When you’re traveling with kids, particularly younger kids, you’re probably always trying to think of destinations that you can get to easily and that will have something to offer for everyone in your family.
Baltimore, Maryland is an excellent option that checks these boxes and then some.
It’s an urban area but it has nearby national parks and historic sites, there are places to camp if you’re planning to rent an RV, and there’s a lot of history nearby as well.
The following are some things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about taking your family to the Baltimore area.
The Inner Harbor
The top destination for most people who plan a trip to Baltimore is the Inner Harbor. There’s so much to do and see here that it’s worth a trip all on its own.
Within just a few blocks of one another, there are so many attractions that everyone in your family is likely to find appealing.
A few examples include Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, the National Aquarium, the Babe Ruth Museum and the Port Discovery Children’s Museum.
There’s also shopping at Harborplace, and you can take a water taxi to get from the harbor to other areas of the city.
You can enjoy a traditional Maryland favorite which are crab legs, and there are a plethora of other dining options as well. There’s the Urban Pirates cruise that goes around the harbor on a real pirate ship, and there’s also an ice rink near the holidays.
If you’re planning on renting an RV, there are plenty of campgrounds around, and one of the best if you want to go to both Baltimore and also Washington D.C. is the Washington DC Capitol KOA.
It’s only about 30 minutes from Baltimore, and it even offers a shuttle to the Capitol when you’re ready to head that direction.
Another option if you want something with beautiful water views and luxury rental options is the Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina located in Abingdon.
There are quite a few national parks located near Baltimore if you want to enjoy some history and natural scenery in addition to the city’s offerings.
One example is Catoctin Mountain Park, which features rivers and forests and it is also where Camp David is located.
Also notable particularly for families who will be traveling to the area is Fort McHenry. The Fort is where Francis Scott Key came up with the lyrics to the National Anthem during an attack from the British Navy.
Finally, if you want something in Boston that feels less touristy than the Inner Harbor, think about Fell’s Point.
It’s a historic area where you walk on cobblestone streets, and you can enjoy points of interest like the Broadway Market and the Robert Long House, as well as the City Recreation Pier.
There are also plenty of restaurants, less expensive diners, shops and plenty to do and see for the whole family.
Baltimore is quickly gaining a reputation as being one of the country’s favorite family tourist spots, so it’s a great time to consider a trip to the city.