Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is an attraction in itself. But, surrounding this urban waterfront park, you’ll discover a number of family-friendly places to visit.
Baltimore Visitor Center (http://baltimore.org/article/baltimore-visitor-center)
The Baltimore Visitor Center is a recently renovated, open and welcoming, state-of-the-art space where Baltimore visitors and residents may obtain information about Baltimore. It displays housing more than 200 brochures, visitor guides, and maps are available along with mobile device charging stations and glass display cases containing samples of works of art from city museums and galleries. LED touchscreens will provide visitors with information about attractions, museums, restaurants and lodging, including way finding.
National Aquarium in Baltimore (http://www.aqua.org/)
The Aquarium holds more than 2,200,000 US gallons (8,300,000 l) of water, and has more than 17,000 specimens representing over 750 species. Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. It houses several exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, an open ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes.
Maryland Science Center (http://www.mdsci.org/)
The Science Center holds three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, and an observatory. It also houses modernized hands-on exhibits including more than two dozen dinosaur skeletons. Subjects that the center displays include physical science, space, Earth science, the human body, and blue crabs that are native to the Chesapeake Bay.
Fort McHenry Museum (https://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm)
A historical American coastal star-shaped fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British. It is best known as the site where Francis Scott Key saw a tattered flag waving in the breeze and wrote the moving lyrics to our national anthem The Star Spangled Banner.
The Star Spangled Banner Flag House (http://www.flaghouse.org/)
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House allows you to step into living history and immerse yourself in one of the most riveting stories in our nation’s history – the creation of the American flag. Built in 1793, the Flag House was once the home and business place of Mary Pickersgill, who sewed the garrison flag Francis Scott Key witnessed flying over Fort McHenry that inspired him to write our national anthem.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African-American History and Culture (http://www.lewismuseum.org/)
The museum seeks to realize its mission by collecting, preserving, interpreting, documenting and exhibiting the rich contributions of African American Marylanders from the state’s earliest history to the present and the future.
Top of the World at the Baltimore World Trade Center (http://www.viewbaltimore.org/)
Top of the World is the perfect starting point for any visit to the city and provides a breathtaking view of Baltimore's skyline, harbor and beyond.
This city attraction featuring a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of Baltimore has stationed binoculars and photo-map guides to help guests learn about local attractions, hotels, sites and neighborhoods. In addition, it is a fully handicapped accessible attraction.
American Visionary Art Museum (http://avam.org/)
The museum specializes in the preservation and display of outsider art (also known as "intuitive art," "raw art," or "art brut").
Baltimore Museum of Industry (http://www.thebmi.org/)
The museum has exhibits on various types of manufacturing and industry from the early 20th century. There are several hands-on sections with working equipment and other artifacts.
Geppi's Entertainment Museum (http://www.geppismuseum.com/Home/7/1/52/500)
A 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) privately owned pop culture museum located at historic Camden Station at Camden Yards
Jewish Museum of Maryland (http://jewishmuseummd.org)
The museum is one of the country's leading centers for exhibits on Jewish history and culture.
Civil War Museum at President Street Station (http://baltimorecivilwarmuseum.com/)
The station welcomes visitors to learn about Baltimore’s 19th century railroads, perilous journeys to freedom along the Underground Railroad, President Lincoln’s travels through the city, and how soldiers traveling through in 1861 confronted danger and death just steps away from the station’s grand entrance.
Port Discovery Children's Museum (http://www.portdiscovery.org/)
A non-profit institution located in the historic Fish Market building in Baltimore, Maryland's Inner Harbor. It is 80,000 square feet and offers three floors of exhibits and programs designed to be interactive and hands on, allowing children to learn through play.
Samuel D. Harris Museum of Dentistry (http://www.dental.umaryland.edu/museum/index.html/)
The museum is designated by Congress as the official museum of the dental profession in the U.S. The museum’s extensive 40,000 object collection of dental instruments, furniture, and artwork is one of the most important and oldest in the world, tracing its roots to the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the world’s first college of dentistry, founded in Baltimore, MD in 1840.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium (http://www.ripleys.com/baltimore/)
Deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims
Historic Ships and Maritime in the Inner Harbor Baltimore
USCGC Taney – The last fighting ship still afloat that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.
USS Torsk - Part of the historic fleet of Historic Ships in Baltimore and is one of two Tench Class submarines still located inside the United States. It is the last ship to sink enemy vessel in World War II.
Lightship Chesapeake – It is owned by the National Park Service and on a 25-year loan to Baltimore City, and is operated by Historic Ships in Baltimore, Maryland.
USS Constellation – only Civil War-era ship still afloat. Last sail-only warship designed and built by the Navy.
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse - built in 1855 and is the oldest screw-pile lighthouse in Maryland.
Shopping near the Inner Harbor
Harbor Place (http://www.harborplace.com/)
Harborplace is ideally located on the waterfront in the heart of Downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor, a premiere place for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Harborplace boasts 2 two-story pavilions located at Pratt Street and Light Street that surround the Harborplace Amphitheatre whose terraced steps provide seating for live performances throughout the year. For its family-friendly fun, exquisite restaurants and chic retail, Harborplace continues to rank Number 1 on the Baltimore Business Journal's list of most popular tourist attractions.
The Gallery at Harbor Place (https://www.thegalleryatharborplace.com/en.html)
Located across from the Inner Harbor, the Gallery has 34 stores in a multi-level mall along with restaurants and other services.
Lexington Market (http://lexingtonmarket.com/)
Baltimore’s Lexington Market is the oldest market in America. Founded in 1782 at the site where it still stands today, the market has served Baltimore and surrounding communities for more than nine generations. It’s as old as America itself. Lexington Market is Baltimore’s best place for food. Whatever you like to eat, we’ve got something for you. Lexington Market has more than 100 vendors, offering everything from world famous crab cakes to fried chicken, authentic Indian delicacies to corned beef, fresh seafood to verdant produce. In our iconic building, you can get a snack, buy some groceries, or sit down for a memorable meal. But Lexington is a great place to visit for any reason, with over 230 years of history and atmosphere to feed curious minds.
Cross Street Market (http://www.southbaltimore.com/shop/crossmkt.html)
The "Market" has transformed from the early days. Once a place to shop for produce, fresh meats, and seafood; you could also grab a snack during your shopping run. And, it still is like that - during the day. At night, however, especially on the weekends, the entire Cross Street area has become the Federal Hill "Place to Be."
Inexpensive beer and fresh seafood turns the west end of the Cross Street Market into a part of Baltimore's hip bar scene. Both "sides" of Cross Street are lined with bars and restaurants that have a huge following, attracting folks from Fed Hill, throughout South Bmore and beyond.
Neighborhoods near the Inner Harbor
Located just east of the famous "Inner Harbor" past and the air of a seafaring town. Established in 1763, Fell's Point is a historic waterfront neighborhood in southeastern Baltimore near the north shore of the Baltimore Harbor and the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River. There are many shops, including antique stores, restaurants, coffee bars, music stores, a municipal market house with individual stalls, and over 120 pubs it also has the greatest concentration of drinking establishments and restaurants in the city.
A quaint village square rimmed with restaurants, pubs and shops along O’Donnell Street is the heart of this neighborhood. But wander off Canton Square to the surrounding blocks and find the heart of Baltimore, from the nearly-lost Baltimore art form of the painted screen to window shrines and rows of classic marble stoops on traditional Baltimore brick and form stone row houses.
The neighborhood is named for the prominent hill that is easily viewed from the Inner Harbor area, to which the neighborhood forms the physical south boundary. The hillside is a lush green and serves as a community park.
a neighborhood located just to the north of downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Designated a National Landmark Historic District and a city Cultural District, it is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods and originally was home to the city's most wealthy and fashionable families. The name derives from the Mount Vernon home of George Washington; the original Washington Monument, a massive pillar commenced in 1815 to commemorate the first president of the United States, is the defining feature of the neighborhood.
Little Italy/Harbor East
A charming, cozy neighborhood located in the heart of downtown Baltimore is an important cultural and ethnic icon for the city. Nestled between the Inner Harbor and historic Fells Point, visit Little Italy to dine at its restaurants, watch outdoor movies, play bocce, attend Italian festivals, worship at Saint Leo the Great Italian parish, partake in Italian language and cultural classes, attend ravioli dinners, visit the Sons of Italy/Little Italy Lodge, and stroll through the narrow streets to experience a bit of the amore and ambience of the old country - Italia.