Inner Harbor, Baltimore

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  • Pulling away from the Old Bay Line docks
    Pulling away from the Old Bay Line docks
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  • Leaving the harbor on a cruise ship 2004
    Leaving the harbor on a cruise ship 2004
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    From a water taxi July 2000
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    Seaside

    by grandmaR Written Sep 2, 2014

    I grew up and left Baltimore before the Inner Harbor was really developed. I have taken trips on the Old Bay Line, but other than that I spent little time around the Baltimore harbor.

    But in 1980, Harborplace opened as a centerpiece of the revival of downtown Baltimore. As its name suggests, it is located on the Inner Harbor. Harborplace is composed of 2 two-story pavilions, the Pratt Street Pavilion and the Light Street Pavilion. Each of these buildings contains dozens of stores and restaurants. William Donald Schaefer was the Mayor of Baltimore at that time and he was one of those that pushed for the redevelopment of the area.

    My first real experience with the area was when we took a trip on our sailboat and spend a couple of days at a marina in the inner harbor. My sister and I took my mother down here for her birthday and we ate at Phillips and took a ride on the water taxi.

    Pulling away from the Old Bay Line docks Night photo 2000 with a film camera 2000 Leaving the harbor on a cruise ship 2004 From a water taxi July 2000 Inner harbor in 2000
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    Segway Tour

    by DEBBBEDB Updated Aug 23, 2014

    We've taken Segway tours in other places, but my daughter was always too young to go. So one of the things we did here (in addition to visiting colleges) was take a Segway tour. If my son was with us we might have opted for Seadog Inner Harbor Baltimore Speedboat Cruise. But he wasn't so we just went with the slower tour of the Inner Harbor and Fells Point

    Points of interest included: Fells Point Waterfront, Katyn Memorial, Federal Hill, Douglas Myers Museum, Shot Tower, Star Spangled Banner House, Aquarium, Coast Guard Cutter Taney, Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, World Trade Center, USS Constellation, Federal Hill and surroundings, Little Italy, Harbor East and Fell's Point.

    Length: 90 minutes
    Prices - including tax

    Adult Telephone Rate : $64.95
    Adult Rate (Ages 18+): $59.95

    Child Rate (Ages 14-17, Accompanied by Parent or Guardian ): $59.95

    10:00 am, 12:15 pm, 2:30 pm & 5:00 pm daily (early March through late November)

    Summary:
    48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum age is 14. Maximum weight is 260 pounds. Hotel pick-up not included. There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order.There are no refunds. All sales are final.

    Baltimore Harbor from a Segway Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse Harbor behind my daughter My daughter and me with our Segway helmets Segway around the harbor
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    One of America's Oldest Seaports

    by Africancrab Written Aug 13, 2012

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    Baltimore's Inner Harbor is one of United States oldest seaports. It is a popular tourist attraction and a National Land Mark as well. I was blown away on arrival at the harbor last week. I'm not sure what I expected, but what I saw is definitely not what I expected. It felt like being at the Jema el Fina in Morocco on a full moon night when the smell of food fills the air like perfume.

    So much to do, beautiful views and a nice breeze from the sea. Unlimited activities for all groups of visitors; family, individual, couples, etc. We were entertained by street performers right next to the USS Constellation. They were engaging, calling on visitors to participate in the 'hospitality of Baltimore'.

    Great place to shop, eat, visit attractions, historic ships, large ships, beautiful views, rides and a lot more activities for family. I took my family to the recently opened Ripley's Believe It or Not, awesome experience!

    We also toured all 4 historic ships namely; USS Submarine Torsk, USS Constellation, USCGC Taney/ Coast Guard and the lightship 116 Chesapeake.

    The 9/11 Memorial on the top floor of the World Trade Center is not to be missed. From up there, the entire harbor and city of Baltimore is visible, a sight to see.

    The National Aquarium seemed to be the highlight of all family visitors, we did not enter, the line was way too long for us, seeing as we had a 4 month old with us and it was hot by noon. Next time perhaps. But it comes highly recommended.

    I believe I saw a Hard Rock cafe too. If you like them, there is one for you to feast at.

    We were amazed at how clean the harbor is, beautiful and well maintained. We had lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory, the service and food were nothing short of outstanding! So much to see, so little time. We have planned a return trip to see some of the religious attractions around the city.

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    Inner Harbor

    by iam1wthee Written Jul 13, 2012

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    Most of the tourist life is located in this area. It contains the visitors center, National Aquarium, Ripley's, concert venues, ships, malls, restaurants, and boat rides. On the 4th of July most of the entertainment is free and some of the boat rides come down in price during the day. They also increase the schedule of the boat rides as well.

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    Harborplace and Gallery

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Here are stores and restaurants of nearly every description. If you enjoy dining al fresco, on the edge of the Inner Harbor, then this is the place. There are three main sections: The Light St Pavilion, the Pratt St Pavilion, and the Gallery.

    On the day of my first visit, the Swedish sailing ship Gunilla was tied up in front of the Light St Pavilion. A South American-style band called the Mystic Warriors was performing along the old waterfront. So be sure to check out whatever's going on at the time.

    Nearby is the Visitors Center, the perfect place to obtain all the information you need about the city.

    The Pratt St Pavilion at Harborplace The Light St Pavilion, with the Gunilla The Mystic Warriors perform Harborplace with the Gallery behind it The Gallery, seen from the Top of the World
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  • Harbor Cruises

    by Jabberjenn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    See the Inner Harbor in the most fun and exciting way.....aboard one of the vessels that coast through our beautiful waters.

    The Prince Charming provides a short 60 minute tour of the Inner Harbor for very reasonable rates ($10 per adult, $6 per child). This relaxing, narrated tour will provide information on our Inner Harbor and is perfect for all ages.

    Want something more? How about the Moonlight Party Cruise, which runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dancing, a cash bar, and appetizers complete this adults-only evening on the Harbor.

    Are you looking for a Sunday afternoon getaway? Hop aboard the Champagne Brunch Cruise from noon to 3 p.m. and enjoy the buffet while listening to a live DJ as you sail through the Harbor.

    Regardless of which cruise you choose, you are sure to be rewarded with wonderful photo opportunities, amazing service, and a view of the Inner Harbor you certainly will never forget.

    A cruise on the Inner Harbor is a MUST!

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  • Visit our Beautiful Inner Harbor!

    by Jabberjenn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    O.K., I realize the Inner Harbor area is probably the most "touristy" area in Baltimore, but it definately is worth a visit!

    The Harbor is surrounded by the Aquarium, World Trade Center, the Gallery Mall, and many waterfront restaurants.

    Grab a beer at Hooters and enjoy the outdoor balcony that overlooks the Harbor, or try one of the many signature brews at the Capital City Brewing Company, which boasts equally great views.

    Chow down at any of of the many waterfront restaurants, then walk off that meal by taking a stroll to the other side of the Harbor and visit our amazing Aquarium.

    When you've had your fill of the Inner Harbor, hop aboard the Water Taxi and enjoy the peaceful cruise which will take you to Fells Point, yet another bar and restaurant hot spot.

    A visit to Baltimore wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Inner Harbor. Come see why so many of us are proud to call Baltimore home.

    Our beautiful Inner Harbor at night....

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    Some snaps

    by Tijavi Written Mar 26, 2011

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    Despite its decidedly touristy image, Inner Harbor is a great way to be lost in (not literally, actually) and with a camera on hand, have fun taking snaps. The place is filled with great photo opportunities from the historic boats anchored in the harbor (pictures 1 and 2), to colorful bollards (picture 3), and a flashy-red lighthouse (see tip above on Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse).

    Some of the quieter areas away from the main tourist drag - that part of the harbor near Eden Apartments on the way to Fells Point - have some of the most interesting subjects if you like boats and their reflection against the silky water (pictures 4 and 5). And this is amidst an industrial zone.

    Details of Statsraad Lehmkuhl USS Constellation from behind Details of a colorful bollard Boats on an inlet at the harbor Notice the colorful graffiti on the background
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    General thoughts

    by Tijavi Written Mar 19, 2011

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    The Inner Harbor is arguably Baltimore's tourism epicenter. This is where most tourists start their visit to the city - and unfortunately for many, end there as well.

    The harbor's importance and prominence coincided with Baltimore's rise as major seaport in the 18th century. After World War II, the Inner Harbor declined as a major seaport along with shift towards large container-carrying vessels for which the Inner Harbor's shallow port is not suited. It then fell into decline and urban decay until the mid-1970s when the harbor underwent massive redevelopment and gentrification as Baltimore's centerpiece tourist attraction.

    The redevelopment provided Baltimore with world-class tourism assets such the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Hyatt Regency, Harborplace festival marketplace, Baltimore Maritime Museum and Port Discovery Children's Museum. The redeveloped Inner Harbor was also hailed as a model for "post-industrial waterfront redevelopment around the World" by the Urban Land Institute.

    While Inner Harbor was redeveloped with the tourists' dollars in mind, the area's touristy vibe is tempered by locals taking a walk or jogging, or tending their boats at the marina, and of course enjoying the many food outlets at Harborplace, including getting their fix of Maryland's blue crabs.

    Inner Harbor from Federal Hill Baltimore Visitor Center for tourists Historic ships anchored at the harbor One of many foot bridges between piers A bollard takes on an artistic flair
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    Inner Harbor

    by iaint Updated Nov 3, 2010

    We spent a few hours here, wandering around the harbour and then having lunch.The harbour is active.

    You have several old vessels to visit - a submarine, a lightship, and Coastguard cutter and a schooner. There are harbour ferries and tours to take. Then the shops and restaurants. Then the Aquarium.

    Good place to hang out for a while.

    general view Coastguard vessel schooner sub
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  • Take a walk around the harbour

    by oznztofro Written Jun 27, 2010

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    Every day of my time in baltimore i was walking through the Baltimore harbor on my way to the city. Iyts such a nice scenic walking path. I went past the dominoes Sugar factory, the houses on the water, The huge fort, the water taxi terminal, the cruise pick up

    & it takes you into the harbor shopping center & food court

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    The Harbor Promenade

    by starship Updated Aug 22, 2009

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    The thread holding all the sights together at Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the Harbor Promenade." Beginning roughly at the edge of Baltimore's Little Italy at President Street, it stretches around the harbor and more or less ends near Rash Field and the Rusty Scupper Restaurant.

    First of all, there are the several piers where the big attractions are located such as the National Aquarium, the Top of the World Museum, the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the USS Constellation, and the Harbor Place Markets face the harbor. However, on the South side which seeming draws less visitors, you will also find museums as well as small noteworth attractions. We spent a while visiting the memorial site the crew of The Pride of Baltimore, who were lost at sea in May, 1986. We found very beautiful the small garden, stone pagoda and carved marker which were gifts from Kawasaki, Japan, a twin city of Baltimore. Rash Field, located just below Federal Hill Park, is THE PLACE for beach volleyball enthusiasts, tournaments throughout the summer and is also a venue for "sand soccer" games!

    Try to invest some time in the interesting neighborhoods of Little Italy, Fell's Point & Federal Hill; other sights such as Fort McKenry, the Baltimore Orioles' Camden Yards, and the Maryland Science Center are located nearby. I am certain it would take more than one or two days to see all the sites located on or near the Harbor Promenade even if you spent a moderate amount of time at each one, in addition to dinning and a little shopping.

    The benches and grassy areas along the promenade would provide a wonderful place to bring a small picnic lunch, rest a little and enjoy the view as boats make their way in and out of the scenic harbor.

    The Promenade Japanese Garden from Kawasaki, Japan Memorial to the Near Museums, Shopping and Restaurants Anchorage for tall ships

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    Baltimore Inner Harbor - What a happening place

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 13, 2009

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    Once you come to Baltimore you have to make a trip down to the Inner Harbor. It has plenty of shopping, restaurants, and all kinds of attractions to see. It's a great place to hangout in evening hours too. Plenty of security around, so you feel safe. I enjoyed my time here very much.

    Lots of fun here.
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    Baltimore Harbor

    by apbeaches Written Jul 15, 2008

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    Baltimore's Inner Harbor has been one of the major seaports in the United States since the 1700s and started blossoming into the cultural center of Baltimore in the 1970s. We enjoyed Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the surrounding neighborhoods because they offered a variety of fine dining, cultural experiences and exciting nightlife.

    We went to the Observation Level of the World Trade Center to the up-close and personal experiences of street performances happening spontaneously at the waterfront, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers more to see and do than you might imagine and it’s all within walking distance!

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    Inner Harbor- What a Beauty!

    by RheaM Written Apr 9, 2008

    The Innrer Harbor is Baltimore is so beautiful! The water is sparkly, there are great shops and restaurants, and a nice break from Baltimore's Cityscape. No better place in the world to have a Crabcake, that's for sure!

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