Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Baltimore, Baltimore (Self Guided)

Baltimore is a great place to go if you're looking for fantastic family entertainment. There are some really amazing places to take children such as the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and many others. Take our Family Entertainment Walking Tour to have fun, learn new things and create some great memories.
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Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Baltimore Map

Guide Name: Family Entertainment Walking Tour in Baltimore
Guide Location: USA » Baltimore (See other walking tours in Baltimore)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: rose
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Port Discovery Children's Museum

1) Port Discovery Children's Museum (must see)

Port Discovery Children's Museum is a children's museum located in Baltimore, Maryland's Inner Harbor.

The former Baltimore Children's Museum, originally housed in The Cloisters in Lutherville, Maryland, was re-opened as Port Discovery in December 1998. Walt Disney Imagineering designed the Museum's permanent exhibits.

Port Discovery has served over 2.5 million visitors and ranks among the Top 5 Children's Museums in the U.S. by Child Magazine (February 2002) and Best Children's Museums in the U.S. by Forbes. In January 2011, Port Discovery was designated as a “Good to Grow Museum” for promoting healthy living for families. This national recognition comes from the Association of Children's Museums. Port Discovery is located in the site of Baltimore's historic Fishmarket Building.

Opening hours: September (Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm,Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm,Sunday: 12 noon – 5 pm ).
October through May(Tuesday- Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm).
Memorial Day through Labor Day (Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm)

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
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Barnes & Noble Booksellers Power Plant

2) Barnes & Noble Booksellers Power Plant

The Barnes & Noble Booksellers Power Plant is probably the best place for book shopping in all of Baltimore because of its wide selection. It's also a fun place to visit because of its location within a former power plant, as you may have guessed from the name.
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National Aquarium in Baltimore

3) National Aquarium in Baltimore (must see)

The National Aquarium, Baltimore is a non-profit public aquarium located at 501 E Pratt Street in the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore. Constructed during a period of urban renewal in Baltimore, the aquarium opened on August 8, 1981.

The aquarium has an annual attendance of 1.5 million. It has a collection of 16,500 specimens representing 660 species. In 2003, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the independent National Aquarium in Washington joined as one National Aquarium. The National Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. The aquarium's stated vision is to confront pressing issues facing global aquatic habitats through pioneering science, conservation, and educational programming.

The National Aquarium houses several exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, a Open Ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes, which won the "Best Exhibit" award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008. It also has a 4D Immersion Theater and opened a marine mammal pavilion in 1990.

Coastal Living magazine named the National Aquarium the #1 aquarium in the United States in 2011. In November 2006, the National Aquarium won a Best of Baltimore award from City Paper as the "Best Over Priced Destination for Families."
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Top of the World Observation Level and Museum

4) Top of the World Observation Level and Museum (must see)

The Top of the World Observation Level and Museum offers a spectacular 360-degree view of Baltimore through a huge window on the 27th floor. Pick up a set of binoculars and a photo map here to get the ultimate view of the beautiful sights of Baltimore. Here you can also watch audio-visual presentations about Baltimore's history.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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U.S.S. Constellation

5) U.S.S. Constellation (must see)

The U.S.S. Constellation is one Baltimore's must see attractions. Commissioned in 1855, it was the last all-sail ship made by the United States. Visitors are welcome to climb aboard and find out the ship’s history, from Civil War participation to its role in disrupting the slave trade. Located in the Inner Harbor since 1999, it's open to visitors daily.
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Maryland Science Center

6) Maryland Science Center (must see)

The Maryland Science Center, located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, opened to the public in 1976. It includes three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, and an observatory. It was one of the original structures that drove the revitalization of the Baltimore Inner Harbor from its industrial roots to a thriving downtown destination.

In 1987, an IMAX theater was added, but the museum continued to show its age as the end of the 20th century approached. In 2004, a large addition to the property was opened, and the modernized hands-on exhibits now include more than two dozen dinosaur skeletons. Subjects that the center displays include physical science, space, Earth science, the human body, and blue crabs that are native to the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Science Center won a 2006 Best of Baltimore award for "Best Place to Take Kids." In 2008 the Maryland Science Center was named one of the “10-Best Science Centers for Families” by Parent’s Magazine.
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American Visionary Art Museum

7) American Visionary Art Museum (must see)

The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is an art museum located in the Federal Hill neighborhood at 800 Key Highway in Baltimore, Maryland and that specializes in the preservation and display of visionary art.

The founder and director of the AVAM is Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, who while working in the development department of Sinai Hospital’s (Baltimore) People Encouraging People began to develop the idea for a visionary museum, an idea that eventually blossomed into the American Visionary Art Museum, or AVAM. Initially, Hoffberger was simply interested in the artwork created by the patients in the People Encouraging People program, and found herself “impressed with their imagination” and looking to “their strengths, not their illnesses.”

AVAM has 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) of exhibit space and a permanent collection of approximately 4,000 pieces. The collection includes works by visionary artists Ho Baron, Nek Chand, Ted Gordon, Clyde Jones, Leo Sewell, Vollis Simpson and Ben Wilson as well as over 40 pieces from the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre of London. Some of this work is displayed in a gallery on the first floor of the Main Building, throughout the James Rouse Visionary Center, and outdoors when new temporary themed exhibitions are being installed.

The museum has no staff curators, preferring to use guest curators for its shows. Rather than focusing shows on specific artists or styles, it sponsors themed exhibitions with titles such as Wind in Your Hair and High on Life. Hoffberger takes pride in the fact that AVAM is "pretty un-museumy".

Operation hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm.
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Walking Tours in Baltimore, Maryland

Create Your Own Walk in Baltimore

Create Your Own Walk in Baltimore

Creating your own self-guided walk in Baltimore is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Baltimore Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Baltimore Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Baltimore has many great landmarks that reflect the city’s interesting and rich history. Many of these monuments are related to war due to Baltimore's key role in the War of 1812. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the U.S.S. Constellation or admire amazing horse sculptures at the War Memorial.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Baltimore Museums Walking Tour

Baltimore Museums Walking Tour

In just a few hours on your next trip to Baltimore, you can get a unique flavor of the history of the city at its great museums. There's Edgar Allan Poe House, the birthplace of American railroading at B & O Railroad Museum and celebrity dentures at the National Museum of Dentistry.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
Baltimore Places of Worship Tour

Baltimore Places of Worship Tour

Baltimore has many beautiful places of worship, including several buildings listed as National Historic Landmarks. A number of different faiths are represented including Presbyterian, Methodist, Unitarian, Episcopal, Lutheran and Roman Catholic. Take our Places of Worship tour to see the most impressive churches in the city, which come in all different styles including Gothic revival,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Baltimore African American Heritage Walking Tour

Baltimore African American Heritage Walking Tour

This tour is dedicated to the African American Heritage of Baltimore. You'll be impressed by the many fantastic attractions in the city that reflect the many African-Americans who served to add great value to the lives of people in the community. Take this walking tour to learn more about African American Heritage in Baltimore

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.7 km
Baltimore Architectural Walking Tour

Baltimore Architectural Walking Tour

There's no better way to witness Baltimore's rich history than by going to see its many wonderful buildings and other architectural sights. This tour includes Mount Vernon Place United and a historic district featuring houses built in the early 19th Century. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these places on your trip to Baltimore.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Baltimore Daily Life Walking Tour

Baltimore Daily Life Walking Tour

This tour offers a great insight into the daily life of Baltimoreans. This tour will guide you to places where locals regularly go to pray, study, eat, shop, dance, and enjoy themselves. Get a sense of the inner energy of the city and see Baltimore how locals see it with our Baltimore Daily Life Walking Tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Baltimore for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Baltimore has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Baltimore, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.