Inner Harbor, MD | My Family Travels
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One of my favorite travel destinations is Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve been there multiple times, and it never loses its magic for me. The reason I’ve been there multiple times is that there’s so much to do. The city itself is absolutely beautiful. I would make the two-hour trip there just to be outside. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t activities to be enjoyed. Two of my favorite places to go at Inner Harbor are the Museum of Visionary Art, and the Science Center.

           Inner Harbor is absolutely stunning. I’ve never been a fan of big cities like New York, because they come across as stuffy, and dirty. The thing about Inner Harbor is that there’s plenty of room for everyone. It is kept very clean, and has wide walkways so you’re not awkwardly squeezing your way through people you don’t know. Where do these walkways go? Exactly where the name describes – around the harbor. From any point, you can look and find glistening water no more than 200 feet away. There’s plenty to look at: boats moored at the harbor, recreated ships, submarines, and paddleboats are there for your visual enjoyment. As you walk along the harbor, there’s a multitude of shops, shows to watch, and places to eat. I specifically enjoy the giant fountains that you can run through as water shoots straight up from the ground in short bursts. My favorite part though, is Federal hill. It is easily seen because of its sixty degree slopes. If you are determined enough to reach the top, you will be rewarded. It’s a beautiful view of all of the buildings, people, ships, and water from about six or seven stories up.

            In my opinion, one of the best destinations at Inner Harbor is the Museum of Visionary Art. You’ll be able to see it from far away, because it is covered in multicolored shards of mirror, has a giant nest on the side of it, and an even bigger mechanical winch on top. It’s no ordinary art museum. All of the art inside is made by undiscovered artists. It’s incredible what you’ll find. You can see a mustang covered in blue glass, a giant angel hanging from the ceiling, Godzilla sized stuffed poodles, mechanized wooden carvings, and much, much more. There is absolutely no room for boredom. 
 
            To please the left side of my brain, I like to visit the Science Center. Yes, it’s the type of science center we all visited when we were in elementary school. There are three floors of interactive trinkets to play with, like large pendulums, laser harps, and mirror games. Also to be found are exhibits on the ocean, dinosaurs, space, and Da Vinci, plus they are constantly adding and changing exhibits. One memory sticks out to me. My boyfriend and I entered the center, but we didn’t have much time, so we decided to come back another time. To our amazement, the door wouldn’t open. I tried another, but to no avail. We were locked in! Then somebody walked up behind us and opened the door. Turns out you were supposed to push, not pull. Not only is it ironic that this happened in a science center, but we’re both at the top of our class. Haha.
 
            No matter whether it’s visting the Museum of Visionary Art, getting stuck in the Science Center, or just enjoying the scenery, Inner Harbor will always be one of my favorite destinations. 
 

 

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