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Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. Fort McHenry, birthplace of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Today, this harbor area offers shops, upscale crab shacks and attractions like the Civil War–era warship the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium, showcasing thousands of marine creatures.
Fort McHenry National Monument: When in Baltimore, do NOT let the opportunity to see “America’s National Monument and Historic Shrine” pass you by. The National Park Service does a fabulous job of telling the story of our national anthem’s inception and its surrounding history. Full access to the fort is $20/p but you can see the film and see many exhibits without paying anything. We strongly suggest taking the whole tour because the many guides are all extremely helpful in answering every question you may have. The pass also lets you see the flagpole up close (interesting stories there!) and lets you see buildings and displays you wouldn’t get to see if you just did the free parts. Allow about 2 hours to read the signs, watch the 10-minute film, and walk around the grounds of the star fort. The Fort looks out toward the Chesapeake Bay and was where Francis Scott Key penned his poem that eventually became The Star-Spangled Banner.
There is a visitor center as well as a video historical re-enactment. There is also a ranger led tour up to the actual fort which is worthwhile. This is a must see if for no other reason than the historical significance. There is a short movie to see. Arrive in time for the 10 a.m. changing of the flag. It is easy to reach it by tour boat or by car. Even if you are not a history buff, seeing the fort and learning of its’ importance in keeping the British at bay is informative. The guide inside the fort was a wealth of information. You will never sing the national anthem at a ballgame the same way after visiting Fort McHenry.
Fells Point Food Tour: This 3.5-hour tour explores parts of Baltimore’s best preserved historic district; Fell’s Point is a spirited waterfront community founded nearly 280 years ago. Enjoy Fell’s point amazing atmosphere and historic roots while tasting a little of what makes Fells point the place to be in Baltimore. This tour explores parts of Baltimore’s best preserved historic district, Fell’s Point, an area founded nearly 280 years ago. On this guided, narrated walking tour, you will experience and learn about the significance of the small town once separated from Baltimore. During the tour, you will stop to sample specially made dishes at unique family owned restaurants. After finishing, you will be able to truly appreciate the heritage, history, and local food of the area. Your culinary adventure may include the following specialties: Authentic Polish and Eastern European cuisine Traditional Baltimore style pit beef Local seafood specialties Spanish Tapas The neighborhood’s best dessert and cocktail combination Experience Baltimore’s storied past!
American Visionary Art Museum: Be prepared for the unusual and imaginative at this museum housing works by non-mainstream artists, including the “whirligig”, a 55-foot wind-powered sculpture, a 10-foot model of the Lusitania made entirely out of match sticks and a mobile that spans three floors. Very different from any art museum you have ever visited! It does cost to experience it but totally worth it. Art and collections by everyday people. There is a nice gift shop; don’t forget to see the second building, it’s part of the museum.
Babe Ruth’s Birthplace and Museum: This is a small museum but its packed full of interesting things, and it’s only a few blocks from the stadium. Lots of Babe Ruth, baseball and local history in one place. It’s nice this little homage to a local born hero, even though he made his name somewhere else. Well worth the trip and the cost of admission. There are a few original rooms. Most of it is about the baseball history of Ruth. There is plenty of video presentation along with lots of photos and relics. It is 2 story and has an elevator, something most pre-1900 homes would not have had. There is a souvenir store with lots of Orioles stuff, DVDs, and other items. This is a must see for any baseball fan.
It’s best to fly into Washington D.C. rent a car and head to Baltimore which is close by. Give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will be happy to make your vacation to Baltimore great family affair.
Maryland State Capital: Annapolis
Dubbed “Providence” by the Puritans, Annapolis was renamed in 1694 to honor Princess Anne, heir to the English throne, and later Queen of England. To this day, Queen Anne’s royal badge, with a crown hovering above entwined thistle and rose (symbols of Scotland and England), appears on the Annapolis flag.
U.S. Naval Academy: Words can’t describe the sense of awe one feels when visiting. Do the walking tour with a guide and you will get so much more out of it. This Academy is one of the cradles of leadership training in the US. Countless thousands of midshipman have graduated from this institution and gone on to lead many others in battle defending the US and all it stands for. These men and women have also gone to be great civilian leaders as well. This campus is architecturally awesome and the sense of history is palpable everywhere you go. Don’t forget to grab lunch at the “Alley”. You can watch the Brigade of Midshipman parade, walk through the Chapel, and explore the history of the Academy museum. Make sure to enjoy a walk along the Severn River and top it off with a short trip outside the gate for Crab cakes. A good experience to see how young officers are trained. The chapel has some fantastic stained glass windows not to miss. the entrance hall to the mess hall and cadets accommodations have beautiful wood floors. Be sure to visit the museum. The upper floor was given over to the second largest collection of models ships in the world. Many were used to determine the lines of warships dating back to the 1650s. The downstairs told the story of the USA from its earliest beginnings during the Revolution until present day. The reenactments of many of the most important naval engagement so are extremely well done.
Maryland State House: This historic state house is perched on high ground in Annapolis, and it overlooks the city and the harbor as well. The grounds have a number of interesting monuments, including the ship’s bell from the battleship USS Maryland (BB-46). The grounds have what is probably the oldest English cannon recovered from any of the English colonies from St. Marys. This is a beautiful building to visit that is the working state capitol of Maryland. There are state senate and house chambers as well as the Old Senate Chamber where George Washington famously resigned his commission as commander-in-chief. They have a nice exhibit for this. It was also the Capitol of the United States for a brief period 1783-1784. It is free to visit. You enter on the north side of the building and go through metal detectors and security. There is no parking but there is public parking at garages nearby. It was quite a feeling to stand in the same room as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and many other great figures in history. The self-guided tour map and signage are great. one room features some interactive displays and they have the transcript from General Washington’s resignation speech on display.
Quiet Waters Park: Quiet Waters is a beautiful park open year round with paved and unpaved trails for walking, running and biking. In the summer there are kayak and paddle board rentals available for the beautiful South River. Or ice skating in the winter! Dogs love the park! They have their own fenced area to run and play! Many pavilions available for rental for picnics and parties.
St. Mary’s Church: When you are strolling through Annapolis and are down near the docks, take a few steps up Duke of Gloucester Street to historic St. Mary’s Church and walk in for a peek. It is a stunning Catholic Church. Make sure to look up at the star-painted ceiling. Stunning. Very historic area. The Carroll House is behind the church area along with the Carroll Gardens with much history.
Carroll House: Charles Carroll House is located across from the Eastport Bridge. With a beautiful view of the Severn River at hand explore the grounds and house where the famous Charles Carroll lived. The main house is located behind the Church. The family grounds were deeded to the Church as well. Stroll along the river, take in the view and imagine what it was like to live as gentry in the days of yore. This piece of history is located in downtown Annapolis and within walking distance to Main Street. It is a destination not to be missed. Charles Carroll was the longest living signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Maryland World War II Memorial: There is a small parking space just behind the monument. It was almost empty when we reached there in the afternoon. There is a viewpoint just above the monument and there are two pathways around the monument that take you inside it. The views from the monument are also very nice. the Maryland WW2 Memorial will remind you of the many veterans who sacrificed for our freedom. Of course, Annapolis is a Navy town, so the reminders of ALL the services who participated is a good thing. This is a 10-20 minute visit – worth the stop.
Ego Alley: At the foot of Old Annapolis lies Ego Alley, a small “canal” that comes from the harbor right into waterfront Annapolis. All around are great restaurants and pubs, along with shops. A great place to spend an hour…or a day…or many days. Ego Alley is the center of Historic Annapolis. It is a narrow water way, where boats go up and down. Interesting to see some private yachts, but it is more the place to go to see the stores. If the weather is good, it is a great place to go to just be there.
The best way to get to Annapolis is to fly into one of the Washington, DC airports and rent a car for the trip to Annapolis. There is much to see here as well as Washington, DC. So, you can combined both for a great Vacation. Just give us a call and we will make this a memorable Maryland Vacation Package; 352-277-7300
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