Baltimore, Maryland: a Great Family Weekend Getaway

By: David Reichman

Finding interesting things to see and do in every corner in Baltimore, Maryland makes it an exciting place for a family weekend getaway. Focus your family vacation in the Inner Harbor where most of Baltimore's attractions and activities are found.

Although the Inner Harbor is still a working seaport, it has been Baltimore's major tourist destination, and one of the top family weekend getaway jaunts, for years. The water taxis that transport people from one place to another alone is a sight to see. The people of Baltimore take pride of their 300-year maritime history. This is evident in many of their attractions like the Baltimore Maritime Museum where your family can discover three historic ships and a lighthouse. Older kids will be thrilled to participate in a special program where they discover the lives of young sailors at the USS Constellation, an 1854 naval warship that is restored and docked in the harbor for public tours.

The Inner Harbor holds a significant number of museums. Aside from that, retail stores, live entertainment and bars also found their home in the harbor. Restaurants such as J. Paul's, Gardel's Supper Club and Rusty Scupper are must-tries. The Maryland Science Center is an attraction for everyone in the family, including the parents. The younger ones will surely learn and discover a lot of things from the very impressive interactive displays. The center has an IMAX movie theater that exhibits amazing family shows and concerts such as U2 performances in 3-D, giving parents the perfect opportunity to have a bonding moment with their teenagers on this weekend getaway. Children 3 years old and above are allowed in this attraction.

Catch a weekend baseball or football game at the Camden Yards in this family getaway and get into the spirit and action of Baltimore. You will also find Geppi's Entertainment Museum within the Camden Yards that showcases American pop culture. This is an attraction that the entire family will enjoy. While the kids visit their favorite characters such as Superman and Batman, parents can revisit their favorite celebrity icons such as Elvis Presley.

Located just one block northeast of the Inner Harbor is an attraction you should not miss on this family weekend getaway: Port Discovery. In the Port Discovery, you will find the designs of Disney's Imagineers and your family gets to create their own artworks and produce their own films. This attraction helps enhance your children's, from toddlers to teenagers, imagination and unleash the Steven Spielberg or Walt Disney in them. A popular exhibit in the Port Discovery is the Miss Perception's Mystery House where the entire family help a detective solve the mystery of the disappearance of a fictional family by gathering clues as evidence.

The highlight of this weekend getaway is the very family-friendly National Aquarium where your children meet thousands of marine animals. The unforgettable encounter with the dolphins is one of the reason why a visit to the National Aquarium great. Your family can even have breakfast with them. One more amazing Aquarium treat is the wild sleepovers where visitors can have a good night's sleep with the underwater animals such as sharks. Reservations are required for these tours, though, as many visitors want to have this extraordinary experience.

Baltimore is a city of guaranteed amazing treats for everyone. With all the attractions and activities scattered all over the city, Baltimore is indeed a great family weekend getaway destination!

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