Sun was out, skies were clear and the temperature was perfect at about 17C on this early November Fall day. We headed up to Baltimore on an hour-long drive from DC.
The main item on kids’ agenda was National Aquarium. My husband and I wanted to see in person this amazing public library we saw a photograph (below left) of at the Eastern Wing of the National Gallery of Art and explore the city’s neighborhoods.
The National Aquarium located at the Inner Harbor was a hit with kids (Note: we recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line). Built in early eighties, as part of the city’s expansive development of the harbor, it includes a multi-story coral reef, tropical forest, shark tanks and dolphin show pavilion.
After admiring the sea world and grabbing a bite, we strolled some more around the Inner Harbor. Checked out an old submarine, plant-turned into retail space and a cool pedestrian bridge.
Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins is located in the historical Mount Vernon neighborhood, some 20 minutes walk from the harbor. This part of the city boasts amazing old architecture, including this spectacular old library located inside the Institute. While we arrived 30 minutes before closing, the staff rushed us out soon upon arrival due to preparations for a wedding taking place in the venue later that evening. Nevertheless, we had few minutes to admire its beauty.
I will finish this post off with some photos of the streets and architecture around the area. I hope you enjoyed this little stroll with us. Part 2 of the post is coming soon.