Updated April 2015
Few cities are as kid-friendly as Baltimore. The Inner Harbor was designed for families.
Not only are there lots of things to do for all ages and interests but they are all close together and are a good mix of indoor and outdoor fun.
Starting with Port Discovery on the east side of the harbor. Consistently voted a top attraction for children, it can easily be an all-day outing for kids 2-10. The age-specific themed areas inspire creativity, structured exploration, and lots of physical activity. This is one place where making noise, handling things, and running are encouraged.
The centerpiece is the 3-story-tall KidWorks climbing tower kids (and adults) use to go up each floor. Yes, there are steps and elevators, but why use them when ropes, ladders, climbing walls, handholds, tunnels, bars, and chutes get you there instead? It’s designed so no one can fall or get tangled. Some kids bypass the everything else to spend their time exploring the ways to get up and around.
There’s a farmyard where they can groom a horse’s tail, a magnetic ‘poem wall,’ and kid-sized convenience store, farmers’ market, and gas station. (It’s really make-believe; the gas costs $1.65/gallon.) The water exhibit has ‘water chimes’ and a squeegee wall. Older kids have a full-sized interactive adventure based on archeological digs in Egypt complete with a pyramid with hidden rooms and secret messages in hieroglyphics painted on the walls. “Tot Trails” is the new exhibit for children ages birth-3. It’s a hand-on area for sensory experiences using colorful and textured toys and play areas.
You can bring your own food; there are tables on the first floor eating area. (Tues-Fri 9:30-4:30); Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. $14.50 ages 2 and up. Free under 2. 410-727-8120. www.portdiscovery.org)
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