Fort McHenry National Monument
The Star-Spangled Banner
National Museum of
Kimpton Hotel Monaco
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Known as a “Past-Meets-Present
Baltimore Hotel,” the 202-room
property is located in the historic
1906 B&O Railroad Headquarters
near the Inner Harbor. This boutique
and pet-friendly hotel offers a
perfect downtown location near the
National Aquarium, Oriole Park at
Camden Yards and many other
The hotel’s spacious Pullman
Suites are particularly great for
families, as they feature a separate
bedroom for the kids with bunk beds
and their own television and Xbox
Baltimore is famous for crab cakes,
so, naturally, every restaurant in
town claims theirs are the best.
But for truly great Baltimore crab
cakes, there’s no better place than
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. Though
the restaurant is located about
8 miles from downtown, Jimmy’s
award-winning crab cake recipe — as
well as award-winning, creamy crab
soup — is definitely worth the trip.
WHEN TO GO
As an East Coast city, Baltimore
experiences four distinct seasons.
The average daytime temperature
in July rises to a high of nearly
90 degrees, and the average
temperature in January dips to a
chilly low of 23 degrees.
Baltimore is easily accessible by
plane, train or automobile. The
Thurgood Marshall Airport is about
10 miles from downtown.
In addition, Amtrak offers service
from Baltimore Penn Station on its
route along the Northeast corridor.
For visitors traveling by car, Baltimore
is located off I-95 — within a day’s
drive from many major U.S. cities.
the national aquarium
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family suites at
visit Babe Ruth’s
If parents have animal-loving children,
suggest they visit the National Aquarium in
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which is home to
more than 20,000 animals, including several
species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and
The aquarium is also known for its award-winning habitats, such as the coral-filled
Indo-Pacific reef exhibit with floor-to-ceiling
viewing windows and an interactive Living
Seashore exhibit. The latter features touch
pools full of stingrays, starfish and even moon
jellyfish, with carefully supervised touching.
The National Aquarium also houses two
walk-through biomes: a tropical rainforest and
an Australian river gorge that was awarded
Top Honors in 2008 from the Association of
Zoos & Aquariums.
Or, if families have young sports fans,
suggest catching a game at Oriole Park at
Camden Yards. Even in the off-season, tours
of the ballpark provide informative and
entertaining explanations of its history
“We studied old ballparks — Boston’s Fenway,
Chicago’s Wrigley and Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field,”
said Bob Feldman, a tour guide at Orioles Park
at Camden Yards. “We wanted to take the best
of the old ballparks, add modern things and
create a ‘new old’ ballpark.”
Because of that, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
was built downtown, similar to old ballparks.
In fact, Eutaw Street, a real city street that runs
through Baltimore, also travels through Oriole
Park between the ballpark and the Camden
Yards Warehouse. One unique feature of Oriole
Park is that home runs that land on Eutaw
Street are marked right on the pavement; there’s
approximately 90 of them.
A short walk from Oriole Park at Camden
Yards is the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum,
a route marked by 60 baseballs painted on the
sidewalk. The house where The Babe was born
in 1895 is packed with exhibits that represent
Ruth’s childhood, personal life and, of course,
his remarkable baseball career.