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Guide to Baltimore for Families

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Baltimore has a wealth of attractions for the entire family to discover. Whether you want to stick to the Inner Harbor or explore all Baltimore's activity options further afield, you are sure to make plenty of unforgettable family memories here in 'Charm City.'

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

National Aquarium

Aquariums

Historic Ships in Baltimore

Ships, Speciality Museums

Fort McHenry National Monument

Historic Sites, Missions, Monuments & Statues, National Parks

Maryland Science Center

Science Museums

The Maryland Zoo

Zoos

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum

Speciality Museums

Port Discovery Children's Museum

Children's Museums

Baltimore Water Taxi

Ferries

Baltimore Museum of Industry

History Museums, Speciality Museums

Canton Waterfront Park

Parks

Tim A's City Tips

  • Check to see if some of the attractions are part of multi-attraction packages, and/or offer family discounts.
  • The Baltimore Water Taxi is the best way to explore around the Inner Harbor; and it's more fun than traveling by land!
  • The Charm City Circulator shuttles visitors around to all the popular attractions for free; a great way for families to save on transport.
  • National Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Tim A Says:

    Come rain or shine, the Baltimore Aquarium is the perfect place to explore as a family, with seemingly endless tanks filled with every sea creature you can imagine. Don't miss the touch tank!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Ask about the special Immersion Tours, which kids are bound to love.
    • Buy your tickets online to skip the line.
    • Check out the Calypso's Gold Tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Que 19/03/2019
    • Another great visit!! 18/03/2019
    • National Aquarium
    Address:
    501 E Pratt St
    Baltimore, MD 21202-3194
    Phone:
    +1 410-576-3800
    Hours:
    Fri
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat - Thu
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Historic Ships in Baltimore
    Ships, Speciality Museums
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    Tim A Says:

    The Historic Ships include five attractions and a lighthouse. The whole family can actually climb inside of ships and submarines here to explore everything from engine rooms to galleys to sleeping areas.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The lighthouse is always free!
    • You can purchase tickets for all of the attractions, or you can pick and choose the ones that most interest your family.
    • This attraction is located in the Inner Harbor.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sub and sail ship are good 14/03/2019
    • Really a good place 06/03/2019
    • Historic Ships in Baltimore
    Address:
    301 E Pratt St Pier 1
    Baltimore, MD 21202-3134
    Phone:
    +1 410-539-1797
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Fort McHenry National Monument
    Historic Sites, Missions, Monuments & Statues, National Parks
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    Tim A Says:

    The Fort McHenry National Monument was the inspiration for the star spangled banner. During the War of 1812, Fort McHenry kept the harbor of Baltimore safe from the British, and visitors of all ages can now explore the area, to learn first-hand what that must have been like.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pets are allowed, however they have to be kept on a leash.
    • There is a nominal fee to visit the historic area of the park. Other areas are free of charge.
    • Discount tickets are available on their website.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Patriotic and Historical Monument! 13/03/2019
    • Amazing History with Great Vista 12/03/2019
    • Fort McHenry National Monument
    Address:
    2400 E Fort Ave
    Baltimore, MD 21230-5390
    Phone:
    +1 410-962-4290
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Maryland Science Center
    Science Museums
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    Tim A Says:

    A world of adventure awaits you at the Maryland Science Center, with a Planetarium, Imax Theater, science lab and so much more. Whether you choose to follow Newton's Law or make your own in the science center, kids big and small are sure to enjoy an afternoon of hands-on fun here!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Maryland Science Center is handicap accessible, with ramps and elevators to all floors.
    • Group discount tickets are offered on their website.
    • Parking is free in the gallery garage areas.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Museum experience for all ages 15/02/2019
    • Great Fun for Kids 07/02/2019
    • Maryland Science Center
    Address:
    601 Light St
    Baltimore, MD 21230-3803
    Phone:
    +1 410-685-5225
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Maryland Zoo
    Zoos
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    Tim A Says:

    Maryland Zoo's wildlife collection features over 1,500 animals housed in natural settings which simulate their native habitats. The Zoo also offers a fun-filled behind the scenes tour that will have the family up close — and in some cases interacting — with a number of different animals.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Parking is free outside the main gate.
    • Military discounts are offered, view the website for details.
    • One month advance reservations are often required for the behind the scenes tours. Find out more on their website.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such a stress-free, fun, family time! 03/03/2019
    • Great Day 12/02/2019
    • The Maryland Zoo
    Address:
    1 Safari Pl
    Baltimore, MD 21217
    Phone:
    +1 410-396-7102
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$14
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Tim A Says:

    The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum boasts the largest collection of train memorabilia in the world! Located in the heart of Baltimore, the railroad once made it possible for the economy to grow in abundance. The museum is a great way for kids and adults alike to revisit the past, and witness the influence the railroad had on the USA .

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Combo tickets may be purchased on their website.
    • Parking is free of charge.
    • Train rides are available on select days. Check the website for details.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Trains! And a model train show too 04/03/2019
    • A great day at the B&O 21/02/2019
    • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum
    Address:
    901 W Pratt St
    Baltimore, MD 21223-2699
    Phone:
    +1 410-752-2490
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Port Discovery Children's Museum
    Children's Museums
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    Tim A Says:

    The Port Discovery Children's Museum is housed in the historic Fish Market building, and it has activities scheduled all day long! There are also plenty of interactive exhibits for the entire family to enjoy at their leisure.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This museum is located in the Inner Harbor.
    • The third Friday of the month is "Family Fun Day," with big discounts on entry, and extended opening hours.
    • Check the calendar online for special events.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Birthday Party 13/02/2019
    • Fresh discovery 12/02/2019
    • Port Discovery Children's Museum
    Address:
    35 Market Pl
    Baltimore, MD 21202-4002
    Phone:
    +1 410-727-8120
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$15
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Baltimore Water Taxi
    Ferries
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    Tim A Says:

    For over 35 years the Baltimore Water Taxi has served the Inner Harbor and its surrounding areas. Whether you are wanting to shop, dine, or head to other great activities nearby, this is the easiest way to travel, save money, and have fun at the same time!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Parking is available close to the water taxi for a nominal fee.
    • Make sure to check the weather, as the taxi service may be suspended during poor conditions.
    • Special discount ticket offers are available on their website.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great way to get around downtown! 16/12/2018
    • Great way to get around! 06/11/2018
    • Baltimore Water Taxi
    Address:
    901 S Broadway
    Baltimore, MD 21231
    Phone:
    +1 410-563-3900
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    2:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry
    History Museums, Speciality Museums
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    Tim A Says:

    The Baltimore Museum of Industry offers families of all ages the chance to step back in time and see what shaped Baltimore into the bustling city that it is today. You'll find a variety of exhibits on industry and technology here, including surefire kid-pleasers like the Video Game Wizards!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is on the Inner Harbor, and can be reached easiest by water taxi.
    • Spend some time exploring the recreated businesses.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Art, Education and the History of Work 14/03/2019
    • Wonderful history of Baltimore industry 28/02/2019
    • Baltimore Museum of Industry
    Address:
    1415 Key Hwy
    Baltimore, MD 21230-5100
    Phone:
    +1 410-727-4808
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Canton Waterfront Park
    Parks
    Tim A Says:

    The Canton Waterfront Park is one of Baltimore's most unique green spaces. Right on the waterfront, this pretty park offers over 7 miles of walking and biking trails, meaning plenty of space for kids to let off steam!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the Korean War Memorial.
    • There is a fenced in dog park.
    • You can fish from the pier here without having to have a license.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 210 things to do in Baltimore
    • Nice Views 02/08/2018
    • Birthday view 04/04/2018
    • Canton Waterfront Park
    Address:
    3001 Boston St
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    Phone:
    +1 410-396-7931
    Other:
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