Baltimore Journals

Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Fells Point

A travel journal to Baltimore by ptpinit

Quote: I was born and raised in Baltimore (now live in Portland, OR), so I've got a native Baltimoron's perspective. This journal highlights attractions at Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Fells Point areas.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor and Fells Point

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The redeveloped waterfront has transformed downtown Baltimore into a bustling tourist town. There are several eateries in the Inner Harbor, mainly contained within the Light St. and Pratt St. Pavilions. Favorites include Phillip's Seafood, Paolo's, and many others that seem to pop up every time I go home. Check out an Orioles or Ravens game if you're into professional baseball or football--both Camden Yards and PSINet Stadium are state-of-the-art. The first ESPNZone was built in downtown Baltimore and is just west of the Harbor. The Baltimore Aquarium is world-class, with lots of marine and freshwater exhibits, even an Amazon rainforest. The Fells Point area of Baltimore is located west of the Inner H...Read More

Baltimore Crab Houses

Restaurant | "Baltimore is Crab Capital of the World"

Talk to any native Baltimoron, and they'll tell you crabs are the local culinary icon. These tasty crustaceans can be found at a number of any seafood restaurants or crab houses around MD, DC, VA, and DE. They are steamed and doused in a local spice called Old Bay. The meat is sweet and tender, more so than snow crab, king crab, or lobster. Try out one of the 'all you can eat' places and gorge on crabs for hours! Or, buy a bushel and sit out on the back porch, picking crabs until the sun goes down. It is a very communal food/activity. If you are a crab eating novice, make sure they demonstrate to you what you can and CANNOT eat!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Baltimore Crab Houses
Throughout Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland

National Aquarium Baltimore

Attraction | "National Aquarium in Baltimore"

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a world-reknowned facility and one of the major attractions at the Inner Harbor. You walk through a series of different habitats, starting in the mudflats of the Chesapeake and ending with the deep ocean shark tank. One of the highlights has to be the Amazon rainforest that sits in the triangular glass section above the Aquarium. Check out the piranha tank! Adults are $15, children $8.50. For more information, visit the official NAIB website .

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

National Aquarium Baltimore
501 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 576-3800

'Oh say, can you see....' Fort McHenry is one of America's national historic landmarks. Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner from a ship in the Harbor, while watching the British attack the Fort. There is an excellent presentation and visitor center at Fort McHenry that is worth checking out. A walking tour can recreate some of the history of the Fort, the cannons, walls, and different quarters. In addition, there is plenty of open green space for picnicking, kite flying, and just enjoying nice days by the water. Check out the NPS website for more information.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 E Fort Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
(410) 962-4290

The American Visionary Art Museum is dedicated to amateur artists that create art out of passion and self-motivation, rather than for profit. It has a rotating collection of eccentric and bizarre exhibits using many different media. For instance, the last time I visited the museum, there was an alien/UFO abduction exhibit, with art created by those that had experienced alien abductions. Very interesting stuff, quite different from the usual art museum! Check out their website at

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2000

American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, Maryland 21203
(410) 244-1900