Inner Harbor, Baltimore

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

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 2, 2006

    The Inner Harbor area is packed with things to see and do, shopping, and restaurants. The Baltimore Visitors Center is a great place to start -- I couldn't believe how friendly and eager to help they were!!! The aquarium and the USS Constellation are famous tourist activities. Little Italy is a short walk away for great food, but the harbor front also has many restaurants including big chains like Hard Rock Cafe and ESPN Zone.

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    Inner Harbor

    by acemj Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    The Pratt Street Pavilion along the Inner Harbor is lined with mostly chain restaurants and shops. You can rent a paddleboat and enjoy the very touristy, but laid-back atmosphere around the harbor, where you'll find the Aquarium and the Science Museum.

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    Baltimore Tourist Center

    by Tom_In_Madison Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    A very helpful staff works here, answering any questions you may have about the cities's attractions and neighborhoods. Plenty of maps and plenty of handouts for area attractions too.

    It's located on the right hand side of the harbour as you are walking directly towards it--the southside. Bathrooms and cold water is available here too.

    Open 9am - 6pm

    Tourist Center racks of pamplettes.

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    Inner Harbor

    by Dabs Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    Most locals would understandably categorize the Inner Harbor as a tourist trap. It's similar to how Chicagoans view Navy Pier, we understand why people go there but it wouldn't be top on OUR list of places to visit, everything is overpriced, restaurants are mostly mediocre restaurants or chains and 99% of the people you encounter aren't from there. But the Inner Harbor is really hard to avoid, it's part of the center of the city (unlike Navy Pier in Chicago) and you'll most likely find yourself going past it or through it sometime during your stay. You'll also find several of the attractions that draw tourists to Baltimore-the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the American Visionary Art Museum among them.

    Head here for the museums, to check out the visitor center, if you need to pick up a water taxi, if you have fussy eaters amongst you and need to eat at a chain restaurant or pick up a gift. It's also a nice place to take a walk and do a little people watching.

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    Inner Harbor

    by shohman Written Sep 18, 2006

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    Baltimore has a nice inner harbor with all kinds of restaurants, bars, museums, and historical items. It's a nice walk. There seem to be an awful lot of chain restaurants there that you can find in any big city though.

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    Just Wander Around Inner Harbor

    by AKtravelers Updated Jun 21, 2006

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    The first place most visitors to Baltimore go is the Inner Harbor. The city boosters, whoever they are, tout that the Inner Harbor gets more visitors a year than Disneyland and it sure seems like it on some days. Certainly, the Inner Harbor is a fine place to visit, but if you really want to see the real Baltimore you'll have to go to places other than here.
    Still, on nice summer days, you'll get an interesting blend of people to watch as they saunter around the restaurants and shops. If you like to people watch, this is a good place to do it. You will also find that this is a good place to get a quick bite before a ball game or on your way to the Aquarium or the Science Center. We also recommend you board some of the ships, each of which has its own historic distinction.

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    Harbor Place

    by Fun4you Written Mar 30, 2006

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    The heart of Baltimore's renowned Inner Harbor, Harborplace and The Gallery feature a mix of 101 unique shops, 16 sit-down restaurants and 40 diverse eateries, and live entertainment on the waterfront. This is the cornerstone of Baltimore?s downtown rehabilitation. Although touristy, this is a must see. There is plenty to do from shopping to dining and breathtaking view of the harbor. You can rent little boats to paddle along the waterfront.

    From this area you can catch a water taxi to almost any part of Baltimore's coastline. There are often large military ships or boats visiting from other countries that dock in the inner harbor and have visitation hours. You are located next to the world trade tower, Hard Rock Cafe, ESPN zone, the National Acquarium and Barnes and Nobles. A block away is Power Plant live. You can really spend all day here. It you want a spectacular view of the harbor either go to the top of the Hyatt and have a drink at Pisces or go to the 4th floor of the Harborplace Hotel at The Gallery to the cocktail lounge.

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    Inner Harbor

    by chewy3326 Written Jan 31, 2006

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    The Inner Harbor is the most attractive, beautiful, and touristy area of the city. On the day we visited, though, crowds were generally scarce. From different points along the harbor, you get different views; good viewpoints of the entire harbor include the views from the USS Constellation and from the Visitor Center.

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    Baltimore Visitor Center

    by chewy3326 Written Jan 15, 2006

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    Baltimore Visitor Center should be your first stop in the city; it has information on dining, lodgings, and sights, as well as short displays that discuss the history of the harbor. From the visitor center, you can walk out to the harbor where there's a great view. Staff at the visitor center are very friendly and helpful.

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    Pratt St. Pavilion

    by HotSpotJ Written Aug 7, 2005

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    There are 3 sections of the Harborplace: The Gallery, Light Street Pavilion and Pratt St. Pavilion. The Pratt St. Pavilion consists of these restaurants:

    California Pizza Kitchen
    Cheesecake Factory

    and many shops, including

    Watch Station
    The Sport Shop

    and many, many more!

    Pratt St. Pavilion
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    Light St. Pavilion

    by HotSpotJ Written Aug 7, 2005

    There are 3 sections of the Harborplace: The Gallery, Light Street Pavilion and Pratt St. Pavilion. The Light St Pavilion consists of these major restaurants:

    Capitol City Brewing Company
    City Lights Seafood
    Harborside Seafood
    Hooters
    Johnny Rockets
    Phillips Buffet
    Starbucks
    Thai Noodle Bowl

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    Enjoy a Day at the Inner Harbor

    by HotSpotJ Written Aug 2, 2005

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    The Inner Harbor is an awesome area in Southeastern Baltimore that will provide a full weekends worth of fun for singles and families alike... the selection of food here is as awesome as there are things to do and see, with a naval yards selection of retired ships and historic monuments.

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    Water Water Everywhere

    by jlee008 Written Oct 23, 2004

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    The Inner Harbor is definately one of the must see places in Baltimore. It has shops and restaurants aplenty. There are also many activities that will amuse you throughout the day. Take a ride on a water taxi or rent a paddle boat for an hour. Visit the US Constitution or the Baltimore Aquarium. Feel curious or have children to amuse? Try Port Discovery Children's Museum or the Maryland Science Center.

    Parking can be difficult during weekends or events. There are several garages throughout the harbor area. There is some street parking available, but it is metered usually between 8am and 6:00pm on Monday - Saturdays and limits you to two hours. On Sundays, most meters are not in service. Just read the signs to get the most accurate information on metered parking. Watch out for parking near government buildings, there is often 24/7 meter enforcement. Most of the city is converting to an EZ park system where you pay for a ticket that has a time stamp on it. It accepts cash or charge and very easy to operate. Look for the sign with the parking machine

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  • Inner Harbor

    by arasnosliw Written Oct 13, 2004

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    A great place to take a stroll, people watch, check out members of the opposite sex clad in spandex, ehhh did I say that?

    There's a variety of shops and restaurants catering to tourists and locals alike.

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    Checking the Scenery

    by Patricialuv Written Jul 20, 2004

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    When visiting Baltimore, you must check out the harbor. It contains many small restaurants, bars, and little stores for everyone's taste.

    I even enjoyed their supermarkets. There aren't many markets that specialize in orgainic foods but there is one in baltimore.

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