by Seema Nande Updated on 13 Oct 2018
Baltimore is one of the most important cities in the state of Maryland. Baltimore lies on the east coast of the country. In the earlier days, the city used to sit along one of the most important trade routes through the Atlantic. The city thrived as a port. Being only an hour’s drive away from the capital of the country also benefitted the city in terms of the number of tourists that flocked down here. The city has a lot to offer as it has the most interesting history. The city’s culture is rich and thriving. The whole city was built around the harbor. There are many such activities to enjoy, and places to visit in Baltimore that are based around the theme of the harbor.
Here is a list of Baltimore attractions and 15 best things to do in Baltimore:
1. The National Aquarium
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This aquarium is an iconic landmark for the city of Baltimore. It is a huge aquarium filled to the brim with various marine-life exhibits. There is also a dolphin show for you to enjoy. The Dolphins have been trained to perform tricks and antics, all for your enjoyment. The aquarium houses a humongous shark tank as well as a walk-through rainforest.
2. Fort McHenry
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This fort has played a huge role in various wars. This structure showcases the strength of the nation. This fort played a very important role in the War of 1812. After the victory in this war, this fort inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner”, which later on became the national anthem of the United States of America.
3. Port Discovery
If you are a kid at heart or have your kids tagging along with you on this trip, Port Discovery is the one of the best place to visit Baltimore. It is filled with interactive exhibits for young learners. It mainly caters to young kids with open minds. It is a gigantic museum with three floors, all filled with exhibits. Many of these exhibits have been designed by Walt Disney Company Imagineers. It is a great place to visit.
4. The Maryland Zoo
It is one of the oldest zoos in the country. It opened its gates in 1876 and since then, has been home to almost 1,500 various species of birds, animals and reptiles. Not only will you get to learn a lot on visit to this zoo but also spend a great, interactive day with your family and kids.
5. American Visionary Art Museum
Baltimore is filled with museums. This museum, in particular, is known for its unusual exhibits and sculptures. It is quite a small museum, but it is filled with amazing, unique exhibits made by self-taught artists.
6. B&O Railroad Museum
This museum is a National Historic Landmark. It highlights at least 200 locomotives, has numerous model train displays and various train rides for you to enjoy. It is a great place to spend most of the day. Once you enter, it would be really hard for you to leave.
7. Walters Art Museum
Another museum to add to your itinerary for best things to do in Baltimore is Walters Art Museum. This museum is inside a historic building. It spans over 3 buildings. Filled with artefacts and paintings from the past 55 centuries, a visit to this museum is going to be a really fun ride. They also have a bundle of films for you to choose from and watch.
8. Maryland Science Centre
This science centre is filled with interactive exhibits and could keep you and your kids entertained for hours on end. The science centre is also known for its glorious planetarium and rooftop observatory. The IMAX theatre is the cherry on top. You can watch various films based on the science of the world.
9. Historic Ships
Another museum to add to your list. A visit to this maritime museum is sure to teach you a lot about life underwater and on various ships. They have models of various ships over the years as well as a lighthouse and submarine. This historical museum ought to teach you a lot about the historic ships that fought in wars over the years.
10. Baltimore Museum of Art
If you still have not satiated your hunger for museums, then this is another one that you ought to visit. They have an impressive collection of Matisses and Picassos. The sculpture garden is also stunning and one that you definitely shouldn’t miss out on.
11. USS Constellation
This historic ship was used from 1797-1853. The ship is now open to the public. You can visit and look around at the interiors of the ship. They also offer free audio tours to visitors that are interested in exploring this military ship. It is a once in a lifetime experience that you surely, should not pass on.
12. Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum
This museum is for all the sports enthusiasts out there. This museum showcases the birthplace houses and baseball memorabilia. There are various other sports-related exhibits for you to go through.
13. USS Torsk
If you still are interested in exploring another warship, then this is one that you have to check out. It is a World War II submarine that has been refurbished and converted into a museum and memorial. You can visit here, to pay your respects as well as learn a bit more about the wars that wet down.
14. Horseshoe Casino
A complete contrast to all the museums on this list, the Horseshoe Casino is a contemporary establishment. They have numerous slots and table games for you to choose from. Make sure you don’t lose all your money though.
15. Gwynns Falls Leakin Park
Another contrasting place, this park is set on 1,216 acres of land with some fields and courts, miniature trains as well as hiking trails. There is a lot for you to explore here.
This list has not even covered half the museums that Baltimore has to offer. Baltimore is the place to visit if you are fascinated with museums and historic sites. A visit here is sure to leave you with no free time.