Jen's Baltimore: Family-Friendly Fun


As a mom of two, Jen Hausner is always on the lookout for fun things to do with her children and it's a bonus if they learn something along the way. The Inner Harbor is full of museums and attractions that are perfect for kids and that adults enjoy just as much. Hop on the Baltimore Water Taxi for a picturesque way to get around.

Locate Attractions From This Itinerary

The Baltimore Museum of Art 
The BMA is one of two art museums in Baltimore that offers free entry all year round and is home to the largest collection of Matisse in the world. Jen recommends exploring the museum with a self-guided audio tour that explains the art in a more simplified way that's easy for kids to understand. Afterwards, she quizzes her children on what they saw and what their main takeaways were. 
Nationally acclaimed cookbook author and chef John Shields brings his signature Chesapeake Bay cuisine to Gertrudes, located in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Stop here for lunch or dinner after exploring the museum and sit outside in the sculpture garden to continue your cultural experience.
National Aquarium 
As one of Baltimore's most popular attractions, there is something for everyone at the National Aquarium. Jen says her entire family enjoys going and can spend hours trying to see everything from the jellyfish touch pool to the 4-D immersion films.
Maryland Science Center 
Make learning fun again at the Maryland Science Center. This hands-on museum is perfect for kids to explore everything from dinosaurs to human anatomy. Check the schedule of The Shed for events and classes that teach visitors a DIY skill. Jen loves to take her children here because you can walk away with a tangible memory of what you've learned.
Baltimore Water Taxi 
The Baltimore Water Taxi has more than a dozen landings and can take you from the Inner Harbor to neighborhoods like Fell's Point, Canton or Locust Point where Fort McHenry is located. It's also a budget-friendly way to get picturesque waterfront views while cruising.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 
The grounds surrounding Fort McHenry are free and open to the public and Jen loves to come here for a jog while her kids ride bikes or play soccer. Pay the small entry fee and kids can become a junior ranger and help unfurl a replica of the flag that flew over the fort during the Battle of Baltimore.