An August 1997 trip
to Baltimore by Wasatch
Quote: Eclipsed by its famous neighbors to the north and south, Baltimore is well worth a visit.
The Walters Gallery is outstanding. We think of Walters as a trip through the best of the Smithsonian. Larger museums have very little that Walters doesn’t have; they just have more examples. Walters has one to two Faberge Eggs, crown jewels of king somebody, Monets, Egyptian mummies instead of rooms full of each, and pretty much that’s enough. There is free admission on Saturdays. Lunch at the excellent café is a pleasant way to break up your museum tour.
With a number of things to see and do, the Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s tourist central, and it’spopular with the natives.
 The National Aquarium is large collection of fish featuring a three-story cylindrical fish display with a spiral staircase down its middle and a tropical-rain forest display with even higher humidity than the city. Observation deck, top of the tallest building on the waterfront Ship tours, the Maritime Museum. Visit a WWII submarine, a lighthouse ship, the famous War of 1812 frigate, the USS Constellation, and a couple others.
 Boat tours of the Inner Harbor, passing by Fort McHenry, or take a less expensive ride on the water taxi. Maryland Science Center– science made fun for kids
 Harborplace: Shops, boutiques, restaurants, and souvenirs in the two buildings nearest the USS Constellation. Don’t miss crab cakes at Phillips, and a walk through the fountain, which is best entered from the end of the second floor of the building where Phillips is.Fells Point and Federal Hill, both near the Inner Harbor, are pretty well preserved remnants ofcolonial Baltimore. Fort McHenry, open for visits, is in Federal Hill, on the harbor. The Bethlehem Steel Plant, if it’s still standing, is a mind-boggling example of what America’s industrial sector was like before all the jobs went to China.The B&O Railroad Museum includes an original roundhouse and real life-sized trains from all the eras of railroads. It’s much more interesting than you might think.Mt Vernon Place and vicinity is a nice example of 19th-century city architecture.The Shot TowerThe Peabody Institute, America’s first school for training professional musicians, is not as well-known as Julliard, but a concert by students is professional quality at bargain-basement prices.
Baltimore is the major city of the Chesapeake Bay, and the best regional specialties are seafoodfrom the Bay. Tops are Blue Crab, the best-tasting crab meat anywhere; Rock Fish, a type ofstriped sea bass found only in the Bay and nearby ocean; and oysters. Blue Crab is at its best ascrab cakes, Crab Imperial (crab meat cooked in lots of butter), and shrimp or fish stuffed withcrab meat. The most entertaining, and another delicious way, to eat crab is hard-shell crabs,ordered by the dozen (one dozen will feed two).
Crabs are rubbed with a spicy seasoning and boiled in their shell. Order “washed” to have the hot pepper mostly washed off after cooking or “unwashed” for three alarm crab. A stack of crabs is served on large platter, along with a hammer, a pick, and a nutcracker. Smack the shell with the hammer until it cracks open. Use the pick to remove the crab meat. Use the nutcracker to split the claws open. Watch the people at the next table to get the idea.
When pasteurized, Blue Crab meat travels well and lasts a good long time in its sealed can.
Expressway access into the heart of Baltimore is very good, and we never had a problem findingfree parking within 2 to 3 blocks of the Inner Harbor.
Baltimore is one of the few cities in the country with good train access (from the north andsouth). If you are coming from one of the other major cites on the east coast, the train will probablyget to Baltimore faster than any other transportation mode. Light rail connects the train station tothe Inner Harbor. The Walter’s Gallery is 3 blocks from the light rail.
Restaurant | "Phillip's Harborplace"
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301 Light St
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Attraction | "The Shot Tower"
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801 E. Fayette St
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
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