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    Visiting the floating vessels

    by staindesign Written Aug 11, 2013

    There are abt 3 ships/submarine in the Inner Harbor to tour. I would almost consider this a tourist trap bc to visit one of these ships is kinda expensive and not that interesting. We looked at the submarine, it was a cool experience bc I had never been on one. But for my $8 the entire investigation took less than ten minutes. Perhaps only tour these if you are a serious ship fanatic.

    If you are a real fanatic definitely check out the traveling ships schedule. They have several working condition ships that come to be exhibited several times a year from all over the world. Those actually see like very cool opportunities bc the ships are active and refreshments are served :)

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    Johnny Eck

    by Africancrab Written Aug 16, 2012

    I had to review this independently because it touched me deeply. It is not everyday that you walk through a museum and see on display, someone of Johnny Eck's experience. Located inside the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, on display is this incredibly remarkable man, Johnny Eck.

    Born in 1910, he had a twin brother who was healthy and perfect, while Johnny ended up with his torso where his hips should have been. Doctors were not sure he would live past his baby years, but Johnny surprised then and went on to pass every milestone a normal child does.

    He was Baltimore's sideshow legend, and has a huge photo archive at the museum. He went to school and became an honor student, an artist, a musician, movie actor, composer and a band leader. He also successfully swam, dived and juggled, he was an illusionist, a train conductor, and wood carver. He danced and walked ropes for the entertainment of others. It is said he run as well as any normal person, but only on his hands. He did all these amazing things on his hands. Is that not incredible?

    If you find yourself in Baltimore, at the harbor, go visit the Ripley's Believe It or Not, you will not believe what you see!

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    Mount Vernon Place Historic District

    by Africancrab Written Aug 14, 2012

    Mount Vernon Place was designated a National Historic Landmark because it has Baltimore's oldest neighborhoods. Apparently it was home to some of the wealthiest people back in the day too. It also has the pillar monument erected in honor of the founding father George Washington. The construction of the monument began in 1815. It is the original monument, preceding the one in Washington, DC.

    My family toured Mount Vernon on a recent trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The Washington Monument is closed due to an accident that damaged the gate, but the eternal structure is in good shape and can be seen touring in the air. The United Methodist Church is right across the road. On the southeast corner is the Peabody Institute, and across from it is the Walters Art Museum. The Inner Harbor is about half a mile from it and easily accessible.

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    Top of the World Observation Level

    by Africancrab Written Aug 14, 2012

    The World Trade Center, Baltimore houses the 9/11 memorial on the top level of the building. Popularly referred to as the 'Top of the World'. It is also an observation deck for the whole harbor area and Baltimore. My family and I, made a detour while on our way to tour the Lightship Chesapeake. It was more out of wanting to see the Harbor from above, that we learned of the 9/11 memorial.

    It offers a 360 degree view, a panoramic view of all of Baltimore and the harbor. A must if you would like to see the beauty of Baltimore at a bird's eye view level. It is the best place to see Baltimore.

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    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption

    by Africancrab Written Aug 14, 2012

    This religious attraction in Baltimore is a National Historic Landmark, the first Roman Catholic Cathedral built in the United States. Built between 1806-1821, it stands as a testimony of faith and a strong hold of spirituality for believers of the catholic faith.

    The cathedral is beautiful inside and outside. We did not go on a guided tour as it was closing for the day, however tours are offered daily. On Saturdays, the cathedral admin asks that you call ahead if possible for the 2 scheduled tours of the day. Now it is okay to just go by, they will not turn you away, it is a sanctuary after all.

    Daily masses held at the cathedral, so if you are around and about, you can attend mass. It has been a while since I went to mass. Even though I was born and raised Catholic, I do not go for mass as religiously as a devout catholic should. I do my prayers though and take my children to a non-denominational Bible Church.

    I love Cathedrals, they are the one religious attraction I look to tour in any town, city or country I travel to. This particular Basilica reminds me of France and Italy. It was raised to the rank of the Basilica by Pope Pius XI in 1937 and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places in 1969 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971. In 1993 a conference of catholic Bishops decided to vote it a National Shrine, thus making it the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Quite a mouth full, but this is the official name of the Basilica.

    In 200 years, the Cathedral has been visited by innumerable people including the late Mother Teresa, late Pope John Paul II. Millions continue to visit it. I recommend you do, if you find yourself in Baltimore.

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    Historic Ships in Baltimore

    by Africancrab Written Aug 14, 2012

    I rated this cheap because for $18 per person, you get to tour all four ships, putting an individual ship at $4.50 per person. My family toured all four ships on our recent day trip to the Inner Harbor area. The four ships namely; the USS Constellation, USS Torsk, Lighthouse Chesapeake and the
    USCGC Taney. These are the surviving historic shipes that fought the trans-Atlantic slave trade, performed daring rescues and providing humanitarian aid.

    Together these ships represent over two hundred years of United States Maritime and naval history.

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    Lightship 116 Chesapeake

    by Africancrab Written Aug 13, 2012

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    This is one of the four historic ships in Baltimore that I toured with my family. It was stop 2 of 4. I thought it was a waste of $11.50 if toured individually, however if you purchase a package of all 4, then it is a good deal. It was quite hot down there with little air to cool it. It is much smaller below deck compared to the USS Constellation.

    It was completed in 1930 and was one of the most modern ships in use at that time. It was built in South Carolina at a cost of $274, 424. Its first assignment was to the Fenwick Island Shoal Station from 1930 to 1933. From there she marked the entrance to the Chesapeake bay until the beginning of World War II.

    From 1942 to 1945 while the world war raged on, the Lightship was painted battleship gray, armed with some fire power and used to patrol and inspect vessels near the entrance of Cape Cod Canal. At the end of the war, the Lightship returned to Cape Henry where her bright red hull beacon light and the words "Chesapeake" guided maritime traffic in and out of the Chesapeake bay for twenty years after. Thus the name Chesapeake.

    Due to changes and advancement in technology however, the lightship was eventually replaced by coast guard off-shore light house in 1965. It also became economical to have fewer personnel manning the light houses than the lightship. Besides the light tower had a more powerful beacon and used just 4 people to run it. Chesapeake has been in Baltimore since 1982.

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    USCGC Taney

    by Africancrab Written Aug 13, 2012

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    The USCGC Taney is a Coast Guard ship constructed in 1935 as part of the treasury class cutters before World War I. It was attached to the destroyer division 80 in 1941 and fought against the Japanese planes in Pearl Harbor. Its main base was Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Taney was used to carry out anti-submarine patrols off the coast of Hawaii and was later a convoy escort in the Pacific through 1943. In 1944, she served as a flagship for task force 66,the USS Atlantic fleet, escorting as many as 6 convoys between North Africa and the East Coast of the United States.

    During the battle of Okinawa in 1945, Taney served as a flagship for Calvin Cobb. She drowned 4 Japanese Kamikazes and one 'Betty' bomber. After World War II, Taney was relocated to Alameda in California from where she carried out law enforcement, search and rescue and ocean weather patrol duties from 1946 through 1972. Taney was decommissioned in 1986 and moved to Baltimore where she currently serves as a historic ship/ museum.

    It is quite big, my family spent half an hour going through it. The boy scouts team was getting ready to rid in her in the morning,so the children were being given instructions and shown were they would sleep. It was quite interesting. Highly recommended should you find yourself in Baltimore.

    It is cheaper to see all 4 ships instead of 1. $18 for 4 or $11.50 for 1.

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    Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum

    by Africancrab Updated Aug 13, 2012

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    Believe it or not, the Ripley's believe It or Not Museum at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore has Harry Porter's Hogwarts Castle built with six hundred thousand (600,000) match sticks. Many have watched Ripley's on TV and the adventures that have brought to light the most unbelievable of things around the world. At the Museum are, the 1400 pound man, the world’s thinnest man, the shrunken human heads, the elephant with two trunks, and Michael Jackson's portrait made of cans of soda pop. This is a great stop this summer for families with children.

    On June 23 Ripley’s did what they call a soft opening of the Museum allowing visitors in prior to the grand opening scheduled for June 26. The first thing you see as you approach the main entrance is the giant green dragon above the Odditorium. As you approach the ticket counter, Transformer's Bumble Bee and the Mini Cooper covered with 1 million Swarovski crystals. The world’s Tallest and shortest men as you walk towards the stair way, and once you get to the first floor, a cabinet display of royal crowns and swords from many centuries back to current. I believe Princess Diana’s Tiara is also at the museum.

    Ripley's is featuring 9 themed galleries and 120 interactive activities. One of the outstanding and more notable pieces of the museum is the 10,000 pound granite ball right outside the museum, carved with facts about Baltimore, and is floating on a thin layer of water. The children were happily turning it around while adults and parents watched in awe.

    Some of the more notable and unbelievable pieces are;
    1. Statute of ‘the King’- Elvis Presley made of 100 faces of popular musicians
    2. Portrait of Justin Bieber made of gummy bears and licorice.
    3. The Musical stairway to heaven
    4. Michelangelo’s ‘The creation of Adam’ piece made purely from laundry lint
    5. The Interactive High Wire walking exhibit
    6. The 1 ton Lincoln Penny made of 10, 000 copper pennies.
    7. The coffin of Pharaoh made of car parts
    8. Tooth pick city where Hogwarts castle is
    9. Elephant with 2 trunks
    10. Grace McDaniels - The ugliest woman in the world
    11. Queen Victoria’s crown
    12. Portrait of Ripley himself made by a blind man
    13. The Pieta True Love picture made entirely of dots
    14. The Johny Eck Photo Achieve
    15. Bicycle parts Mechanical Fish
    16. Walter Hudson, the 1400 pound man
    17. Taxidermied Lion owned by Ripley himself

    Like the historic Ships, individual tickets are much more expensive. Purchase a combo ticket to get the best value. Tickets are $11.99 per child per attraction, and $17.99 per adult per attraction. However much you spend, it is worth paying to see what you see in this museum. So get going to Baltimore!

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    African American Festival

    by iam1wthee Written Jul 13, 2012

    Its held between Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. Free concerts from very popular artists, fashion shows, and different types of dancing. Food galore. Quite a few nice articles of clothing. I understand they offer seminars in the day time covering finances, healthcare, cosmetics, etc...
    but I did not go because it was 105 degrees that day so I only went at night. Saturday was way more people than the Sunday crowd.

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    Geppi's Entertainment Museum

    by iam1wthee Written Jul 13, 2012

    Was not really too impressed with this place. They had an overabundance of comic book display, cartoon posters, concert posters, dolls and toys of entertainers and box office smash movies. They have a scavenger hunt in the museum where they give you a free comic book if you are able to figure out the puzzle.

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    Trolley

    by iam1wthee Written Jul 13, 2012

    Gives you a 90min review of the city. It is good to take if you are there for a limited time and know that on your own you will not be able to cover a lot of the major sites. They provide you with history about each area that you would not know if you were to go on your own.

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    War of 1812 Monument

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 13, 2011

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    This monument - also known as the Battle Monument - commemorates American victory over the British in the Battle of Baltimore, in the War of 1812. The Battle of Baltimore was significant in many ways: (a) the American repulsed the invasion by what was considered as one of the world's most powerful navies, the fleet of the British Empire; (b) defeat of British land forces, including the killing of their commander; and (c) perhaps the most significant, from this battle emerged America's national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, inspired by the American defense of Baltimore's Fort McHenry (to the tune of - irony of ironies - a popular British drinking song!).

    Despite being dwarfed by surrounding skyscrapers, the Battle Monument still strikes a imposing figure right smack in the center of downtown Baltimore - perfect for photo ops!

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    Mercantile Trust and Deposit building

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 8, 2011

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    Another reminder of Baltimore's glorious economic past is the Mercantile Trust and Deposit building in downtown Baltimore. Built in 1885, it is a romanesque revival building with brick and stone ornamentation - reminds me of some of its 'cousins' in Boston. The building is a classified historic place under the National Register of Historic Places.

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    Chevy Chase Bank building

    by Tijavi Updated Apr 8, 2011

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    The building was originally built for Alex Brown & Sons, an investment bank, in 1901. It was billed as fire-proof, a claim that was proven right during the 1904 fire that ravaged Baltimore's downtown area. Although dwarfed by the surrounding taller buildings, the building retains its turn-of-century charm with its brick walls and intricate wrought iron balconies.

    As the name implies, it now houses a branch of Chevy Chase Bank.

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