Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is one of the most photographed and visited areas of the city. It has been one of the major seaports in the United States since the 1700s and started blossoming into the cultural center of Baltimore in the 1970s.
Distinct in function and form, locals and visitors alike enjoy Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the surrounding neighborhoods that offer a variety of fine dining, cultural experiences and exciting nightlife.
From breath-taking panoramic views of the skyline from the Observation Level of the World Trade Center to the up-close and personal experiences of street performances happening spontaneously at the waterfront, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor offers more to see and do than you might imagine. Consider staying at one of the many Inner Harbor Hotels to enjoy all that the Inner Harbor has to offer up close and all within walking distance!
Harborplace and the Gallery
Located in the heart of the Inner Harbor on Pratt Street, Harborplace and The Gallery offer unique shopping, diverse dining and a variety of entertainment right on the picturesque waterfront.
Cruises on the Bay by Watermark
Cruise the Inner Harbor and beyond on the 65 foot BIG RED BOAT. Relax during the tour enjoy a full service bar with AC below and sunshine or stars above! Daily 45-minute narrated cruise departs on the hour starting at 11am. $6 children, $17 adults. Friday Night 90-minute “Key Bridge Cruise” departs 5 pm Saturday Night 60-minute “City Lights Cruise” departs 8 pm. Click here for more information.
Spirit Cruises - Baltimore
The newly renovated Spirit of Baltimore offers year round Lunch and Dinner cruises as well as Specialty and Holiday Cruises. The Spirit has 2 fully enclosed climate-controlled decks along with an open air panoramic deck that boasts the best views of the historic Harbor. The Inner Harbor Spirit offers interactive, narrated 60 minute sightseeing tours of Baltimore from April-October giving you an insiders view of our famous Inner Harbor. Click here for more information.
Maryland Science Center
Let your senses and your mind wander as you experience the numerous sights and hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. Featuring an IMAX theater and a planetarium, it's sure to please everyone.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore houses sharks, dolphins, rays and tropical fish among the more than 16,000 creatures in naturalistic exhibits, including a walk-through rain forest, an exciting live-action dolphin show and a new Australian exhibit.
Baltimore's newest, most exciting excursion! You'll learn about all of the historic sights with a fun, amusing narration, plus enjoy a thrilling speed boat ride.
World Trade Center
Seeming to hover 405 feet directly over top of the harbor, the World Trade Center in Baltimore offers the best view of the city in every direction from the “Top of the World” Observation Level on the 27th floor. Constructed in 1977, its 32 floors make up the world's tallest equilateral 5-sided building.
A water-taxi ride away, you can learn about the Battle of Baltimore and the nation's history by visiting Fort McHenry. Fireworks conclude Flag Day and Defender's Day celebrations. And special events include living history weekends where the Fort McHenry Guard performs demonstrations.
Baltimore Water Taxi
For the perfect transportation in and around Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the water taxi is an affordable solution. Located on Lancaster Street, one price buys unlimited rides for the day and group discount rates are available. Native Baltimore residents and frequent city visitors often opt for the frequent floater annual pass.
Baltimore Maritime Museum
Located at Pier 3 and Pier 5, be sure to see the treasures of Inner Harbor by touring the USS Torsk, the USCGC Taney, the Lightship Chesapeake and more. Visit the Maritime Museum and you’ll receive a discount for the USS Constellation, the only Civil War ship still floating today.
Inner Harbor Restaurants
Elegant gourmet cuisine, ethnic foods from around the world and plenty of fresh seafood from Maryland's Chesapeake Bay abound. Come sample a taste of Baltimore at one of the many Inner Harbor restaurants.
A visit to Camden Yards is just minutes away and, if you're a true baseball fan, be sure to see the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame exhibit and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum located nearby.You can also visit the Sports Legends Museum which offers 22,000 square feet of artifacts and interactive exhibits, transforming Camden Station into one of the most spectacular sports museums in America.
Get in on the spirit of the Purple and Black when you attend a Baltimore Ravens football game at the M&T Bank Stadium just a short distance from the Inner Harbor.
Port Discovery Children's Museum
Port Discovery Children's Museum provides experiences that ignite imagination, inspire learning and nurture growth through play. The Museum offers 3 floors of educational, interactive and hands-on/minds-on experiences designed for children ages 2-10 years of age. Port Discovery has served over 2.5 million visitors and continues to grow as one of the leading non-traditional educational resources in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Power Plant Live!
A block away from Baltimore's Inner Harbor is Power Plant Live, a premier dining and entertainment district that features a variety of restaurants and nightclubs surrounding a common plaza. There is also outdoor seating which often features live performances.
Planning a Visit to the Inner Harbor?
If you're planning a visit to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, be sure to check out the special Baltimore Packages for money-saving offers.
There are so many things to see and do that you may wish to spend a night or two in one of the many Inner Harbor hotels located within walking distance to all the exciting attractions.
For something really enchanting, get in on the holiday lights at the Inner Harbor in December! From Santa's fabulous workshop in center stage, to frozen water and street performances, the charming city decorations and multitude of lights are sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit.
No matter when you visit, you're sure to be impressed by all the things to do in and around the Inner Harbor.
Interested in Learning More About the History of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor?
Visit our Inner Harbor Timeline to follow the development of the Inner Harbor from 1959 to the present day.
Plan your trip!
- “PORTRAIT OF A CITY: VIEWS OF EARLY BALTIMORE” March 5, 2013 - May 26, 2013 | 11:00am - 4:00pm
- National Anthem Tour by Sea April 29, 2013 - October 11, 2013 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
- Baltimore National Heritage Area: Heritage Walks April 6, 2013 - November 4, 2013 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
- City Lights Cruise April 20, 2013 - August 31, 2013 | 8:30pm - 9:30pm
- National Maritime Day Maritime Expo & Career Fair May 18, 2013 | 10:00am - 3:00pm