There are some amazing places to visit in Baltimore for your next family vacation. It’s hard to narrow down so many great choices of things to do and see in this diverse city, but here are the seven of the best family-fun places for you to include in your itinerary.

  1. National Aquarium

    Located in the popular Inner Harbor, be astounded when you see more than 20,000 creatures in this incredible Baltimore aquarium. Wander through the Amazon River Forest, find Dolphin Discovery, visit the Living Seashore and hurry through Shark Alley. Take the behind-the-scenes Immersion Tour to learn how the animals are cared for. While your kids watch, take the plunge and become a guest diver.

  2. Maryland Science Center

    Not far away from the National Aquarium, let your imagination run wild at the Maryland Science Center. Interactive exhibits fill three floors covering an incredibly vast range of topics from kinetic energy to outer space.

    Watch your kids be paleontologists as they search for fossils underneath a massive dinosaur fossil and see one of the hourly shows in the planetarium at no extra cost. Ever wanted to test what a bed of nails really feels like? Go on, lie down on one and find out.

  3. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

    Having survived the bed of nails, close encounters with crocodiles and cheetahs at Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will seem like a piece of cake. Kids squeal with delight when they help groom the goats and feed the giraffes. Ride on a camel, and join in with the scavenger hunt. Check the zoo’s event calendar before you visit to take advantage of special themes, such as Brew at the Zoo throughout the Memorial Day weekend and ZooBOOO! for Halloween.

  4. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    You don’t need to be a family of history buffs to enjoy Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Start your trip to this historical monument in the visitor center where you can watch the 10-minute orientation video. Take a self-guided tour around the home of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and be mesmerized as you watch military enactments carried out by costumed soldiers. Don’t miss the morning or evening flag change, listen to a talk by a park ranger, enjoy a picnic by the waterfront, and wander along the seawall trail when visiting Baltimore’s national monument and historic shrine.

  5. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    Baseball fans love watching a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Feel the excitement in the atmosphere at this critically acclaimed stadium, and appreciate the great view of the action from your seat.

    In the courtyard outside the stadium, take a photo of the Babe Ruth statue. As you wander down Eutaw Street to find a great restaurant for your family meal, see if you can spot all of the plaques where balls have landed that were hit out of the park.

  6. Urban Pirates

    Hoist the mainsail aboard the ship called Fearless as you take part in a pirate adventure around the harbor. Dress up as a pirate with menacing tattoos, and search for lost treasure with your pirate crew as you fire water cannons at the approaching enemy. Learn pirate songs and slang on this fun trip.

  7. Historic Ships

    From a pirate ship to real ships, you’ll love exploring the four historic ships in the harbor. Built in 1854, the all-sail USS Constellation is still afloat despite not serving in active duty since the Civil War. During World War II, the submarine USS Torsk made more than 10,000 dives in combat. The warship USCGC Taney is still afloat after serving during the Pearl Harbor attack. Finally, wander around the U.S. lightship Chesapeake, which was used to service lighthouses.