The Ultimate Guide to Family-Friendly Baltimore
In this East Coast favorite, there’s enough to delight kids and adults alike throughout the city. Whether you’re exploring outdoors or indoors, everything is within easy reach of the city limits and is sure to charm the socks right off you.
Skip the standard museums and go for unique and eclectic exhibits at the Visionary Arts Museum. Kids especially will be impressed and inspired with the non-traditional art, like the 8-foot sparkly Cosmic Egg sculpture located outside the museum entrance.
From the big stuff — how the Industrial Revolution shaped Baltimore — to the small stuff — how locks work — the Museum of Industry can help you learn it all. Its interactive Video Game Wizards exhibit will show kids (young and those at-heart) how to take a gaming habit and turn it into an eventual career.
The breathtaking spiral Shark Alley exhibit will plunge you deep into shark-infested waters (with a thick glass barrier, of course). For a more hands-on experience, visitors can touch stingrays and majestic moon jellies in the two touch-pools upstairs.
Duckpin bowling is the unofficial sport of Baltimore. Locals love this tiny take on 10-pin bowling, where you roll balls slightly larger than a softball into mini pins.
Food and Drink
Putting Baltimore’s favorite spice, Old Bay, on ice cream may not seem like a good idea, but the folks at The Charmery did it and it’s delicious. Try the Old Bay Caramel along with a dozen other rotating flavors that range from kooky and creative to the comfort-food staple Pure Vanilla.
The farmer’s market is an essential part of Sunday mornings in Baltimore. The transformed freeway underpass makes for the perfect place to meander past countless booths of fresh pastries, seasonal fruits and vegetables straight from the farm, and artisan creations. Nothing beats watching someone press your morning orange juice before your eyes.
Oh say can you see … a true piece of our nation’s history. Explore the fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words for our national anthem. Double-down on the authenticity by taking the inexpensive Water Taxi there from any of several ports in the city.
Get your hands dirty and your basket full by grabbing some seasonal pick-your-own fruits at Weber’s. Crops range from sun-ripened strawberries in the summer to giant pumpkins in the fall.
Photos courtesy of Baltimore CVB, Visit Baltimore.