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Visit our Beautiful Inner Harbor!
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.
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.
The Harbor Promenade
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.
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.
Baltimore Inner Harbor - What a happening place
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.
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One of America's Oldest Seaports
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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Just Wander Around Inner Harbor
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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Harborplace and Gallery
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.
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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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Baltimore Tourist Center
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
Pratt St. Pavilion
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
and many shops, including
The Sport Shop
and many, many more!
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Baltimore Visitor Center
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.
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.
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.
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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