This year is the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner. What a good reason to take the kids on a history adventure in “Charm City”, Baltimore!
The Fort Mc Henry National Monument and Historic Shrine tells the story of Francis Scott Key and our national anthem. Move on to the President Street Civil War Museum, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum and the USS Constellation (all free!) Many nearby historic sites offer informative and fun Civil War re-enactments.
Try crab cakes, rockfish and oyster fritters while checking out Chesapeake Bay, America’s largest estuary. Baltimore is also known for fabulous desserts so no diets here!
Walk around Little Italy, Greektown or check out the Irish Shrine and Railroad Workers Museum (all free) for multicultural experiences. The Baltimore Museum of Art & Sculpture Garden has hands on activities for families on Sundays and The Walters Art Museum (check out the knights’ armor) has drop in art activities on weekends (all free).
Great beaches, state parks, and miles of hiking trails abound. Check out Pierce’s Park, filled with climbing structures, a musical fence and free WIFI for patient parents. Cylburn Arboretum has a Victorian mansion surrounded by 207 acres.
Catch an Orioles game at Oriole Park in Camden Yards, a Baltimore Ravens football game, or the wildly popular Baltimore Blast (collegiate la crosse).
There are plenty of fireworks over the Harbor in good weather. During the summer, free outdoor movies happen in several locations, and the ones in Little Italy have an Italian theme. Just bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy.
For current events or more info, check out www.Baltimore.org or call 800-241-2328.