Baltimore is home to great food, a lively sports scene, and excellent galleries and museums. The city itself is one of many neighbourhoods, including the Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Fell’s Point and Little Italy. There’s something for everyone, no matter what time of year you visit; and Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, located in the Inner Harbor, offers easy access to it all. If you’re travelling with children, try out these local favourites.
Visit the National Aquarium
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Home to 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species, this excellent marine research facility and aquarium is within walking distance of the Hotel. The real crowd-pleaser is the live feeding show with stingrays and sharks.
Explore the Inner Harbor
In addition to the National Aquarium, you’ll find Harborplace & The Gallery, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (where Major League Baseball’s Orioles play), M&T Bank Stadium (where the National Football League’s Ravens play), and Fort McHenry (where the U.S. national anthem was born).
See a game
And if you can’t catch an Orioles or Ravens game, consider IndyCar racing, lacrosse, thoroughbred racing or basketball.
Enjoy the art
Explore the galleries and studios of the Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment District (referred to by locals simply as “Ha!”). Kids can enjoy the ultimate pop culture experience at Baltimore’s Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, a short trip from the Inner Harbor. Or see an exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum.
Play and learn
The Port Discovery Children’s Museum has three floors of interactive exhibitions and programmes for children up to 10 years old. The Maryland Science Center also has three floors of exhibits, as well as a planetarium and an observatory.
Be a pirate for a day
What kid wouldn’t love a one-hour tour of the Inner Harbor with Urban Pirates? Children dress up in pirate gear, learn the ways of piracy and help patrol the waters with the rest of the crew. Warning: There might even be an (ahem) “attack” on the ship, so some manning of the “cannons” is required.