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Faith and fun in Baltimore

A historic shipyard at Fell’s Point

Inner Harbor Attractions
Baltimore has a vibrant, modern and fun side as well. One of the best places to experience this is Inner Harbor, the waterfront neighborhood downtown that has become the city’s hub for culture and entertainment.

“Baltimore is all built around the harbor,” Noonan said. “Our convention center is on the water, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, attractions and historic sites, and it’s all very walkable. You have the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, the Sports Legends Museum and the American Visionary Art Museum.”

The National Aquarium is Baltimore’s gateway to the underwater world, with exhibits that showcase animals from near and far. Visitors will find creatures from Amazon River forests, the Australian outback, Atlantic coral reefs and the rocky waters of the North Pacific. This summer, the aquarium will debut Blacktip Reef, a new exhibit that features whiptail rays, green sea turtles and a variety of sharks that make their home in the waters of the Indo-Pacific.

A pair of Inner Harbor museums give visitors a look into interesting and entertaining aspects of the visual arts. Geppi’s Entertainment Museum covers the history of pop culture in America with displays of political cartoons, comic books, movie posters and other pieces of graphic art.

Nearby, the American Visionary Art Museum focuses not on the work of masters, but instead on art created by the common man.

“It’s all art by untrained artists,” Noonan said. “It has all kinds of fascinating work that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.”

Finally, if you’re visiting Baltimore during baseball season, don’t leave without taking your group to see an Orioles game at Camden Yards. This stadium has become iconic both for Baltimore and the major leagues.

“Camden Yards was the first of the ‘new ballparks’ in America, and now it’s the 10th oldest,” Noonan said. “It’s one of those baseball shrines in America because of what it has done for major league baseball. For 20 years, all of the new baseball stadiums built in America have been modeled after Camden Yards.”

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Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.