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Seven foot Knoll Lighthouse

This screwpile lighthouse served to mark the entrance to Baltimore Harbor from 1856 till 1988. Today its sit on the end of Pier 5 along with some historic ships that make up a sort of maritime museum.

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Mar 26, 2016

Inner Harbor

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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Sep 18, 2006

Inner Harbor

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.

Oct 13, 2004

Inner Harbor

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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Jul 13, 2012
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Water Water Everywhere

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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Oct 23, 2004

General thoughts

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.

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Mar 19, 2011

Take a walk around the harbour

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

Jun 27, 2010

Baltimore Harbor

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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Jul 15, 2008

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Some snaps

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.

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Mar 26, 2011

Enjoy a Day at the Inner Harbor

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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Aug 02, 2005

Frolic At The Inner Harbor

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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Oct 04, 2003

Inner Harbor

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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Jan 31, 2006

Things To Do Near Inner Harbor

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National Aquarium

Since its opening in 1981, the National Aquarium has been one of the major sights at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Its striking modern architecture of a pyramidal roof, colorful rectangles and cylindrical...
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Maryland Science Center

Great interactive experience for children. Offers multiple exhibits including dinosaurs, planet earth, the human body, outer space and Chesapeake Bay life and designed to stimulate learning and...
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Power Plant

Located in the Inner Harbour. Pier 5, POWER PLANT is a commercial complex which was once a power plant owned by Baltimore Gas & Electric. This transformation is just one example of what Baltimore has...
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Flag House

The Flag House was the home of Mary Pickersgill who sewed the massive American Flag that flew over Fort McHenry when Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner. The two-story brick house was...
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American Visionary Art Museum

A lot of unique conversational works are displayed. Painings, sculptures, some interactive displays and some short films. Many will make you laugh or say wow! You can only picture the items that are...
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Phoenix Shot Tower

One of the other memorable sights on our walk was this very tall tower. It's where rifle shot was produced - lead was dropped at the top of the tower, and as it fell into water at the bottom of the...
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