Start at the Baltimore Visitor Center at the Inner Harbor, particularly if this is your first trip to Charm City and if you haven’t requested a visitor guide before you arrive.
The Center–with its eye-popping glass walls looking out over the Harbor–is staffed with knowledgeable and super-friendly staff and volunteers who know the city inside and out. Tell them what you like to do and, if possible, they’ll find it for you. They’ll make the reservations, provide tickets, and tell you all about the city’s wide range of attractions, world-class museums, the sightseeing trolley, walking tours, and so much more. There’s also a gift shop with unusual (perhaps one-of-a-kind) Baltimore clothing, novelties, crafts, collectibles, jewelry, and other items. Should you arrive when the Center is closed, there are newspaper boxes at the north and south entrances filled with visitor guides. Grab one and start thinking about extending your visit. The building, including public bathrooms, is totally ADA compliant and accessible.
During some special events, activities may be held inside and around the Center. This includes Baltimore’s Annual Book Festival in September, when authors speak or read from their books. The books are available for sale and personalized autographs.
Walk outside and you’re by the two wings of Harborplace, a festival marketplace with shops and restaurants. It was the centerpiece of the harbor’s renovation and revitalization in 1980.
From there, the world extends before you. The Inner Harbor is the center of Baltimore’s many neighborhoods and attractions. From here you can go almost any direction and within blocks, you’re at Camden Yards for a baseball game, a museum, other attraction, and enough sumptuous restaurants to keep you sampling every day for months or longer.
From here, you can see everything including Federal Hill, the Science Center, the World Trade Center building, the historic boats, the National Aquarium at Baltimore, and more. The ground is fairly flat, making wheelchair transportation easy.
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