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The city of Baltimore, located within the US state of Maryland is a lively, fashionable location and a fantastic cruise destination. What was once viewed as a working class, gritty area has evolved in recent years into a trendy hub of activity, containing world class museums, diverse restaurants, excellent shops and intriguing culture. The city has expanded and blossomed into a thriving tourist location, attracting visitors from all over the world with its great nightlife, nice climate and welcoming atmosphere. Also known as ‘Charm City', Baltimore has no trouble living up to its nickname.
Baltimore is made up a many different districts, each with their own specific character and appeal. The Inner Harbour district is probably the most popular with tourists, as it contains most of Baltimore's impressive selection of museums, the National Aquarium, many of the major hotels and lovely views of the harbour. Baltimore also hosts several exciting festivals throughout the year including the Maryland Film Festival, Book Festival and Artscape Festival. Aside from these yearly events, Baltimore has many other potential sight-seeing opportunities:
Maryland Science Centre
The Maryland Science Centre is a brilliant excursion idea, guaranteed to keep the whole family thoroughly entertained all day. The centre houses a wide variety of excellent exhibits and ‘science encounters', an Imax cinema showing several interesting and informative films every day and a fully functioning planetarium. Spending time at this excellent attraction is sure to reward you with a fun-filled and informative day.
The National Aquarium
A stay in Baltimore would not complete without a trip to the award-winning National Aquarium. The aquarium covers a massive area and houses a collection of around 16,500 creatures from 660 species of aquatic animal. A trip to the National Aquarium is a fantastic way to spend a day and is sure to entertain kids and adults alike.
Fort McHenry is one of the most important historical attractions in Baltimore and draws thousands of tourists and locals every year. The fort became an iconic landmark after its role in America's war with the British in 1812 and is known as ‘The Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner'. A trip to Fort McHenry is an essential aspect of staying in Baltimore for people hoping to learn more about the city's history and heritage.
Baltimore offers visitors an excellent shopping experience, whether they are shopping for sophisticated items or general souvenirs. The city contains an array of retailers and shopping malls from large department stores selling high-end, quality clothes and electronics to small independent retailers selling antiques, vinyl records and souvenirs. The wide range of shops in Baltimore guarantees that tourists are able to find exactly what they are looking for.
The city has a variety of restaurants and cafes serving cuisine from across the world. For an authentic taste of Baltimore, however, visitors should try to some steamed crabs, which is a local favourite. The Market Place, near the harbour, has many seafood restaurants where you are sure to find locally produced meals. Alternatively, the areas of Lexington Market and Canton Square offer a diverse range of restaurants and cafes that are sure to satisfy even the fussiest eaters.
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