The National Aquarium, calls the city home and so do its nearly 20,000 animals. You'll see more than 700 species of mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds in custom habitats like those in which their wild counterparts reside. Enjoy the aquarium's educational programs and learn about its conservation efforts worldwide.
Visit the Maryland Zoo, the third oldest zoo in the U.S. Established in 1876, it now houses more than 1,500 animals from more than 200 species. Some of its key exhibits include the Penguin Coast, home to more than 50 African penguins; Polar Bear Watch where Anoki, the playful polar bear, plays in her Tundra Buggy and the waters of her habitat; and the Maryland Wilderness showcases wildlife indigenous to the state, while the Children?s Zoo provides a safe, hands-on learning experience for young discoverers.
In season, see a professional baseball game. Catch a Baltimore Orioles game and maybe a stray ball at Camden Yards. Out of season, there's still reason to tour Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the baseball-only facility that's been home to the Orioles since April 6, 1992, after the city converted an old railroad center as part of a revitalization effort of the existing, historic neighborhood. Enjoy the Veterans Memorial and sports-related displays in Camden Yards.
While you're in the neighborhood, visit the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, just two blocks from Camden Yards. The exhibits chronicle the life of George Herman "Babe" Ruth, the city's native son widely considered the United States' first sports celebrity. You'll also view exhibits on the Orioles, Ravens and Colts, plus other amateur, collegiate and professional sports important to the region. Its library and archives offer researchers a rare look at Ruth's life.
Visit the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The fort saw action during the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Fort McHenry served as a general hospital in World War I and as a Coast Guard training station in World War II from 1942 to 1945. Americans best remember the fort as the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's poem, "Defense of Fort McHenry," which later became the lyrics to the country's national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner." Key was present during the British Royal Navy's bombardment of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, a key battle of the War of 1812, fought September 13-14, 1814. Here at Fort McHenry, as the smoke cleared and a new day dawned, he saw a tattered, but still waving Old Glory and penned "O! say can you see... by the dawn's early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars... were so gallantly streaming!" Fort McHenry's determined force of 1,000 men with 20 pieces of artillery held off the powerful British Royal Navy, allowing the city to properly prepare for future battles and ensure the young country remained independent of British rule.
The Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum, a tiny brick house on North Amity Street, served as Poe's home from 1833 to 1835. Here Poe wrote some of his early short stories and poems. This National Historic Landmark accepts visitors on a seasonal schedule. Exhibits include Poe?s portable writing desk and chair, and artifacts such as a telescope, china and glassware used by Poe when he lived in Richmond, Virginia. Educational displays chronicle Poe?s life and death in the city. The short stories written here include "The Visionary," "Berenice - A Tale" and "Hans Pfaall - A Tale." The poems penned at the home include "Serenade, Fanny, and, To Elizabeth.
See all there is to see in Maryland's capital, nearby Silver Springs, even D.C., easily with a bus rental. You'll whisk from Poe's home to the baseball diamond to Fort McHenry and points beyond in style and comfort. Catch a nap between events in the comfy, reclining seats or enjoy extra free time to catch up with family and friends.
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