Since the redevelopment of the Inner Harbor in the late 1970s, Baltimore has established itself as an American success story and a major travel destination. Today, more than 11 million travelers each year visit Baltimore for its world-famous seafood, sporting events, historical attractions, museums and other attractions.
At Baltimore's Inner Harbor, tourists and locals alike come to explore the restaurants, shops, attractions and museums that make up this seaport tourist attraction. One of the more popular destinations at the Inner Harbor is the National Aquarium. From fish and amphibians to birds and reptiles, the Aquarium boasts more than 16,500 animals. The Aquarium is fully wheelchair-accessible. It also provides Reserved Accessible Seating to its shows, a companion Accessibility Guide and Map that shows a wheelchair route, an Express Entry, and on the first Saturdays and first Sundays of the month, visitors with special needs and their guests may enter 30 minutes prior to the Aquarium opening to avoid the crowds. For guests who are deaf or hard of hearing, the Aquarium provides Assistive Listening Devices, Presentation Scripts and two Dear Awareness Days where sign language interpreters are onsite interpreting presentations, shows and animal encounters. For guests who are Blind or Visually Impaired, the Aquarium provides an Audio Wireless Tour, Braille Tour and a Touch Bag of Tactile items representing animals in the exhibits. Other interesting attractions at the Inner Harbor are the Maryland Science Center and the American Visionary Art Museum, both of which are wheelchair accessible.
Close to the Inner Harbor is Fort McHenry National Park. Fort McHenry secured an important place in U. S. history during the War of 1812 when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy. It is also at Fort McHenry where Francis Scott Key penned the words to the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Fort McHenry offers many things to touch and see including the barracks, cannons, statues and bricks. Visitors should first visit the Visitor Center where they can view a short orientation film, “The Defense of Fort McHenry.” Also at Fort McHenry are exhibits and daily flag programs (weather permitting). The Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible and the fort is mostly accessible. The film at the Visitor Center has closed-captioned and portable audio devices are available for wayside exhibits to the fort and through the outer battery.
Baltimore is also home to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum. The 40-acre B & O Museum houses the oldest and most comprehensive American railroad collections in the world. The collection contains locomotives and rolling stock, historic buildings, and small objects that document the impact of the B & O Railroad on the growth and development of early railroading. The museum is wheelchair accessible.
Fun Fact: Baltimore is home to the first umbrella factory in America, established in 1828.
Cruise Lines out of the Port of Baltimore: American Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean