Visitors flock to Baltimore, Maryland, for a taste of the city’s world-famous seafood and to enjoy one of its many festivals and events, such as Restaurant Week and the annual Preakness Stakes. Just about all visitors make a stop at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, home to many popular restaurants, unique shopping, famous museums, live entertainment, local pubs and taverns.
Throughout the Inner Harbor, visitors will find relics of Baltimore’s fascinating maritime history intertwined with a number of contemporary attractions. These include the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, the updated Harborplace and The Gallery shopping centers, and the new sports stadiums for the Ravens and Orioles.
Baltimore’s most visited attractions include the National Aquarium - with around 10,000 creatures and a magnificent Atlantic Coral Reef display; Maryland Zoo - known as the third-oldest zoo in America and including many popular jungle animals; the Maryland Science Center - a stunning modern building with numerous exciting hands-on attractions and information about modern science; the Pimlico Race Course - a world-famous racecourse, home to many of America's major horseback racing events; and Baltimore's Lexington Market - the oldest continually operating market in the USA.
Other tourist attractions in Baltimore include the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place - a famous memorial to America's George Washington, built in 1815; the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine - birthplace of the American national anthem; the Star Spangled Banner Flag House - one of the city's oldest buildings, with information about the War of 1812; the Baltimore Conservatory and Botanic Gardens - featuring three greenhouses, landscaped gardens and a host of exotic plants; and the Cylburn Arboretum - a vast nature preserve with gardens, woodlands and period buildings.
Baltimore also contains a number of highly regarded museums, such as the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum - reputed to the oldest railroad depot standing in the western hemisphere, with numerous classic locomotives; the Maritime Museum - featuring popular tours of the USS Torsk submarine and three WWII vessels; the Babe Ruth Museum - celebrating the life of this famous baseball star; the Streetcar Museum - with interesting information about the history of public transport in the city; the Port Discovery Children's Museum - full of hands-on exhibits and dedicated to providing fun education for children; and the Baltimore Museum of Art - boasting approximately 100,000 works, including art by Picasso, Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh.
Tourist attractions situated near to Baltimore include the Ellicott City Firehouse Museum - with historic information about the area's fire-fighting services; the Howard County Center - dedicated to black Americans who have made major contributions to America's history; the Historic Oakland Manor - a stunning mansion surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens; and the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin - a historic building, with information about the development of the region.
The daily mean temperature for Baltimore is 55°F, ranging from 33°F in January to 77°F in July. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Airport) serves the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.