Baltimore's Inner Harbor has led an important role in the revitalization of Charm City. It is a hugely popular tourist attraction with scores of restaurants, museums, shops, and activities. The Inner Harbor has been so successful that it has had a positive halo effect on nearby communities. The neighborhoods surrounding the Inner Harbor have blossomed along with the harbor to become attractions in their own right.
Harborplace is the cornerstone of the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. Since its opening in the 1970's, Harborplace has transformed a once blighted industrial area of Baltimore into a favorite vacation destination of many people. The shops, restaurants, entertainment, watercraft and events that take place daily at Harborplace have made it the number one attraction in Baltimore. However, you should not think that the Inner Harbor is limited to just Harborplace.
On the southern edge of the harbor is the Maryland Science Center. The first attraction in the Inner Harbor to open, the Science Center is a great place to spend a day with the family. The attractions are fun, interactive and educational. You and your family will enjoy the constantly changing exhibits and displays that demonstrate the wonders of science in our everyday world. The eastern edge of the Inner Harbor features the National Aquarium in Baltimore. At this landmark attraction you will find a wide variety of aquatic & exotic animals from around the globe. Rare fish, dolphins, sharks, sting rays, birds, and rain forest animals from around the world are on display in exhibits that recreate their natural habitat. The Marine Mammal Pavilion features entertaining live dolphin shows that bring smiles to people of all ages.
No trip to Baltimore would be complete without seeing a few sights just outside the Inner Harbor. Chief among these is Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Home of the Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards is a great place to go if your a fan of baseball. There is no finer place to take in a ballgame Another great place to visit is Fort McHenry National Monument. Home of the Star Spangled Banner, Fort Mc Henry offers a stirring tour of the place that inspired our national anthem. When you come to Fort Mc Henry take a few minutes to walk along the sea wall. The views of the harbor are unmatched from anywhere in Baltimore. Speaking of views, a short walk from the American Visionary Arts Museum is Federal Hill. The views that are typically shown on television have been taken from the top of Federal Hill. Take your family to this park to get a panoramic view of Baltimore's skyline and some quality pictures for your photo album.