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Best Tourist Attractions In Baltimore Worth The Hype

November 23, 2013 6:00 AM

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Advertising hype is one thing, but the proof is in the pudding when it comes to tourist attractions. It takes a bit of courage and a spirit of exploration to take a chance on a new travel destination or a new attraction. Baltimore has many attractions that rise to the hype and are well worth the effort. From history to sports, Baltimore has it all.

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Photo Credit: Thinkstock

National Aquarium
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 576-3800
www.aqua.org

No matter the day of the week, the month of the year or the season, the National Aquarium at Baltimore is a perennial favorite. Located in the Inner Harbor, the aquarium features a dolphin show, regular exhibits and special exhibits. Throughout the year, the aquarium offers various special events, such as the recent November celebration of native cultures which was hosted by the aquarium. Or Explore Blacktip Reef, an exhibit featuring a replicated Indo-Pacific reef. An ongoing exhibit that is a sensory delight is the Jellies Invasion. The exhibit includes many different jellyfish species.

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Maryland Science Center
601 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 685-2370
www.mdsci.org

The Maryland Science Center, located in the Inner Harbor, is known for its curated, unique exhibits. Case in point is the Mummies of the World Exhibit, featuring the largest collection of mummies and artifacts ever shown. It includes mummies from Asia, South America, Oceania, Egypt and Europe. The collection includes discovery programs, such as the art of mummy making. Or take in an IMAX feature, such as “Flight of the Butterflies 3D.”

(Credit: Google Images)

(Credit: Google Images)

Port Discovery Children’s Museum
35 Market Place
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 727-8120
www.portdiscovery.org

The Port Discovery Children’s Museum has been named as one of the top five children’s museums in the country, along with numerous other awards. With more than 13 permanent exhibits, in addition to special events and programs, the permanent exhibits include Adventure Expeditions, about a time travel trip back to 1920s Egypt, and an opportunity to learn about the archaeological discoveries that made history, such as the finding of King Tut’s Tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Or take the tyke to experience the Tot Trails. Featuring music and exploration, the program is an excellent and exciting learning experience for young children.

(credit: historicships.org)

(credit: historicships.org)

Historic Ships In Baltimore
301 Pier 3
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 539-1797
www.historicships.org

For tourists who love the sea, the Historic Ships in Baltimore offers a tantalizing look at maritime vessels and history. Located in the Inner Harbor, the ships include the USS Constellation, a sloop-type man of war; the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney; and the U.S. Submarine Torsk. Also part of the collection is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse that has sat at the mouth of the Patapsco River for more than 130 years. The Lightship Chesapeake exhibition showcases what life on the sea was like from the mid-1800s to the mid-1980s.

(Credit: Great Blacks In Wax Museum)

(Credit: Great Blacks In Wax Museum)

National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
1601 E. North Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21213
(410) 563-3404
www.greatblacksinwax.org

Showcasing the history and accomplishments of African-Americans in the U.S., and in Baltimore specifically, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum brings together stories of struggle, of victory and of defeat in the lives of African-Americans. Featuring actual-size wax replicas of such historical figures like Frederick Douglass, the museum’s exhibits are unique in that they deal exclusively with the African- American experience.

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Jeffrey B. Roth has won numerous state and national news and feature writing awards during his career. A well-known crime writer, investigative reporter and a feature writer, Roth writes for a number of magazines and newspapers. Listed in the Locus Index of SciFi and Fantasy authors, Roth is the author of a number of published short stories and poetry. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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