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Baltimore is a nautical city known as “Charm City” and features a layout that is designed to make walking its neighbourhoods easy. It has a deep history with the arts and national culture, the Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key within its boundaries. It was nearly destroyed in what is known as the “Great Baltimore Fire” in 1907 which destroyed over 70 of the city blocks. Today, Baltimore is a major tourism centre with good nightlife, great hospitality and a temperate climate that attracts thousands as well as a leading centre for science, technology and the arts.

Originally a port town, Baltimore is home to trendy shops, high quality museums, boutique hotels, world class restaurants and a contemporary lifestyle that belies its gritty roots.

The Inner Harbor is where tourism is concentrated in Baltimore. This area has most of the museums in the city. The National Aquarium and major hotels offering harbor views are also located here. Fells Point or Little Italy is a historic district with many good restaurants, nightlife and pubs. While it is quite a small district, it is more authentic than most in other cities.

Downtown Baltimore is the business district of the city. It is also the location of the University of Maryland, the impressive Lexington Market and a large number of jewellery stores. The performing arts and theatre scene is in and around Midtown. The Penn Station, Walters Art Museum, and the Washington Monument are all located in this district.

The Lexington Market is a paradise for food enthusiasts. Vendors offer a variety of local and ethnic food items. Baltimore has recently attracted the attention of several world renowned chefs and is considered an important destination for locally sourced, perfectly prepared New American cuisine. Some of the most renowned restaurants in the city are Gertrude's, Woodbury Kitchen, Corner BYOB and Birroteca where diners can experience the authentic taste of the city.

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Baltimore holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street, Inner Harbor
What is it? The new glass, steel and concrete structure on the Inner Harbor houses the Maryland Science Center with five storeys of interactive exhibits, an IMAX theatre, the world-famous Davis Planetarium and an observatory. The Maryland Academy of Sciences is one of the USA's oldest scientific institutions, dating from 1797, and the institution remains focused on education. There are imaginative and hands-on displays ranging from astronomy and space travel, to dinosaurs and general science experiments. 'Your Body: The Inside Story' exhibition explores the biological world inside a human being and the challenges and advances in health science through interactive exhibits are the focus of BodyLink, while Newton's Alley offers dozens of hands-on experiments to provide insight into light, magnetism, mechanics, sight, and sound. The planetarium runs programs with stargazing at night and sungazing during the day through the observatory telescope. Other popular attractions include The Kids Room and the National Touring Exhibit. Hours of Operation: Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 6pm, Thursday to Saturday: 10am to 8pm (summer); Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm (winter) Phone:(410) 685 5225 (24-hour information line)



2. National Aquarium
Pier 3, Inner Harbor, 501 E. Pratt Street
What is it? The National Aquarium is Maryland's leading tourist attraction, and one of the best aquariums in the world. It was recently voted one of the top ten family attractions in the US. Here visitors can tour the tidewaters of Maryland, the Pacific coastland or a tropical rainforest without leaving Baltimore. The permanent residents include sea horses, turtles, stingrays and octopus. The aquarium offers much more than marine life: there are several special exhibits like the Amazon Rainforest display with Poison Dart Frogs, dwarf caiman, anacondas, sloths, colourful birds and conehead lizards, as well as plants and fish. A sea cliffs habitat features puffins and other north Atlantic sea birds, while the Coral Reefs and Open Ocean tanks are walk-through displays bringing visitors face to face with sharks and exotic fish. In addition to the permanent exhibits, dolphins jump, wave and flip in regularly scheduled shows at the Marine Mammal Pavilion. Visitors can catch an underwater view from an atrium below the pool or watch the tricks from the stands, but be warned: The areas marked Splash Zone really are splash zones. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm daily, Fridays until 8pm (March to June); Sunday to Thursday 9am to 6pm, until 8pm Fridays and Saturdays (July and August); daily 10am to 5pm, until 8pm on Fridays (November to February). Visitors may stay in the museum for an hour and a half after closing time Phone:(410) 576 3800



3. Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum
901 West Pratt Street
What is it? The B&O Railroad Museum's roster of rolling stock, historic railway buildings, and assortment of memorabilia from stations and trains makes it a Mecca for trainspotters, but even for those who are not train fanatics, this is one of the best sights in Baltimore and is a fascinating place for the whole family. Housed in the huge Roundhouse is an enormous collection of locomotives, passenger cars, classic heritage trains, mail cars and Pullman sleepers. A full-scale model of the first locomotive, Tom Thumb is on display along with a red caboose from 1907. Other exhibits include posters, historic photographs and newspaper cuttings, as well as a superb model railway, and numerous interactive and entertaining exhibits. Some recreate experiments from the 1830s such as sail-powered carriages, hand cranks and propulsion using dogs or horses. The B&O was the first railroad in the US, dating from 1827, and the museum is located on the site of the first station in America. Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm Phone:(410) 752 2490



Baltimore holidays - Top Events


1. Artscape

From 2007-07-20

To 2007-07-22

What is it? Maryland's major celebration of the visual, literary and performing arts has been making headlines for nearly a quarter of a century. Artscape in Baltimore involves local, regional and national acts in a first-class schedule of dance, theatre, opera, street performers and family fun, most of which is free of charge. In addition a huge array of visual arts is on offer from more than 200 artisans, craftspeople and cultural exhibitors. The range covers everything from sculpture to 'art cars' and books to ballet. Where is it? Mount Royal Cultural Area



2. Preakness Celebration

From 2007-05-11

To 2007-05-11

What is it? The United States racing circuit features three main events, known collectively as the 'Triple Crown'. Baltimore's Preakness Stakes is one of these (the others being the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes). So important is this race on the city's annual calendar that the event has now become the culmination of a week or more of festivities which make up Preakness Celebration in May each year. Events include hot air ascensions, block parties, parades, fun runs and a sailpast of tall ships. The actual race is the grand finale when top three-year-old Thoroughbreds compete for a million Dollar prize. Where is it? Preakness Stakes: Pimlico Race Course



3. Baltimore Book Festival

From 2007-09-29

To 2007-10-01

What is it? Cultural Mount Vernon Place, the heart of Baltimore, becomes a bibliophiles' paradise each September with the staging of the Baltimore Book Festival, a celebration of the literary arts. Famous authors are on hand for book signings and there are poetry readings, cookbook and home and garden demonstrations, live music, and bookstalls of more than 125 exhibitors. Where is it? Mount Vernon Place



4. Baltimore Marathon

From 2007-10-13

To 2007-10-13

What is it? Baltimore's renowned Marathon is a qualifying race for the famous Boston Marathon, but the field is limited to 4,000 strongly competitive runners. The marathon is run each year as part of a one-day running festival, including the marathon itself, a half-marathon, relay race and kid's fun run. Part of the reason for the Baltimore marathon's popularity is probably the fact that the contestants run through the scenic part of this pretty city, along the inner harbour waterfront area, through charming Fells Point and historic Federal Hill. Where is it? The marathon starts at the corner of Paca and Pratt Streets and ends at Raven's Stadium



5. SoWeBo Arts Festival

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-05-31

What is it? The 20-year old Sowebohemian Festival is held every Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Coined a "Topsy Turvy Excursion into Art and Music", the festival presents Baltimore's largest music venue (40 + bands), a sizeable non-juried art exhibit, puppet shows, glass blowing demos, outdoor sculpture, kid's art and fun. The aim is to 'foster community development through the promotion of art and music', by showcasing the talents of neighborhood artist, musicians, and working professionals. Where is it? SoWeBo, around Hollins Market




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