At the Maryland Science Center, just a block southwest of the Inner Harbor, three floors of captivating hands-on activities and live demonstrations await. Don't miss the incredible five-story IMAX movie theater or the Davis Planetarium.
There's even more learning fun at the National Aquarium at Pier 3 and Pratt Street. Soothing sounds of the sea surround you as you literally walk with sharks, dolphins, rays, and exotic tropical fish. Stepping into the steamy tropical rain forest is a definite highlight, and, at the Marine Mammal Pavilion, there are whale and dolphin presentations.
The newest exhibit, the Amazon River Forest, lets you wander along a 57-foot stretch of riverbank and spot anaconda, piranhas, and dwarf caimans, as well as turtles, reptiles, amphibians, tropical birds and thousands of fish. Particularly fascinating is the side-by-side display that shows the forest when it's dry and when it is flooded.
At Pier 1 and Pratt Street, dip back into history by boarding the U.S. Frigate Constellation, the first commissioned ship of the Navy (1797) and the oldest American warship continuously afloat.
At the World Trade Center, at Pier 2 and Pratt Street, the tallest pentagonal building in the country, you can enjoy a dramatic panoramic view of Baltimore from the observatory at 27th floor, as well as an interesting display of Baltimore's past.
And these are just the highlights.