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Old 04-06-2012, 11:12 AM
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My family (Wife, 16 and 13 yr old Sons, and myself) is heading to Baltimore the weekend after next. We'll be there from around Noon Friday, to Noon Monday, with a Wedding to attend on Saturday. Any suggestions on what to do? We'll probably spend a little time checking out the inner harbor. Do they still have the ESPN zone there? How about fishing. Worthwhile trying to get 1/2 day fishing in? We're driving (only about 4 hr drive from here) so I might take several rods and some basic tackle.

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Maybe catch an O's baseball game at Camden Yard, check out the zoo, the aquarium and Science Center (both at the Inner Harbor). Medieval Times (http://www.medievaltimes.com/baltimore.aspx) at Arundel Kills Mall (recommend going in day light hours).

Trophy Rock (stripped bass) season starts April 21st. Fishing is only in the Chesapeake Bay, not the tributaries. Probably best to check with some charter captains and check availability.
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Drive straight through, dont even slow down...
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Spend some time at the inner harbor and aquarium for the kids. Dinner on Federal Hill, Little Italy. There is a small neighborhood restaurant called Salt that is pretty good. Go out to Fort Mc.

Pay up and stay at the Hyatt or intercon overlooking the inner harbor.

Oh, and as stated above, dodge the bullets. Don't get too far off the beaten path. Baltimore is a bit rough.
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. I believe we're actually staying in "Elkridge" which looks like a suburb of Baltimore.

Thought about going to an O's game. Whenever we visit a city, we try to get tickets to a sporting event. My Sons really enjoy that. But the O's are away for those 4 days.

Thanks for the warnings about watching where we go. And here I thought the only place that was dangerous in Baltimore was Baltimore Ravens stadium when your wearing a Steelers Jersey.

We'll definately be going to the aquarium. We'll probably also try one or more of the restaurants recommended. Always looking for recommendations on good places to eat.

Maybe I can talk the family into going to the boat show.

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Its been a while since i have been there, but you can tour the USS Torsk (WWII submarine), the USS Constelation (sister of the USS Constitution), and a USCG cutter that was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Do stay in the inner harbor, it is rough a few blocks away.
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Best thing to do once you get to Baltimore city is leave.

Go to Smithsonian in DC on Sunday 35 minute drive and free parking.

Or drive a little farther to Dulles for air and space get there early it will take all day.
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Aquarium is good, but not overwhelmingly great. The area that it is in (inner harbor I think) is nice. We walked around and had a nice lunch.

We went to Ft. McHenry, which was really great. Surprisingly well-done and I recommend it. You can be in and out in an hour or two or bring a picnic and stay longer.
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Originally Posted by Just Not Right View Post
Drive straight through, dont even slow down...
I just had a revalation while mowing the lawn.... Go to every McDonalds along the beltway and look for the winning Lotto ticket that the crazy lady said she hid at one of them for "safe keeping"
Also, be kind and generous to everyone you meet, one of those idiots is walking around with a $213,000,000.00 ticket......

Or, Get a nice hotel with a great view and never leave it.
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Elkridge is in Howard County. You can probably make it to Annapolis in roughly the same amount of time as you can Baltimore. Went to O's game yesterday and the best part of the trip was leaving! Go to Annapolis and kick Omally in the cottons! Then you can walk around the waterfront, Naval Academy and all the sights there. People are much more friendly and safer...
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Originally Posted by huntrig View Post
Elkridge is in Howard County. You can probably make it to Annapolis in roughly the same amount of time as you can Baltimore. Went to O's game yesterday and the best part of the trip was leaving! Go to Annapolis and kick Omally in the cottons! Then you can walk around the waterfront, Naval Academy and all the sights there. People are much more friendly and safer...
Annapolis is an excellent idea, also maybe head to the eastern shore places like st micheals or west to Fredrick or Gettysburg
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Inner Harbor and Duck Tour..
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What about crab houses?

Any good place for crab in April?

Not interested in anything fancy. Just looking for which place has the best food.
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Inner Harbor and Duck Tour..
Duck Tours left Baltimore a while back.
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Don't go where this guy went!

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If you are staying in Elkridge, you can get crabs at Gunnings or Timbuktu. Both are located close to the intersection of MD Routes 100 and 295 (i.e. The BWI Parkway). Timbuktu's crab cakes are pretty good.

For a different tourist attraction, check out the National Cryptologic Museum, a couple of exits south on the Parkway (Routes 100 and 32). Free admission and some good spy stories!

If you are interested in the arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art gallery are excellent. There are train museums in Baltimore and Ellicott City. If the Orioles are out of town, I think they give tours of Camden Yards. Finally, when the weather is nice, just walking around Inner Harbor is cheap fun.

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What about crab houses?

Any good place for crab in April?

Not interested in anything fancy. Just looking for which place has the best food.
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