SIGHTSEEING IN BALTIMORE Light Rail
Once you’re in Baltimore, you can use the light rail to get around if
you need to.
One of the best things to do in Baltimore is to walk around the Inner
Cost: $1.35 one-way or $3.00 for a day pass.
Harbor. It’s about a mile from both the Greyhound stop and the
Directions: See their website for the most up-to-date route info. There
MARC stop. Lots of small shops, ships, and street performers make
are stops at Penn Station and Camden Yards.
for a great stroll. Also there is the National Aquarium, which despite
Hours: 6-11 weekdays, 7-11 Saturday, 11-7 Sunday.
its price is well worth a visit (plan for about 3-4 hours). Finally, head
up to Ft. McHenry and see the original Star-Spangled Banner!
How to Get There MTA Bus
Baltimore’s Public Bus System. See their website for exact route
MARC Commuter Train
Cost: Varies, not too expensive.
This commuter train runs from Union Station to several stops in
Directions: There’s a stop at Penn Station and a stop at the Inner
Baltimore during the week. It does not run on weekends. You’ll want
to take the Penn Line.
Hours: Every day. Check their website for up-to-date information.
Cost: $5.00 one-way.
Directions: Departs from Union Station. You’ll most likely want to
get off at Penn Station. 1 mile from the Inner Harbor.
Hours: Mon-Fri, no holiday, Saturdays, or Sundays. Check the What to Do There
Maryland MTA website for more information and a current schedule.
http://www.mtamaryland.com/schedules/marc/marc_schedule.cfm The National Aquarium in Baltimore
This aquarium's seven-story main structure displays a collection of
Greyhound 14,000 aquatic animals representing more than 600 species from
Greyhound runs a direct bus every day of the week to Baltimore. around the world, including 300 seahorses, seadragons and pipefish.
Departures are multiple times hourly. The Greyhound Station is at Other aquatic exhibits include a 335,000-gallon Atlantic Coral Reef
1005 1st St NW in DC. featuring hundreds of tropical reef fish; the Open Ocean, home to four
Cost: $22.50 round trip. Be sure to ask them about a companion ticket species of sharks; a steamy South American rain forest enclosed by a
– for many trips, if you buy your ticket at least 3 days in advance, you pyramid of glass; and Children's Discovery Cove, an interactive touch
can get another ticket free, allowing you to split the cost of one ticket pool. The Marine Mammal Pavilion is one of the country's largest
between two people. oceanariums and includes an educational arcade. The centerpiece of
Directions: Departs from the Greyhound Station in 1005 1st St NW, the pavilion is a 1.2 million-gallon Atlantic bottlenose dolphin habitat
takes you to the Greyhound Station in Baltimore on 210 W Fayette St. that offers daily marine mammal presentations. An Amazon River
1 mile from the Inner Harbor. tributary exhibit features species indigenous to the tropical jungle,
Hours: Every day. Check their website for up-to-date information. including crocodilian dwarf caimans, exotic fish and jungle birds and
http://www.greyhound.com monkeys. Exhibits trace the flow of aquatic life from streams, rivers
Hours: Building Tues.-Fri. 9-3. Guided tours Mon.-Fri. by
and swamps to estuaries, seas and oceans. Distinctive features include appointment. 410-837-5424.
one of the world's largest poison-dart frog collections. The Primitive
Fish exhibit highlights fish which have not evolved. The Baltimore Civil War Museum
Admission: Admission $17.95; over 59, $16.95; ages 3-11, $10.95. Exhibits, interpretive programs and living history presentations
Despite the price, this is a must-see! focusing on Baltimore's roles in the underground railroad and the Civil
Directions: 501 E. Pratt St., on Piers 3 and 4 in Baltimore's Inner War.
Harbor. Admission: $4; over 59, students with ID and ages 13-17, $3
Hours: July-Aug: Sun-Thurs 9-6, Fri-Sat: 9-8; Sept-Oct: Fri 9-8, all Directions: 601 President St. ½ mile from the Inner Harbor.
other days 9-5; Nov-Feb: Fri 10-8, all other days 10-5; Mar-June: Fri Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10-5; closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.
9-8, all other days 9-5. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Babe Ruth Birthplace/Baltimore Orioles Museum Baltimore Museum Of Art
comprises four adjoining row houses, including the birthplace of the Designed by John Russell Pope, designer of the National Gallery of
“Sultan of Swat.” The museum contains numerous photographs, Art in Washington, D.C. The museum houses a permanent collection
paintings and memorabilia associated with Babe Ruth, Maryland's of more than 100,000 objects, ranging from ancient mosaics to
other baseball greats and the Baltimore Orioles. Film clips of Ruth's contemporary art. The Cone Collection of modern art includes
life and Orioles' highlights are shown. The furnishings are from the paintings and sculptures by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van
late 1800s. Gogh and other modern artists. The museum also features an
Admission: Admission $6; over 61, $4; ages 3-12, $3. American wing with furniture, decorative arts, paintings, miniature
Directions: 216 Emory St. 1 mile from the Inner Harbor, ¼ mile from and period rooms; art from Africa, the Americas and Oceania; Chinese
Camden Yards. ceramics; eight galleries devoted to European old masters; collections
Hours: Apr-Oct: 10-6; Nov-Mar: 10-5. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, of prints, drawings and photographs; and two sculpture gardens
and Dec. 25. featuring 20th-century works by artists from Rodin to Nevelson. The
West Wing for Modern Art houses one of the largest collections of
Baltimore City Hall Andy Warhol paintings, as well as a contemporary art collection.
Has some of the finest examples of architectural ironwork in the Programs, events and special exhibitions are held throughout the year.
country. This 1867-75 building has been restored in sections of Food is available.
historical or architectural significance, and renovated in other areas to Admission: Admission $7, over 64 and students with ID $5, under 19
provide a working environment for the City Council. The building has free; free to all first Thurs. evening of the month.
a 110-foot rotunda, a courtyard, galleries and exhibits relating to the Directions: 3 mi. n. of the Inner Harbor on Art Museum Dr. at N.
city's history. Tours of the Victorian chambers and offices are only by Charles and 31st Sts. 3 miles from the Inner Harbor, the light rail does
appointment; security checks are required. Guided tours of the have a stop near here.
building are available. Guided walking tours of the building and the Hours: Wed.-Fri. 11-5 (also Thurs. 5-8 the first Thurs. of the month),
surrounding area depart from 9 N. Front Street. Sat.-Sun. 11-6; closed Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.
Directions: 100 N Holliday St. 1/3 mile from the Inner Harbor.
Maryland Science Center, Imax Theater And Davis Planetarium
B&O Railroad Museum Live science demonstrations and three floors of hands-on exhibits,
The 37-acre indoor/outdoor museum's extensive collection of including a science arcade and displays related to energy, the Hubble
locomotives, both originals and replicas, dates from 1829. In addition Space Telescope and the Chesapeake Bay. Beyond Numbers
to examples of many types of engines, the museum contains dioramas, concentrates on mathematics and its relation to everyday life. K.I.D.S.
bridge models, telephone and telegraph apparatus and a miniature Room is for ages 3-7. Permanent exhibits focus on the environment,
railroad. The shops that once surrounded the station built thousands of dinosaurs and outer space. Films and lectures are presented in Boyd
cars and engines and were known as “The Railroad University.” The Theater. Multimedia presentations are offered in Davis Planetarium.
station's focal point is the roundhouse dome covering a wooden An IMAX theater with a five-story screen gives visitors a larger-than-
turntable surrounded by 22 stalls that contain cars and locomotives. life perspective on a variety of subjects. Guided tours are available.
Admission: Admission $14; over 59, $10; ages 2-12, $8. Admission: Admission $14.50; over 59, $13.50; ages 3-12, $10.
Directions: Mount Clare Station off Poppleton St. at 901 W. Pratt St. Directions: 601 Light St. at the Inner Harbor.
Hours: Daily 10-4; Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5. Closed holidays. Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Sun.-Wed. 10-6, Thurs.-Sat. 10-8; R
City Markets Rest of year, Monday: closed: Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5.
These large indoor areas are crowded with stalls from which vendors Closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.
offer a variety of fresh meats, produce, baked goods and seafood.
Lexington and Broadway were founded in the late 18th century; the Harborplace and the Gallery
others began in the mid-19th century. The heart of Baltimore's renowned Inner Harbor, Harborplace & The
Admission: Free Gallery features a mix of 101 unique shops, 16 sit-down restaurants
Directions: Belair, at Gay and Fayette sts.; Broadway, at Broadway and 40 diverse eateries, as well as live entertainment on the waterfront.
and Fleet sts.; Cross Street, at Charles and Cross sts.; Hollins, at Admission: Free
Hollins and Arlington sts.; Lafayette, at Pennsylvania and Laurens sts.; Directions: The Inner Harbor
Lexington, at Lexington and Eutaw sts.; and Northeast, at Monument
and Chester sts. Part of the Inner Harbor. Fort McHenry
Hours: Lexington Market open Mon.-Sat. 8:30-6; Hollins Market open This late 18th century star-shaped fort is world famous as the
Tues.-Sat. 7-6; all others open Mon.-Sat. 7-6. birthplace of the United States' national anthem. The guardian of
Baltimore's harbor, it was the valiant defense of Fort McHenry by
Clipper City American forces during a British attack on September 13-14, 1814,
A replica of an 1854 topsail schooner. Two- and 3-hour trips are that inspired 35 year old poet-lawyer, Francis Scott Key to write "The
offered. Star-Spangled Banner." Following the Battle of Baltimore during the
Admission: Two-hour trip $20; under 10, $5. Brunch trip $45; War of 1812, the fort never again came under attack. However, it
under 10, $22.50. Reservations are recommended. 410-539-6277. remained an active military post off and on for the next 100 years. It
Directions: at the Inner Harbor at the Fingers Piers between the
Science Center and Light Street Pavilion.
Hours: Departure times may vary; phone ahead.
became an area administered by the National Park Service in 1933,
two years after Key's poem became this country's national anthem. Of
all the areas in the National Park System, Fort McHenry is the only
one designated a national monument and historic shrine.
Admission: Entrance fee to the historic fort is $ 5.00 for adults 17 and
over. Children 16 and under are admitted free of charge.
Directions: You’ll have to take an MTA bus from the Inner Harbor.
It’s Route 1, and there’s a stop at the Inner Harbor. Check the MTA
website for up-to-date route information, or see the schedule at the end
of this guide.
Hours: Grounds: Daily, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Fort and Visitor
Center: Daily, 8:00 A.M. to 4:45 P.M. Summer Hours (June 1 -
September 2, 2002): Grounds: Daily, 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Fort and
Visitor Center: Daily: 8:00 A.M. to 7:45 P.M. Park Closed: December
25, January 1.