Family vacations in Baltimore can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters -- it all depends on pretrip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are recommended attractions for those planning Baltimore family vacations.
Sandy Point State ParkSandy Point State Park is the gateway to nature's getaway on the Maryland coast and plays as the backdrop to all of your activities. When you're tired of swimming you can hike, picnic or go crabbing. The park also offers boat rentals and a concession shop with plenty of snacks to keep you going.
Address: 1100 E. College Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21409
Hours: January 1 through March 31, 7 a.m. to sunset; April 1 through October 31, 6 a.m. to sunset; November 1 through December 31, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fishing: 24-hour access January through mid-November. Boating: 24-hour access year-round
Price: Weekends and holidays: $5; weekdays, $4. Boating and fishing: $3 sunrise to sunset
Evergreen HouseThe Evergreen House, located on the Johns Hopkins University campus, is the former home to Ambassador John Work Garrett and his wife. The beautiful house is located on 26 acres land and has 48 rooms full of art, rare books and historic pieces telling the heritage of the area. The bath is 23-karat gold and throughout the entire home you will find vintage Japanese art.
Address: 4545 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Tours on the hour. Last tour at 3 p.m. Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Price: Adults, $8; seniors 65 and over, $7; non-JHU students with ID, youth six to 17, JHU alumni and retirees, $5; members; current JHU faculty, staff and students with ID and children five and under, free
American Visionary Art MuseumThe American Visionary Art Museum is a one-of-a-kind art museum. All of its art comes from artists who have no schooling or formal art training. The raw talents of these artists are on display to inspire visitors to channel their own inner artists. By exhibiting items that many people would not consider art, the museum aims to raise visitors' awareness as to what can be accomplished with various unique mediums.
Address: 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays and all major holidays
Price: Adult, $15.95; senior 60 and over, $13.95; student/child, $9.95; Children six and under, free
The Maryland Zoo
The Maryland Zoo is home to hundreds of animal species. Education through conservation is the key focal point of this beautiful, family friendly zoo. Animals ranging from small mammals to elephants are on display for onlookers at the zoo, located in Druid Hill Park. The zoo also offers EdZoocation, where hands-on is the approach to teaching about various animals.
Address: Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217
Hours: March through December, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; January and February, Fridays through Mondays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Price: Adults 12 to 64, $16; child two to 11, $11; seniors 65 and over, $13; children under two, free
Port Discovery Children's MuseumPort Discovery Children's Museum is a hands-on, interactive museum with interesting exhibits that will leave your child wanting to return. Exhibits range from "Down on the Farm" to music and singing. Your child's imagination is the only limit to the fun and memories, but remember: Every adult must be supervised by a child under the age of 18.
Address: 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and all major holidays
Price: General admission, $13.95; children under two, free
Maryland Science Center at Baltimore Inner HarborThe Maryland Science Center at Baltimore Inner Harbor is an interactive science experience exploring a variety of areas of science ranging from health and cooking to Isaac Newton's theories. The center has a planetarium and an IMAX theater on the ground, both of which help young visitors further explore the depths of science.
Address: 601 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230
Hours: General hours June 19 through Sept. 5: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kids Room: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wet Lab: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Adults, $18.95; children three to 12, $15.95; seniors $17.95
Six Flags America
The many high-flying adventure rides of Six Flags America will make your family vacation in Baltimore one you'll never forget. From the thrill action of Batman's Batwing, one of the few face-down coaster rides in the United States; to the family fun of Calypso Cannonballs, an adventurous water slide; there is something for every type of thrill-seeker. Whether you enjoy the free-fall action of the Tower of Doom, the 75-mph, 200-foot plunge of Superman: Ride of Steel, the family fun wet adventures of Riptide or a relaxing ride on the old-fashioned carousel, Six Flags America is a come-today, make-memories-forever park.
Address: 13710 Central Ave., Bowie/Mitchellville, MD 20721
Hours: May 27 through June 10, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; June 11 through Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; Aug. 27 through Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday; Sept. 6 through Sept. 30, closed; Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, noon to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; Nov. 1 through April 16, closed; April 17 through April 25, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; April 30 through May 26, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Price: General admission, $54.99; juniors under 48 inches tall, $34.99; children two and under, free
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