The Baltimore, MD/Washington DC area is full of interesting places to see and things to do of interest to fans of science, science fiction, art, history and more! If you want to arrive early or extend your stay in the Baltimore/DC area, here are some suggestions on places to go and their websites for additional information.
BALTIMORE MD AREA
See beautiful sea creatures up close at the Nation’s Aquarium! The National Aquarium’s mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.
The National Aquarium is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area.
- The Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 685-5225, http://www.mdsci.org/
This fascinating place has many hands on opportunities to enjoy learning about different sciences, and an IMAX theatre offering multiple documentaries about our world shown in clear and immersive high definition. The MSC is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area.
- Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, 561 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21202, http://baltimore.org/article/
Shops, restaurants, museums, boat rentals and more. There are activities and events year round at the Inner Harbor. A trip to the Harbor can include stops at the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Camden Yards and Baltimore’s World Trade Center.
- The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218, (443) 573-1700, http://baltimore.org/listings/
All year long, Maryland’s largest art museum showcases a dazzling collection, ranging from ancient mosaics to contemporary art, plus ever-changing exhibitions, sculpture gardens, an eclectic museum shop and a scenic restaurant. General admission is free.
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WASHINGTON DC AREA
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, MD 20771, 301-286-3978, http://www.nasa.gov/centers/
See examples of the Center’s innovative work in space exploration, astrophysics and Earth science and even climb into a Gemini capsule! Admission is free.
- Smithsonian Museums, The National Mall, Washington DC, http://www.si.edu/
Explore the nation’s attic in the multiple free museums on the National Mall: Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, American History Museum, National Gallery of Art, American Indian Museum, Hirshhorn Gallery of Art, African Art Museum, Sackler Gallery of Art and Freer Gallery of Art. Easiest access to the Mall is by DC Metro (http://www.wmata.com/).
- Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air & Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly VA, 202-633-1000, http://airandspace.si.edu/
Daily tours and activities are held at this companion center to the main museum on the National Mall, where thousands of space and aviation artifacts are on display, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Condorde, and the Space Shuttle Discovery. The Center also hosts an IMAX theater and Observation Tower that provides a 360 degree view of Washington Dulles International Airport and the surrounding area.
Find more things to do in Washington DC and the DC suburbs at http://washington.org/