The easily navigable Inner Harbor is where you will find the most tourist attractions, including the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the USS Constellation and the Maryland Science Center. After exploring the harbor, jump on a water taxi to areas like Fells Point and Little Italy. Off the beaten path, these neighborhoods shine with the local luster of the city’s blue-collar residents and historical buildings. You might also head to Mount Vernon for the Maryland Zoo and the original Washington Monument.
Inner Harbor, Baltimore I realize the Inner Harbor area is probably the most “touristy” area in Baltimore, but it definately is worth a visit! The Harbor is surrounded by the Aquarium, World Trade Center, the Gallery Mall, and many waterfront restaurants. Grab a beer at Hooters and enjoy the outdoor balcony that overlooks the Harbor, or try one of the many signature brews at the Capital City Brewing Company, which boasts equally great views.
National Aquarium, Baltimore This is one of the best aquariums that I’ve ever seen. And, as you can tell from my other pages, that’s saying a lot. It rates second only to Sea World in San Diego.
Here is an enormous collection of sea creatures from around the world. There is a tropical rain forest, with an exhibit of river life; a very impressive collection of frogs, both tropical and temperate; several exhibits on the Atlantic coast, including the beach, tidal marshes, coral reefs, and upriver areas; and the largest display that I’ve seen of Australian creatures (no large mammals, but lots of small reptiles and fish).
Broadway Market This traditional market house has numerous stalls full of fresh fruits and veggies, fish, a deli, baked goods, and a raw bar. All can be eaten here at counters or taken with you. The market was established in 1784 to serve the local community and the first building was built in 1797. The current market house was built in 1864 but was damaged by fire and rebuilt in today’s configuration in the 19605.