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Tips on What To Do in Baltimore

Baltimore has a range of things to see and do to occupy a variety of visitors' interests. History buffs might enjoy strolling by the old houses, and museum enthusiasts will not find their options lacking. And even kids with short attention spans should find Baltimore's attractions engaging.

Visiting Baltimore without seeing the Inner Harbor is like touring New York City and skipping Manhattan. The harbor and surrounding area are home to a good number of the city's most popular sites: the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Camden Yards, M Bank Stadium, and the American Visionary Arts Museum and Science Center. The neighborhoods themselves are fun to explore." Fodor's

Inner Harbor

Baltimore's waterfront is an attraction in itself, filled with restaurants, hotels and shopping spots, as well as major tourist attractions, like the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the American Visionary chi flat iron Arts Museum.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the obvious starting point for visitors, the focal point cheap oakleys of the town's turnaround in the late 1970s. Visitors can get a feel for the city's seafaring days through attractions on the Inner Harbor, harbor cruises, and even water taxis." Frommer's

If you spend a long weekend in Baltimore, you can see most of the Inner Harbor attractions and get out to a few neighborhoods, too. Weekends are by far the busiest time for the Inner Harbor, but weekdays are often the best time to explore the boutiques in neighborhoods like Hampden and Federal Hill." Fodor's

Sports fans of any stripe should check out the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and the nearby Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The star shaped fort is the place where Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" during the War of 1812. Experts and recent visitors alike highly recommend you make a stop here.

There are other notable Baltimore stops steeped in history. is better known, it was preceded by Mount Vernon's much smaller monument to the nation's first president. Visitors can climb to the top for fantastic views of the city below.

For a historic view of the city, climb up Charles Street to the old neighborhood of Mount Vernon. You'll find manicured lawns and see an early memorial to George Washington ($2 to climb the 228 steps to the top), predating its better known cousin 40 miles south."

Baltimore's Washington Monument is located in the cobblestone Mount Vernon neighborhood. The 1815 statue was the first architectural monument dedicated to George Washington. After uggs clearance touring the museum at the base of the monument, climb the 228 steps to the top for grand views of the city." National Geographic Traveler

Though the "Master of the Macabre" lived in this tiny row house only three years, you can view changing exhibits and a video presentation about Poe's short, tempestuous life. Because of the possibility of crime, it's best to visit this neighborhood during daylight hours as part of a group." Fodor'sFor art enthusiasts, the Inner Harbor's American Visionary Art Museum is filled with unique pieces, starting with a 55 foot wind powered Whirligig at the front of the building. The museum's collections range from pieces from the early years in human history to the early 1900s.

North of the Harbor in Charles Village and close to Johns Hopkins University is the Baltimore Museum of Art, which features the one of the country's largest Andy Warhol collections.

Stroll through the amazing collections of the Walters Art Museum. Enter the renowned Peabody Institute of Music, but lower your voice to admire the immense George Peabody Library. Continue your tour of Baltimore history and culture at the Baltimore Museum of Art ." Moon Travel Guides

Located one mile north of the Inner Harbor, the Walters is just the right size to digest in a few hours. Don't miss Henri Matisse's "Purple Robe and Anemones" (1937), one of the artist's 500 paintings displayed in the museum the largest Matisse collection in the world. " National Geographic Traveler

Attractions for Kids

Families that recently visited the area liked the National Aquarium in Baltimore, which features an impressive shark tank and coral reef exhibit. Don't miss the touch pools and dolphin shows, which will be entertaining for the kids. Nearby, the restored USS Constellation offers kids the opportunity to pretend to be Civil War era naval officers.

This aquarium is perhaps the greatest attraction in Baltimore's celebrated Inner Harbor. The exhibits start small with samples of marine life from local waters, but visitors soon find themselves eye to eye with sharks, rays and other very large creatures. . Admission is high and the wait can be long, but both are worth it. " AOL Travel

Head to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (early to watch the animals wake up and eat their breakfast (families can also breakfast at the zoo on warm weekends)." Moon Travel GuidesWhile Baltimore is not the most well known for a hopping nightlife scene, there are a few spots in the city where visitors can find places to play after hours. The neighborhoods are filled with bars and clubs, and attract a mainly younger crowd. Visitors will find a slightly older demographic as well as the city's gay community in Mount Vernon.

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