Baltimore Maryland is a city that keeps reinventing itself. Through the course of its history it has seen affluence, power, wars, poverty, renewal and prestige. Today it combines its aristocratic heritage and Colonial era historical importance with all the contemporary character of a modern urban global city.
The Inner Harbor is the center of tourist activity, with plenty of shops and restaurants set in quaint, maritime surroundings. From here one can also access Baltimore's outdoors adventures. The Baltimore Beach is in Inner Harbor, with 1,000 tons of sand for castles, sunbathing and volleyball. Anglers can arrange chartered fishing here, as well as sea duck and goose hunts. There are lots of options for sailing tours. The Baltimore Maritime Museum gives tours aboard several naval ships, including the USS Constellation, the only remaining Civil War era sailed ship. Harbor Sailing L.L.C. gives passengers the option of sitting back and enjoying the historical sights or lending a hand to hoist the sails.
History buffs of every stripe will find something of interest in Baltimore. The Edgar Allen Poe Museum is right around the corner from the author's grave in Westminster Cemetery. The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum is a must-see for Bambino fans. The Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine lets guest tour the fort that saved Baltimore from the British in the War of 1812. When poet Francis Scott Key was held prisoner off the coast, Fort McHenry's brave defense inspired him to write our national anthem.
The Baltimore Zoo's Children's Zoo is considered the best in the country. Walters Art Gallery is marvelous, and exhibits millennia of art from around the world. Gay and Lesbian visitors to Baltimore will find some great clubs and bars in Mt. Vernon.