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
    From a water taxi July 2000
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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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    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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  • 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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    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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    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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    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.

    Children ride around in the harbor
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    Frolic At The Inner Harbor

    by jltan Written Oct 4, 2003

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    The Inner Harbor is Baltimore as Baltimore, I guess, is the Inner Harbor.

    This small inlet on the Chesapeake is full of fun. You can go and visit the aquarium, paddle-boat at the harbor, check out an uncommissioned submarine, or just plain stroll along the harbor. There are so much to do and see at the Inner Harbor.

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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.

    Inner Harbor
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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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    Go to the Downtown Inner...

    by holligolytly Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Go to the Downtown Inner Habour. Take a water taxi, rent a paddle boat, or cruise the harbour on the Clipper City, Baltimore's Tall (SAILING)
    Ship,
    The Clipper City happens to be the largest tall ship liscensed for public sails and charters in the United States.

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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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    The Baltimore waterfront is a...

    by ejroberts Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Baltimore waterfront is a fun place to visit. It has many fine restaurants to choose from. When we were there it was very busy and we had to wait a long time to get in. However, there was live music and a carnival atmosphere, so we didn't mind the wait.

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    Set in a plaza that has been...

    by cobrioc Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Set in a plaza that has been designated 'Columbus
    Piazza,' the statue provides a bold and imaginative representation of the man.
    Baltimore's latest statue to Columbus captures the power and majesty-somemight say obstinacy,eve
    arrogance-of the discover of the New World.

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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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