Baltimore's Inner Harbor is the city's premier tourist attraction and one of the city's crown jewels. The National Aquarium, Harborplace, Maryland Science Center and a host of restaurants and shops ensure that there's something for everyone at the Inner Harbor.
It wasn't always this way. The Inner Harbor was once a rundown port area populated by sailors, dockworkers and other brave souls. Billie Holiday reportedly once worked in a brothel there. In the 1960s, when planning for the Inner Harbor's revitalization began, it seemed a pipe-dream that tourists would ever come. On July 1, 1980, Harborplace officially opened and Baltimore hasn't been the same since. Today the Inner Harbor is the city's center for attractions, hotels and restaurants.
Visiting the Inner Harbor
Spend the day just kicking around the Inner Harbor or take a more targeted approach and just visit one of the major attractions, like the National Aquarium. Whatever your plan, you may need information and ideas about:
- Fort McHenry
- Cross Street and Lexington markets
- Walters Art Museum
- Geppi's Entertainment Museum
- Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards