sank during a violent storm off Puerto Rico in 1986, taking her captain and three crew members down with her.
Both ships were built in the Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners. The Pride of Baltimore II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles, making port in 40 countries around the world.
photo credit: USCG