Whether your interest lies in history, art, sports, shopping, nature or family fun, Baltimore boasts so many intriguing possibilities to add to any vacation itinerary.
At the center of all the action just a short distance from the Mount Vernon Hotel, is the Inner Harbor, home to many of the city's most popular attractions including the U.S.S. Constellation, the National Aquarium, restaurants, shops and more. In addition, Baltimore offers over 40 national historic sites.
National Aquarium -
Surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay, the National Aquarium, Baltimore is one of the most popular sites in the city, attracting some 1.4 million visitors to the Inner Harbor every year. Colorful displays of exotic fish from trigger fish to porcupine fish along with birds, amphibians and marine mammals captivate animal lovers. Notable exhibits such as Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance, Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes and Our Ocean Planet: The New Dolphin Show entertain and engage all ages.
Maryland Science Center -
Budding Einsteins will have a ball at the Maryland Science Center, home to a kaleidoscope of educational and enriching experiences for children. Hands-on exhibits like Cells: The Universe Inside Us, Newton's Alley and SpaceLink make learning fun. Grown-up visitors will enjoy watching awe-inspiring films such as Forces of Nature, Ring of Fire and Africa: The Serengeti at the IMAX Theater. www.mdsci.org
Baltimore Basilica -
Built from 1806 to 1821, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a National Historic Landmark. Programming includes concerts, lectures and daily tours highlighting all areas of the church including the upper church, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel, crypt, museum and the Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards -
Sports enthusiasts will have a field day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home to Major League Baseball Team, the Baltimore Orioles. Situated in the downtown area, the 46,876-seat ballpark is mere minutes by foot from the Inner Harbor and two blocks from local legend, George Herman "Babe" Ruth. On the ground floor of the adjacent B&O Warehouse, visitors will find the official team store, Grill 54 and the Bud Light Warehouse Bar. Those who want a behind-the-scenes look should take a tour which includes the Orioles dugout, press level, scoreboard/Jumbotron control room, and historical tidbits about the area.
National Great Blacks in Wax Museum -
The first cultural organization of its kind in the United States, the National Great Blacks in Wax museum was established in 1983 to study and preserve African-American history. Life-size and realistic wax figures of leaders and role models of African descent are featured including W.E.B. Dubois, Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall and more.
M&T Bank Stadium -
Football fans love to head to M&T Bank Stadium to cheer on hometown team, the Baltimore Ravens. Situated on the south point of Camden Yards, this state-of-the-art arena seats 71,008 guests and also hosts other events such as Monster Jam, college football and music concerts.
As the official state theater of Maryland, CENTERSTAGE delights audiences with diverse and dynamic programming ranging from classical to contemporary works. Situated in the Mount Vernon Cultural District, the theatrical organization receives rave reviews for regional productions which are staged in the 541-seat Pearlstone Theater and the more intimate 375-seat Head Theater. The Wiz, Harold Pinter's Homecoming and Crime and Punishment are just a few of the recent highlights on the playbill.
Walters Art Museum -
On view at the Walters Art Museum is the astounding art collection of William and Henry Walters, who bequeathed the works to the City of Baltimore. Visitors will encounter everything ranging from objects from pre-dynastic Egypt and Art Nouveau jewelry to 19th century masterpieces from the United States and Europe.
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall -
Home to the internationally acclaimed Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall presents classical concerts year-round under the guidance of Music Director Marin Alsop. Visiting artists and groups such as Michael Feinstein, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and others also perform at the 2,443-seat venue.