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Inner Harbor

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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 3.5 (3.5)
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Many of the attractions in Baltimore — including the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the USS Constellation and the major sports stadiums — are centered in the Inner Harbor. Since the 18th century, the Harbor has been one of the most important seaports in the country, with a prime position alongside the Chesapeake Bay. Apart from the surrounding sites, you can also spend the day walking around the area, taking in a street performance or exploring the shops and restaurants.

While some travelers cite the area as somewhat of a tourist trap, most agree the scenic strolls and convenient location make it a must-see for any first time visitor. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, the Harbor serves as a "great place to catch a water taxi, have a meal, and visit the shops. Summer concerts in the ampitheatre are a treat as well."

If you're traveling with wee ones in tow, especially those ages 2 to 10, another must-do is Port Discovery. This interactive museum features hands-on permanent and visiting exhibits, including The Art of Sesame Street: From Pictures to Pages, which spotlights artwork displayed on the hit children's television show and KidWorks, a three-story treehouse where kids can play and jump around.

The Harbor is a also a good starting point for getting to know the rest of the city, as it's close to central neighborhoods, like Little Italy and Fells Point. You can also jump on a water taxi here to get around or explore the city by sea on a cruise tour. Baltimore Spirit, Seadog Cruises and Watermark Cruises all offer sightseeing tours; prices and amenities vary by tour operator.

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