Thank you to Baltimore for hosting our stay.
For the last few days we’ve been busy exploring Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The last time I was here was for a school trip in middle school, so yeah it’s been little while. With so much to do all in a relatively close space, I thought it was the perfect place to get away with the kids for a few days. I knew there would be plenty to do and plenty to keep them busy, what I didn’t know was just how much fun they would have. There really is a lot to do at the Inner Harbor. So much we didn’t even get to touch half of it but that just means we’ll be back soon for more fun. If you’re looking for fun attractions everyone in the family will enjoy no matter their age then here are my five family fun things to do in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM
I wish we had planned our day better to spend more time at the aquarium. Both of kids loved visiting the different exhibits and seeing the animals up close. There is SO much to do here this could easily take up an entire day and I only scheduled not even half a day here.
I was thinking it would be more like my local aquarium and we could tour it in about an hour or so but I was so wrong. Another visit to the aquarium is going on our list to do on our next trip.
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
The museum full of oddities has plenty to do and see. There are over 350 artifacts and exhibits on display so there’s something fun for everyone from the littlest ones to adults. Each room we explored had more creepy and fun exhibits. The ancient Egypt room might have just been my favorite. I totally wish I had my video camera recording as Ry went to open the treasure chest and the noise made everyone in the room jump!
There was even a station at the end where they can take a wax mold of your hand. My tween thought this was pretty cool and had fun doing this. His hand statute stands proudly on his bedroom dresser now.
The five Historic Ships in Baltimore represent one of the most impressive collections of military vessels anywhere. They are located within easy walking distance of each other and offer plenty to do and see.
It was little hard navigating them with a toddler in tow but I took her in as much as I could and for the ones I couldn’t, we just waited on top while the boys explored the ships. You’ll be able to see:
- US Sloop-of-War Constellation – Flagship of the US African Squadron
- US Submarine Torsk – This submarine had over 10,000 dives!
- US Coast Guard Cutter Taney – The last surviving warship from Pearl Harbor
- Lightship Chesapeake
- Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse which marked the entrance to the Patapsco River and Baltimore Harbor for over 130 years.
URBAN PIRATES CRUISE
This was another fun adventure for the kids. They became real pirates with the Urban Pirates pirate cruise. You’ll learn to walk, talk and play games like a real pirate! Each child was given a pirate’s vest and at the end they all got a little pirate’s booty to remember the trip!
HARBOR BOAT RIDE
This may be one of the easiest ways to get around the Inner Harbor but it’s so much FUN too! The kids didn’t think of this as transportation but more of a scenic boat ride around the harbor.
As you can see there is plenty to do in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for kids of all ages. In between all the fun there are delicious restaurants and fun shopping destinations to really commemorate your trip.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Inner Harbor?