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Baltimore's Waterfront Area

A July 2007 trip to Baltimore by ripplefan2

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Quote: Located right on the water, most of this area is clean, beautiful, and amazing. With the aquarium, old ships, and shops galor... All in all, it's a lot of fun.

Baltimore's Waterfront Area

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The aquarium, the mall located on the waterfront, the restaurants, and the overall ambience, it's easy to see why so many people move to Baltimore. Don't forget you suntan lotion while you are walking around the dock areas because the sun is brutal here. Also, no matter what side of the water you end up going to, there is plenty to do, just make sure you get there early enough to avoid the crowds because people come out of nowhere on the weekends.Quick Tips: I am not sure if there are coupons available for the aquarium, but the area surrounding it is full of fun and cheap things to do, like peddle boat rentals for kids and historic ships that you can easily walk through. If you have the ...Read More

National Aquarium Baltimore

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National Aquarium Baltimore Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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We got to Downtown Baltimore at around 12am and the crowds were in full swing, so the next available entry time for the aquarium was at 3pm. We bought the tickets then, expecting it was only going to get worse as time went on, and went on out exploring.After returning from our walk, we jumped on line and awaited the doors to open for our time. The doors open every 15 minutes allowing the crowds not to be as big and making your experience much better. The first thing we saw as we entered was a giant waterfall, which was amazing. Next, we explored around through the main pool that had dozens of sting rays, all varying in size, and one of the biggest turtles I have eve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 16, 2007

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

Lexington Market

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Lexington Market Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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While waiting for our entrance time at the Baltimore Aquarium, we all decided to go for a walk to the famed Lexington Market in the downtown area. As we walked from the waterfront to the inner part of downtown, the ambience around us went from business commercial to uncomfortable in the matter of a couple of blocks. If you plan to head to Lexington Market, please take the Light Rail, it drops you off right there. Try not to walk over there. Anyway, when we got there, the four of us went exploring for some lunch. Now this place has endless areas of food courts, most of it specializing in local cultural influences, such as Polish, Soul Food, Chinese, and Greek. It is a unique mix if I have ever ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2007

Lexington Market
400 West Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 685-6169

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If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path place to go to, look no farther. The American Visionary Art Museum is one of a kind. Located just east of the Inner Harbor, this place is full of the radar art.Each of the artists, whose work compiles the inventory of this place, is someone who has a mental deficiency and is expressing himself through this unique art. One of the craziest things that I remember seeing was a to-scale model of Coney Island with working parts and lights that was just amazing. There were also giant sculptures of fish made out of old, used metal. This stuff were so out there but so cool. And since the place that houses all of this stuff is an old whisky storeho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 17, 2007

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

The Chinatown Bus

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This is a secret that I have been using for the last 5 years or so, and I feel that it is time to let the cat out of the bag. With climbing gas prices, decreased gas mileage, increased toll prices and high concentrations of congestion on highways, the cost of driving is getting out of control. But have no fear, there is an affordable answer right in front of you: the Chinatown Bus.The Chinatown from New York to Baltimore is a decent $35 round-trip and the ride isn't too bad. It really depends on the bus and the driver. The ride can either be fast and enjoyable or long and unbearable. There is nothing in between, but the price and the convenience are unbeatable. Now the bus...Read More