City Guide: Baltimore

Your one-stop city guide, packed with information on family-friendly hotels, restaurants, and local and unique attractions.

By The Editors

Baltimore is the perfect place for grandchildren who are boat and water lovers! Founded in 1729, it’s home to the largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic United States. So brush up on your “Bawlmorese” and come on down to Charm City, hon!

HOTELS:

Days Inn Inner Harbor
100 Hopkins Place, Baltimore, MD
(410) 576-1000
www.daysinnerharbor.com
Price: Rooms starting at $134/night

This Days Inn is located just three blocks from the Inner Harbor and features an outdoor seasonal pool so you and your grandchildren can unwind after long summer days of exploring. There’s also a 24-hour gym facility in case you should get a second wind!

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 385-3000
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bwiwf-baltimore-marriott-waterfront
Price: Rooms starting at $219/night

This stunning hotel sits right on the waterfront of the Harbor, meaning you and your grandchildren will have amazing views at any time of day. It’s close to all of the attractions of the Inner Harbor so if you have a stroller with you, you won’t be wheeling it all over town. And when it’s time to go back home, there’s a water taxi stop right at the door.

Holiday Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor
301 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 685-3500
www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/baltimore/baldt/hoteldetail
Price: Rooms starting at $129/night

This hotel is located just three blocks from the Inner Harbor and is a short walk from attractions like Camden Yards and the Aquarium. The Holiday Inn also offers connecting rooms if you’re traveling with several grandchildren and need more space without compromising supervision.

Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel
101 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 752-1100
www.sheratonbaltimorecitycenter.com
Price: Rooms starting at $99/night

The Sheraton Baltimore City Center is great if you’re looking for a quality hotel for a quality price. Though the rooms are smaller than some of the areas other hotels, it’s still just a short walk to the Harbor and the main attractions.
 

Maryland Crab Cake
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The Maryland Crab Cake

FOOD:



Bo Brook’s
2780-A Lighthouse Point, Baltimore, MD
(410) 558-0202
www.bobrooks.com
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 11:30am-9pm
Friday: 11:30am-10pm
Saturday: 12:30pm-10pm
Sunday: 12:30pm-8pm
Price: $$
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Voted Baltimore’s best crab house, Bo Brook’s offers great catches and spectacular views of the Inner Harbor. Though a good portion of the menu is seafood (especially crabs!), Bo Brook’s also offers a menu of burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders and grilled cheese for those who haven’t quite gotten their sea legs.

Iggies Pizza
818 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 528-0818
www.iggiespizza.com
Hours:
Monday-Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Saturday: 12pm-9pm
Sunday: 12pm-8pm
Price: $
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

What kid doesn’t love a good pizza? And Iggies Pizza in Baltimore is good pizza. It has the “Pizza of the Year” awards to prove it, winning the award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. It’s also a great spot to stop in when you and your grandchildren are on the go. There’s no wait or bus staff, so service is as fast as you can make it. As for tips, Iggies doesn’t except any but instead suggest expressing your gratitude to designated charities. Even if there’s simply no time to stop, the restaurant offers a “Take n’ Bake” pie so you can have oven fresh pizza in the comfort of your own home.

Los Amigos  
5506 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD
(410) 444-4220
www.losamigosbaltimore.com
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 10am-9pm
Price: $
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

This award-winning authentic Mexican restaurant offers kid versions of adult menu items like mini-burritos and cheese enchiladas. The fun and friendly waitstaff make children feel welcome, and the festive décor and live entertainment make Los Amigos a great place to bring your grandchildren of all ages.

Matthew’s Pizza
3131 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD
(410) 276-8755
www.matthewspizza.com
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 12pm-9pm
Price: $
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Baltimore’s “first” pizzeria serves up both the best of both pizza worlds: tiny tummies may favor the thin crust pies while growing grandchildren will scarf down thick, deep-crust pies. The swift service and colorful mural walls make it obvious that the owners enjoy children of all ages. Plus, paper plates and plastic tablecloths take the worry out of dining with your messier grandchildren.

Golden West Café
1105 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 889-8891
www.goldenwestcafe.com
Hours:
Monday-Friday: 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Saturday: 9am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Sunday: 9am-3pm, 5pm-9pm
Price: $$
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Equipped with toys and children’s menus, Golden West Café is a great spot for a meal with your family. They ask that no one use cell phones to promote a festive environment of talking and laughing (especially helpful when dining with texting teens.) It’s a bit pricier than your average café, but everything, including the kid’s menu items, is fresh and local!

ATTRACTIONS:

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD
(888) 848-BIRD
www.orioles.com
Hours: Daily, check for game times
Price: Tours: Children (ages 14 & under): $6, Adults (ages 15-54): $9, Seniors (ages 55+): $6
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Take your grandchildren out to the ballgame at Oriole Park and it’s sure to be a home run. Plan ahead and go on a promotion night, and your grandchild will also get to bring home a special souvenir. Oriole Park also offers daily tours during baseball season, which will give you and your grandchildren a chance to see Camden Yards up close.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD
(410) 396-7102
www.marylandzoo.org
Hours: March-December: 10am-4pm (daily)
Price:
Child (ages 2-11): $10.50, $11.50 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Adult (ages 12-64): $14.50, $16.50 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Senior (ages 65+): $12.50, $13.50 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Would your grandchildren love to come face to face with a giraffe? How about some African Pygmy goats? They can do all of this —  and more — at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. At the third oldest zoo in the country, families can explore exhibits that are nearly 100 years old (like the Elephant House, built in the 1920s.) If your grandchildren are amateur photographers, they can enter the zoo’s monthly photo contest for a chance to get their picture published on the zoo’s website.

National Aquarium, Baltimore
501 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 727-3022
www.aqua.org
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday-Saturday: 9am-8pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm
Price: Children (ages 3-11): $20.95, Adults (ages 12-59): $29.95, Seniors (ages 60+): $26.95
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

The National Aquarium, with locations in both Baltimore and Washington D.C., is the longest continuously operating aquarium in the United States. The National Aquarium, Baltimore now hosts more than 16,000 animals including amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. Be sure to check out the Aquarium’s 4D Immersion Theatre, where movies are brought to life through 3D sights, sounds, feelings and even smells!

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legend Museum
216 Emory Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 727-1539
www.baberuthmuseum.com
Hours: 10am-5pm (daily)
Price: Children (ages 3-12): $5, Adults (ages 13-64): $12, Seniors (ages 65+): $8
Age Range: Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Are your grandchildren baseball fanatics? Spend the day at these two great baseball museums located conveniently down the street from one another (note: they also offer discounted combined tickets.) First take a look at the Baltimore row house where the legendary Babe Ruth was born, just a few blocks away from where the iconic Camden Yards would be built 100 years later. Then walk over to the historic Camden Station, once home to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which now houses the Sports Legend Museum. Here you can visit more than 22,000 square feet of artifacts and interactive exhibits.

Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 685-2370
www.mdsci.org
Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm
Price: Children (ages 3-12): $13.95, Adults (ages 13-61): $16.95, Seniors (ages 62+): $15.95
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Come celebrate science at the Maryland Science Center. With an abundance of interactive exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theatre, there is plenty to keep you and your grandchildren occupied all day. The Maryland Science Center also offers a special “Kids Room” for children eight and younger, where they can learn through playing with blocks, water and pneumatic tubes.

Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD
(410) 396-4930
www.artbma.org
Hours:
Monday-Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11am-6pm
Price: Free
Age Range: Elementary, Tween, Teen

Baltimore is a great city to experience art. It’s home to MICA, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Artscape, America’s largest free art festival and several museums. After humble beginnings in 1914 (there was only one piece of art!), the Baltimore Museum of Art is now home to 90,000 works of art. Take your grandchildren through all of its exhibits, from the sculpture garden to the largest holding of Henri Matisse paintings in the world.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum
35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD
(410) 727-8120
www.portdiscovery.org
Hours:
Memorial Day-Labor Day: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm
September: Friday: 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm

October-May: Tuesday-Friday: 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Price: Ages 2 & under: Free, Ages 2 & older: $13.95
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary

If your grandchildren can’t sit still long enough to visit a museum or go on a historical outing, you may want to pay a visit to Port Discovery, an interactive children’s museum where kids can climb, crawl, jump and slide at KidWorks, a three-story urban tree house. And if they need to take a break, you can escape to The Oasis, a “quiet room” where families can lounge on pillows, read stories, and play games.

B&O Railroad Museum
901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
410-752-2490
www.borail.org
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-4pm, Sunday: 11am-4pm
Price: Chrildren (ages 2-12): $10, Adults (ages 13-59): $16, Seniors (ages 60+): $16
Age Range: Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Baltimore is known as the birthplace of American Railroading. At the B&O Railroad Museum you and your grandchildren can visit artifacts from one of the world’s first commercial railroads. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad first began operating in 1830, and was the reason Baltimore became the financial and commercial capital of the region south of Philadelphia. Here you can also take a 20-minute round trip train ride on the first mile of commercial railroad track to be laid in America!

Top of The World Observation Center
401 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
www.viewbaltimore.org
Hours:
Memorial Day-Labor Day: Monday-Thursday: 10am-6pm, Friday-Saturday: 10am-7pm, Sunday: 11am-6pm
Labor Day-Memorial Day: Monday-Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday-Thursday: 10am-6pm, Friday-Saturday: 10am-7pm, Sunday: 11am-6pm
Price: Children (ages 2-12): $3, Adults (ages 13-59): $5, Seniors (ages 60+): $4
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Dazzle your grandchildren with spectacular views of Baltimore from the Top of the World Observation Center. Enjoy a 360 degree, panoramic, bird’s eye view through stationed binoculars of the Inner Harbor and beyond.

Star Spangled Banner House
844 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 837-1793
www.flaghouse.org
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm
Price: Students (grades K-12): $6, Adults (ages 18-54): $7, Seniors (ages 55+): $7
Age Range: Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

O! Say you can see the house where Mary Pickersgill lived and worked on the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s infamous poem. You and your grandchildren can travel back to 1793 in this historic home, which is still filled with many original early 19th century objects. If ancient artifacts aren’t what your younger grandchildren would call “fun”, the Flag House also boasts a Discovery Gallery for kids, where they can design and fly their very own flag.

LOCAL UNIQUE:

Broadway Market
1640 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 685-6169
www.bpmarkets.com
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7am-6pm
Price: Free
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Broadway Market is one of Baltimore’s five historic markets, located in the historic district of Fell’s Point, and is the oldest of the markets, built in 1786. Your grandchildren will love walking through this unique “supermarket” and picking up free samples and treats along the way.

Inner Harbor
E. Pratt Street and Light Street, Baltimore, MD
www.baltimore.org
Hours: Open daily
Price: Free
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor is one of the city’s most visited areas. What started as one of the nation’s premiere seaports in the 1700’s is now the cultural center of the city. With plenty of shops, restaurants, cultural exhibits and street performers, you and your grandchildren will never run out of things to explore. If all that walking is too tiring for the little ones, consider taking one of the many water taxis or boat tours around town.

Fearless
912 South Ann Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 327-8378
www.urbanpirates.com
Hours: Call for tour times
Price: $20 per person for riders over 3 years old, $10 per person for riders under age 2
Age Range: Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary

Hop aboard Fearless for a swashbuckling good time! The Urban Pirates on Fearless offer family adventure cruises where the crew will bring out the inner pirate in your grandchild: complete with bandanas, tattoos, and drawn-on facial hair. (Plus, kids will be able to take home some pieces of buried treasure!) If you’re looking to save a few buccaneers, Fearless also has free Pirate Story Time every Wednesday and Friday at 9am.

Patterson Park
Eastern and South Linwood Avenues, Baltimore, MD
www.pattersonpark.com
Hours: Open daily
Price: Free
Age Range: Baby, Toddler, Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

What activity is better on a beautiful Baltimore day than a picnic in Patterson Park? This 300-year-old green space in urban Baltimore is home to more than 1,500 trees. Climb to the top of the famous Pagoda and experience breathtaking views, or dive into the Patterson Park swimming pool. In the wintertime, you can venture out to Patterson Park and take your grandchildren ice skating at the DiPietro Family Skating Center.

Historic Ships in Baltimore
Pier 1, 301 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD
(410) 539-1797
www.historicships.org
Hours: 10am-4:30pm (daily)
Price: Children (ages 6-17): $7, Adults (ages 18-59): $18, Senior (ages 60+): $14
Age Range: Preschooler, Elementary, Tween, Teen

Baltimore is one of America’s oldest port cities. Come see a part of harbor history at the Historic Ships in Baltimore. Here you can see ships from the mid-19th century to the 1980s, including the USS Torsk, a submarine operated in Pearl Harbor during World War II. Children six and older can take the Powder Monkey tour to see what life was like for the youngest members of these historic crews.

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