Baltimore’s Inner Harbor features a variety of entertainments to suit every soul.

For kids, there’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum, voted one of the Top 5 Children’s Museums in the US.  Port Discovery is no stuffy, please-be-quiet type of place: It’s an interactive play zone where imagination reigns. Exhibits have included everything from interactive robots to a trip through Alice in Wonderland’s surreal world.

Children will also enjoy the Maryland Science Center, an interactive museum devoted to teaching kids all about science in a way they’ll never forget. Here they can dig for dinosaurs, explore the cool (and sometimes gross) things the human body does, and take a trip to outer space via 3D satellite views of Earth from space.

There’s also the Baltimore Aquarium, a state-of-the-art aquarium featuring creatures from sharks to dolphins to exotic fish from all over the world. The top floor is a rainforest where visitors walk among real rainforest fauna and flora.

For those with an interest in history, the Inner Harbor offers tours of a real out-of-commission Civil War vessel, the USS Constellation.

A quick ferry ride across the harbor lands you at Fort McHenry, the site that was under heavy bombardment by British ships and inspired Francis Scott Key to write our nation’s anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.

Another ferry ride takes you to Fells Point, a quaint community of cobblestone streets, antique stores, old-fashioned pubs, and hip retailers.

Among other must-see destinations are The Walters Art Gallery, a museum featuring historic art - from ancient mummies to medieval sculptures - and The Visionary Art Museum, a modern museum devoted to self-taught artists and so-called “outsider” art. There’s also the Baltimore Museum of Art, featuring 19th century, modern and contemporary art and the famous Cone Collection of Post-Impressionist and modern art.

Kids and adults alike will love the newly-revamped Maryland Zoo, where they can visit the new Polar Bear habitat, see the brand-new baby elephant Samson, and wander among habitats containing more than 2,000 animals from all over the world.

On any given weekend, there’s always something to do in Baltimore.

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National Aquarium in Baltimore

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a state-of-the-art aquarium featuring creatures from sharks to dolphins to giant octopi to exotic fish from all over the world. Here you’ll find approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species of animals. And it’s not just fish. The aquarium is also home to a variety of birds, amphibians, and invertebrates. The top floor is a rainforest where visitors walk among real rainforest fauna and flora.

Exhibits have included Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, Frogs! A Chorus of Colors, and the 4D Immersion Theater, which brings you closer to the sights, sounds, and even smells of the action.

There’s also a dolphin show. And, if you’re really adventurous, you can try an Aquarium Immersion Tour, tours that really let you dive beneath the surface behind-the-scenes. There’s no actual diving, of course, but immersion tours take you behind the scenes to where the public normally isn’t allowed to go. You can walk a catwalk where sharks swim just inches under you, engage in a private dolphin training and play session, and even participate in feeding the animals. If you have the night free, try a sleepover. There’s a Sleepover With the Sharks, where you’ll bed down in the underwater viewing area with the sharks sleeping close by, and there’s also the Rainforest Sleepover and Wild Extremes Sleepover.

And if you ARE a diver, there’s the Guest Diver Program, where you really do get to dive in for two 30-minute dives!

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, located on the pier in the heart of the harbor, is an exciting tour through worlds humans normally never get to see.

501 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

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