Baltimore Inner Harbor Offers Fun For The Whole Family

by : Elizabeth Ann Wares

At one end of the harbor is the Baltimore Aquarium. The Aquarium receives more than 1 million visitors annually from around the world. This popular attraction contains five levels and two impressive pyramids made of glass which showcase the more than 5,000 species of fish, marine mammals, birds, reptiles that make their home here. There is also an entertaining seal pool, a tropical rain forest complete with piranhas, and the ever-changing "special exhibits".

Daily scheduled dolphin shows are among the aquarium's popular events. Be prepared to get wet if you are lucky enough to get a front row seat. You will be amazed at their brilliance and intelligence. This is a show that everyone one will leave with a HUGE smile on their face..

A short walking distance away on the opposite side of the harbor stands the Maryland Science Center. The Maryland Science Center is a private, non-profit organization that attracts more than half a million visitors a year. The Science Center has received many awards including the best Indoor Family Recreation Spot which makes this perfect for a family outing. The Center is known for its interactive exhibits, which provides for fun and interesting hands-on learning for kids of all ages.

There are various "showcase" exhibits, such as the Titanic exhibit and the Dinosaur Exhibit, that stop at the Science Center for a month or two, which keeps the museum offerings fresh. The staff is also very friendly and knowlegeable about what is going on in the Center.

While you are exploring the Science center make sure to take in one of the IMAX films. It's a motion picture experience that will totally immerse you. With a screen 4 stories high, and a state of the art sound sytem, the IMAX Theater experience is so realistic that viewers feel as if they are part of the film. Some of the latest shows have been 3-D and give you an experience of being in the movie itself.

The Planetarium, which is located in the Science Center is another must-see. It's a wonderful way for anyone from kids to seniors to learn all about the magical world of astronomy. This show is chock full of information about our skies which will have you leaving the show, asking for more and wondering where the time went.

There are lots of restaurants within walking distance featuring menus filled with the best local seafood in the area. And if you are not a fish fan, you will be thrilled to find other cuisines from burgers and pizza to Indian fare and everything else in-between. Make sure you leave room for dessert, as you will find mouth-watering pastry shops and even see fudge made right before your eyes.

Baltimore has transformed its waterfront into one of the most visited destinations in the country. The Inner Harbor has something for everyone's interests. Timewise, plan on spending the whole day, or more if possible. The Inner Harbor is a FUN and entertaining place for the whole family to visit.