Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area makes a great trip, with plenty for kids and adults alike. Lovers of history will especially enjoy the locale. Most of the locations are easily reachable on foot or a short cab ride. Some highlights include:
* Travel by boat out to Fort McHenry, site of the battle that inspired Francis Scott Keys to write the Star Spangled Banner
* The National Aquarium offers a great visit and should not be missed.
* Catch the Davis Planetarium at the Maryland Science Center – we actually got to see Saturn and some of its moons on the night we stopped by.
* You’ll find a plethora of worthy museums to seek out in Baltimore, including the American Visionary Art Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, and Port Discovery, the Children’s Museum (a must see if you have the kids).
* The Baltimore Maritime Museum features the USS Constellation, a Civil War era ship anchored in the harbor. It’s a must see for history buffs (and the kids will love it).
* During the day there are numerous restaurants in the harbor area featuring great seafood. Don’t miss out on the famed crabcakes. At night, catch a cab to little Italy for a visit to one of the many restaurants.
* Sports fans can check out Orioles and Ravens – two excellent stadiums (Camden Yards is still one of the best baseball fields in the world).
* For hotels, there’s many right around the harbor to fit anyone’s lifestyle.
You can find more on Baltimore at http://baltimore.org.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.