baltimore area visitors center
Inner Harbor, 401 Light Street (on the west shore), 877-BALTIMORE. Hotel, restaurant and attraction discounts, maps and visitor information available online. Advance purchase of a 4-day Harbor Pass provides discounted entry to four harbor attractions.
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy., Baltimore, 410-244-1900. Tues.-Sun. 10-6. Adults $15.95, srs. $13.95, student/child $9.95, 6 and under free. Seven galleries of unique and unusual creations, all the result of the vision of self-taught artists. Summer camp.
Thru Sep 3
YUMMM! The History, Fantasy and Future of Food.
Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum
Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum: 216 Emory St., Baltimore, 410-727-1539. April-Sept. Mon.-Sun. 10-5, 7pm for Orioles' home night games. Oct.-Mar.: Tues.-Sun. 10-5. Adults $10, srs. $8, ages 5-16 $5.
The Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum features exhibits on the life and times of Babe Ruth and select objects from Maryland's sports history, heritage and heroes.
The B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St., 410-752-2490. Mon.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 11-4. Adults $18, srs. $16, ages 2-12 $12, under 2 free. Site of the country's oldest station displays a huge collection of railroad equipment, models and trains. Locomotives and rolling stock pieces on display in the spectacular 1884 Roundhouse trace the history of railroading in America.
Train Rides scheduled April through Dec., weekends only in Jan., weather permitting.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, 410-727-4808. Tues.-Sun. 10-4. Adults $12, srs. $9, students/ages 7-18 $7, ages 6 & under free. Discover the history of industry in Baltimore in a series of recreated workshops and factories designed for hands-on exploration. Restored tugboat, 1880 printing press, oyster cannery, garment loft.
Maryland Science Center
Inner Harbor, 601 Light St., 410-685-5225. Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5. Extended summer hours. Adults $24.95, srs. $23.95, ages 3-12 $18.95, under 3 free. Three floors of hands-on exhibits and demonstrations explore space, physics, earth sciences, dinosaurs, the human body and the Chesapeake Bay. Kids Room, IMAX Theater, Davis Planetarium and also the site of the National Visitors' Center for the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Maryland Zoo at Baltimore
Druid Hill Park, 410-396-7102. Tickets: 410-366-LION (5466). Mar.-Dec.: Daily 10-4, extended summer hours. Jan. & Feb.: Open Fri.-Mon. 10-4. Adults $18, srs. $15, ages 2-11 $14, under 2 free. $10 winter admission.
200-acre park is home to 1,500 birds, mammals and reptiles in natural habitats. Chimpanzee forest, African watering hole, leopard lair, penguin habitat, and outstanding children's zoo features a playful, wilderness trail and farmyard.
National Aquarium in Baltimore
Inner Harbor, 501 E. Pratt St., 410-576-3800. Open daily, check website link for seasonal hours. Best time to visit is before 11am or after 3pm. Adults $39.95, srs. $34.95, ages 3-11 $24.95. Half price Fridays after 5pm. Advance tickets recommended.
Unique 5-level building design with spiraling ramps and escalators leads visitors on a one-way, self-guided tour of different marine habitats. Huge ray exhibit, Atlantic coral reef, sharks, South American rain forest, Australian river gorge, touch tank, 4-D Immersion Theater. Dolphin shows daily in Marine Mammal Pavilion. Strollers must be checked; free backpacks available for children under 40 lbs.
Immersion Tours include gallery tours before the Aquarium opens, behind-the-scenes shark and reef tours, veterinarian tours, dolphin encounters and sleepovers. See online calendar for information, tickets and Aquarium After Dark events.
Inner Harbor, 35 Marketplace, 410-727-8120. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Oct.-May: Tues.-Fri. 9:30-4:30, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Admission $14.95, under 2 free. Target Family Fun Night 3rd Fri., 4-8pm, $2.
One of the largest children's museums in the country was designed for ages birth to ten by Walt Disney Imagineering. The museum centers around KidsWorks obstacle tower, a 3-story urban climbing structure. Exhibits include a convenience store, fill'er up station, diner, studio workshop, indoor soccer, Wonders of Water, Tot Trails infant and toddler space, quiet room and two intricate mystery mazes—one an archaeology dig in Egypt, the other an oddball dwelling where everything is slightly askew. Early childhood programs; special needs days; birthday parties; group programs; overnights.