The first decade of the new millennium comes to a close with a bang in Baltimore. New Year's Eve in Baltimore means fireworks in the Inner Harbor, hopping bars all around town, and lots, lots more.
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First things first, if you're going to be coming to town, you might want to consider taking public transportation.
Crashing in the city might be the best options.
If you do have to drive, here are some tips on parking.
On the Water
The Inner Harbor New Year's Eve fireworks are always spectacular. Brave the cold along the waterfront promenade or find a warmer spot to watch the fireworks at one of these events:
- New Year's Eve Spectacular Fireworks - The party at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater starts at 9 p.m. with the music of The Motorettes. Fireworks explode over the harbor at midnight. The show is choreographed to music. Free.
- Power Plant Live! - The nightclubs and restaurants of this entertainment complex, just a couple blocks from the Inner Harbor, offer a variety of New Year's Eve parties.
- Maryland Science Center - Don't let bedtime interfere with celebrating the New Year...do it at noon. Ring in 2011 with party hats and noise makers, face painting, and dancing the day away to the sounds of popular kids band (and Grammy nominated) Milkshake. All activities are free with paid admission, and are free to members. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.
- Port Discovery- If midnight is too late for your little ones, countdown early at Port Discovery's Noontime New Year. Toast the New Year at noon with milk and cookies and enjoy a kids' masquerade featuring mask-making, Egyptian juggling, a "Punch and Judy" show, Korean dancers, sound sandwiches, and carnival games. Ages 2 and up.
- After the kiddies are asleep, head to the 1840s Ballroom for Charm City Countdown Ball. Featuring open bar, a wide variety of food, three floors of entertainment and plenty of dancing and partying. Tickets are $99 in advance ($139 for VIP) and can be purchased online. 29 S. Front St.
- U.S.S. Constellation - Stay above the crowd on the deck of the Inner Harbor's historic tall ship. Children are welcome at this celebration which includes elegant fare served with local ale, wine and mulled cider and, of course, champagne. There will be special tours, cannon firing demonstrations and giveaways all night. $75 per adult, $25 per child; members: $60, $20. Children under 5 are free.
- Harbor Cruises - End 2010 and start 2011 on the water. Cruise around the Inner Harbor enjoying a lavish buffet and dancing under the stars. 9 p.m. boarding; sailing 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; dockside 1 a.m. $149 per person.
- Big Night Baltimore - Back for 2010, the party features an open bar, appetizer buffet, multiple party rooms, champagne toasts and balloon drop. The all-inclusive party at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $99, $149 for VIP. 877-772-5425
- Symphony of Lights Festival - This a spectacular display of more than 70 larger-than-life, animated and stationary light creations has been a hit in Howard County for years. New this year is "Midnight at 7." Walk 1.4 miles through the animated light displays, enjoy food, music and other exciting activities as the Symphony of Lights comes to a close. Fireworks at 7pm. Registration is $20 for an individual (but goes down with each additional one you buy) and is available online.