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Maryland Science Center

The planetarium, IMAX Theater and dinosaur exhibit are among the most popular attractions at this hands-on museum focused on nature and technology.

The Maryland Science Center (MSC) is a family-oriented museum with experiments to watch and take part in. Three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, IMAX Theater and an observatory take visitors to the far reaches of the universe, deep inside the human body and back to a time when dinosaurs roamed Earth.

The MSC was established by the Maryland Academy of Science and Literature, which is one of the oldest of its kind in the U.S. This private scientific society was founded in 1797, but much of their early collection was lost during a fire. In 1976 the society’s interactive center, combined with the Davis Planetarium, opened to the public. The atrium lobby and IMAX Theater followed a decade later.

The science center aims to teach children about the workings of nature and technology. Become a paleontologist and touch a real triceratops skull in the field labs of Dinosaur Mysteries. Discover what DNA looks like in the Wet Lab and investigate human organs at the BodyLink exhibit. Children up to 8 years old can splash around with water in the Kids Room. Bring your toddlers to Room to Grow, where they can crawl among soft toys and objects. Teens and adults can get a deeper understanding of chemical reactions and optical illusions during live experiments on the Demo Stage.

It’s worth the extra fee to watch a nature movie on a huge 3-D screen in the IMAX Theater. On Friday nights you can head upstairs to study the universe through the museum’s telescope in the free observatory, if the weather permits.

Maryland Science Center in Harborplace is closed on Mondays. The center is not hugely exciting for older kids, but it is a good option if you need an educational destination on a rainy day. Due to its Inner Harbor location, parking is paid and on-street spaces are limited. Hop on the Charm City Circulator shuttle bus to get there for free.


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Lord Baltimore Hotel

Lord Baltimore Hotel

20 W Baltimore St, Baltimore
4.1
of 5, from 583 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, this Art Deco hotel is 3 blocks from the National Aquarium and Hippodrome Theatre, and across from the Metro Station.

Global Luxury Suites at Light Street

Global Luxury Suites at Light Street

10 Light Street, Baltimore
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Baltimore Convention Center and USS Constellation. National Aquarium in Baltimore and Walters Art Museum are also within 15 minutes.

$179
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

550 Light Street, Baltimore
4.5
of 5, from 261 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is across the street from the Inner Harbor, 4 blocks from the convention center, 3 blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and within a mile of the Walters Art Gallery.

$95
Days Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor

Days Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor

100 Hopkins Place, Baltimore
4.2
of 5, from 1,707 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

3 blocks from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, this Days Inn is across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center. Dining, galleries, shopping, and a picturesque waterfront are all within 5 blocks.

$119
Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor by Red Lion

Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor by Red Lion

207 E Redwood St, Baltimore
4.1
of 5, from 388 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Baltimore City Hall, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and USS Constellation. Walters Art Museum and Washington Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$149
Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

300 Light Street, Baltimore
4.2
of 5, from 542 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Skywalks link this gleaming 14-story hotel to the Baltimore Convention Center on one side and the Inner Harbor on the other; all major attractions, including the National Aquarium and Oriole Park are within walking distance.

$76
Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

110 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
2.8
of 5, from 445 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and USS Constellation. Walters Art Museum and Washington Monument are also within 15 minutes.

Global Luxury Suites at Harbor East

Global Luxury Suites at Harbor East

707 South President Street, Baltimore
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Harbor East, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Baltimore Civil War Museum, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and American Visionary Art Museum. USS Constellation and M&T Bank Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).