With an abundance of kid-friendly museums, attractions, restaurants, historic treasures, shopping & more, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is an ideal spot for a fun September weekend with the kids!
But with all of the rich culture, cuisine & attractions to choose from, it can be tricky to pick the perfect spots for your family fun day. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of our top Kid-Friendly experiences, all in the heart of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor!
Fuel Up for Fun
No great family day can begin without first fueling up with a delicious meal! And as a local, family-owned restaurant, we know that there is nothing more important than family – which is why Miss Shirley’s Cafe was thrilled to recently be named one of America’s Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurants by FoodNetwork.com, as well as Favorite Kids Menu in Chesapeake Family Magazine!
With an array of Award Winning Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch options, there’s bound to be something the whole family will love. While waiting for a table or food to be served, your little Misses or Misters can enjoy reading one of our many breakfast-themed children’s books, creating a masterpiece on our Etch-A-Sketch toys or coloring on our Games & Puzzles Kids Mat! Shirley’s Kids Meals also come in a fun bento box with a breakfast or lunch entrée & choice of healthy sides like steamed broccoli, apple sauce & fresh fruit!
In addition to Miss Shirley’s Inner Harbor restaurant location, conveniently located on East Pratt St., just across the street from the National Aquarium; Miss Shirley’s Cafe also has two more locations in Maryland – uptown in Baltimore’s Roland Park neighborhood and in downtown Annapolis.
Learn Something New
Did you know that there are 30+ museums in the city of Baltimore alone? We’ve narrowed down our top 5 museum experiences for kids, all within walking distance of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor!
Port Discovery Children’s Museum – This kid-themed museum is packed with three floors of hands-on exhibits, arts workshops & special events, designed to stimulate the imagination and encourage kids to learn through play.
National Aquarium in Baltimore – With more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats, it’s no wonder that the National Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top three aquariums! Explore bright and beautiful coral reefs, exhilarating animal exhibits, live dolphin shows & fascinating immersion tours that your family will love.
Maryland Science Center – Challenge your mind with three floors of interactive exhibits that teach kids of all ages about everything from outer space and dinosaurs to kinetic energy and human anatomy. Families also have the opportunity to participate in live-action experiments, drop-in classes, DIY projects & more.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! – Discover the world’s oddities and experience three unique attractions including the Odditorium with over 350 exhibits and artifacts, the 4D Moving Theater, and Marvelous Mirror Maze.
American Visionary Art Museum – This one-of-a-kind art museum showcases unique artists & kinetic sculptures, with fun family activities like drop-in art programs, interactive exhibits & weekly special events.
Discover Historic Treasures
Did you know that our nation’s anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was penned in Baltimore? That’s right, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write this patriotic tune, while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, when this star-shaped fort successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from British attack. Hop on the Baltimore Water Taxi & ride the blue or purple route just a short distance away to visit this historical spot featuring real-life military enactments, guided historical tours & a special Junior Ranger badge program for kids.
Or, if you’d prefer to stay on foot, check out the Historic Ships in Baltimore, including the USS Constellation, USS Torsk, Lightship Chesapeake & USCGC Taney, which are conveniently docked right at Inner Harbor piers 1, 3 and 5!
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
There’s no better place to experience America’s favorite pastime with the family, than at Oriole Park at Camden Yards! Reserve a few seats and pack in the stadium snacks as you watch Baltimore’s home team defend Birdland. The stadium also features a fun Kids’ Corner with entertainment for younger fans, including a jungle gym, moon bounce, skee-ball & life-size bobbleheads.
Need more convincing? This year, the Baltimore Orioles announced a new “Kids Cheer Free” program that allows fans ages 9 & under to attend games free of charge during the 2018 season! For each regularly-priced individual game upper deck ticket purchased, adults can add up to 2 additional free kids tickets!
Get Out on the Water
Scotland has it’s ‘Nessie,’ but only in Baltimore will you find the Chesapeake Bay ‘Chessie!’ The kids will love taking in the view of the Harbor from a colorful four-seat dragon-shaped ‘Chessie’ paddle boat offered by Baltimore Paddle Boats. Looking to spend some time out on the water, but don’t feel up to paddling? Try one of the new Electric Pirate Ships, which can seat up to a family of six.
And, if you’re up for a real pirate adventure, hop on the Water Taxi and head over to Fells Point for a fun & interactive sailing experience with Urban Pirates. The whole family will enjoy learning to talk, dance and play like a pirate, blasting enemies with water cannons & discovering vast treasures aboard the Pirate Ship Fearless.
Whether you’re looking to have a fun day trip or week-long adventure, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has something for everyone to enjoy. We hope to see your family in Charm City this September! Also, when exploring be sure to visit like a local and share your Baltimore Family-Friendly experiences on social media using #MyBmore.
Miss Shirley’s Café
Award Winning Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Roland Park 513 W Cold Spring Lane Baltimore MD 21210
Inner Harbor 750 E Pratt Street Baltimore MD 21212
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