The centerpiece of downtown Baltimore is the world-famous Inner Harbor, the vibrant and beautiful waterfront that was transformed into a major tourist destination.
Located along the waterfront Inner Harbor promenade, the Baltimore Visitor Center is a multi-function space where visitors can find everything they need to navigate Baltimore. Highly trained and professional staff and volunteers provide one-on-one personalized recommendations and services, including making reservations and purchasing tickets. On display are hundreds of brochures and interactive touch screens with maps and information about hotels, museums, restaurants and attractions, plus display cases with sample artifacts or works of art from city museums and galleries. You can even charge your phone and use free Wi-Fi while here. Check online for a rotating schedule of family-friendly events and children’s arts and crafts classes.
For about 200 years Baltimore’s Inner Harbor allowed the city to be a leader in many industries such as shipbuilding, canning and steel. By the second half of the 20th century city leaders decided to turn the idle port into a bustling tourism attraction. Haborplace and the National Aquarium were built and soon many other attractions followed. Today you can learn more about Baltimore’s maritime history on one of Historic Ships of Baltimore’s floating museums. Four vessels and one lighthouse placed around the Inner Harbor each contain information and artifacts from a different era. For modern-day sights, take a tour by sea with Spirit Cruises or Watermark, or hop on the Baltimore Water Taxi or a Chessie Paddle Boat.
There is no shortage of entertainment and activities at the Inner Harbor. From world class museums like the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and Ripley's Believe It or Not! to waterfront attractions like Top of the World Observation Level, Historic Ships and Harborplace and The Gallery shopping centers. Power Plant Live! Is the perfect one-stop shop for visitors. With restaurants, bars and music venues there are always exciting events going on, and nearby is MECU Pavilion for outdoor concerts on the water during the summer. As you explore Inner Harbor, keep an eye out for items expertly crafted by members of Baltimore's growing maker community – including locally crafted coffee and beer, décor, and much more. They're sure to add an authentically Baltimorean charm to your trip.
The USS Constellation is the last all-sail warship built by the U.S. Navy and the only Civil War-era vessel still afloat, and it's available for tours daily.