You may be challenged to plan a family vacation with plenty of fun activities to keep everyone entertained. Baltimore, Maryland, offers an inviting place for families to explore. The city’s many attractions are within easy walking distance to hotels, and the free Charm City Circulator buses make traveling with children simple. With these buses, you can enjoy many places to rest and eat between stops. Explore the following four Baltimore attractions the whole family will love.
Baltimore’s National Aquarium
Make the National Aquarium your first stop in Baltimore. The aquarium is home to more than 20,000 marine animals. Encourage your children to glide their hands over an Atlantic stingray in the Living Seashore exhibit, discover the Blacktip Reef, and get up close with live sharks.
When you stay at one of the comfortable hotels near the Aquarium, you can arrive after 5 p.m. on Fridays and pay half price. Visit the Aquarium at 501 E. Pratt St. Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday until 8 p.m., and weekends until 5 p.m. Strollers are not allowed inside the aquarium, but you can borrow carrier backpacks for the little ones.
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Ranked among the top 15 children’s museums in the country by Parents magazine, the Port Discovery museum is a hands-on adventure with three floors of interactive, educational exhibits designed for children up to age 10. Whether they’re climbing through the three-story urban tree house or discovering a whimsical display that celebrates Maryland’s heritage, children will find so much to touch, explore, and investigate.
Discover the Children’s Museum at 35 Market Place, open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Fort McHenry National Monument
Join National Park Service rangers at Fort McHenry as they share the stories of the War of 1812. The tour of the fort starts at the visitor center with ranger talks and living historians in period attire who offer musket and artillery demonstrations.
Enjoy a leisure stroll with the family around the 42-acre park surrounding the fort and observe a variety of animals such as squirrels, rabbits, and birds. Young visitors to the monument can earn a Junior Ranger certificate and badge and learn how Fort McHenry’s battle history inspired our national anthem.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium
Stimulate a wacky conversation with your family members as you experience the marvelously weird and exotic exhibits at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. Filled with bizarre artifacts from around the world — such as shrunken heads and a Fiji Island mermaid — Ripley’s is fabulous for kids and particularly engaging for tweens and high schoolers. Guests of all ages will find themselves gasping, giggling, and sharing thrilling memories with the family.
Visit Ripley’s Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m., and Sunday until 6 p.m. at 301 Light St.
Discover the sights and sounds that Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has to offer your family. We hope you enjoy exploring the above four family-friendly destinations.