Day One: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Site
2400 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21230
With the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 underway and the upcoming celebration of the creation of the country’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key on Sept. 13-14. 1814, Fort McHenry is steeped in the nation’s history. This year, the Star-Spangled Banner Defenders’ Day Weekend runs Sept. 13-15. The weekend begins on Friday, 10-10:30 a.m., with a keynote speech by the U.S. Treasurer. On both Saturday and Sunday, spend the day steeped in early 19th century life and history by visiting the large living history encampment at the site. Thrill to the sound of fife and drums, military drills, cannon and musket firing demonstrations and more. While there, visit the nearby Flag House and see the remnants of the original flag that inspired Key to write the words to the national anthem.
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Day Two:Museums of Baltimore
Baltimore Visitor Center
401 Light Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
After stopping at the Baltimore Visitor Center, located on Light Street downtown, plan to spend the day visiting the museums of Baltimore. For an historical view of baseball, visit Camden Yards, the Sports Legends Museum and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. While Ruth became famous with the New York Yankees, he started his career in Baltimore. Next, head to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum and learn about American culture vis-a-vis American icons, such as Batman, Superman, the Care Bares and even the California Raisins. It is a fun spot for adults and kids. After lunch at the Inner Harbor, spend the remainder or the day at the National Aquarium. See sharks, jellyfish, the dolphin show and more.
Day Three: Boat Tour of Inner Harbor & the Maritime Museum
Maryland Office of Tourism Development
401 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
To become immersed in the maritime history of Baltimore, what better place to start than boarding a boat and taking a water tour of the Inner Harbor? Watermark Cruises on the Bay feature a tour of 45 to 90 minutes. Or spend 60 minutes as a pirate aboard the Fearless by Urban Pirates. Water taxis depart from 17 locations and operate year-round. After spending the morning on the water, have lunch at one of the Inner Harbor’s diverse eateries. Spend the rest of the afternoon touring the historic ships in Baltimore, such as the Constellation and the U.S. Submarine Torsk. While there, tour the Baltimore Maritime Museum. For an evening on the water, take a dinner cruise.
Day Four:Edgar Allan Poe Society
203 N. Amity Street
Baltimore, Md. 21223
Experience the Baltimore of Edgar Allan Poe by visiting the Baltimore Poe House and Museum. Originally built around 1830, Poe was 23 when his extended family lived in the brick house on Amity Street. The display includes glassware, a telescope, a sextant, a lap desk and other Poe memorabilia. While living in the house, Poe wrote a number of stories, such as “MS. Found in a Bottle,” “Bernice – A Tale” and a number of poems. After visiting the Poe House, head to Poe’s Memorial Grave, which was dedicated in November 1875. For lunch, head to the Annabel Lee Tavern at 601 S. Clinton Street to ponder the writer and his work. In the evening, take in a play at Baltimore’s famous Centerstage.
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