Summer Fun Day #98: See the city from a bird's-eye view

Kids will love getting a bird's-eye view of Baltimore or Washington, D.C., by heading to the top of a local attraction. Do a little sightseeing, learn a bit of history and get beautiful views from one of the following spots.

Sightseeing Tower Climb 2W5Baltimore World Trade Center's Top of the WorldBaltimore World Trade Center's Top of the World

Look down on the city from the 27th floor of the Baltimore World Trade Center — the world’s tallest pentagonal building. Take in the view of the Inner Harbor, the Chesapeake Bay and most of the city, while guides talk about the history of the Baltimore and the building.
Cost: $6, adults; $4, ages 3-12; free, ages 2 and younger
410-837-0485, viewbaltimore.org

Baltimore's Washington MonumentBaltimore's Washington Monument

Climb the 227 steps to the top of the monument and enjoy the view of the city below. After being closed for renovations for five years, the monument reopened last July. Before or after your trek to the top, visit the gallery and use the interactive touchscreens for a virtual tour and history of the 200-year-old monument built from local white marble. Not open every day – Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $4-6
410-962-5070, mvpconservancy.org

Washington National CathedralWashington National Cathedral

Climb 333 steps to the top of the Washington National Cathedral, get up close to the cathedral’s massive bells and take in a view like no other. The top of the cathedral is the tallest point at the highest spot in the city, offering views of Washington, D.C., as well as Maryland and Virginia. On the ascent to the top, tour guides describe the history and architecture of the cathedral. Three tours are offered: the Classic Tower Climb, the Gargoyle Tower Climb and the Combination Tower Climb. Children must be at least 48 inches tall. Parents are not permitted to carry children on the tour.
Cost: $40 for classic tour, $50 for gargoyle tour and $75 for combination tour
202-537-6200, cathedral.org

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