Family Road Trip: Visiting Baltimore's Inner Harbor @BaltimoreMD

Many thanks to Visit Baltimore, who provided guest passes to facilitate our review. 

A Great East Coast Family Road Trip: Baltimore's Inner Harbor

If you’ve been following along, you might recall my recent post about our trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Well, that wasn’t all we did that day! I’ve been meaning to tell you about the rest of our East Coast family road trip for a week or two, but to be honest, I was a bit overwhelmed by trying to fit everything we did (and all the photos!) into one post. Even though we only spent one day at Inner Harbor, there was a ton to see and do!

The kids seemed to get excited the minute we got out of the car. There’s just something in the air at Inner Harbor…I think you can kind of see it in the photos. I think it’s a combination of the breeze over the water and not being in front of my laptop…

A Great East Coast Family Road Trip: Baltimore's Inner Harbor

The Historic Ships in Baltimore

There are tons of attractions in Inner Harbor, from great restaurants and shopping to sightseeing tours, boat cruises and tons of museums. There’s a lot of fun to be had there, and there’s also a LOT to learn! We were limited to one day, so we started with the Historic Ships in Baltimore, which my husband has always wanted to see.

A Great East Coast Family Road Trip: Baltimore's Inner Harbor (Historic Ships at Baltimore)

My little guy marveled at the model ship, and couldn’t believe that we were actually going to walk the decks of the real USS Constellation for a tour. We got to hear a canon go off, visit the sleeping quarters, and go down and down and down to lower decks until Mommy got a little claustrophobic and had to go back up.

Historic Ships at Baltimore


It was really interesting to see how the folks on board lived, and it looked like a great place for homeschoolers or school classes to visit! (See more pics below)

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

The third part of our day, after the National Aquarium and the USS Constellation, was the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. I CAN NOT RAVE ENOUGH about this place!

I’ll tell you right off the bat that I don’t think you can do it justice with mere photos. The museum is 80,000 square feet and 3 stories of totally hands-on fun for kids up to age It’s ranked among the top 4 children’s museums in the country, and it only takes one visit to see why!

A Great East Coast Family Road Trip: Baltimore's Inner Harbor (Port Discovery Children's Museum)

The permanent exhibits include: 

Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill’er Up Station – In this interactive exhibit, children
learn how to make healthy choices in a convenient world.

Wonders of Water (WoW!) – helps children understand human interaction with water and the
environment through “purposeful play” activities

KidWorks – A three-story urban tree house puts your mind and body to the test.

Adventure Expeditions – Explore 1920s Egypt in search of a pharaoh’s lost tomb.

MPT Studio: Nano – Experience all things small as you make your way through our new
nanoscience exhibit, featuring hands-on activities and technology in a family friendly way!

Kick It Up! brought to you by UnitedHealthcare – Get fit and healthy in our new soccer and
games stadium! Play soccer with your friends and enjoy ExerKid games including iDance, virtual
bike racing, a T-Wall, and electronic balance boards!

Tot Trails – Infants and toddlers learn through play in a whimsical exhibit that celebrates
Maryland’s heritage!

The Diner – “Cook” and serve up realistic play food and listen to tunes on the working jukebox.

The Oasis – A creative space and quiet zone for young children featuring story time, books,
games and toys.

Miss Perception’s Mystery House – Help the ace detective solve the mystery of the Baffled
family using clues and evidence in this cool and zany house!

…and the current exhibit at the Harvey M. Meyerhoff features over 40 years of beloved art in The Art of Sesame Street: From Pictures to Pages! This was my favorite part of the day because I found so many things I loved so much as a kid! At one point, my daughter was dancing to a Sesame Street clip from 1975, when I was her age and also watched my Sesame Street friends! It was definitely a moment for me. (There’s a photo in the slideshow below!)

Every single nook of the museum was filled with fun things to do, both big and small –  but the most impressive part of the museum was Kid Works, the huge climbing structure for kids. My son could have spent hours in there, and I think my husband could have too!

A Great East Coast Family Road Trip: Baltimore's Inner Harbor (Port Discovery Children's Museum)

Sadly, we ended up getting to the museum later than we wanted and we missed part of it because it was time to close. But, as you’ll see from the slideshow, we made good use of every minute and we’ll just have to head back for another day at the museum soon. I don’t think we’ve ever taken the kids anywhere they liked more, so it will be worth the trip!

For hours, rates, exhibits and special promotions, visit Port Discovery online.

Here’s a slideshow I put together of our day in Baltimore. It doesn’t include our shopping or our dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe (because by that point, the kids were totally worn out and NOT in the mood to cheese for the camera) but let it be known – we had a spectacular day in Inner Harbor! Great food, great fun, and something for everyone in the family.


We’re already planning another trip after school starts, because Baltimore is beautiful in the fall, too!

A Great East Coast Family Road Trip: Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Have you ever been to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor? What’s on your must-see list?



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