Baltimore Inner Harbor Tourist Suggestions 

There are the typical ideas of Maryland Science Center with IMAX , Port Discovery Children's Museum, and the National Aquarium all at the Inner Harbor - these are great for rainy days.  The Civil War era wooden sailing ship USS Constellation is located in the inner harbor and makes a fun as well as educational tour for kids and adults.

  USS Constilation at the Inner Harbor

The ship's staff are dressed in period costume and are well versed in the history of the ship. 

Also in the inner harbor area near the USS Constellation is a WWII submarine, a light house ship, and a Coast Guard cutter available for tours for a small fee (one ticket allows entrance to all the ships).  

WWII submarine and other ships open for tours

A family could easily spend an entire day at the inner harbor--plenty to do and see and a wide varity of food choices available. The Visitor Center at the Inner Harbor is a great [and new!] place for tourist information.   Do keep young kids in-hand as there is heavy vehicle traffic and water hazards in the area.  Also a concern is the homeless and/or alcoholic situation with begging and a strong smell of urine around the inner harbor fountain (which has become a hangout/sleeping area) during the summer tourist season.

Near-by Fells Point and Fort McHenry 

For outside activities go to Fort McHenry and/or take a water taxi ride to Fells Point.  Many small shops and interesting old homes as well as a wide variety of food and taverns at Fells Point and the kids will love the water taxi ride! 

Fells Point historical buildings

One small price and you can ride the water taxis all day long--a real bargin and the best way to get around the inner harbor.

Right on Key Highway at the harbor area is the Museum of Industry- has some hands on activities. Visionary Arts Museum is also good. There are also trolly car rides thru downtown to sightsee- check Downtown Baltimore web site to see if this is seasonal.  Another fun way to tour the city is on The Ducks--amphibious WWII landing craft which tour the city sites on the street and then plunge into the harbor water for a short boat tour.  The kids will love this one!  Also about 5 min from the Inner Harbor area (take a cab) is the B&O Railroad Museum. Great for everyone!  There is also a Public Works Museum - small but interesting.  You may want to avoid Federal Hill as this has become rather nasty (booze bottles, garbage, human waste) after being taken over as a sleeping area for the homeless.

There are 2 harbor cruises that offer meals while you cruise as well as a day-trip clipper ship cruise.  The dinner cruses are more for adult visitors with a buffet selection, bar, and DJ for music.  Makes for a nice romantic evening on a warm summer night but would be boring for children.  

The Lady Baltimore dinner cruise ship

The full dinner cruise can be a bit pricey but is worth the cost for a special occasion. Do make reservations for the dinner cruise as they can sell out early on the summer weekends.

New to the area is the memorial for Polish war heros, located near the Marriott Inner Harbor hotel and conference center.  The war memorial marks the entrance to a small commercial district which often hosts a free art show, open air music, or farmers market on the weekends.

New Polish War Heros Memorial