The Inner Harbor is one of Baltimore's most photographed and visited areas of the city. It has been one of the major seaports in the United States since the 1700s and emerged as the hub of our cultural center in the 1970s. It is home to the National Aquarium at Baltimore, Harborplace and the Gallery, Power Plant Live as well as numerous other attractions and dining venues.
Inner Harbor visitors could come back day after day and still have plenty to see and explore. Looking for ideas for things to do around the bustling center of Baltimore? Here are some of our Inner Harbor favorites:
Cruise the Inner Harbor and beyond on the 65-foot BIG RED BOAT. Choose from daily, 45-minute narrated cruises; a Friday night, 90-minute “Key Bridge Cruise”; or a Saturday night, 60-minute “City Lights Cruise."
The Inner Harbor Spirit offers interactive, narrated 50-minute sightseeing tours of Baltimore from April to October, to offer you an insider’s view of our famous Inner Harbor
The exciting speedboat and sightseeing cruises provided by Seadog Cruises will teach you about historic sites in and around the Inner Harbor, with fun, amusing narration.
Let your senses and mind wander as you explore the numerous hands-on activities at the Maryland Science Center. Featuring an IMAX theater and planetarium, it's sure to please all visitors.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore houses sharks, dolphins, rays and tropical fish among the more than 17,000 creatures in naturalistic exhibits, including a walk-through rain forest; an exciting live-action dolphin show; a 4-D Immersion Theater and an Australian exhibit featuring a 35-foot waterfall. This spectacular aquarium is sure to be a hit with the kids (including the “big” ones!).
The World Trade Center in Baltimore offers the best view of the city in every direction from the “Top of the World” Observation Level on the 27th floor.
See Inner Harbor Treasures at the Baltimore Maritime Museum
Located at Pier 3 and Pier 5, be sure to witness the treasures of Inner Harbor by touring the USS Torsk, the USCGC Taney, the Lightship Chesapeake and more. Visit the Maritime Museum and you’ll receive a discount to explore the USS Constellation, the only Civil War ship still afloat.
At Fort McHenry, you can learn about the Battle of Baltimore and experience events like living history weekends, where the Fort McHenry Guard performs demonstrations — all just a water taxi ride away from the Inner Harbor.
Port Discovery Children's Museum provides experiences that ignite imagination, inspire learning and nurture growth through play. The museum boasts three floors of educational, interactive and hands-on/minds-on experiences designed for children ages two to 10 years of age.
Located in the heart of the Inner Harbor on Pratt Street, Harborplace and The Gallery offer unique shopping, diverse dining and a variety of entertainment right on the picturesque waterfront.
For ideal transportation in and around Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the water taxi is an affordable solution. One price buys unlimited rides for the day and group discount rates are available. Ticketing is located on Lancaster Street.
Elegant gourmet cuisine, ethnic foods from around the world and plenty of fresh seafood from Maryland's Chesapeake Bay can be found at the many Inner Harbor restaurants.
A block away from Baltimore's Inner Harbor is Power Plant Live!, a premier dining and entertainment district that features a variety of restaurants and nightclubs surrounding a common plaza. There is also outdoor seating, which often features live performances.
A visit to Camden Yards is just minutes away from the Inner Harbor, so it's an easy walk to see a game. If you're a true baseball fan, be sure to check out the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame exhibit and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum located nearby. You can also visit the Sports Legends Museum,which offers 22,000 square feet of artifacts and interactive exhibits, transforming Camden Station into one of the most spectacular sports museums in America.
You can also get in on the spirit of the purple and black when you attend a Baltimore Ravens football game at M&T Bank Stadium, just a short distance from the Inner Harbor.
Stay Among the Action at an Inner Harbor Hotel
Every Inner Harbor hotel is located around the scenic Baltimore Harbor, serviced by convenient transportation including the Charm City Circulator and puts you within walking distance of the major tourist attractions like the Baltimore Arena, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center.
Inner Harbor Deals and Events
If you're planning a visit to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, be sure to check out special Baltimore packages for money-saving offers and plan your visit to coincide with our many local events.