Things to Do Near Baltimore Inner Harbor

The Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland is an area featuring many fun attractions and activities for kids. Each season brings different opportunities for fun, as some activities are located outdoors, while others are major indoor attractions. Check out this fun list of things to do near Baltimore Inner Harbor.

Port Discovery

Port Discovery is a children’s museum located near the Baltimore Inner Harbor. The address for the museum is 35 Market Place. The museum features many interactive and hands-on experiences for young children. As with most attractions, it’s best to reserve tickets in advance to ensure admission is available for the day you’d like to visit.

Port Discovery
Ship and Slide at Port Discovery

Their main exhibit in the center of Port Discovery includes a large ship with climbing nets to reach the top. There’s many other creative play and learning spaces throughout the museum. Note that there’s a water play area, so an extra change of clothes may be a good idea.

Maryland Science Center

Maryland Science Center includes three levels of hands-on exhibits, plus a planetarium. The Science Center is located very close to Inner Harbor, at 601 Light Street in Baltimore. Tickets to the Science Center can be purchased in advance online.

Maryland Science Center - Water Table
Maryland Science Center – Water Table

At the science center, there’s many opportunities to interact with exhibits about dinosaurs, physics, the human body, and more. There’s also a planetarium with shows scheduled at certain times during the day.

National Aquarium

The National Aquarium is a major attraction located right on the water of the Inner Harbor. Reserve tickets in advance to enjoy viewing the thousands of animals and hundreds of species to check out at the aquarium.

National Aquarium Shark Alley Sign

Don’t miss the touch tanks to get up close with some underwater creatures. There’s also a variety of 4D movies scheduled daily to enjoy. Note that there’s an extra fee to watch the movies.

Jellyfish Touch Tank
National Aquarium Touch Tank

Federal Hill Park

Federal Hill Park is located above the Inner Harbor, so it provides sweeping views of the water and Baltimore City. It’s located behind Rash Field Park and the Maryland Science Center. There are steps leading up the hill to the top, and there’s also a walking path that surrounds the park about halfway up the hill.

Federal Hill Park Ship Playground
Federal Hill Park Ship Playground

At the top of the hill, there’s a fenced-in playground and large open space. The playground is themed for the history of the park, as it served as a lookout during wars. Benches also line the edge of the park to take in the view of the harbor.

Federal Hill Park View
Federal Hill Park View

Rash Field Park

Rash Field Park is located beside Maryland Science Center. The park includes a playground with climbing towers and bridge, a skate park, and a nature play area. The nature area includes a sand play and other natural small climbing oppotunities.

Rash Field Park Play Structure
Rash Field Park Play Structure


During the warmer months, “Chessie” paddle boats can be rented to explore the waters of the Inner Harbor. Find these boats close to the National Aquarium and the Cheesecake Factory.


Looking for more things to do in Maryland?

Check out this list of fun family day trips in Maryland or this list of the best indoor water parks in Maryland.

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