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Regional-AttractionsEd's Guide to Washington DC

Here is information about places to see and visit that are beyond the immediate Metro DC areas.
All times given are driving estimates, based on empty roads (non-rush hour), from the center of downtown.
Local phone numbers are listed so you can Google, then maps.yahoo.com for directions.

Things to do and see in Baltimore:

Baltimore is only 30 minutes beltway to beltway, or about an hour Downtown to Downtown, via I-95 or the BW Parkway

Places in the Harbor area:

National Aquarium in Baltimore

501 E Pratt St, Pier 3,
Baltimore, MD 21202


Fridays Only: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enter the building before 8 p.m.
All Other Days: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enter the building before 5 p.m.
Adults $17.50
Children 3 to 11 years of age $9.50

One of the best, if not THE best, aquariums in the country. Laid out perfectly, this museum actually lets you touch living creatures such as starfish and snails. Located along the harbor, the seven-story glass structure is easy to spot. Upon entering the large foyer, you will notice a four-story tank holding a multitude of marine life. Start on the fourth floor in the rainforest exhibit and then walk down a spiral ramp that intersects the doughnut-shaped tank. Don't forget to view the sea lion pool outside the aquarium, or the Marine Mammal Pavilion that houses fascinating and friendly bottle-nose dolphins.

Adjacent: The Maritime Museum

Baltimore Maritime Museum

802 S Caroline St, Pier 3, Baltimore, MD 21231


Friday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Adults - $7.00
Children 6-14 years - $4.00

5 minutes east of the Aquarium
Baltimore's fascinating maritime history museum is made up, not of buildings, but docked ships still afloat in the Chesapeake Bay. Start with the USS Torsk, nicknamed the Galloping Ghost of the Japanese Coast during WWII. Most experts say this submarine helped end the war by sinking Japan's last two warships. Then tour the Chesapeake, a floating lighthouse that is still fully functional. The last ship in the museum, the Taney, fought at Pearl Harbor and is the only ship from that battle that is still afloat. Ticket booth located next to Baltimore aquarium.
Baltimore Museum of Industry

1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Adults $10.00; Students/Children $ 6.00

10 minutes south of the Aquarium
Offering a glimpse of the past, the museum has displays that recreate various workshops from America's history, showcasing American industrial advances. Numerous fields are represented, including blacksmithing, sewing, factory work, printing and communications. The diversity of the information is remarkable, and there are hands-on activities for the young and the young at heart.


Other Baltimre Attractions & Info

Baltimore Zoo

1 Druid Hill Park Lake Dr,
Baltimore, MD 21217

Open daily, March 1 - December 31:
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Zoo is closed January, February, Thanksgiving, December 25th

The Baltimore Zoo offers a large variety of animals, with more than 2,000 species on 161 acres of natural habitat. Founded in 1876, the Baltimore Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States. They offer a multitude of activities such as Safari Sunsets, Zoo Booo! and Zoo Lights. The interactive children's zoo is a popular attraction, as is the Zoo-Choo, a train that zips visitors around the entire facility.
City of Baltimore - Chamber of Commerce
DC's nearest neighbor, only about 30 minutes drive from beltway to beltway.

Things to do and see Beyond DC/Baltimore:

One possible day trip is to go west to two different caves.
About an hours drive west to one cave, (spend a few hours, then ...) an hours drive south to a second cave, (spend a few hours) and than an hours drive back to DC.

Skyline Caverns

90 minutes due west
70 miles west on Interstate 66 to Front Royal exit #6
South about 5 miles. 540-635-4545
"The closest natural wonder to the Nation's Capital — hosting nearly 100,000 visitors each year. As one of the only places on Earth where rare Anthodites are displayed, the guided tour is as much impressive as it is educational. ..." (from the home page)

Luray Caverns

90 minutes west-southwest, or
50 minutes south of Skyline Caverns (540) 743-6551

"Eastern America's largest and most popular caverns. A U.S. Natural Landmark noted for the profuse variety of formations and natural color. From well-lighted, paved walkways explore cathedral sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. Also, hear the haunting sounds of the world's only Stalacpipe Organ. In addition at Luray Caverns, experience the history of America in an exhibit featuring over 140 items relating to transportation including cars, carriages, coaches and costumes from 1725; along with a one acre ornamental garden creating one of the largest mazes in the Mid-Atlantic states...." (from the home page)







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