Sightseeing in Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland, just north of Washington DC along the Chesapeake Bay, is filled with interesting and historic sites for visitors of all ages. Below are just a few of the “must-sees” in the “Charm City”:

Baltimore National Aquarium The National Aquarium, located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, opened in 1981, one of the first buildings completed in that renewal project. Today, the site is the most popular attraction in Baltimore. The two-building complex houses more than 16,000 specimens of 660 aquatic species. Hightlights include the dolphin display, the rooftop rain forest, and the multi-story shark tank. The National Aquarium is open daily expect for major holidays. Discounts are offered for children 3-11 and those age 60 and older.

Fort McHenry. This star-shaped fort along the Chesapeake Bay is best known for its role in the War of 1812 when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from British attack. During this battle, the composer Francis Scott Key penned the song there that would become the national anthem of the United States, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Today, the fort is administered by the National Park Service and open to visitors daily from 9am to 5pm, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The is a modest entrance fee and children under 15 years old are free.

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. If you can’t find something to interest you along downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, you aren’t really trying. The redeveloped 18th century seaport is home to shopping, restaurants, historic ships to visit, and a half-dozen museums and attractions, including the National Aquarium (mentioned above) and the Maryland Science Center. You can also take a water taxi from there to Ft. McHenry and take a short stroll to Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.

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