Are you planning a family vacation to Baltimore? There are plenty of kid-friendly destinations. Here is my selection of the best-known Baltimore highlights for families with children, but don't forget the "off-the-beaten-path" places too. I cover both in my blog, Kid Baltimore. Happy traveling!
- B & O Railroad Museum
- "The oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the
world." Trains showcased here date back to 1830. After you explore the
trains, you can take a train ride (check their website for scheduling and availability). [Kid Baltimore Review]
- Baltimore Museum of Art - My
favorite section is the Cone Collection (I think) or maybe it's the
Contemporary wing. But my kids love the Cheney miniatures. Make sure you
hang out in the sculpture garden and stop for lunch at Gertrude's. [Kid Baltimore Review 1, 2, 3]
- Baltimore Maritime Museum - Tour a submarine, ship or lighthouse and experience maritime history.
- Baltimore Museum of Industry
- This museum, housed in an old cannery, is dedicated to preserving our
industrial heritage. Find out how food was processed, clothes were
made, or cars assembled in days gone by.
- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - Home to Baltimore's internationally recognized orchestra. In addition to their regular concerts, the BSO has special family concerts geared toward kids.
- Center Stage - This theater offers a lot of kid-friendly extras, like Child's Play -- on-site supervised babysitting with theatre-related activities; and Kickin' It with the 'Rents -- a catered dinner, visit with the cast and show for families.
- Edgar Allen Poe House - "The little house in the lowly street with the lovely name." Poe lived here from 1833 to 1835.
- Enoch Pratt Central Library -
Baltimore is home to one of the oldest library systems in the United
States. The Central Library, built in 1932, contains the H.L. Mencken
- Fell's Point - Cobblestone streets are lined by eclectic shops in this former ship-building area of Baltimore.
- Fort McHenry - Birthplace of the National Anthem.
- Geppi's Entertainment Museum - 250 years of American pop: comic strips, radio, t.v., toy and games.
- A stroll along the Inner Harbor is a must in Baltimore. Harborplace
combines it with shopping, dining and even street performers.
- The Hippodrome Theatre
- (a.k.a. the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center) A former top
vaudeville house that has seen performers such as Bob Hope, Jack Benny
and Dinah Shore, the newly renovated center is alive again with shows
for all ages.
- Lyric Opera House - Opera, yes, but also kid shows like Playhouse Disney Live!, and Magic Tree House: The Musical
- Maryland Historical Society -
Because History Never Stops. Not only does the MdHS have an extensive
library of historical documents, it is also home to an impressive
collections of artifacts from Maryland's history, including the largest
collection of works of art by the Peale family.
- Maryland Science Center
- Everything science. From microscopic germs to gigantic dinosaurs.
From studying the blue crab population to docking the space shuttle.
- The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - 160 acres of animal habitats to explore. Baby elephant Samson, the newest member of the zoo family is a favorite here.
- National Aquarium in Baltimore – Maryland's leading tourist attraction, The National Aquarium in Baltimore boasts an impressive collection of aquatic environments. Whether you come to watch the dolphin show or explore the life of an Australian river gorge, you will be amazed. [Kid Baltimore Review]
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards - See a game, or take a behind-the-scenes tour.
- Port Discovery - One of the top 5 children's museums in the United States is located right smack dab in the middle of the Inner Harbor. There is a giant jungle gym to exercise those little legs, but also some great learning exhibits.
- Walters Art Museum - A collection of art bequeathed to the City of Baltimore by William and Henry Walters. The collection includes pieces from "pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe. [Kid Baltimore Review]
- USS Constellation - Launched in 1854, this ship saw over 100 years of service.