The Inner Harbor is home to several attractions that inspire learning and adventure! Get close to nature at the National Aquarium. The aquarium houses sharks, dolphins, rays, and tropical fish among the more than 17,000 creatures in naturalistic exhibits, including a walk-through rain forest, a 4-D Immersion Theater, the Living Seashore touchpool, and an Australian exhibit featuring a 35-foot waterfall. Port Discovery Children’s Museum provides experiences that ignite imagination and nurture growth through play. The museum boasts three floors of educational, interactive, and hands-on/minds-on experiences designed for children ages two to 10 years old.
From elegant gourmet cuisine, ethnic foods from around the world, and plenty of fresh seafood from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, you are sure to find something that satisfies your palate at the many Inner Harbor restaurants. A block away from the Inner Harbor is Power Plant Live!, a premier dining and entertainment district that features a variety of restaurants and nightclubs surrounding a common plaza. There is also outdoor seating, which often features live performances.
If you’re looking to get in some shopping while in Baltimore, you don’t have to go far. Located in the heart of the Inner Harbor on Pratt Street, Harborplace and The Gallery offer unique shopping, diverse dining, and a variety of entertainment right on the picturesque waterfront.
If you’re a sports fan, you might want to take in a Baltimore Orioles game while in town. The Orioles will be hosting the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals over the dates of the Institute. Camden Yards is just minutes away and an easy walk from the Institute hotels. Also, if you’re a true baseball fan, be sure to check out the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame exhibit and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum located nearby.
Although nearly everything you may want to do and see is right within easy walking distance from the Institute hotels, remember you can always hop on the fast and free Charm City Circulator bus or the Baltimore Water Taxi to explore more of the city.
If you want to venture away from the Inner Harbor, Baltimore has several historic, hip, and trendy neighborhoods. Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, Mount Vernon, and Little Italy are just a few of Baltimore’s intriguing and colorful neighborhoods serving up great food, stories from the past, and fascinating things to see and do. The Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s heart, but its neighborhoods are its soul.